Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters, 69126-69129 [2020-23976]

Download as PDF 69126 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 212 / Monday, November 2, 2020 / Rules and Regulations receiving the surplus personal property has only conditional title only to the surplus personal property during the applicable period of restriction. Full title to the property will vest in the donee only after the donee has met all of the requirements of this part and the requirements of GSA and the SASP that it received the property from. Subpart C—Surplus Personal Property for Small Businesses Located in Puerto Rico § 129.300 What definitions are important in this subpart? Covered period means the period beginning on August 13, 2018 and ending on the date which the Oversight Board established under section 101 of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (48 U.S.C. 2121) terminates. 15 U.S.C. 636(j)(13)(F)(iii). Located in Puerto Rico means a concern with a physical location in Puerto Rico and organized under the laws of Puerto Rico. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES § 129.301 How does a small business concern located in a Puerto Rico obtain Federal surplus personal property? (a) General. Pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 636(j)(13)(F)(iii), eligible small business concerns located in Puerto Rico may receive surplus Federal Government property from the Puerto Rico State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP). The procedures set forth in 41 CFR part 102–37 and this section will be used to transfer surplus personal property to eligible small business concerns. The property which may be transferred to the Puerto Rico SASP for further transfer to eligible small business concerns includes all personal property which has become available for donation pursuant to 41 CFR 102–37.30. (b) Eligibility to receive Federal surplus personal property. To be eligible to receive Federal surplus personal property, on the date of transfer a concern must: (1) Be located in Puerto Rico; (2) Qualify as small under the size standard corresponding to its primary NAICS code and certify its size in SAM.gov, or a successor system, prior to seeking access to surplus property. SASPs and GSA may rely on concern’s certification as small for purposes of this program; (3) Not be debarred, suspended, or declared ineligible under Title 2 or Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations; and (4) Be engaged or expect to be engaged in business activities making the item useful to it. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Oct 30, 2020 Jkt 253001 (c) Use of acquired surplus personal property. (1) Eligible concerns may acquire surplus Federal personal property from the Puerto Rico SASP, provided the concern represents and agrees in writing: (i) As to what the intended use of the surplus personal property is to be; (ii) That it will use the property to be acquired in the normal conduct of its business activities or be liable for the fair rental value from the date of its receipt; (iii) That it will not sell or transfer the property to be acquired to any party other than the Federal Government as required by GSA and SASP requirements and guidelines; (iv) That, at its own expense, it will return the property to the SASP if directed to do so by SBA, including where the concern has not used the property as intended within one year of receipt; (v) That, should it breach its agreement not to sell or transfer the property, it will be liable to the Federal Government for the established fair market value or the sale price, whichever is greater, of the property sold or transferred; and (vi) That it will give GSA and SASPs access to inspect the property and all records pertaining to it. (2) A concern receiving surplus personal property pursuant to this section assumes all liability associated with or stemming from the use of the property. (d) Costs. Concerns acquiring surplus personal property from a SASP must pay a service fee to the SASP in accordance with 41 CFR 102–37.280. In no instance will any SASP charge a concern more for any service than their established fees charged to other transferees. (f) Title. Upon execution of the SASP distribution document, the firm receiving the surplus personal property has only conditional title to the surplus personal property during the applicable period of restriction. Full title to the surplus personal property will vest in the donee only after the donee has met all of the requirements of this part. Jovita Carranza, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2020–22539 Filed 10–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8026–03–P PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0585; Product Identifier 2019–SW–112–AD; Amendment 39–21297; AD 2020–22–01] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. This AD requires inspecting the affected parts and associated frame bores for discrepancies, applicable corrective actions, and reporting certain information if necessary. This AD was prompted by reports of corrosion on attachment screws and fittings fastening the main gearbox (MGB) suspension bars to the fuselage. The actions of this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective December 7, 2020. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of December 7, 2020. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone 972–641–0000 or 800–232– 0323; fax 972–641–3775; or at https:// www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/ technical-support.html. You may view the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. It is also available on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0585. SUMMARY: 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– 0585; 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 (EASA) AD, any service information that is incorporated by reference, any comments received, and other E:\FR\FM\02NOR1.SGM 02NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 212 / Monday, November 2, 2020 / Rules and Regulations information. The street 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: Kathleen Arrigotti, Aerospace Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3218; email kathleen.arrigotti@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Discussion The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 20, 2020 (85 FR 43749). The NPRM proposed to require accomplishing actions specified in the service information and sending certain inspection results to the manufacturer. The NPRM was prompted by EASA AD No. 2019–0295, dated December 5, 2019, issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. EASA advises that there were reports of corrosion on attachment screws and fittings fastening the rear MGB suspension bars, right and left hand sides, to the fuselage, and the attachment screws and fitting fastening the front MGB suspension bar to the fuselage. Subsequent investigation determined that during maintenance visits of an identified batch of helicopters between September 2012 and April 2019, application of compound sealant on MGB suspension bar attachment screws may not have been accomplished using the approved