Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters, 17510-17512 [2021-06867]

Download as PDF 17510 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 63 / Monday, April 5, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Airframe and Propulsion Section, FAA, New York ACO Branch, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; phone: 516– 228–7330; fax: 516–794–5531; email: 9-avsnyaco-cos@faa.gov. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (p) Material Incorporated by Reference [Docket No. FAA–2020–1119; Project Identifier 2019–SW–089–AD; Amendment 39–21484; AD 2021–07–07] (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. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on May 10, 2021. (i) Bombardier Temporary Revision 2B– 2280, dated June 12, 2020. (ii) [Reserved] (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on April 21, 2015 (80 FR 13758, March 17, 2015). (i) Appendix B, Airworthiness Limitations, of Part 2, Airworthiness Requirements, Revision 9, dated June 10, 2013, of the Bombardier CL–600–2B19 Maintenance Requirements Manual, CSP A–053: (A) AWL Task 53–41–110, Longitudinal Str. 6 splice butt strap at Str. 6, FS409.0 to FS617.0; and (B) AWL Task 53–41–204, Frame splice angles at STR 6 and 20. (ii) [Reserved] (5) For service information identified in this AD, contact MHI RJ Aviation ULC, 12655 Henri-Fabre Blvd., Mirabel, Que´bec J7N 1E1 Canada; Widebody Customer Response Center North America toll-free phone: +1– 844–272–2720 or direct-dial phone: +1–514– 855–8500; fax: +1–514–855–8501; email: thd.crj@mhirj.com; internet: https:// mhirj.com. (6) You may view this service information 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. (7) 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 18, 2021. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–06893 Filed 4–2–21; 8:45 am] 16:27 Apr 02, 2021 14 CFR Part 39 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 EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of mechanical deformation of the protective cover of the ‘‘SHEAR’’ control pushbutton on the copilot collective stick. This AD requires replacement of the protective cover of the ‘‘SHEAR’’ control pushbutton on the pilot and copilot collective sticks and re-identification of the pilot and copilot collective sticks, 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 10, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of May 10, 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–2020–1119. 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– 1119; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 Federal Aviation Administration Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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: Katherine Venegas, Aviation Safety Engineer, Los Angeles ACO, FAA, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712; phone: 562–627–5353; email: katherine.venegas@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2019–0246, dated October 1, 2019 (EASA AD 2019–0246) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Helicopters Model EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters. 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 EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2021 (86 FR 3883). The NPRM was prompted by a report of mechanical deformation of the protective cover of the ‘‘SHEAR’’ control pushbutton on the copilot collective stick. The NPRM proposed to require replacement of the protective cover of the ‘‘SHEAR’’ control pushbutton on the pilot and copilot collective sticks and re-identification of the pilot and copilot collective sticks, as specified in an EASA AD. The FAA is issuing this AD to address mechanical deformation of the protective cover of the ‘‘SHEAR’’ control pushbutton on the copilot collective stick, which could lead to uncommanded shearing of the hoist cable and possible injury to hoisted person(s). See the MCAI for additional background information. Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed, except for minor E:\FR\FM\05APR1.SGM 05APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 63 / Monday, April 5, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 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 Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 EASA AD 2019–0246 describes procedures for replacement of the protective cover of the ‘‘SHEAR’’ control 17511 pushbutton on the pilot and copilot collective sticks and re-identification of the pilot and copilot collective sticks. 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. compliance time for the modification, for this AD, the compliance time for the modification is before any hoist operations after the effective date of this AD but no later than 3 months after the effective date of this AD. Differences Between This AD and the MCAI The FAA estimates that this AD affects 17 helicopters of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: Where paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2019–0246 refers to a table for the Costs of Compliance ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 .......................................................................................... $2,446 $2,616 $44,472 According to the manufacturer, some or all of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected operators. The FAA does not control warranty coverage for affected operators. As a result, the FAA has included all known costs in the cost estimate. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. 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 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 16:27 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. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 6700, Rotorcraft flight control. (e) Reason Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. This AD was prompted by a report of mechanical deformation of the protective cover of the ‘‘SHEAR’’ control pushbutton on the copilot collective stick. The FAA is issuing this AD to address mechanical deformation of the protective cover of the ‘‘SHEAR’’ control pushbutton on the copilot collective stick, which could lead to uncommanded shearing of the hoist cable and possible injury to hoisted person(s). Adoption of the Amendment (f) Compliance Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2019–0246, dated October 1, 2019 (EASA AD 2019–0246). List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive: ■ 2021–07–07 Airbus Helicopters: Amendment 39–21484; Docket No. FAA–2020–1119; Project Identifier 2019–SW–089–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective May 10, 2021. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to all Airbus Helicopters Model EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters, certificated in any category. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (g) Requirements (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2019–0246 (1) Where EASA AD 2019–0246 refers to its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (2) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2019–0246 does not apply to this AD. (3) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2019–0246 specifies to use tooling, equivalent tooling may be used. (4) Where paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2019– 0246 refers to a table for the compliance time for the modification, for this AD, the compliance time for the modification is before the first hoist operation done after the effective date of this AD but no later than 3 months after the effective date of this AD. (5) Although the service information referenced in EASA 2019–0246 specifies to discard certain parts, this AD does not include that requirement. E:\FR\FM\05APR1.SGM 05APR1 17512 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 63 / Monday, April 5, 2021 / Rules and Regulations (i) Special Flight Permit Special flight permits may be issued in accordance with 14 CFR 21.197 and 21.199 to operate the helicopter to a location where the helicopter can be modified (if the operator elects to do so), provided the helicopter is not used for hoist operations and no passengers are onboard. Issued on March 19, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. (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 manager of 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-AIR730-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 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES (k) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Katherine Venegas, Aviation Safety Engineer, Los Angeles ACO, FAA, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712; phone: 562–627–5353; email: katherine.venegas@faa.gov. (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 2019–0246, dated October 1, 2019. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For EASA AD 2019–0246, dated October 1, 2019, contact the EASA, KonradAdenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; phone: +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 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–2020–1119. (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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:27 Apr 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 [FR Doc. 2021–06867 Filed 4–2–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0182; Product Identifier 2020–NM–072–AD; Amendment 39–21474; AD 2021–06–07] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus SAS Model A330–200 series and A330–300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracked flexible hoses in the courier area oxygen system (CAOS). This AD requires repetitive detailed inspections of the CAOS and replacement of affected parts if necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective April 20, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of April 20, 2021. The FAA must receive comments on this AD by May 20, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this final rule, contact Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH Customer Support, Grenzstra+e 1 01109, Dresden, Germany; phone: +49 351 8839 2749; SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 fax: +49 351 8839 2125; email: efw.techpub@efw.aero; internet: https:// www.elbeflugzeugwerke.com/en/. You may view this referenced service information 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 on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021– 0182. 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–2021– 0182; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office is listed above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darren Gassetto, Aerospace Engineer, Mechanical Systems and Administrative Services Section, FAA, New York ACO Branch, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516–228–7323; fax 516–794–5531; email 9-avs-nyaco-cos@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2019–0215, dated September 4, 2019 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus SAS Model A330–201, A330–202, A330–203, A330– 223, A330–243, A330–301, A330–302, A330–303, A330–321, A330–322, A330– 323, A330–341, A330–342 and A330– 343 airplanes. You may examine the MCAI on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021– 0182. This AD was prompted by reports of cracked flexible hoses in the CAOS. The FAA is issuing this AD to address cracked CAOS hoses. This condition, if not addressed, could lead to oxygen leakage in the flexible hoses of the CAOS, which, in combination with inflight depressurization or smoke evacuation procedure, could result in injury to occupants of the courier area. See the MCAI for additional background information. E:\FR\FM\05APR1.SGM 05APR1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 63 (Monday, April 5, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 17510-17512]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-06867]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-1119; Project Identifier 2019-SW-089-AD; Amendment 
39-21484; AD 2021-07-07]
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 EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters. This AD was 
prompted by a report of mechanical deformation of the protective cover 
of the ``SHEAR'' control pushbutton on the copilot collective stick. 
This AD requires replacement of the protective cover of the ``SHEAR'' 
control pushbutton on the pilot and copilot collective sticks and re-
identification of the pilot and copilot collective sticks, 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 10, 2021.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of May 10, 
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: [email protected]; 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-2020-1119.

