Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters, 17290-17292 [2021-06780]

Download as PDF 17290 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 62 / Friday, April 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (1) The Manager, ECO Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in Related Information. You may email your request to: ANE-AD-AMOC@ faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. Federal Aviation Administration (j) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Carol Nguyen, Aviation Safety Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: (781) 238–7655; fax: (781) 238–7199; email: carol.nguyen@faa.gov. (k) Material Incorporated by Reference jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) 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) Pratt & Whitney Alert Service Bulletin No. PW4G–100–A72–262, Revision No. 1, dated September 3, 2020. (ii) [Reserved]. (3) For Pratt & Whitney service information identified in this AD, contact Pratt & Whitney, 400 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06118; phone: (800) 565–0140; email: help24@prattwhitney.com; website: http:// fleetcare.pw.utc.com. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (781) 238–7759. (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/ ibr-locations.html. Issued on March 10, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–06804 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–2020–0909; Project Identifier 2019–SW–118–AD; Amendment 39–21458; AD 2021–05–15] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report that the cabin lateral sliding plug door failed its emergency jettisoning test; subsequent investigation revealed that the jettison handle cable interfered with the cable clamps. This AD requires modifying the release system of each cabin lateral sliding plug door, or modifying the design of the jettison system of each cabin lateral sliding plug door, 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; 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, 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– 0909. SUMMARY: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0909; 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 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, Aviation Safety 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: Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2019–0064R1, dated December 19, 2019 (EASA AD 2019–0064R1) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. 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 AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2020 (85 FR 63238). The NPRM was prompted by a report that the cabin lateral sliding plug door failed its emergency jettisoning test; subsequent investigation revealed that the jettison handle cable interfered with the cable clamps. The NPRM proposed to require modifying the release system of each cabin lateral sliding plug door, or modifying the design of the jettison system of each cabin lateral sliding plug door, as specified in EASA AD 2019– 0064R1, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address this condition, which could lead to jamming of the door jettisoning mechanism, preventing the jettisoning of the affected door in an emergency situation, and possibly obstructing occupant evacuation. See the MCAI for additional background information. Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The FAA has considered the comment received. The commenter indicated support for the NPRM. E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 62 / Friday, April 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed, except for minor editorial changes. The FAA has determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM. Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51 EASA AD 2019–0064R1 describes, among other things, procedures for modifying the release system of each cabin lateral sliding plug door, or modifying the design of the jettison system of each cabin lateral sliding plug door. This material 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. Differences Between This AD and the MCAI EASA AD 2019–0064R1 specifies inspections of the jettisoning mechanism of the cabin lateral sliding plug doors and corrective actions. This AD does not include those actions. AD 2019–09–03, Amendment 39–19637 (84 17291 FR 22693, May 20, 2019) (AD 2019–09– 03) already requires those actions. The FAA has determined that this AD will only require the modification specified in EASA AD 2019–0064R1, which would then terminate the requirements of AD 2019–09–03. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 19 helicopters of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators Up to 214 work-hours × $85 per hour = Up to $18,190 .......... $* Up to $18,190 ......................... Up to $345,610. * The FAA has received no definitive data that would enable the agency to provide parts cost estimates for the actions specified in this AD. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:27 Apr 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 (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. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters, certificated in any category, as identified in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2019– 0064R1, dated December 19, 2019 (EASA AD 2019–0064R1). (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 5200, Doors. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a report that the cabin lateral sliding plug door failed its emergency jettisoning test; subsequent investigation revealed that the jettison handle cable interfered with the cable clamps. The FAA is issuing this AD to address this condition, which could lead to jamming of the door jettisoning mechanism, preventing the jettisoning of the affected door in an emergency situation, and possibly obstructing occupant evacuation. ■ (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. 2021–05–15 Airbus Helicopters: Amendment 39–21458; Docket No. FAA–2020–0909; Project Identifier 2019–SW–118–AD. (g) Requirements Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, paragraph (3) or (4) of EASA AD 2019–0064R1. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive: (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective May 7, 2021. (b) Affected ADs This AD affects AD 2019–09–03, Amendment 39–19637 (84 FR 22693, May 20, 2019) (AD 2019–09–03). PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2019–0064R1 (1) Where EASA AD 2019–0064R1 refers to April 10, 2019 (the effective date of EASA AD 2019–0064, dated March 27, 2019), this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (2) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2019–0064R1 does not apply to this AD. E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1 17292 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 62 / Friday, April 2, 2021 / Rules and Regulations (3) If the modification specified in paragraph (4) of EASA AD 2019–0064R1 is done, it must be done at the compliance time specified in paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2019– 0064R1. (4) Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2019–0064R1 specifies to discard or scrap certain parts, this AD does not include that requirement. (5) Where paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2019– 0064R1 specifies to do a modification ‘‘in accordance with the instructions of section 3 of the modification ASB’’ this AD excludes paragraph 3.B.5. of ‘‘the modification ASB.’’ (6) Where paragraph (4) of EASA AD 2019– 0064R1 refers to ‘‘Eurocopter AS 322 SB No. 52.00.28,’’ for this AD use ‘‘Eurocopter AS 332 SB No. 52.00.28.’’ jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES (i) Terminating Action for AD 2019–09–03 Accomplishing the actions required by this AD terminates all requirements of AD 2019– 09–03. information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 817–222–5110. This material may be found in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0909. (5) You may view this material 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/ibr-locations.html. Issued on February 25, 2021. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–06780 Filed 4–1–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Validation Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-AVS-AIR-730-AMOC@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (k) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Kathleen Arrigotti, Aviation Safety 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. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (l) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) 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 this AD specifies otherwise. (i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2019–0064R1, dated December 19, 2019. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For EASA AD 2019–0064R1, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; Internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. (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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 00:14 Apr 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 Office of the Secretary 14 CFR Parts 302 and 399 49 CFR Parts 1, 5, and 7 Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 106 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 389 49 CFR Part 553 Federal Transit Administation 49 CFR Part 601 RIN 2105–AF00 Administrative Rulemaking, Guidance, and Enforcement Procedures Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Federal Transit Administation, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule removes the Department’s internal policies and procedures relating to the issuance of rulemaking and guidance documents from the Code of Federal Regulations. In addition, this final rule removes regulations concerning the initiation SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 and conduct of enforcement actions, including administrative enforcement proceedings and judicial enforcement actions brought in Federal court. DATES: Effective on May 3, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jill Laptosky, Office of Regulation, Office of the General Counsel, 202–493–0308, Jill.Laptosky@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department is issuing this final rule in response to two recently issued Executive orders. Executive Order (E.O.) 13992, ‘‘Revocation of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulation’’ (January 20, 2021), revokes several executive orders that directed action by the Federal Government in the context of rulemaking, guidance, and regulatory enforcement. It also directs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and heads of agencies to promptly take steps to rescind any orders, rules, regulations, guidelines, or policies, or portions thereof, implementing or enforcing any of the revoked orders, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law. E.O. 13990, ‘‘Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis’’ (January 20, 2021), directs all executive departments and agencies to review immediately and, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, take action to address the promulgation of Federal regulations and other actions that conflict with the objectives stated in E.O. 13990. On December 27, 2019, the Department published a final rule, ‘‘Administrative Rulemaking, Guidance, and Enforcement Procedures’’ (84 FR 71714), that codified at 49 CFR part 5 the Department’s internal procedures relating to the review and clearance of rulemaking and guidance documents, as well as the initiation and conduct of enforcement actions. In accordance with 49 CFR 5.21, ‘‘Policy updates and revisions,’’ the Department has reviewed the amendments made to 49 CFR part 5 by that final rule to determine whether any revisions are necessary in light of E.O. 13992 and E.O. 13990. Many of the policies and procedures codified at 49 CFR part 5 were prompted by Executive orders that have since been revoked by E.O. 13992.1 As 1 For purposes of this rulemaking, the relevant revoked executives orders include the following: E.O. 13771 of January 30, 2017 (Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs), E.O. 13777 of February 24, 2017 (Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda), E.O. 13891 of October 9, 2019 (Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents), and E.O. 13892 of October 9, 2019 (Promoting the Rule of E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 62 (Friday, April 2, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 17290-17292]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-06780]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0909; Project Identifier 2019-SW-118-AD; Amendment 
39-21458; AD 2021-05-15]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 
helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report that the cabin lateral 
sliding plug door failed its emergency jettisoning test; subsequent 
investigation revealed that the jettison handle cable interfered with 
the cable clamps. This AD requires modifying the release system of each 
cabin lateral sliding plug door, or modifying the design of the 
jettison system of each cabin lateral sliding plug door, 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; 
telephone +49 221 8999 000; email [email protected]; 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, 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-
0909.

