Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Helicopters, 17275-17278 [2021-06771]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 62 / Friday, April 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES the Agency finances infrastructure that enables access to a seamless, nationwide telecommunications network. With access to the same advanced telecommunications networks as its urban counterparts—especially those designed to accommodate distance learning, telework, and telemedicine— rural America will eventually see improving educational opportunities, health care, economies, safety and security, and ultimately higher employment. The Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program, Rural Broadband Program, Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program, Broadband Initiatives Program and ReConnect Program (hereinafter collectively referred to as the ‘‘RUS Telecommunications Programs’’) provide loan funding to build and expand broadband and telecommunications services in rural communities. This final rule confirms the final rule that published in the Federal Register on February 25, 2020 at 85 FR 10555, which outlines the general policies and procedures for servicing actions associated with the RUS Telecommunications Programs Borrowers in financial distress with the mutual objective of avoiding or resolving a monetary default of the RUS debt. This final rule will ensure that recipients comply with the established objectives and requirements for loans, repaying loans on schedule or within the revised terms as agreed to by the Agency, and act in accordance with any necessary agreements. It will also ensure that the Agency will handle servicing actions in a consistent approach across all RUS Telecommunications Programs, as well as protect the financial interest of the Agency. Summary of Comments and Responses RUS invited comments on the final rule published in the Federal Register on February 25, 2020 at (85 FR 10555). While two comments were received, one was not relevant to this rule. The only relevant comment, submitted by NTCATHE RURAL BROADBAND ASSOCIATION, contained four (4) modifications/considerations relevant to the servicing rule (SR). The Agency’s responses are as follows: Issue 1: NTCA recommends the creation of an interface to guide staff and borrowers to the selection of the most appropriate loan servicing option. Agency Response: RUS agrees that the suggestion to have interface with borrowers to receive guidance from the Agency is a suggestion worth exploring and will take it under consideration. Since every distressed borrower has VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:14 Apr 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 distinct financial and legal issues, the agency is considering issuing written guidance, such as FAQs, and implementing, a help desk, or possibly even outreach events such as webinars. Issue 2: NTCA recommends the agency consider historic repayment performance of borrowers (both individually and in the respective programs) in reservicing proceedings. Agency Response: In determining feasibility of any requested action, the agency already takes into consideration the borrower’s historical and current financial information, which includes its repayment history. Additionally, the required financial forecast provides the Agency with the borrower’s own assessment and prediction as to repayment. Issue 3: NTCA urges consideration of the utilization of waivers to avoid ‘‘unnecessary or onerous filings’’. Agency Response: RUS is mindful of the timing and the cost associated with preparing some of the required information to seek special servicing actions. However, the agency needs to request the core documents for consideration of all distressed borrowers so that all every borrower is treated in the same manner. More importantly, these core documents are the minimum financial information that is necessary to make an informed decision on the servicing option. With respect to the additional documents that may be requested by the Agency under section 1752.6, the agency notes that only information related to the specific servicing action will be requested. That said, the borrower will have ample opportunity to suggest the most efficient and costeffective ways to provide this information to the RUS. Issue 4: NTCA supports the conclusion of reservicing requests within a reasonable timeframe. Agency Response: RUS agrees that timing is often critical in dealing with financially distressed borrowers whose resources may be limited and are rapidly being depleted. It is nevertheless important not to rush through a process which may lead to overlooking key factors or result in outright errors which may waste precious time in the long run. As indicated above, most distressed borrowers have distinct financial and legal issues which require different periods to resolve. The time frame for completing a loan workout is a function of numerous factors including: (1) The complexity and depth of the challenges facing the borrower; (2) the completeness and quality of the information provided with the initial PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 17275 request; (3) how much time since the problems surfaced before the borrower seeks assistance; and (4) the experience and qualifications of management and their team. The availability of resources at RUS may also be a factor. As such, it would not be in the best interest of any of the parties to establish a set timeframe for servicing. Similarly, a ‘‘fast track’’ of the process, or the use of waivers, may not produce the best possible outcome for the borrower. The RUS appreciates the interest of the NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) with regard to the Special Servicing of Telecommunications Programs Loans for Financially Distressed Borrowers final rule and thanks them for their submission. Christopher A. McLean, Acting Administrator, Rural Utilities Service. [FR Doc. 2021–06381 Filed 4–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0801; Product Identifier 2019–SW–101–AD; Amendment 39–21472; AD 2021–06–05] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017–07– 08 for Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (Airbus Helicopters) Model MBB–BK 117 D–2 helicopters. AD 2017–07–08 required repetitively inspecting each engine mount elastomeric bushing (elastomeric bushing). Since the FAA issued AD 2017–07–08, Airbus Helicopters has designed an improved engine mount metal bushing (metal bushing). This new AD retains the inspection requirements of AD 2017–07–08 and requires replacing each affected engine mount bushing with an improved engine mount bushing, while also requiring repetitive inspections of the improved engine mount bushing. This AD also prohibits installing an elastomeric bushing on any helicopter. The actions of this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1 17276 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 62 / Friday, April 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations This AD is effective May 7, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of May 7, 2021. 