Airworthiness Directives; PZL Swidnik S.A. Helicopters, 21917-21920 [2021-08567]

Download as PDF 21917 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 78 Monday, April 26, 2021 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0299; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00253–R; Amendment 39–21510; AD 2021–08–16] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; PZL Swidnik S.A. Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for PZL Swidnik S.A. (PZL) Model W–3A helicopters. This AD requires repetitive inspections of a certain part-numbered stainless steel cable (cable) installed on a certain part-numbered hoist assembly, and depending on those inspection results, removing certain parts from service and reporting the results. This AD also prohibits installing the affected part unless it is inspected per the AD requirements. This AD was prompted by wear of and damage to the cable near the swaged terminal due to movement of the hook assembly. The actions of this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective May 11, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain document listed in this AD as of May 11, 2021. The FAA must receive comments on this AD by June 25, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Fax: 202–493–2251. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:01 Apr 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 • Mail: Send comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to the ‘‘Mail’’ address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. 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– 0299; 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 listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. For Goodrich Actuation Systems and ´ RNIA SPRZE˛TU WYTWO KOMUNIKACYJNEGO ‘‘PZL-S´widnik’’ Spo´lka Akcyjna service information identified in this final rule, contact WSK ‘‘PZL-S´widnik’’ S.A., Al. Lotniko´w Polskich 1, 21–045 S´widnik, Poland, telephone +48 664 424 798, or at www.pzl.swidnik.pl. You may view the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. It is also available on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0299. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristi Bradley, Aerospace Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email kristin.bradley@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020–0017, dated January 30, 2020, to correct an unsafe condition for all serial-numbered Wytwo´rnia Sprze˛tu Komunikacyjnego (WSK) ‘‘PZL-S´widnik’’ Spo´5ka Akcyjna PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (S.A.) Model PZL W–3A helicopters with a Collins Aerospace (formerly Goodrich) electric hoist assembly (hoist) part number (P/N) 76378–500 having stainless steel cable P/N 712952 installed. EASA advises that occurrences were reported of cables found worn out; the damage consisted of reduction of the cable diameter near the swaged terminal. EASA states that subsequent investigation identified that the extensive cable wear was possibly caused by flickering movement of the hook assembly in the stowage position during flights. EASA further states that this condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to reduction of the cable strength, possibly resulting in an in-flight loss of the hoist load, injury to persons, or damage to and reduced control of the helicopter. Accordingly, EASA AD 2020–0017 requires repetitive inspections of the cable to detect cable condition and diameter restriction and based on those inspection results, either replacing parts or additional maintenance actions and reporting non-compliant inspection results to Collins Aerospace. For helicopters that do not have the affected hoist installed, EASA AD 2020–0017 allows installing an affected hoist provided that it is new (never previously installed), overhauled (never installed after overhaul), or has passed an inspection (no defect found, or defects corrected), less than 25 flight hours before installation, in accordance with the instructions of the service information. 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 information provided by EASA and determining the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of the same type design. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Goodrich Actuation Systems Alert Service Bulletin 76378–500–25–P01, Revision 0, dated December 3, 2019 (ASB 76378– 500–25–P01). ASB 76378–500–25–P01 specifies procedures to visually inspect E:\FR\FM\26APR1.SGM 26APR1 21918 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 78 / Monday, April 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations the cable near the swaged terminal for cable diameter restriction, the hook assembly stowage force, and the hook assembly stowage at the up limit. ASB 76378–500–25–P01 also specifies corrective action and reporting certain data if the cable is not compliant due to cable diameter restriction and the results of the hook assembly stowage force inspection. ASB 76378–500–25–P01 is an ´ RNIA SPRZE˛TU attachment to WYTWO KOMUNIKACYJNEGO ‘‘PZL-S´widnik’’ Spo´lka Akcyjna Alert Service Bulletin No. ASB–37–19–309, dated January 28, 2020 (ASB–37–19–309). ASB 76378– 500–25–P01 is incorporated by reference in this AD. ASB–37–19–309 is not incorporated by reference in this AD. 