Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, 30866-30868 [2019-13605]

Download as PDF 30866 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 125 / Friday, June 28, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2017–0174, dated September 12, 2017. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2018–0980. (h) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6220, Main Rotor Head; 6230 Main Rotor Mast/Swashplate; and 6710, Main Rotor Control. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 18, 2019. James A. Grigg, Acting Deputy Director for Regulatory Operations, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2019–13604 Filed 6–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0648; Product Identifier 2017–SW–087–AD; Amendment 39–19670; AD 2019–12–15] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Leonardo S.p.A. (Leonardo) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This AD requires replacing screws installed on the left and right main landing gear (MLG) shock absorber assembly. This AD was prompted by a report that some screws may have been manufactured without meeting specifications. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective August 2, 2019. SUMMARY: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Matteo Ragazzi, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39– 0331–711756; fax +39–0331–229046; or at http://www.leonardocompany.com/-/ bulletins. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jun 27, 2019 Jkt 247001 Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0648; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this final rule, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5110; email david.hatfield@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Leonardo S.p.A. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 19, 2018 (83 FR 34072). The NPRM was prompted by a report that some screws may have been manufactured without meeting specifications. The NPRM proposed to require replacing screws installed on the left and right MLG shock absorber assembly. We are issuing this AD to address an MLG shock absorber screw that does not meet specifications. This condition could result in failure of the MLG shock absorber, collapse or retraction of the MLG, and subsequent damage to the helicopter. EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD No. 2016– 0077, dated April 19, 2016, to correct an unsafe condition for Finmeccanica S.p.A. (previously Agusta) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters if equipped with kit ‘‘Increased Gross Weight 6800 kg’’ part number (P/N) 4G0000F00111 (kit). EASA advises of a manufacturing issue with the standard screws (P/N NAS1351–5H12P) installed on MLG shock absorber assembly P/N 1652B0000–01. According to EASA, a material analysis shows that the MLG shock absorber screws may have a lower fatigue life than the screws used during the certification fatigue tests. EASA states the affected MLG units have been PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 identified by serial number (S/N). EASA also advises that this unsafe condition, if not detected and corrected, could result in failure of the MLG shock absorber, collapse or retraction of the MLG, and subsequent damage to the helicopter and injury to occupants. To correct this condition, the EASA AD requires replacing each standard screw with a new screw P/N 1652A0001–01 and re-identifying the S/ N of each MLG shock absorber assembly that has the new screw installed, and prohibits installing any affected MLG shock absorber assembly unless the screw has been replaced. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule, but we did not receive any comments on the NPRM. FAA’s Determination These helicopters have been approved by EASA and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the European Union, EASA has notified us of the unsafe condition described in the EASA AD. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by EASA and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these same type designs and that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed except for a minor editorial change to meet current publishing requirements. In the Required Actions paragraph, instances of ‘‘Figure 1 to paragraph (a)’’ have been changed to ‘‘Figure 1 to paragraphs (a) and (e)(2).’’ This minor editorial change is consistent with the intent of the proposals in the NPRM and will not increase the economic burden on any operator nor increase the scope of this AD. Related Service Information We reviewed Finmeccanica Bollettino Tecnico No. 139–397, dated April 7, 2016, which contains procedures for replacing the standard screws installed on the left and right MLG assembly and for re-identifying the MLG shock absorber assembly P/N and the MLG assembly S/N. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 111 helicopters of U.S. Registry. We estimate that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD, based on an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. Replacing the screws on the left and right MLG assemblies requires about 16 E:\FR\FM\28JNR1.SGM 28JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 125 / Friday, June 28, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as an MLG shock absorber screw that does not meet specifications. This condition could result in failure of the MLG shock absorber, collapse or retraction of the MLG, and subsequent damage to the helicopter. (c) Effective Date This AD is effective August 2, 2019. (d) Compliance You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jun 27, 2019 Jkt 247001 is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time. (e) Required Actions (1) Within the following compliance times, replace each screw P/N NAS1351–5H12P installed on an MLG shock absorber with a screw P/N 1652A0001–01. Re-identify the MLG assembly using black permanent ink by marking an ‘‘R’’ at the end of the S/N of the MLG assembly and cover with a transparent coating. For purposes of this AD, a ‘‘landing’’ is counted any time the helicopter lifts off into the air and then lands again regardless PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2019–12–15 Leonardo S.p.A.: Amendment 39–19670; FAA–2018–0648; Product Identifier 2017–SW–087–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to Leonardo S.p.A. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters, certificated in any category, with an Increased Gross Weight 6,800 Kg kit part number (P/N) 4G0000F00111, and with a main landing gear (MLG) assembly with a P/N and serial number (S/N) listed in Figure 1 to paragraphs (a) and (e)(2) of this AD installed. of the duration of the landing and regardless of whether the engine is shut down: (i) For MLG assemblies with 26,800 or more landings, within 100 hours time-inservice (TIS). (ii) For MLG assemblies with between 22,000 and 26,799 landings, within 300 hours TIS or before the MLG assembly accumulates 27,200 landings, whichever occurs first. (iii) For MLG assemblies with less than 22,000 landings, within 1,200 hours TIS or before the MLG assembly accumulates 23,200 landings, whichever occurs first. E:\FR\FM\28JNR1.SGM 28JNR1 ER28JN19.001</GPH> work-hours and $200 for parts, for a total cost of $1,560 per helicopter and $173,160 for the U.S. fleet. According to Finmeccanica’s service information, some of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage by Finmeccanica. Accordingly, we have included all costs in our cost estimate. 30867 30868 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 125 / Friday, June 28, 2019 / Rules and Regulations (2) After the effective date of this AD, do not install an MLG assembly with a P/N and S/N listed in Figure 1 to paragraphs (a) and (e)(2) of this AD on any helicopter unless the screw has been replaced and the MLG assembly re-identified as described in paragraph (e)(1) of this this AD. (f) Special Flight Permits (1) The Manager, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5110; email 9-ASWFTW-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, we suggest that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC. (h) Additional Information (1) Finmeccanica Bollettino Tecnico No. 139–397, dated April 7, 2016, which is not incorporated by reference, contains additional information about the subject of this AD. For service information identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Matteo Ragazzi, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331–711756; fax +39–0331–229046; or at http://www.leonardo company.com/-/bulletins. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2016–0077, dated April 19, 2016. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2018–0648. (i) Subject khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 3200, Landing Gear System. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jun 27, 2019 Jkt 247001 31 CFR Part 510 Technical Amendments to North Korea Sanctions Regulations Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury. ACTION: Final rule. (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) [FR Doc. 2019–13605 Filed 6–27–19; 8:45 am] Office of Foreign Assets Control AGENCY: Special flight permits are prohibited. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 19, 2019. James A. Grigg, Acting Deputy Director for Regulatory Operations, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the North Korea Sanctions Regulations to update references to descriptive text that appears in certain entries on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List) and the List of Foreign Financial Institutions Subject to Correspondent Account or Payable-Through Account Sanctions (CAPTA List). DATES: Effective: June 28, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OFAC: Assistant Director for Licensing, tel.: 202–622–2480; Assistant Director for Regulatory Affairs, tel.: 202–622– 4855; or Assistant Director for Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation, tel.: 202–622– 2490. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Electronic Availability This document and additional information concerning OFAC are available from OFAC’s website (www.treasury.gov/ofac). Background On March 5, 2018, OFAC amended and reissued in their entirety the North Korea Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 510 (the ‘‘Regulations’’) (83 FR 9182, March 5, 2018). Since that time, for clarity, OFAC has made two technical changes to certain text that appears on OFAC’s website and that is referenced in the Regulations. This rule conforms the corresponding references in the Regulations to accurately reflect the amended website text. First, this rule updates references to descriptive text that appears in certain entries on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List). This descriptive text provides additional information concerning secondary sanctions related to Executive Order 13810 of September 20, 2017 (‘‘Imposing Additional Sanctions With Respect to North Korea’’) (82 FR 44705, September 25, 2017) (E.O. 13810). Section 4 of E.O. 13810 authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to impose certain PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 sanctions (often referred to as secondary sanctions) on any foreign financial institution determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to meet certain specified criteria. With respect to a foreign