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-
1119; 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: Katherine Venegas, Aviation Safety 
Engineer, Los Angeles ACO, FAA, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 
90712; phone: 562-627-5353; 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 2019-0246, dated October 1, 2019 
(EASA AD 2019-0246) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing 
Airworthiness Information, or the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition 
for all Airbus Helicopters Model EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters.
    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 EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters. The NPRM published in the 
Federal Register on January 15, 2021 (86 FR 3883). The NPRM was 
prompted by a report of mechanical deformation of the protective cover 
of the ``SHEAR'' control pushbutton on the copilot collective stick. 
The NPRM proposed to require replacement of the protective cover of the 
``SHEAR'' control pushbutton on the pilot and copilot collective sticks 
and re-identification of the pilot and copilot collective sticks, as 
specified in an EASA AD.
    The FAA is issuing this AD to address mechanical deformation of the 
protective cover of the ``SHEAR'' control pushbutton on the copilot 
collective stick, which could lead to uncommanded shearing of the hoist 
cable and possible injury to hoisted person(s). See the MCAI for 
additional background information.

Comments

    The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in 
developing this final rule. The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or 
on the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    The FAA reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety 
and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed, 
except for minor

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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 Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    EASA AD 2019-0246 describes procedures for replacement of the 
protective cover of the ``SHEAR'' control pushbutton on the pilot and 
copilot collective sticks and re-identification of the pilot and 
copilot collective sticks. 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

    Where paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2019-0246 refers to a table for the 
compliance time for the modification, for this AD, the compliance time 
for the modification is before any hoist operations after the effective 
date of this AD but no later than 3 months after the effective date of 
this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 17 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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                                                                                    Cost per       Cost on U.S.
                          Labor cost                              Parts cost        product         operators
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2 work-hours x $85 per hour = $170...........................          $2,446           $2,616          $44,472
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    According to the manufacturer, some or all of the costs of this AD 
may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on 
affected operators. The FAA does not control warranty coverage for 
affected operators. As a result, the FAA has included all known costs 
in the cost estimate.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
    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]

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

2021-07-07 Airbus Helicopters: Amendment 39-21484; Docket No. FAA-
2020-1119; Project Identifier 2019-SW-089-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective May 10, 2021.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all Airbus Helicopters Model EC 155B and 
EC155B1 helicopters, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 6700, Rotorcraft 
flight control.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a report of mechanical deformation of 
the protective cover of the ``SHEAR'' control pushbutton on the 
copilot collective stick. The FAA is issuing this AD to address 
mechanical deformation of the protective cover of the ``SHEAR'' 
control pushbutton on the copilot collective stick, which could lead 
to un-commanded shearing of the hoist cable and possible injury to 
hoisted person(s).

(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, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 
2019-0246, dated October 1, 2019 (EASA AD 2019-0246).

(h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2019-0246

    (1) Where EASA AD 2019-0246 refers to its effective date, this 
AD requires using the effective date of this AD.
    (2) The ``Remarks'' section of EASA AD 2019-0246 does not apply 
to this AD.
    (3) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2019-
0246 specifies to use tooling, equivalent tooling may be used.
    (4) Where paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2019-0246 refers to a table 
for the compliance time for the modification, for this AD, the 
compliance time for the modification is before the first hoist 
operation done after the effective date of this AD but no later than 
3 months after the effective date of this AD.
    (5) Although the service information referenced in EASA 2019-
0246 specifies to discard certain parts, this AD does not include 
that requirement.

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(i) Special Flight Permit

    Special flight permits may be issued in accordance with 14 CFR 
21.197 and 21.199 to operate the helicopter to a location where the 
helicopter can be modified (if the operator elects to do so), 
provided the helicopter is not used for hoist operations and no 
passengers are onboard.

(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 manager of 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 Katherine Venegas, 
Aviation Safety Engineer, Los Angeles ACO, FAA, 3960 Paramount 
Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712; phone: 562-627-5353; 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 2019-0246, 
dated October 1, 2019.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) For EASA AD 2019-0246, dated October 1, 2019, contact the 
EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; phone: +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-
2020-1119.
    (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 March 19, 2021.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-06867 Filed 4-2-21; 8:45 am]
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