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 also reviewed ASB–37–19– 309. ASB–37–19–309 specifies accomplishing repetitive visual inspections of the cable near the swaged terminal for cable diameter restriction and a one-time inspection of the hook assembly stowage force. ASB–37–19– 309 also provides a reminder to accomplish the hook assembly stowage procedure after each individual hoisting operation performed in flight or on the ground. AD Requirements This AD requires within 25 hours time-in-service accumulated by the hoist (hoist hours) after the effective date of this AD, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 25 hoist hours for all PZL Model W–3A helicopters with hoist P/N 76378–500 having stainless steel cable P/N 712952 installed, inspecting the cable for wear and damage, inspecting the measurement of the diameter of the cable, and removing the cable from service or replacing the cable with an airworthy part before further hoist operation if certain criteria is met. This AD also requires following certain reinstallation steps and reporting certain information. Finally, this AD prohibits installing an affected hoist or cable unless they meet the conditions as required by this AD. Justification for Immediate Adoption and Determination of the Effective Date Section 553(b)(3)(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 551 et seq.) (5 U.S.C.) authorizes agencies to dispense with notice and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:01 Apr 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 comment procedures for rules when the agency, for ‘‘good cause,’’ finds that those procedures are ‘‘impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ Under this section, an agency, upon finding good cause, may issue a final rule without seeking comment prior to the rulemaking. Further, section 553(d) of the APA authorizes agencies to make rules effective in less than thirty days, upon a finding of good cause. There are no helicopters with this type certificate on the U.S. Registry. Accordingly, notice and opportunity for prior public comment are unnecessary pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B). In addition, for the reasons stated above, the FAA finds that good cause exists pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d) for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days. Comments Invited The FAA invites you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this final rule. Send your comments to an address listed under ADDRESSES. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2021–0299 and Project Identifier MCAI–2020– 00253–R’’ at the beginning of your comments. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the final rule, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. The FAA will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this final rule because of those comments. Except for Confidential Business Information (CBI) as described in the following paragraph, and other information as described in 14 CFR 11.35, the FAA will post all comments received, without change, to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. The agency will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact received about this final rule. Confidential Business Information CBI is commercial or financial information that is both customarily and actually treated as private by its owner. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), CBI is exempt from public disclosure. If your comments responsive to this AD contain commercial or financial information that is customarily treated as private, that you actually treat as private, and that is relevant or responsive to this AD, it is important that you clearly designate the submitted comments as CBI. Please mark each page of your submission containing CBI as ‘‘PROPIN.’’ The FAA will treat such marked submissions as confidential under the FOIA, and they will not be placed in the public docket PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 of this AD. Submissions containing CBI should be sent to Kristi Bradley, Aerospace Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email kristin.bradley@faa.gov. Any commentary that the FAA receives which is not specifically designated as CBI will be placed in the public docket for this rulemaking. Regulatory Flexibility Act The requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) do not apply when an agency finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 to adopt a rule without prior notice and comment. Because the FAA has determined that it has good cause to adopt this rule without notice and comment, RFA analysis is not required. Costs of Compliance There are no costs of compliance associated with this AD because there are no helicopters with this type certificate on the U.S. Registry. Paperwork Reduction Act A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120–0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to: Information Collection Clearance Officer, Federal Aviation Administration, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177–1524. 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 E:\FR\FM\26APR1.SGM 26APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 78 / Monday, April 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. The FAA is issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements. Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings The FAA determined that this 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, I certify that this AD: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, and 2. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska. 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 adding the following new airworthiness directive: ■ 2021–08–16 PZL Swidnik S.A.: Amendment 39–21510; Docket No. FAA–2021–0299; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00253–R. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective May 11, 2021. (b) Affected ADs None. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:01 Apr 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 21919 (c) Applicability This AD applies to PZL Swidnik S.A. (PZL) Model W–3A helicopters, certificated in any category, with a Collins Aerospace (formerly Goodrich) electric hoist (hoist) part number (P/N) 76378–500 with a stainless steel cable (cable) P/N 712952 installed. on the upper part, and bring the hook assembly back to the stowage position. (3) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install a hoist or cable with a P/N identified in paragraph (c) of this AD unless they meet the conditions as required by paragraph (g) of this AD. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2597, Equip/Furnishing System Wiring. (h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (e) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as wear and reduction of the cable diameter near the swaged terminal due to movement of the hook assembly. This condition could result in reduced strength of the cable, potentially resulting in an in-flight loss of the hoist load, injury to persons, and reduced control of or damage to the helicopter. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless accomplished previously. (g) Required Actions (1) Within 25 hours time-in service on the hoist (hoist hours) after the effective date of this AD, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 25 hoist hours: (2) Remove the bottom part of the hook assembly, disengage and lift the hook assembly, clean the cable near the swaged terminal, and visually inspect for wear and damage. For the purposes of this AD, damage may be indicated by broken wires, kinks, bird cages, flattened areas, abrasion, necking, corrosion, or fretting. Visually inspect the area at no less than 12 cm of the cable between the cable swaged terminal and the hook assembly, as depicted in Figures 2 and 3 of Goodrich Actuation Systems Alert Service Bulletin 76378–500–25–P01, Revision 0, dated December 3, 2019 (ASB 76378–500–25–P01). (i) If the cable is worn or damaged, before the next hoist operation, remove the cable from service and replace with an airworthy part. Within 30 calendar days, email the noncompliant information in accordance with paragraph 3.A.(4)(a) of ASB 76378–500–25– P01 to PL-CustomerSupport.AW@ leonardocompany.com. (ii) If there is no damage, before the next hoist operation, inspect the cable diameter restriction on the 12 cm length ensuring the cable diameter is ≥4.60 mm (0.181 in) paying particular attention to the cable diameter which is approximately 1 cm from the cable swaged terminal. (iii) If the cable diameter is less than 4.60 mm (0.181 in), before the next hoist operation, replace the cable with an airworthy part. Within 30 calendar days, email the non-complaint information in accordance with paragraph 3.B.(1)(f) of ASB 76378–500–25–P01 to PLCustomerSupport.AW@ leonardocompany.com. (iv) If the cable diameter is ≥4.60 mm (0.181 in), lubricate the cable with oil MIL– L–23699 or MIL–L–7808, or equivalent, reassemble bottom part of the hook assembly PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (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 (i)(1) 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. (i) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Kristi Bradley, Aerospace Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email kristin.bradley@faa.gov. ´ RNIA SPRZE˛TU (2) WYTWO KOMUNIKACYJNEGO ‘‘PZL-S´widnik’’ Spo´lka Akcyjna Mandatory Alert Service Bulletin No. BO–37–19–309, dated January 28, 2020, which is not incorporated by reference, contains additional information about the subject of this AD. For service information identified in this AD, contact WSK ‘‘PZL-S´widnik’’ S.A., Al. Lotniko´w Polskich 1, 21–045 S´widnik, Poland; telephone +48–664 424 798; fax (+48) 817 225 710; or at www.pzl.swidnik.pl. 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. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. (3) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0017, dated January 30, 2020. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2021–0299. (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) Goodrich Actuation Systems Alert Service Bulletin 76378–500–25–P01, Revision 0, dated December 3, 2019 (ASB 76378–500–25–P01). E:\FR\FM\26APR1.SGM 26APR1 21920 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 78 / Monday, April 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Note 1 to paragraph (j)(2)(i): ASB 76378– ´ RNIA 500–25–P01 is attached to WYTWO SPRZE˛TU KOMUNIKACYJNEGO ‘‘PZLS´widnik’’ Spo´lka Akcyjna Alert Service Bulletin No. ASB–37–19–309, dated January 28, 2020, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (ii) [Reserved] (3) As the design approval holder for the product identified in paragraph (c) of this AD, contact PZL Swidnik S.A. for the Goodrich Actuation Systems service information identified in this AD, at WSK ‘‘PZL-S´widnik’’ S.A., Al. Lotniko´w Polskich 1, 21–045 S´widnik, Poland; telephone +48– 664 424 798; fax (+48) 817 225 710; or at www.pzl.swidnik.pl. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 817–222–5110. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, email fedreg.legal@nara.gov, or go to: https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued on April 7, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–08567 Filed 4–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0851; Product Identifier 2020–NM–081–AD; Amendment 39–21507; AD 2021–08–13] potential source of increased flow resistance within the flightcrew oxygen system. This AD requires a detailed inspection (flow test) of certain solenoid valves, and replacement if necessary, as specified in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) ADs, which are incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective June 1, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of June 1, 2021. ADDRESSES: For EASA material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, contact EASA, Konrad-AdenauerUfer 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. For Airbus SAS service information incorporated by reference in this final rule, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office— EIAS, Rond-Point Emile Dewoitine No: 2, 31700 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airwortheas@airbus.com; internet https:// www.airbus.com. You may view this IBR material at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. It is also available in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0851. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on RIN 2120–AA64 the internet at https:// Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS www.regulations.gov by searching for Airplanes and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0851; or in person at Docket Operations AGENCY: Federal Aviation between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday Administration (FAA), Department of through Friday, except Federal holidays. Transportation (DOT). The AD docket contains this final rule, ACTION: Final rule. any comments received, and other information. The address for Docket SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new Operations is U.S. Department of airworthiness directive (AD) for all Transportation, Docket Operations, M– Airbus SAS Model A318 series 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room airplanes; Model A319–111, A319–112, A319–113, A319–114, A319–115, A319– W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. 131, A319–132, and A319–133 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: airplanes; Model A320–211, A320–212, A320–214, A320–216, A320–231, A320– Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International 232, and A320–233 airplanes; and Model A321–111, A321–112, A321–131, Validation Branch, FAA, 2200 South A321–211, A321–212, A321–213, A321– 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3223; email 231, and A321–232 airplanes. This AD Sanjay.Ralhan@faa.gov. was prompted by reports that certain oxygen supply solenoid valves are a SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:01 Apr 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020–0104R1 dated January 28, 2021 (EASA AD 2020–0104R1) (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus SAS Model A318–111, A318–112, A318–121, and A318–122 airplanes; Model A319–111, A319–112, A319–113, A319–114, A319–115, A319– 131, A319–132, and A319–133 airplanes; Model A320–211, A320–212, A320–214, A320–216, A320–231, A320– 232, and A320–233 airplanes; and Model A321–111, A321–112, A321–131, A321–211, A321–212, A321–213, A321– 231, and A321–232 airplanes. 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 SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319–111, A319–112, A319–113, A319–114, A319– 115, A319–131, A319–132, and A319– 133 airplanes; Model A320–211, A320– 212, A320–214, A320–216, A320–231, A320–232, and A320–233 airplanes; and Model A321–111, A321–112, A321–131, A321–211, A321–212, A321–213, A321– 231, and A321–232 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 15, 2020 (85 FR 65282). The NPRM was prompted by reports that certain oxygen supply solenoid valves are a potential source of increased flow resistance within the flightcrew oxygen system. The NPRM proposed to require a detailed inspection (flow test) of certain solenoid valves, and replacement if necessary, as specified in EASA AD 2020–0104R1. The FAA is issuing this AD to address increased flow resistance within the flightcrew oxygen system, which could lead to a reduced flow of oxygen supply to the flightcrew oxygen masks, and in combination with in-flight depressurization, smoke in the flight deck, or a smoke evacuation procedure, could lead to flightcrew hypoxia and loss of useful consciousness, resulting in loss of control of the airplane. See the MCAI for additional background information. Revised EASA AD In the NPRM, the FAA referred to EASA AD 2020–0104, dated May 7, 2020 (EASA AD 2020–0104). Since the NPRM was issued, EASA issued AD 2020–0104R1, which clarifies that certain solenoid valves are no longer considered affected parts. The agency determined that no additional work is required for airplanes E:\FR\FM\26APR1.SGM 26APR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0299; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-00253-R; 
Amendment 39-21510; AD 2021-08-16]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; PZL Swidnik S.A. Helicopters