maintenance data. The EASA AD requires a one-time inspection of the affected parts, and depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective actions. The compliance times vary depending on helicopter configuration. For helicopters identified in Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) AS332–53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020, the earliest inspection compliance time is within 100 flight hours or 6 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. For helicopters identified in Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332–53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Oct 30, 2020 Jkt 253001 earliest inspection compliance time is within 100 flight hours after the effective date of this AD. For helicopters identified in Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332–53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020, the latest initial inspection compliance time is within 3,800 flight hours or 3 years and 6 months, whichever occurs first, since the last maintenance action at Airbus Helicopters Marignane. For helicopters identified in Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332–53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, the latest initial inspection compliance time is within 3,800 flight hours since last removal. The FAA is issuing this AD to address corrosion on attachment fittings and attachment screws for the MGB suspension bars. This condition, if not addressed, could lead to structural failure of the MGB attachment screws, resulting in detachment of MGB suspension bars from the fuselage and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule, but the FAA did not receive any comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. FAA’s Determination This product has been approved by EASA and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA’s bilateral agreement with the European Union, EASA has notified the FAA of the unsafe condition described in its AD. The FAA is issuing this AD after evaluating all of the information provided by EASA and determining the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these same type design. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus Helicopters has issued ASB No. AS332–53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020; and ASB No. AS332– 53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, which specify procedures for inspecting the attachment fittings and attachment screws of the MGB suspension bars and their frame bores for discrepancies and corrective actions. This inspection includes an inspection of the attachment fittings and attachment screws of the MGB suspension bars for corrosion and an inspection of the attachment screws for evidence of sealing compound. The corrective actions include replacing or repairing corroded parts and replacing PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 69127 screws that have sealing compound on them. These documents are distinct since they apply to different helicopter models in different configurations. 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. Other Related Service Information Airbus Helicopters has also issued ASB No. AS332–53.02.05, Revision 0, dated April 18, 2019, which specifies procedures for inspecting the attachment fittings and attachment screws of the MGB suspension bars and their frame bores for discrepancies and corrective actions. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 12 helicopters of U.S. Registry. Labor rates are estimated at $85 per work-hour. Based on these numbers, the FAA estimates that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD. To comply with this AD, the FAA estimates that it will take up to about 16 work-hours, for an estimated cost of $1,360 per helicopter and $16,320 for the U.S. fleet. The FAA estimates that it will take about 1 hour per helicopter to comply with the oncondition reporting requirement in this AD. Paperwork Reduction Act A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120–0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to: Information Collection Clearance Officer, Federal Aviation Administration, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177–1524. E:\FR\FM\02NOR1.SGM 02NOR1 69128 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 212 / Monday, November 2, 2020 / 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. 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 helicopters 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 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES ■ 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: ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Oct 30, 2020 Jkt 253001 2020–22–01 Airbus Helicopters: Amendment 39–21297; Docket No. FAA–2020–0585; Product Identifier 2019–SW–112–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective December 7, 2020. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to all Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 5340, Fuselage main, attach fittings. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of corrosion on attachment screws and fittings fastening the main gearbox (MGB) suspension bars to the fuselage. The FAA is issuing this AD to address corrosion on attachment fittings and attachment screws for the MGB suspension bars. This condition, if not addressed, could lead to structural failure of the MGB attachment screws, resulting in detachment of MGB suspension bars from the fuselage and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. (f) 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. (g) Definitions Affected parts are attachment screws and fitting(s) fastening the parts identified in paragraphs (g)(1) and (2) of this AD. (1) Rear MGB suspension bars, right and left sides, to the fuselage. (2) Front MGB suspension bar to the fuselage. (h) Inspection Except as specified in paragraphs (j)(1) through (3) of this AD: Within the applicable compliance times identified in paragraph (h)(1) or (2) of this AD, inspect each affected part and its frame bores for discrepancies, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, Section 3.B.2, of Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) AS332–53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020; or Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332– 53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, as applicable. For the purposes of this inspection, a discrepancy may be indicated by corrosion on the MGB attachment fitting or by sealing compound on the attachment screws. (1) Table 1 or 2, as applicable, of Section 1.E.2, ‘‘Compliance in service,’’ of Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332–53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020. (2) Table 1 of Section 1.E.2, ‘‘Compliance in service,’’ of Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332–53.02.07, dated October 21, 2019. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (i) Corrective Action Except as required by paragraph (j)(4) of this AD: If, during the inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, there is any discrepancy, before further flight, do the applicable corrective action (including replacing or repairing corroded parts and replacing screws that have sealing compound on them), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, Section 3.B.2, of Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332–53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020; or ASB AS332–53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, as applicable. (j) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications (1) Where Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332– 53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020, uses the phrase ‘‘Revision 0 of this ASB issued on April 18, 2019,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD.’’ (2) Where Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332– 53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, uses the phrase ‘‘receipt of this ASB,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD.’’ (3) Where Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332– 53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020; and ASB AS332–53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, specify discarding parts, you are not required to discard parts. (4) Where Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332– 53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020; and ASB AS332–53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, specify contacting Airbus Helicopters for repair instructions: This AD requires repair using a method approved by the Manager, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA. The Manager’s approval letter must specifically refer to this AD. (k) Reporting If, during the inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, there is any discrepancy, report the inspection results to Airbus Helicopters at the applicable time specified in paragraph (k)(1) or (2) of this AD. The report should include the information specified in Appendix 4.A. of Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332–53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020; or ASB AS332– 53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, as applicable. (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the inspection. (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the effective date of this AD. (l) Credit for Previous Actions For helicopters identified in Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332–53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020: This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332–53.02.05, Revision 0, dated April 18, 2019. (m) Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Statement A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to E:\FR\FM\02NOR1.SGM 02NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 212 / Monday, November 2, 2020 / Rules and Regulations respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120–0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to: Information Collection Clearance Officer, Federal Aviation Administration, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177–1524. (n) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Manager, 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, the FAA suggests 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES (o) Related Information (1) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2019–0295, dated December 5, 2019. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2020–0585. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone 972–641–0000 or 800–232–0323; fax 972–641–3775; or at https:// www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/ technical-support.html. You may view a copy of the service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. (p) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) AS332–53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020. (ii) Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332– 53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:00 Oct 30, 2020 Jkt 253001 (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone 972–641–0000 or 800–232–0323; fax 972–641–3775; or at https:// www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/ technical-support.html. (4) 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. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 817–222–5110. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, email fedreg.legal@nara.gov, or go to: https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued on October 13, 2020. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2020–23976 Filed 10–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0583; Product Identifier 2020–NM–071–AD; Amendment 39–21291; AD 2020–21–18] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2019–14– 09, which applied to all Airbus SAS Model A330–200 Freighter series airplanes. AD 2019–14–09 required repetitive detailed inspections, including functional testing, of the oxygen crew and courier distribution system (OCCDS) and replacement of affected part(s) if necessary. This AD retains the requirements of AD 2019– 14–09 and requires replacement of all affected parts with improved serviceable parts, which is terminating action for the repetitive inspections, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which will be incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective December 7, 2020. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 69129 of a certain publication listed in this AD as of December 7, 2020. ADDRESSES: For the EASA material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, contact the EASA, KonradAdenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this IBR material on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this IBR material at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. It is also available in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0583. 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– 0583; 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, 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: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3229; email Vladimir.Ulyanov@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020–0092, dated April 24, 2020 (‘‘EASA AD 2020–0092’’) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus SAS Model A330– 223F and A330–243F airplanes. EASA AD 2020–0092 superseded EASA AD 2019–0027, dated February 4, 2019 (‘‘EASA AD 2019–0027’’) (which corresponds to FAA AD 2019–14–09, Amendment 39–19687 (84 FR 37957, August 5, 2019) (‘‘AD 2019–14–09’’)). The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2019–14–09. E:\FR\FM\02NOR1.SGM 02NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0585; Product Identifier 2019-SW-112-AD; Amendment 
39-21297; AD 2020-22-01]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 
helicopters. This AD requires inspecting the affected parts and 
associated frame bores for discrepancies, applicable corrective 
actions, and reporting certain information if necessary. This AD was 
prompted by reports of corrosion on attachment screws and fittings 
fastening the main gearbox (MGB) suspension bars to the fuselage. The 
actions of this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these 
products.