financial institution determined to meet any of the relevant criteria, the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may: (i) Prohibit the opening and prohibit or impose strict conditions on the maintenance of correspondent accounts or payable-through accounts in the United States with respect to such foreign financial institution; or (ii) block all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that come within the United States, or that are or come within the possession or control of any U.S. person of such foreign financial institution. These prohibitions are implemented in §§ 510.210 and 510.201(a)(3)(vi) of the Regulations, respectively. Sections 510.201(a)(3)(vi)(A)(1) and 510.210(b)(1) provide that the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may impose such sanctions on any foreign financial institution determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to have, on or after September 21, 2017, knowingly conducted or facilitated any significant transaction on behalf of (1) any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13551 (‘‘Blocking Property of Certain Persons With Respect to North Korea’’) (75 FR 53837, September 1, 2010) (E.O. 13551), Executive Order 13687 (‘‘Imposing Additional Sanctions With Respect to North Korea’’) (80 FR 819, January 6, 2015) (E.O. 13687), Executive Order 13722 (‘‘Blocking Property of the Government of North Korea and the Workers’ Party of Korea, and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to North Korea’’) (81 FR 14943, March 18, 2016) (E.O. 13722), or E.O. 13810, or (2) any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13382 (‘‘Blocking Property of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators and Their Supporters’’) (70 FR 38567, July 1, 2005) (E.O. 13382) in connection with North Korea-related activities. Note 3 to paragraph (a) of § 510.201 and Note 1 to paragraph (b) of § 510.210 explain that the names of persons listed in or designated or identified pursuant to E.O. 13382 in connection with North Korea-related activities are published in the Federal Register and incorporated into OFAC’s SDN List with the E:\FR\FM\28JNR1.SGM 28JNR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2018-0648; Product Identifier 2017-SW-087-AD; Amendment 
39-19670; AD 2019-12-15]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
Leonardo S.p.A. (Leonardo) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This AD 
requires replacing screws installed on the left and right main landing 
gear (MLG) shock absorber assembly. This AD was prompted by a report 
that some screws may have been manufactured without meeting 
specifications. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition 
on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective August 2, 2019.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Matteo Ragazzi, Head of 
Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) 
Italy; telephone +39-0331-711756; fax +39-0331-229046; or at http://www.leonardocompany.com/-/bulletins. You may review the referenced 
service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, 
Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 
76177.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-
0648; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains 
this final rule, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, the 
regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. 
The address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, 
Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Hatfield, Aviation Safety 
Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 
10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5110; 
email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Leonardo S.p.A. 
Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal 
Register on July 19, 2018 (83 FR 34072). The NPRM was prompted by a 
report that some screws may have been manufactured without meeting 
specifications. The NPRM proposed to require replacing screws installed 
on the left and right MLG shock absorber assembly.
    We are issuing this AD to address an MLG shock absorber screw that 
does not meet specifications. This condition could result in failure of 
the MLG shock absorber, collapse or retraction of the MLG, and 
subsequent damage to the helicopter.
    EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD No. 2016-0077, dated April 19, 2016, 
to correct an unsafe condition for Finmeccanica S.p.A. (previously 
Agusta) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters if equipped with kit 
``Increased Gross Weight 6800 kg'' part number (P/N) 4G0000F00111 
(kit). EASA advises of a manufacturing issue with the standard screws 
(P/N NAS1351-5H12P) installed on MLG shock absorber assembly P/N 
1652B0000-01. According to EASA, a material analysis shows that the MLG 
shock absorber screws may have a lower fatigue life than the screws 
used during the certification fatigue tests. EASA states the affected 
MLG units have been identified by serial number (S/N). EASA also 
advises that this unsafe condition, if not detected and corrected, 
could result in failure of the MLG shock absorber, collapse or 
retraction of the MLG, and subsequent damage to the helicopter and 
injury to occupants.
    To correct this condition, the EASA AD requires replacing each 
standard screw with a new screw P/N 1652A0001-01 and re-identifying the 
S/N of each MLG shock absorber assembly that has the new screw 
installed, and prohibits installing any affected MLG shock absorber 
assembly unless the screw has been replaced.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this final rule, but we did not receive any comments on the NPRM.