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

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for PZL 
Swidnik S.A. (PZL) Model W-3A helicopters. This AD requires repetitive 
inspections of a certain part-numbered stainless steel cable (cable) 
installed on a certain part-numbered hoist assembly, and depending on 
those inspection results, removing certain parts from service and 
reporting the results. This AD also prohibits installing the affected 
part unless it is inspected per the AD requirements. This AD was 
prompted by wear of and damage to the cable near the swaged terminal 
due to movement of the hook assembly. The actions of this AD are 
intended to address an unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD becomes effective May 11, 2021.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain document listed in this AD as of May 11, 2021.
    The FAA must receive comments on this AD by June 25, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your 
comments electronically.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: Send comments to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: Deliver to the ``Mail'' address between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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-
0299; 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 listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket 
shortly after receipt.
    For Goodrich Actuation Systems and WYTW[Oacute]RNIA SPRZ[Eogon]TU 
KOMUNIKACYJNEGO ``PZL-[Sacute]widnik'' Sp[oacute]lka Akcyjna service 
information identified in this final rule, contact WSK ``PZL-
[Sacute]widnik'' S.A., Al. Lotnik[oacute]w Polskich 1, 21-045 
[Sacute]widnik, Poland, telephone +48 664 424 798, or at 
www.pzl.swidnik.pl. You may view the referenced service information at 
the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 
Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. It is also available 
on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0299.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020-0017, dated January 30, 2020, 
to correct an unsafe condition for all serial-numbered Wytw[oacute]rnia 
Sprz[eogon]tu Komunikacyjnego (WSK) ``PZL-[Sacute]widnik'' 
Sp[oacute][lstrok]ka Akcyjna (S.A.) Model PZL W-3A helicopters with a 
Collins Aerospace (formerly Goodrich) electric hoist assembly (hoist) 
part number (P/N) 76378-500 having stainless steel cable P/N 712952 
installed. EASA advises that occurrences were reported of cables found 
worn out; the damage consisted of reduction of the cable diameter near 
the swaged terminal. EASA states that subsequent investigation 
identified that the extensive cable wear was possibly caused by 
flickering movement of the hook assembly in the stowage position during 
flights. EASA further states that this condition, if not detected and 
corrected, could lead to reduction of the cable strength, possibly 
resulting in an in-flight loss of the hoist load, injury to persons, or 
damage to and reduced control of the helicopter.
    Accordingly, EASA AD 2020-0017 requires repetitive inspections of 
the cable to detect cable condition and diameter restriction and based 
on those inspection results, either replacing parts or additional 
maintenance actions and reporting non-compliant inspection results to 
Collins Aerospace. For helicopters that do not have the affected hoist 
installed, EASA AD 2020-0017 allows installing an affected hoist 
provided that it is new (never previously installed), overhauled (never 
installed after overhaul), or has passed an inspection (no defect 
found, or defects corrected), less than 25 flight hours before 
installation, in accordance with the instructions of the service 
information.

