Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, 20618-20621 [2020-07814]

Download as PDF 20618 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 72 Tuesday, April 14, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION 12 CFR Parts 708a and 741 RIN 3313–AF10 Combination Transactions With NonCredit Unions; Reopening of Comment Period National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period. AGENCY: On January 30, 2020, the NCUA Board (Board) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. The NPRM requested comment on the Board’s proposal to add subpart D to part 708a of its regulations and clarify the scope of section 741.8 of the NCUA’s regulations related to procedures and requirements for combination transactions. The NPRM provided a 60-day comment period that closed on March 30, 2020. To allow stakeholders more time to consider and submit their comments, the Board has determined to reopen the comment period for an additional 60 days. DATES: The Board is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule that published January 30, 2020 at 85 FR 5336. Submit comments by June 15, 2020. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314– 3428. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as mail address. Public inspection: All public comments are available on the agency’s website at http://www.ncua.gov/ RegulationsOpinionsLaws/comments as submitted, except as may not be possible for technical reasons. Public comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Due to social distancing measures in effect through at least April 30, 2020, the usual opportunity to inspect paper copies of comments in the NCUA’s law library is not currently available. After social distancing measures are relaxed, visitors may make an appointment to review paper copies by calling (703) 518–6540 or emailing OGCMail@ ncua.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Wirick, Senior Staff Attorney, Office of General Counsel, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, or by telephone at (703) 518–6540. On January 30, 2020, the Board issued an NPRM proposing to clarify the procedures and requirements for combination transactions (85 FR 5336). Combination transactions include those where a federally insured credit union (FICU) proposes to assume liabilities from a non-credit union, including a bank, as well as a FICU’s merger or consolidation with a non-credit union entity. The NPRM also clarified the scope of section 741.8 of the NCUA’s regulations. The NPRM provided a 60-day public comment period that closed on March ADDRESSES: You may submit comments 30, 2020. In light of the challenges by any of the following methods (Please posed by the COVID–19 (coronavirus send comments by one method only). infection) pandemic, various Please note that the NCUA is now stakeholders requested additional time accepting electronic comments only to comment on the proposed rule. The through the Federal eRulemaking portal, Board has determined that reopening Regulations.gov: the NPRM comment period, with • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// comments now due June 15, 2020, is www.regulations.gov. Follow the appropriate. instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: (703) 518–6319. Use the By the National Credit Union subject line ‘‘[Your name] Comments on Administration Board on March 28, 2020. Combination Transactions’’ on the Gerard Poliquin, transmission cover sheet. Secretary of the Board. • Mail: Address to Gerard Poliquin, [FR Doc. 2020–07157 Filed 4–13–20; 8:45 am] Secretary of the Board, National Credit Union Administration, 1775 Duke BILLING CODE 7535–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0215; Product Identifier 2018–SW–088–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Leonardo S.p.A. (Leonardo) Model AB139, AW139, AW169, and AW189 helicopters. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of uncommanded deployment of the emergency flotation system (EFS) due to improper accomplishment of the reset procedure of the shape memory alloy (SMA) inflation system actuation device. This proposed AD would require removal of affected SMA inflation systems and installation of serviceable SMA inflation systems. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 29, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331–225074; fax +39– 0331–229046; or at https:// www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14APP1.SGM 14APP1 20619 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 72 / Tuesday, April 14, 2020 / Proposed Rules You may view this 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 https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0215; 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 AD, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (previously European Aviation Safety Agency) (EASA) AD, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations is listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristi Bradley, Aerospace Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email kristin.bradley@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2020–0215; Product Identifier 2018–SW–088–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. The FAA specifically invites comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. The FAA will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this NPRM because of those comments. The FAA will post all comments received, without change, to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. The FAA will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact received about this NPRM. Discussion EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2018–0208, dated September 20, 2018 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Leonardo Model AB139, AW139, AW169, and AW189 helicopters. EASA advises that reports were received of uncommanded EFS deployment on Model AW139, AW169, and AW189 helicopters. Results of the subsequent technical investigation revealed that these events may have been caused by the improper accomplishment of the reset procedure of the SMA inflation system actuation device. EASA added that these events may lead to an unstable condition of the SMA inflation system. This condition, if not addressed, could lead to further events of uncommanded EFS deployment, possibly resulting in reduced control of the helicopter. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0215. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Leonardo Helicopters has issued Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 139–533, dated August 30, 2018; ASB No. 169– 099, dated August 30, 2018; and ASB No. 189–195, dated August 30, 2018. This service information describes procedures for removal of affected SMA inflation systems and installation of serviceable SMA inflation systems (including correcting the SMA inflation system by performing a reset procedure). These documents are distinct since they apply to different helicopter models. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. FAA’s Determination This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA’s bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, the FAA has been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. The FAA is proposing this AD after evaluating all the relevant information and determining the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Proposed Requirements of This NPRM This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 138 helicopters of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators Up to 7 work-hours × $85 per hour = Up to $595. $ * ............................................ Up to $595 * ............................ Up to $82,110 * * The FAA has received no definitive data that would enable the FAA to provide parts cost estimates for the actions specified in this proposed AD. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 The FAA is 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. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 The FAA determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not E:\FR\FM\14APP1.SGM 14APP1 20620 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 72 / Tuesday, April 14, 2020 / Proposed Rules 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 this proposed regulation: (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. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ § 39.13 (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code 3212, Emergency Flotation Section. [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ Leonardo S.p.A.: Docket No. FAA–2020– 0215; Product Identifier 2018–SW–088– AD. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments by May 29, 2020. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Leonardo S.p.A. helicopters identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (3) of this AD, certificated in any category. (1) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters, all serial numbers, equipped with an emergency flotation system (EFS) float assembly having part number (P/N) 3G9560V00332, 3G9560V00432, 3G9560V01432, or 3G9560V01532. (2) Model AW169 helicopters, all serial numbers, equipped with an EFS float assembly having any part number. (3) Model AW189 helicopters, all serial numbers, equipped with an EFS float assembly having P/N 8G9560V00331 or 8G9560V00431. (h) Removal and Installation (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Definitions (1) An ‘‘affected part’’ is an SMA inflation system having P/N 3G9560V01052 (Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters), P/N 6F9560V00551 (Model AW169 helicopters), or P/N 8G9560V01751 (Model AW189 helicopters), as applicable, with a serial number specified in Figure 1 to paragraph (g)(1) of this AD except those which have been corrected in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 139–533, dated August 30, 2018 (ASB 139– 533); Leonardo Helicopters ASB No. 169– 099, dated August 30, 2018 (ASB 169–099); or Leonardo Helicopters ASB No. 189–195, dated August 30, 2018 (ASB 189–195); as applicable. helicopter and install a serviceable part. This may be done in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of ASB 139– 533; ASB 169–099; or ASB189–195; as applicable. EP14AP20.003</GPH> At the applicable compliance time specified in Figure 2 to paragraph (h) of this AD, remove each affected part from the (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of uncommanded deployment of the EFS due to improper accomplishment of the reset procedure of the shape memory alloy (SMA) inflation system actuation device. The FAA is issuing this AD to address uncommanded EFS deployment, which could result in reduced control of the helicopter. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\14APP1.SGM 14APP1 EP14AP20.002</GPH> jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS (2) A ‘‘serviceable part’’ is an affected part that has been corrected in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of ASB 139–533; ASB 169–099; or ASB 189–195; as applicable; or a part that is not affected. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 72 / Tuesday, April 14, 2020 / Proposed Rules (i) Parts Installation Prohibition As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install an affected part on any helicopter. (j) 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: Kristi Bradley, Aerospace Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email 9-ASW-FTWAMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, 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. (k) Related Information (1) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (previously European Aviation Safety Agency) (EASA) AD 2018–0208, dated September 20, 2018. This EASA AD may be found in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0215. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331– 225074; fax +39–0331–229046; or at https:// www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. You may view this service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. Issued on April 9, 2020. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2020–07814 Filed 4–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 147 [EPA–HQ–OW–2020–0123; FRL–10007–48– OW] Wyoming Underground Injection Control Program; Class VI Primacy Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has received a complete Underground Injection Control (UIC) program revision package from the State of Wyoming requesting approval of a revision to the State’s Safe SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 Drinking Water Act (SDWA) section 1422 UIC program to include Class VI injection well primary implementation and enforcement authority (primacy). The EPA proposes to approve the application from Wyoming under the SDWA to implement a UIC program for Class VI injection wells located within the State, except those on Indian country. This revision would allow the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to issue UIC permits for geologic carbon sequestration facilities as Class VI wells and ensure compliance of Class VI wells with applicable requirements under the UIC program. The EPA is requesting public comments and announcing that any member of the public may request a public hearing. DATES: The application is available for inspection and copying at the address appearing in the ADDRESSES section of this document. Comments must be received on or before May 29, 2020. Requests for a public hearing will be accepted until April 29, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OW–2020–0123, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov/ (our preferred method). Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket ID No. EPA– HQ–OW–2020–0123 for this rulemaking. Comments received may be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov/, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on sending comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. Public Hearing Only if requested, a public hearing will be held on May 14, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 200 West 17th Street, Room 210, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002. The hearing details will be provided in a Federal Register publication if requested. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Molly McEvoy, Drinking Water Protection Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (4606M), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564– 4765; fax number: (202) 564–3754; email address: mcevoy.molly@epa.gov or Wendy Cheung, Underground Injection Control Unit, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop Street, MSC PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 20621 8WD–SDU, Denver, Colorado 80202; telephone number: (303) 312–6242; fax number: (303) 312–7206; email address: cheung.wendy@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Participation A. Written Comments Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2020– 0123, at https://www.regulations.gov/ (our preferred method). Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from the docket. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. If you need to submit CBI, contact Wendy Cheung, contact information available in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit https://www.epa.gov/dockets/ commenting-epa-dockets. B. Participation in Public Hearing Only if requested, a public hearing will be held on May 14, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 200 West 17th Street, Room 210, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001. Requests for a hearing may be sent to Wendy Cheung, EPA Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop Street, MSC 8WD–SDU, Denver, Colorado 80202. For additional information regarding the public hearing, please contact Wendy Cheung at (303) 312–6242 or cheung.wendy@ epa.gov. The EPA will begin pre-registering speakers for the hearing upon publication of this document in the Federal Register. To register to speak at the hearing, please contact Wendy Cheung, EPA Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop Street, MSC 8WD–SDU, Denver, Colorado 80202. For additional information regarding the public hearing, please contact Wendy Cheung (303) 312–6242 or cheung.wendy@ epa.gov. The last day to pre-register to speak at the hearing will be May 8, 2020. On E:\FR\FM\14APP1.SGM 14APP1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 72 (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0215; Product Identifier 2018-SW-088-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) 
for certain Leonardo S.p.A. (Leonardo) Model AB139, AW139, AW169, and 
AW189 helicopters. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of 
uncommanded deployment of the emergency flotation system (EFS) due to 
improper accomplishment of the reset procedure of the shape memory 
alloy (SMA) inflation system actuation device. This proposed AD would 
require removal of affected SMA inflation systems and installation of 
serviceable SMA inflation systems. The FAA is proposing this AD to 
address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 29, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Leonardo 
S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale 
G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39-0331-
225074; fax +39-0331-229046; or at https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/home.