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 this 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–2020–0801. DATES: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2020–0801; 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 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: Matt Fuller, AD Program Manager, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Unit, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5110; email matthew.fuller@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 to remove AD 2017–07–08, Amendment 39–18846 (82 FR 16895, April 7, 2017) (AD 2017–07–08), and add a new AD. AD 2017–07–08 applied to Airbus Helicopters Model MBB–BK 117 D–2 helicopters and required repetitive visual inspections of each elastomeric bushing of the inner and outer forward trusses of both engines, and depending on the outcome of the inspections, repairing or replacing the elastomeric bushings. AD 2017–07–08 was prompted by EASA AD 2015–0198, dated September 30, 2015 (EASA AD 2015–0198), issued by EASA, which is VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:14 Apr 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union. EASA advised that during a pre-flight check of a Model MBB–BK 117 D–2 helicopter, an elastomeric bushing was found delaminated. More cases of delaminated elastomeric bushings were reported following additional investigations. According to EASA, this condition could lead to cracks and eventually failure of the engine mount front support pins, possibly resulting in loss of helicopter control. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 27, 2020 (85 FR 52931) and was prompted by EASA issuing a series of ADs to supersede EASA AD 2015–0198. EASA issued AD 2019–0030, dated February 13, 2019 (EASA AD 2019–0030), to supersede EASA AD 2015–0198. EASA AD 2019– 0030 advises that Airbus Helicopters has designed an improved engine mount bushing P/N B712M10X1001, which when installed becomes a terminating action for the repetitive inspections of elastomeric bushing P/N 105–60386. Accordingly, EASA AD 2019–0030 requires installation of improved engine mount bushing P/N B712M10X1001 and also prohibits the installation of elastomeric bushing P/N 105–60386 on any Model MBB–BK 117 D–2 helicopter. Since EASA issued AD 2019–0030, occurrences were reported of finding damaged metal bushings. EASA issued AD 2019–0275, dated November 7, 2019 (EASA AD 2019–0275), which retains the requirements of EASA AD 2019– 0030 and requires repetitive visual inspections of the metal bushings. EASA AD 2019–0275 also updates the terminology used in the definitions section from affected part to elastomeric bushing and from serviceable part to metal bushing. The NPRM proposed to retain the repetitive visual inspections of AD 2017–07–08 and proposed to require installing metal bushing part number (P/N) B712M10X1001, which would terminate the repetitive inspections of elastomeric bushing P/N 105–60386. The NPRM also proposed to require repetitive inspections of metal bushing P/N B712M10X1001 and prohibit the installation of elastomeric bushing P/N 105–60386 on any helicopter. FAA’s Determination These helicopters have been approved by EASA and are 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 helicopters of these same type design and that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed. Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD EASA AD 2019–0275 allows a noncumulative tolerance of 10 hours timein-service for its required compliance times. This AD does not. EASA AD 2019–0275 requires reporting inspection results to Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH if any worn or heavily worn metal is found, whereas this AD does not. Comments Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) MBB– BK117 D–2–71A–002, Revision 1, dated December 14, 2018. This service information specifies instructions for repetitive visual inspections of elastomeric bushing P/N 105–60386 for defects, deformation, separation of the rubber, and missing rubber. If there is any deformation or separation of the rubber, this service information provides instructions to replace the affected parts with serviceable parts. This service information also specifies replacing elastomeric bushings P/N 105–60386 with metal bushings P/N B712M10X1001. This service information also does not allow the new metal bushings P/N B712M10X1001 to be installed on any helicopter together with the elastomeric bushings P/N 105– 60386. This service information also prohibits installing elastomeric bushings P/N 105–60386 after installation of new metal bushings P/N B712M10X1001. 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. 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. Other Related Service Information The FAA reviewed Airbus Helicopters ASB MBB–BK117 D–2–71A–011, Revision 0, dated October 16, 2019. This service information specifies instructions for repetitive inspections of PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 62 / Friday, April 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations the metal bushings P/N B712M10X1001 of the inner and outer forward trusses for worn metal bushings (gapping between the inner and outer truss less than 1mm) and heavily worn metal bushings (inner and outer metal bushings showing contact marks or worn out metal mesh). The FAA also reviewed Airbus Helicopters AMM BK117 C2C2e, dated August 7, 2018. This service information specifies instructions for a detailed inspection of the engine mount bushings. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 30 helicopters of U.S. Registry. The FAA estimates that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD. Labor costs are estimated at $85 per work-hour. Inspecting the engine mount bushings will take about 1 work-hour, for an estimated cost of $85 per helicopter and $2,550 for the U.S. fleet. Replacing the three engine mount bushings will take about 8 work-hours and parts would cost about $2,505, for an estimated cost of $3,185 per helicopter. 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Regulatory Findings The FAA has determined that 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: VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:14 Apr 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 (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: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by: a. Removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017–07–08, Amendment 39– 18846 (82 FR 16895, April 7, 2017); and ■ b. Adding the following new AD: ■ ■ 2021–06–05 Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Amendment 39– 21472; Docket No. FAA–2020–0801; Product Identifier 2019–SW–101–AD. (a) Applicability This airworthiness directive (AD) applies to Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Model MBB–BK 117 D–2 helicopters, certificated in any category, with an engine mount elastomeric bushing (elastomeric bushing) part number (P/N) 105–60386 or an engine mount metal bushing (metal bushing) P/N B712M10X1001 installed. (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as a delaminated elastomeric bushing. This condition could result in excessive vibration, which could lead to cracking and failure of the engine mount front support pins, and loss of helicopter control. (c) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2017–07–08, Amendment 39–18846 (82 FR 16895, April 7, 2017). (d) Effective Date This AD becomes effective May 7, 2021. (e) 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. (f) Required Actions (1) For helicopters with an elastomeric bushing P/N 105–60386 installed, within 50 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 17277 hours time-in-service (TIS) and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 50 hours TIS: (i) Visually inspect each elastomeric bushing for