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 information provided by EASA and determining the unsafe 
condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters 
of the same type design.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Goodrich Actuation Systems Alert Service Bulletin 
76378-500-25-P01, Revision 0, dated December 3, 2019 (ASB 76378-500-25-
P01). ASB 76378-500-25-P01 specifies procedures to visually inspect

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the cable near the swaged terminal for cable diameter restriction, the 
hook assembly stowage force, and the hook assembly stowage at the up 
limit. ASB 76378-500-25-P01 also specifies corrective action and 
reporting certain data if the cable is not compliant due to cable 
diameter restriction and the results of the hook assembly stowage force 
inspection.
    ASB 76378-500-25-P01 is an attachment to WYTW[Oacute]RNIA 
SPRZ[Eogon]TU KOMUNIKACYJNEGO ``PZL-[Sacute]widnik'' Sp[oacute]lka 
Akcyjna Alert Service Bulletin No. ASB-37-19-309, dated January 28, 
2020 (ASB-37-19-309). ASB 76378-500-25-P01 is incorporated by reference 
in this AD. ASB-37-19-309 is not incorporated by reference in this AD.
    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 also reviewed ASB-37-19-309. ASB-37-19-309 specifies 
accomplishing repetitive visual inspections of the cable near the 
swaged terminal for cable diameter restriction and a one-time 
inspection of the hook assembly stowage force. ASB-37-19-309 also 
provides a reminder to accomplish the hook assembly stowage procedure 
after each individual hoisting operation performed in flight or on the 
ground.

AD Requirements

    This AD requires within 25 hours time-in-service accumulated by the 
hoist (hoist hours) after the effective date of this AD, and thereafter 
at intervals not to exceed 25 hoist hours for all PZL Model W-3A 
helicopters with hoist P/N 76378-500 having stainless steel cable P/N 
712952 installed, inspecting the cable for wear and damage, inspecting 
the measurement of the diameter of the cable, and removing the cable 
from service or replacing the cable with an airworthy part before 
further hoist operation if certain criteria is met. This AD also 
requires following certain reinstallation steps and reporting certain 
information. Finally, this AD prohibits installing an affected hoist or 
cable unless they meet the conditions as required by this AD.

Justification for Immediate Adoption and Determination of the Effective 
Date

    Section 553(b)(3)(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 
U.S.C. 551 et seq.) (5 U.S.C.) authorizes agencies to dispense with 
notice and comment procedures for rules when the agency, for ``good 
cause,'' finds that those procedures are ``impracticable, unnecessary, 
or contrary to the public interest.'' Under this section, an agency, 
upon finding good cause, may issue a final rule without seeking comment 
prior to the rulemaking. Further, section 553(d) of the APA authorizes 
agencies to make rules effective in less than thirty days, upon a 
finding of good cause.
    There are no helicopters with this type certificate on the U.S. 
Registry. Accordingly, notice and opportunity for prior public comment 
are unnecessary pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B). In addition, for the 
reasons stated above, the FAA finds that good cause exists pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 553(d) for making this amendment effective in less than 30 
days.

Comments Invited

    The FAA invites you to send any written data, views, or arguments 
about this final rule. Send your comments to an address listed under 
ADDRESSES. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2021-0299 and Project Identifier 
MCAI-2020-00253-R'' at the beginning of your comments. The most helpful 
comments reference a specific portion of the final rule, explain the 
reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. The FAA 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this final rule because of those comments.
    Except for Confidential Business Information (CBI) as described in 
the following paragraph, and other information as described in 14 CFR 
11.35, the FAA will post all comments received, without change, to 
https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you 
provide. The agency will also post a report summarizing each 
substantive verbal contact received about this final rule.

Confidential Business Information

    CBI is commercial or financial information that is both customarily 
and actually treated as private by its owner. Under the Freedom of 
Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), CBI is exempt from public 
disclosure. If your comments responsive to this AD contain commercial 
or financial information that is customarily treated as private, that 
you actually treat as private, and that is relevant or responsive to 
this AD, it is important that you clearly designate the submitted 
comments as CBI. Please mark each page of your submission containing 
CBI as ``PROPIN.'' The FAA will treat such marked submissions as 
confidential under the FOIA, and they will not be placed in the public 
docket of this AD. Submissions containing CBI should be sent to Kristi 
Bradley, Aerospace Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, 
International Validation Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, 
TX 76177; telephone 817-222-5110; email [email protected]. Any 
commentary that the FAA receives which is not specifically designated 
as CBI will be placed in the public docket for this rulemaking.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) do not 
apply when an agency finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 to adopt 
a rule without prior notice and comment. Because the FAA has determined 
that it has good cause to adopt this rule without notice and comment, 
RFA analysis is not required.