DATES: This AD is effective December 7, 2020.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of December 7, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 
75052; telephone 972-641-0000 or 800-232-0323; fax 972-641-3775; or at 
https://www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/technical-support.html. You 
may view the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the 
Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, 
Fort Worth, TX 76177. It is also available on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2020-
0585.

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-
0585; 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 (EASA) AD, any 
service information that is incorporated by reference, any comments 
received, and other

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information. The street 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: Kathleen Arrigotti, Aerospace 
Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 
2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206-231-
3218; email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Airbus Helicopters 
Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. The NPRM 
published in the Federal Register on July 20, 2020 (85 FR 43749). The 
NPRM proposed to require accomplishing actions specified in the service 
information and sending certain inspection results to the manufacturer.
    The NPRM was prompted by EASA AD No. 2019-0295, dated December 5, 
2019, issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member 
States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition for all 
Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 
helicopters. EASA advises that there were reports of corrosion on 
attachment screws and fittings fastening the rear MGB suspension bars, 
right and left hand sides, to the fuselage, and the attachment screws 
and fitting fastening the front MGB suspension bar to the fuselage. 
Subsequent investigation determined that during maintenance visits of 
an identified batch of helicopters between September 2012 and April 
2019, application of compound sealant on MGB suspension bar attachment 
screws may not have been accomplished using the approved maintenance 
data. The EASA AD requires a one-time inspection of the affected parts, 
and depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective 
actions. The compliance times vary depending on helicopter 
configuration.
    For helicopters identified in Airbus Helicopters Alert Service 
Bulletin (ASB) AS332-53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020, the 
earliest inspection compliance time is within 100 flight hours or 6 
months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. For 
helicopters identified in Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.07, 
Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, the earliest inspection compliance 
time is within 100 flight hours after the effective date of this AD.
    For helicopters identified in Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-
53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020, the latest initial 
inspection compliance time is within 3,800 flight hours or 3 years and 
6 months, whichever occurs first, since the last maintenance action at 
Airbus Helicopters Marignane. For helicopters identified in Airbus 
Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, the 
latest initial inspection compliance time is within 3,800 flight hours 
since last removal.
    The FAA is issuing this AD to address corrosion on attachment 
fittings and attachment screws for the MGB suspension bars. This 
condition, if not addressed, could lead to structural failure of the 
MGB attachment screws, resulting in detachment of MGB suspension bars 
from the fuselage and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

Comments

    The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in 
developing this final rule, but the FAA did not receive any comments on 
the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public.