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-
0909; 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 
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, Aviation Safety 
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 EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2019-0064R1, dated December 19, 2019 
(EASA AD 2019-0064R1) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing 
Airworthiness Information, or the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition 
for certain Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and 
AS332L1 helicopters.
    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 AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. The 
NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2020 (85 FR 
63238). The NPRM was prompted by a report that the cabin lateral 
sliding plug door failed its emergency jettisoning test; subsequent 
investigation revealed that the jettison handle cable interfered with 
the cable clamps. The NPRM proposed to require modifying the release 
system of each cabin lateral sliding plug door, or modifying the design 
of the jettison system of each cabin lateral sliding plug door, as 
specified in EASA AD 2019-0064R1, which is incorporated by reference.
    The FAA is issuing this AD to address this condition, which could 
lead to jamming of the door jettisoning mechanism, preventing the 
jettisoning of the affected door in an emergency situation, and 
possibly obstructing occupant evacuation. See the MCAI for additional 
background information.

Comments

    The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in 
developing this final rule. The FAA has considered the comment 
received. The commenter indicated support for the NPRM.

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Conclusion

    The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment 
received, and determined that air safety and the public interest 
require adopting this final rule as proposed, except for minor 
editorial changes. The FAA has determined that these minor changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM.

Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51

    EASA AD 2019-0064R1 describes, among other things, procedures for 
modifying the release system of each cabin lateral sliding plug door, 
or modifying the design of the jettison system of each cabin lateral 
sliding plug door.
    This material 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.

Differences Between This AD and the MCAI

    EASA AD 2019-0064R1 specifies inspections of the jettisoning 
mechanism of the cabin lateral sliding plug doors and corrective 
actions. This AD does not include those actions. AD 2019-09-03, 
Amendment 39-19637 (84 FR 22693, May 20, 2019) (AD 2019-09-03) already 
requires those actions. The FAA has determined that this AD will only 
require the modification specified in EASA AD 2019-0064R1, which would 
then terminate the requirements of AD 2019-09-03.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 19 helicopters of U.S. 
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                      Estimated Costs for Required Actions
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               Labor cost                   Parts cost         Cost per product         Cost on U.S. operators
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Up to 214 work-hours x $85 per hour =               $ *   Up to $18,190.............  Up to $345,610.
 Up to $18,190.
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* The FAA has received no definitive data that would enable the agency to provide parts cost estimates for the
  actions specified in this AD.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    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]

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

2021-05-15 Airbus Helicopters: Amendment 39-21458; Docket No. FAA-
2020-0909; Project Identifier 2019-SW-118-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective May 7, 2021.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD affects AD 2019-09-03, Amendment 39-19637 (84 FR 22693, 
May 20, 2019) (AD 2019-09-03).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, 
AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters, certificated in any category, as 
identified in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2019-
0064R1, dated December 19, 2019 (EASA AD 2019-0064R1).

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 5200, Doors.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a report that the cabin lateral sliding 
plug door failed its emergency jettisoning test; subsequent 
investigation revealed that the jettison handle cable interfered 
with the cable clamps. The FAA is issuing this AD to address this 
condition, which could lead to jamming of the door jettisoning 
mechanism, preventing the jettisoning of the affected door in an 
emergency situation, and possibly obstructing occupant evacuation.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Requirements

    Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all 
required actions and compliance times specified in, and in 
accordance with, paragraph (3) or (4) of EASA AD 2019-0064R1.

(h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2019-0064R1

    (1) Where EASA AD 2019-0064R1 refers to April 10, 2019 (the 
effective date of EASA AD 2019-0064, dated March 27, 2019), this AD 
requires using the effective date of this AD.
    (2) The ``Remarks'' section of EASA AD 2019-0064R1 does not 
apply to this AD.

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    (3) If the modification specified in paragraph (4) of EASA AD 
2019-0064R1 is done, it must be done at the compliance time 
specified in paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2019-0064R1.
    (4) Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2019-
0064R1 specifies to discard or scrap certain parts, this AD does not 
include that requirement.
    (5) Where paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2019-0064R1 specifies to do a 
modification ``in accordance with the instructions of section 3 of 
the modification ASB'' this AD excludes paragraph 3.B.5. of ``the 
modification ASB.''
    (6) Where paragraph (4) of EASA AD 2019-0064R1 refers to 
``Eurocopter AS 322 SB No. 52.00.28,'' for this AD use ``Eurocopter 
AS 332 SB No. 52.00.28.''

(i) Terminating Action for AD 2019-09-03

    Accomplishing the actions required by this AD terminates all 
requirements of AD 2019-09-03.

(j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA, has the 
authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the 
procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, 
send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight 
Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information 
directly to the International Validation Branch, send it to the 
attention of the person identified in paragraph (k) of this AD. 
Information may be emailed to: [email protected].
    (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 
of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding 
district office.

(k) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Kathleen Arrigotti, 
Aviation Safety 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].

(l) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) 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 this AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2019-0064R1, 
dated December 19, 2019.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) For EASA AD 2019-0064R1, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-
Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email 
[email protected]; Internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this 
EASA AD on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu.
    (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. This material may be 
found in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-
2020-0909.
    (5) You may view this material 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 February 25, 2021.
Gaetano A. Sciortino,
Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness 
Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-06780 Filed 4-1-21; 8:45 am]
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