separation of the rubber from the metal or missing rubber by following Section 3.B.2 of Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) MBB–BK117 D–2–71A–002, Revision 1, dated December 14, 2018. (ii) If any rubber has separated from the metal or if there is missing rubber, before further flight, inspect the elastomeric bushing for deformation, corrosion, and mechanical damage. (A) Replace the elastomeric bushing with an airworthy engine mount bushing if there is any deformation, separation of the rubber from the metal, corrosion, or mechanical damage, or repair the elastomeric bushing if the deformation, separation of the rubber, corrosion, or mechanical damage is within the maximum repair damage limitations. (B) If the inner and outer parts of the elastomeric bushing are separated with missing rubber, before further flight, replace the elastomeric bushing with an airworthy engine mount bushing. (2) For helicopters with a metal bushing P/ N B712M10X1001 installed, within 100 hours TIS, and thereafter every 100 hours TIS, visually inspect the metal bushing of the inner and outer forward trusses for gapping between the inner and outer truss, contact marks on the inner and outer engine mount bushings, and worn out metal mesh. (i) If there is gapping between the inner and outer truss less than 1mm, within 50 hours TIS, replace the metal bushing with an airworthy engine mount bushing. (ii) If there is gapping between the inner and outer truss of 1mm or greater than 1mm, contact marks on the inner or outer engine mount bushings, or worn out metal mesh, before further flight, replace the metal bushing with an airworthy engine mount bushing. (3) For helicopters with an elastomeric bushing P/N 105–60386 installed, within 300 hours TIS, replace each elastomeric bushing P/N 105–60386 with metal bushing P/N B712M10X1001. (4) Performing the actions required by paragraph (f)(3) of this AD constitutes a terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (f)(1) of this AD. (5) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install elastomeric bushing P/N 105– 60386 on any helicopter. (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Matt Fuller, AD Program Manager, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Unit, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5110; email 9-AVS-AIR730-AMOC@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 E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1 17278 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 62 / Friday, April 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations certificate holding district office, before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration (h) Additional Information (1) Airbus Helicopters ASB MBB–BK117 D–2–71A–011, Revision 0, dated October 16, 2019, and Airbus Helicopters AMM BK117 C2C2e, dated August 7, 2018, which are not incorporated by reference, contain additional information about the subject of this AD. This service information is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (j)(3) and (4) of this AD. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) 2019–0275, dated November 7, 2019. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2020–0801. (i) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 7200, Engine (Turbine, Turboprop). (j) 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 MBB–BK117 D–2–71A–002, Revision 1, dated December 14, 2018. (ii) [Reserved] (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 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Issued on March 5, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–06771 Filed 4–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:14 Apr 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–1114; Project Identifier 2019–SW–058–AD; Amendment 39–21443; AD 2021–04–21] 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 certain Airbus Helicopters Model EC120B helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of broken and bent attachment bolts of the main rotor (MR) hub scissors assembly. This AD requires an inspection of the attachment bolts of the MR hub scissors assembly for discrepancies and repair if necessary; part marking of the attachment bolts of the MR hub scissors assembly; and repetitive inspections of the part marking of the attachment bolts, and repair if necessary; as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective May 7, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of May 7, 2021. ADDRESSES: For material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; phone: +49 221 8999 000; email: ADs@ easa.europa.eu; internet: www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this material on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material 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. It is also available in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–1114. SUMMARY: 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. Hal Jensen, Aerospace Engineer, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 470 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024; phone: 202–267–9167; email: hal.jensen@ faa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2019–0139, dated June 12, 2019 (EASA AD 2019–0139) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Helicopters Model EC120B helicopters. Although the EASA AD applies to all Model EC120B helicopters, this AD applies to that model helicopter with an affected part installed instead. The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Airbus Helicopters Model EC120B helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on December 10, 2020 (85 FR 79435). The NPRM was prompted by a report of broken and bent attachment bolts of the MR hub scissors assembly. The NPRM proposed to require an inspection of the attachment bolts of the MR hub scissors assembly for discrepancies and repair if necessary; part marking of the attachment bolts of the MR hub scissors assembly; and repetitive inspections of the part marking of the attachment bolts, and repair if necessary; as specified in an EASA AD. The FAA is issuing this AD to address broken and bent attachment bolts of the MR hub scissors assembly, which could lead to detachment of a MR hub scissors attachment bolt, possibly resulting in complete loss of control of the helicopter. See the MCAI for additional background information. Examining the AD Docket Comments You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 1114; or in person at Docket Operations The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0801; Product Identifier 2019-SW-101-AD; Amendment 
39-21472; AD 2021-06-05]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH 
Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-07-08 
for Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (Airbus Helicopters) Model MBB-
BK 117 D-2 helicopters. AD 2017-07-08 required repetitively inspecting 
each engine mount elastomeric bushing (elastomeric bushing). Since the 
FAA issued AD 2017-07-08, Airbus Helicopters has designed an improved 
engine mount metal bushing (metal bushing). This new AD retains the 
inspection requirements of AD 2017-07-08 and requires replacing each 
affected engine mount bushing with an improved engine mount bushing, 
while also requiring repetitive inspections of the improved engine 
mount bushing. This AD also prohibits installing an elastomeric bushing 
on any helicopter. The actions of this AD are intended to address an 
unsafe condition on these products.