FAA's Determination

    This product has been approved by EASA and is approved for 
operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA's bilateral 
agreement with the European Union, EASA has notified the FAA of the 
unsafe condition described in its AD. The FAA is issuing this AD after 
evaluating all of the information provided by EASA and determining the 
unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other 
products of these same type design.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus Helicopters has issued ASB No. AS332-53.02.05, Revision 1, 
dated March 2, 2020; and ASB No. AS332-53.02.07, Revision 0, dated 
October 21, 2019, which specify procedures for inspecting the 
attachment fittings and attachment screws of the MGB suspension bars 
and their frame bores for discrepancies and corrective actions. This 
inspection includes an inspection of the attachment fittings and 
attachment screws of the MGB suspension bars for corrosion and an 
inspection of the attachment screws for evidence of sealing compound. 
The corrective actions include replacing or repairing corroded parts 
and replacing screws that have sealing compound on them. These 
documents are distinct since they apply to different helicopter models 
in different configurations.
    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.

Other Related Service Information

    Airbus Helicopters has also issued ASB No. AS332-53.02.05, Revision 
0, dated April 18, 2019, which specifies procedures for inspecting the 
attachment fittings and attachment screws of the MGB suspension bars 
and their frame bores for discrepancies and corrective actions.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 12 helicopters of U.S. 
Registry. Labor rates are estimated at $85 per work-hour. Based on 
these numbers, the FAA estimates that operators may incur the following 
costs in order to comply with this AD. To comply with this AD, the FAA 
estimates that it will take up to about 16 work-hours, for an estimated 
cost of $1,360 per helicopter and $16,320 for the U.S. fleet. The FAA 
estimates that it will take about 1 hour per helicopter to comply with 
the on-condition reporting requirement in this AD.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for 
failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the 
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of 
information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. The OMB 
Control Number for this information collection is 2120-0056. Public 
reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be 
approximately 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing 
instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and 
maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the 
collection of information. All responses to this collection of 
information are mandatory. Send comments regarding this burden estimate 
or any other aspect of this collection of information, including 
suggestions for reducing this burden to: Information Collection 
Clearance Officer, Federal Aviation Administration, 10101 Hillwood 
Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177-1524.

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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 helicopters 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:

2020-22-01 Airbus Helicopters: Amendment 39-21297; Docket No. FAA-
2020-0585; Product Identifier 2019-SW-112-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective December 7, 
2020.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, 
AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 5340, Fuselage 
main, attach fittings.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of corrosion on attachment 
screws and fittings fastening the main gearbox (MGB) suspension bars 
to the fuselage. The FAA is issuing this AD to address corrosion on 
attachment fittings and attachment screws for the MGB suspension 
bars. This condition, if not addressed, could lead to structural 
failure of the MGB attachment screws, resulting in detachment of MGB 
suspension bars from the fuselage and subsequent loss of control of 
the helicopter.

(f) 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.

(g) Definitions

    Affected parts are attachment screws and fitting(s) fastening 
the parts identified in paragraphs (g)(1) and (2) of this AD.
    (1) Rear MGB suspension bars, right and left sides, to the 
fuselage.
    (2) Front MGB suspension bar to the fuselage.