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    You may view this 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 https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2020-
0215; 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 AD, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (previously European 
Aviation Safety Agency) (EASA) AD, any comments received, and other 
information. The street address for Docket Operations is listed above. 
Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2020-0215; 
Product Identifier 2018-SW-088-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. 
The FAA specifically invites comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. The FAA will 
consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this 
NPRM because of those comments.
    The FAA will post all comments received, without change, to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. 
The FAA will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal 
contact received about this NPRM.

Discussion

    EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2018-0208, dated September 20, 2018 
(referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness 
Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for 
certain Leonardo Model AB139, AW139, AW169, and AW189 helicopters. EASA 
advises that reports were received of uncommanded EFS deployment on 
Model AW139, AW169, and AW189 helicopters. Results of the subsequent 
technical investigation revealed that these events may have been caused 
by the improper accomplishment of the reset procedure of the SMA 
inflation system actuation device. EASA added that these events may 
lead to an unstable condition of the SMA inflation system. This 
condition, if not addressed, could lead to further events of 
uncommanded EFS deployment, possibly resulting in reduced control of 
the helicopter.
    You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the internet at 
https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. 
FAA-2020-0215.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Leonardo Helicopters has issued Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 
139-533, dated August 30, 2018; ASB No. 169-099, dated August 30, 2018; 
and ASB No. 189-195, dated August 30, 2018. This service information 
describes procedures for removal of affected SMA inflation systems and 
installation of serviceable SMA inflation systems (including correcting 
the SMA inflation system by performing a reset procedure). These 
documents are distinct since they apply to different helicopter models.
    This service information is reasonably available because the 
interested parties have access to it through their normal course of 
business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

FAA's Determination

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to the FAA's bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, 
the FAA has been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI 
and service information referenced above. The FAA is proposing this AD 
after evaluating all the relevant information and determining the 
unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on 
other products of the same type design.

Proposed Requirements of This NPRM

    This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified 
in the service information described previously.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 138 helicopters of 
U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with 
this proposed AD:

                                      Estimated Costs for Required Actions
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              Labor cost                      Parts cost            Cost per product      Cost on U.S. operators
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Up to 7 work-hours x $85 per hour =    $ *....................  Up to $595 *...........  Up to $82,110 *
 Up to $595.
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* The FAA has received no definitive data that would enable the FAA to provide parts cost estimates for the
  actions specified in this proposed AD.

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.
    The FAA is 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

    The FAA determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not

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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 this proposed 
regulation:
    (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.

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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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]

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

Leonardo S.p.A.: Docket No. FAA-2020-0215; Product Identifier 2018-
SW-088-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments by May 29, 2020.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Leonardo S.p.A. helicopters identified in 
paragraphs (c)(1) through (3) of this AD, certificated in any 
category.
    (1) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters, all serial numbers, 
equipped with an emergency flotation system (EFS) float assembly 
having part number (P/N) 3G9560V00332, 3G9560V00432, 3G9560V01432, 
or 3G9560V01532.
    (2) Model AW169 helicopters, all serial numbers, equipped with 
an EFS float assembly having any part number.
    (3) Model AW189 helicopters, all serial numbers, equipped with 
an EFS float assembly having P/N 8G9560V00331 or 8G9560V00431.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code 3212, Emergency 
Flotation Section.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of uncommanded deployment of the 
EFS due to improper accomplishment of the reset procedure of the 
shape memory alloy (SMA) inflation system actuation device. The FAA 
is issuing this AD to address uncommanded EFS deployment, which 
could result in reduced control of the helicopter.

(f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.

(g) Definitions

    (1) An ``affected part'' is an SMA inflation system having P/N 
3G9560V01052 (Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters), P/N 6F9560V00551 
(Model AW169 helicopters), or P/N 8G9560V01751 (Model AW189 
helicopters), as applicable, with a serial number specified in 
Figure 1 to paragraph (g)(1) of this AD except those which have been 
corrected in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 139-533, dated 
August 30, 2018 (ASB 139-533); Leonardo Helicopters ASB No. 169-099, 
dated August 30, 2018 (ASB 169-099); or Leonardo Helicopters ASB No. 
189-195, dated August 30, 2018 (ASB 189-195); as applicable. 
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    (2) A ``serviceable part'' is an affected part that has been 
corrected in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of ASB 
139-533; ASB 169-099; or ASB 189-195; as applicable; or a part that 
is not affected.

(h) Removal and Installation

    At the applicable compliance time specified in Figure 2 to 
paragraph (h) of this AD, remove each affected part from the 
helicopter and install a serviceable part. This may be done in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of ASB 139-533; ASB 
169-099; or ASB189-195; as applicable. 
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(i) Parts Installation Prohibition

    As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install an 
affected part on any helicopter.

(j) 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: 
Kristi Bradley, Aerospace 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, 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.

(k) Related Information

    (1) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union 
Aviation Safety Agency (previously European Aviation Safety Agency) 
(EASA) AD 2018-0208, dated September 20, 2018. This EASA AD may be 
found in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-
2020-0215.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, 
Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone 
+39-0331-225074; fax +39-0331-229046; or at https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. You may view this service 
information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest 
Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177.

    Issued on April 9, 2020.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-07814 Filed 4-13-20; 8:45 am]
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