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DATES: This AD is effective May 7, 2021.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of May 7, 2021.

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 this 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-2020-0801.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA-2020-0801; 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 
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: Matt Fuller, AD Program Manager, 
General Aviation & Rotorcraft Unit, Airworthiness Products Section, 
Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 
76177; telephone (817) 222-5110; email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 to remove AD 2017-07-08, Amendment 39-18846 (82 FR 16895, 
April 7, 2017) (AD 2017-07-08), and add a new AD. AD 2017-07-08 applied 
to Airbus Helicopters Model MBB-BK 117 D-2 helicopters and required 
repetitive visual inspections of each elastomeric bushing of the inner 
and outer forward trusses of both engines, and depending on the outcome 
of the inspections, repairing or replacing the elastomeric bushings. AD 
2017-07-08 was prompted by EASA AD 2015-0198, dated September 30, 2015 
(EASA AD 2015-0198), issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for 
the Member States of the European Union. EASA advised that during a 
pre-flight check of a Model MBB-BK 117 D-2 helicopter, an elastomeric 
bushing was found delaminated. More cases of delaminated elastomeric 
bushings were reported following additional investigations. According 
to EASA, this condition could lead to cracks and eventually failure of 
the engine mount front support pins, possibly resulting in loss of 
helicopter control.
    The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 27, 2020 (85 
FR 52931) and was prompted by EASA issuing a series of ADs to supersede 
EASA AD 2015-0198. EASA issued AD 2019-0030, dated February 13, 2019 
(EASA AD 2019-0030), to supersede EASA AD 2015-0198. EASA AD 2019-0030 
advises that Airbus Helicopters has designed an improved engine mount 
bushing P/N B712M10X1001, which when installed becomes a terminating 
action for the repetitive inspections of elastomeric bushing P/N 105-
60386. Accordingly, EASA AD 2019-0030 requires installation of improved 
engine mount bushing P/N B712M10X1001 and also prohibits the 
installation of elastomeric bushing P/N 105-60386 on any Model MBB-BK 
117 D-2 helicopter. Since EASA issued AD 2019-0030, occurrences were 
reported of finding damaged metal bushings. EASA issued AD 2019-0275, 
dated November 7, 2019 (EASA AD 2019-0275), which retains the 
requirements of EASA AD 2019-0030 and requires repetitive visual 
inspections of the metal bushings. EASA AD 2019-0275 also updates the 
terminology used in the definitions section from affected part to 
elastomeric bushing and from serviceable part to metal bushing. The 
NPRM proposed to retain the repetitive visual inspections of AD 2017-
07-08 and proposed to require installing metal bushing part number (P/
N) B712M10X1001, which would terminate the repetitive inspections of 
elastomeric bushing P/N 105-60386. The NPRM also proposed to require 
repetitive inspections of metal bushing P/N B712M10X1001 and prohibit 
the installation of elastomeric bushing P/N 105-60386 on any 
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