(h) Inspection

    Except as specified in paragraphs (j)(1) through (3) of this AD: 
Within the applicable compliance times identified in paragraph 
(h)(1) or (2) of this AD, inspect each affected part and its frame 
bores for discrepancies, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions, Section 3.B.2, of Airbus Helicopters Alert Service 
Bulletin (ASB) AS332-53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020; or 
Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 
2019, as applicable. For the purposes of this inspection, a 
discrepancy may be indicated by corrosion on the MGB attachment 
fitting or by sealing compound on the attachment screws.
    (1) Table 1 or 2, as applicable, of Section 1.E.2, ``Compliance 
in service,'' of Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.05, Revision 1, 
dated March 2, 2020.
    (2) Table 1 of Section 1.E.2, ``Compliance in service,'' of 
Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.07, dated October 21, 2019.

(i) Corrective Action

    Except as required by paragraph (j)(4) of this AD: If, during 
the inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, there is any 
discrepancy, before further flight, do the applicable corrective 
action (including replacing or repairing corroded parts and 
replacing screws that have sealing compound on them), in accordance 
with the Accomplishment Instructions, Section 3.B.2, of Airbus 
Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020; or 
ASB AS332-53.02.07, Revision 0, dated October 21, 2019, as 
applicable.

 (j) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications

    (1) Where Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.05, Revision 1, 
dated March 2, 2020, uses the phrase ``Revision 0 of this ASB issued 
on April 18, 2019,'' this AD requires using ``the effective date of 
this AD.''
    (2) Where Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.07, Revision 0, 
dated October 21, 2019, uses the phrase ``receipt of this ASB,'' 
this AD requires using ``the effective date of this AD.''
    (3) Where Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.05, Revision 1, 
dated March 2, 2020; and ASB AS332-53.02.07, Revision 0, dated 
October 21, 2019, specify discarding parts, you are not required to 
discard parts.
    (4) Where Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.05, Revision 1, 
dated March 2, 2020; and ASB AS332-53.02.07, Revision 0, dated 
October 21, 2019, specify contacting Airbus Helicopters for repair 
instructions: This AD requires repair using a method approved by the 
Manager, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA. The Manager's approval 
letter must specifically refer to this AD.

(k) Reporting

    If, during the inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, 
there is any discrepancy, report the inspection results to Airbus 
Helicopters at the applicable time specified in paragraph (k)(1) or 
(2) of this AD. The report should include the information specified 
in Appendix 4.A. of Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.05, Revision 
1, dated March 2, 2020; or ASB AS332-53.02.07, Revision 0, dated 
October 21, 2019, as applicable.
    (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of 
this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the inspection.
    (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this 
AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the effective date of 
this AD.

(l) Credit for Previous Actions

    For helicopters identified in Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-
53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020: This paragraph provides 
credit for actions required by paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD, if 
those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD 
using Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.05, Revision 0, dated April 
18, 2019.

(m) Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Statement

    A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to

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respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure 
to comply with a collection of information subject to the 
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection 
of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. The 
OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120-0056. 
Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to 
be approximately 1 hour per response, including the time for 
reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering 
and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the 
collection of information. All responses to this collection of 
information are mandatory. Send comments regarding this burden 
estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, 
including suggestions for reducing this burden to: Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Federal Aviation Administration, 10101 
Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177-1524.

(n) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, may approve 
AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Manager, 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, the FAA suggests 
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.

(o) Related Information

    (1) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union 
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2019-0295, dated December 5, 
2019. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA-2020-0585.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; 
telephone 972-641-0000 or 800-232-0323; fax 972-641-3775; or at 
https://www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/technical-support.html. 
You may view a copy of the service information at the FAA, Office of 
the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 
6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177.

(p) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference of the service information listed in this 
paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) AS332-
53.02.05, Revision 1, dated March 2, 2020.
    (ii) Airbus Helicopters ASB AS332-53.02.07, Revision 0, dated 
October 21, 2019.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; 
telephone 972-641-0000 or 800-232-0323; fax 972-641-3775; or at 
https://www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/technical-support.html.
    (4) 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. For information on the availability of 
this material at the FAA, call 817-222-5110.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, email [email protected], or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued on October 13, 2020.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-23976 Filed 10-30-20; 8:45 am]
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