FAA's Determination

    These helicopters have been approved by EASA and are approved for 
operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement 
with the European Union, EASA has notified us of the unsafe condition 
described in the EASA AD. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated 
all information provided by EASA and determined the unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these 
same type designs and that air safety and the public interest require 
adopting the AD requirements as proposed except for a minor editorial 
change to meet current publishing requirements. In the Required Actions 
paragraph, instances of ``Figure 1 to paragraph (a)'' have been changed 
to ``Figure 1 to paragraphs (a) and (e)(2).'' This minor editorial 
change is consistent with the intent of the proposals in the NPRM and 
will not increase the economic burden on any operator nor increase the 
scope of this AD.

Related Service Information

    We reviewed Finmeccanica Bollettino Tecnico No. 139-397, dated 
April 7, 2016, which contains procedures for replacing the standard 
screws installed on the left and right MLG assembly and for re-
identifying the MLG shock absorber assembly P/N and the MLG assembly S/
N.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 111 helicopters of U.S. Registry. 
We estimate that operators may incur the following costs in order to 
comply with this AD, based on an average labor rate of $85 per work-
hour.
    Replacing the screws on the left and right MLG assemblies requires 
about 16

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work-hours and $200 for parts, for a total cost of $1,560 per 
helicopter and $173,160 for the U.S. fleet.
    According to Finmeccanica's service information, some of the costs 
of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost 
impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage by 
Finmeccanica. Accordingly, we have included all costs in our cost 
estimate.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ``General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing 
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator 
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within 
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition 
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this 
rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

    This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 
13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, 
on the relationship between the national government and the States, or 
on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various 
levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866,
    (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2019-12-15 Leonardo S.p.A.: Amendment 39-19670; FAA-2018-0648; 
Product Identifier 2017-SW-087-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Leonardo S.p.A. Model AB139 and AW139 
helicopters, certificated in any category, with an Increased Gross 
Weight 6,800 Kg kit part number (P/N) 4G0000F00111, and with a main 
landing gear (MLG) assembly with a P/N and serial number (S/N) 
listed in Figure 1 to paragraphs (a) and (e)(2) of this AD 
installed.
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(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as an MLG shock absorber 
screw that does not meet specifications. This condition could result 
in failure of the MLG shock absorber, collapse or retraction of the 
MLG, and subsequent damage to the helicopter.

(c) Effective Date

    This AD is effective August 2, 2019.

(d) Compliance

    You are responsible for performing each action required by this 
AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been 
accomplished prior to that time.

(e) Required Actions

    (1) Within the following compliance times, replace each screw P/
N NAS1351-5H12P installed on an MLG shock absorber with a screw P/N 
1652A0001-01. Re-identify the MLG assembly using black permanent ink 
by marking an ``R'' at the end of the S/N of the MLG assembly and 
cover with a transparent coating. For purposes of this AD, a 
``landing'' is counted any time the helicopter lifts off into the 
air and then lands again regardless of the duration of the landing 
and regardless of whether the engine is shut down:
    (i) For MLG assemblies with 26,800 or more landings, within 100 
hours time-in-service (TIS).
    (ii) For MLG assemblies with between 22,000 and 26,799 landings, 
within 300 hours TIS or before the MLG assembly accumulates 27,200 
landings, whichever occurs first.
    (iii) For MLG assemblies with less than 22,000 landings, within 
1,200 hours TIS or before the MLG assembly accumulates 23,200 
landings, whichever occurs first.

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    (2) After the effective date of this AD, do not install an MLG 
assembly with a P/N and S/N listed in Figure 1 to paragraphs (a) and 
(e)(2) of this AD on any helicopter unless the screw has been 
replaced and the MLG assembly re-identified as described in 
paragraph (e)(1) of this this AD.

(f) Special Flight Permits

    Special flight permits are prohibited.

(g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards 
Branch, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: 
David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Section, 
Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, 
TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5110; email  [email protected].
    (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating 
certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, we suggest that you 
notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, 
the manager of the local flight standards district office or 
certificate holding district office before operating any aircraft 
complying with this AD through an AMOC.

(h) Additional Information

    (1) Finmeccanica Bollettino Tecnico No. 139-397, dated April 7, 
2016, which is not incorporated by reference, contains additional 
information about the subject of this AD. For service information 
identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Matteo 
Ragazzi, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di 
Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39-0331-711756; fax +39-0331-229046; 
or at http://www.leonardocompany.com/-/bulletins. You may review the 
referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional 
Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, Fort 
Worth, TX 76177.
    (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation 
Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2016-0077, dated April 19, 2016. You may 
view the EASA AD on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov in 
Docket No. FAA-2018-0648.

 (i) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 3200, Landing Gear 
System.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 19, 2019.
James A. Grigg,
Acting Deputy Director for Regulatory Operations, Compliance & 
Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-13605 Filed 6-27-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-13-P