    These helicopters have been approved by EASA and are 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 
helicopters of these same type design and that air safety and the 
public interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed.

Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD

    EASA AD 2019-0275 allows a non-cumulative tolerance of 10 hours 
time-in-service for its required compliance times. This AD does not. 
EASA AD 2019-0275 requires reporting inspection results to Airbus 
Helicopters Deutschland GmbH if any worn or heavily worn metal is 
found, whereas this AD does not.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) 
MBB-BK117 D-2-71A-002, Revision 1, dated December 14, 2018. This 
service information specifies instructions for repetitive visual 
inspections of elastomeric bushing P/N 105-60386 for defects, 
deformation, separation of the rubber, and missing rubber. If there is 
any deformation or separation of the rubber, this service information 
provides instructions to replace the affected parts with serviceable 
parts. This service information also specifies replacing elastomeric 
bushings P/N 105-60386 with metal bushings P/N B712M10X1001. This 
service information also does not allow the new metal bushings P/N 
B712M10X1001 to be installed on any helicopter together with the 
elastomeric bushings P/N 105-60386. This service information also 
prohibits installing elastomeric bushings P/N 105-60386 after 
installation of new metal bushings P/N B712M10X1001.
    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

    The FAA reviewed Airbus Helicopters ASB MBB-BK117 D-2-71A-011, 
Revision 0, dated October 16, 2019. This service information specifies 
instructions for repetitive inspections of

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the metal bushings P/N B712M10X1001 of the inner and outer forward 
trusses for worn metal bushings (gapping between the inner and outer 
truss less than 1mm) and heavily worn metal bushings (inner and outer 
metal bushings showing contact marks or worn out metal mesh).
    The FAA also reviewed Airbus Helicopters AMM BK117 C2C2e, dated 
August 7, 2018. This service information specifies instructions for a 
detailed inspection of the engine mount bushings.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 30 helicopters of U.S. 
Registry. The FAA estimates that operators may incur the following 
costs in order to comply with this AD. Labor costs are estimated at $85 
per work-hour.
    Inspecting the engine mount bushings will take about 1 work-hour, 
for an estimated cost of $85 per helicopter and $2,550 for the U.S. 
fleet. Replacing the three engine mount bushings will take about 8 
work-hours and parts would cost about $2,505, for an estimated cost of 
$3,185 per helicopter.

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 has determined that 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:
0
a. Removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-07-08, Amendment 39-18846 
(82 FR 16895, April 7, 2017); and
0
b. Adding the following new AD:

2021-06-05 Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Amendment 39-21472; 
Docket No. FAA-2020-0801; Product Identifier 2019-SW-101-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This airworthiness directive (AD) applies to Airbus Helicopters 
Deutschland GmbH Model MBB-BK 117 D-2 helicopters, certificated in 
any category, with an engine mount elastomeric bushing (elastomeric 
bushing) part number (P/N) 105-60386 or an engine mount metal 
bushing (metal bushing) P/N B712M10X1001 installed.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as a delaminated 
elastomeric bushing. This condition could result in excessive 
vibration, which could lead to cracking and failure of the engine 
mount front support pins, and loss of helicopter control.

(c) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2017-07-08, Amendment 39-18846 (82 FR 16895, 
April 7, 2017).

(d) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective May 7, 2021.

(e) 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.

(f) Required Actions

    (1) For helicopters with an elastomeric bushing P/N 105-60386 
installed, within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS) and thereafter at 
intervals not to exceed 50 hours TIS:
    (i) Visually inspect each elastomeric bushing for separation of 
the rubber from the metal or missing rubber by following Section 
3.B.2 of Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) MBB-BK117 
D-2-71A-002, Revision 1, dated December 14, 2018.
    (ii) If any rubber has separated from the metal or if there is 
missing rubber, before further flight, inspect the elastomeric 
bushing for deformation, corrosion, and mechanical damage.
    (A) Replace the elastomeric bushing with an airworthy engine 
mount bushing if there is any deformation, separation of the rubber 
from the metal, corrosion, or mechanical damage, or repair the 
elastomeric bushing if the deformation, separation of the rubber, 
corrosion, or mechanical damage is within the maximum repair damage 
limitations.
    (B) If the inner and outer parts of the elastomeric bushing are 
separated with missing rubber, before further flight, replace the 
elastomeric bushing with an airworthy engine mount bushing.
    (2) For helicopters with a metal bushing P/N B712M10X1001 
installed, within 100 hours TIS, and thereafter every 100 hours TIS, 
visually inspect the metal bushing of the inner and outer forward 
trusses for gapping between the inner and outer truss, contact marks 
on the inner and outer engine mount bushings, and worn out metal 
mesh.
    (i) If there is gapping between the inner and outer truss less 
than 1mm, within 50 hours TIS, replace the metal bushing with an 
airworthy engine mount bushing.
    (ii) If there is gapping between the inner and outer truss of 
1mm or greater than 1mm, contact marks on the inner or outer engine 
mount bushings, or worn out metal mesh, before further flight, 
replace the metal bushing with an airworthy engine mount bushing.
    (3) For helicopters with an elastomeric bushing P/N 105-60386 
installed, within 300 hours TIS, replace each elastomeric bushing P/
N 105-60386 with metal bushing P/N B712M10X1001.
    (4) Performing the actions required by paragraph (f)(3) of this 
AD constitutes a terminating action for the repetitive inspections 
required by paragraph (f)(1) of this AD.
    (5) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install 
elastomeric bushing P/N 105-60386 on any helicopter.

(g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA, may 
approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Matt Fuller, AD 
Program Manager, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Unit, Airworthiness 
Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 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

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certificate holding district office, before operating any aircraft 
complying with this AD through an AMOC.

(h) Additional Information

    (1) Airbus Helicopters ASB MBB-BK117 D-2-71A-011, Revision 0, 
dated October 16, 2019, and Airbus Helicopters AMM BK117 C2C2e, 
dated August 7, 2018, which are not incorporated by reference, 
contain additional information about the subject of this AD. This 
service information is available at the addresses specified in 
paragraphs (j)(3) and (4) of this AD.
    (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union 
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) 2019-0275, dated November 7, 2019. You 
may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov 
in Docket No. FAA-2020-0801.

(i) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 7200, Engine 
(Turbine, Turboprop).

(j) 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 MBB-BK117 D-2-71A-
002, Revision 1, dated December 14, 2018.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (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 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 March 5, 2021.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-06771 Filed 4-1-21; 8:45 am]
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