Costs of Compliance

    There are no costs of compliance associated with this AD because 
there are no helicopters with this type certificate on the U.S. 
Registry.

Paperwork Reduction Act

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

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

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

Regulatory Findings

    The FAA determined that this 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, I certify that this AD:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866, and
    2. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska.

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:

2021-08-16 PZL Swidnik S.A.: Amendment 39-21510; Docket No. FAA-
2021-0299; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-00253-R.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective May 11, 2021.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to PZL Swidnik S.A. (PZL) Model W-3A 
helicopters, certificated in any category, with a Collins Aerospace 
(formerly Goodrich) electric hoist (hoist) part number (P/N) 76378-
500 with a stainless steel cable (cable) P/N 712952 installed.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2597, Equip/
Furnishing System Wiring.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as wear and reduction of 
the cable diameter near the swaged terminal due to movement of the 
hook assembly. This condition could result in reduced strength of 
the cable, potentially resulting in an in-flight loss of the hoist 
load, injury to persons, and reduced control of or damage to the 
helicopter.

(f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless accomplished previously.

(g) Required Actions

    (1) Within 25 hours time-in service on the hoist (hoist hours) 
after the effective date of this AD, and thereafter at intervals not 
to exceed 25 hoist hours:
    (2) Remove the bottom part of the hook assembly, disengage and 
lift the hook assembly, clean the cable near the swaged terminal, 
and visually inspect for wear and damage. For the purposes of this 
AD, damage may be indicated by broken wires, kinks, bird cages, 
flattened areas, abrasion, necking, corrosion, or fretting. Visually 
inspect the area at no less than 12 cm of the cable between the 
cable swaged terminal and the hook assembly, as depicted in Figures 
2 and 3 of Goodrich Actuation Systems Alert Service Bulletin 76378-
500-25-P01, Revision 0, dated December 3, 2019 (ASB 76378-500-25-
P01).
    (i) If the cable is worn or damaged, before the next hoist 
operation, remove the cable from service and replace with an 
airworthy part. Within 30 calendar days, email the non-compliant 
information in accordance with paragraph 3.A.(4)(a) of ASB 76378-
500-25-P01 to [email protected].
    (ii) If there is no damage, before the next hoist operation, 
inspect the cable diameter restriction on the 12 cm length ensuring 
the cable diameter is >=4.60 mm (0.181 in) paying particular 
attention to the cable diameter which is approximately 1 cm from the 
cable swaged terminal.
    (iii) If the cable diameter is less than 4.60 mm (0.181 in), 
before the next hoist operation, replace the cable with an airworthy 
part. Within 30 calendar days, email the non-complaint information 
in accordance with paragraph 3.B.(1)(f) of ASB 76378-500-25-P01 to 
[email protected].
    (iv) If the cable diameter is >=4.60 mm (0.181 in), lubricate 
the cable with oil MIL-L-23699 or MIL-L-7808, or equivalent, 
reassemble bottom part of the hook assembly on the upper part, and 
bring the hook assembly back to the stowage position.
    (3) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install a hoist 
or cable with a P/N identified in paragraph (c) of this AD unless 
they meet the conditions as required by paragraph (g) of this AD.

(h) 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 (i)(1) 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.

(i) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Kristi Bradley, 
Aerospace Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, 
International Validation Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort 
Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817-222-5110; email 
[email protected].
    (2) WYTW[Oacute]RNIA SPRZ[Eogon]TU KOMUNIKACYJNEGO ``PZL-
[Sacute]widnik'' Sp[oacute]lka Akcyjna Mandatory Alert Service 
Bulletin No. BO-37-19-309, dated January 28, 2020, which is not 
incorporated by reference, contains additional information about the 
subject of this AD. For service information identified in this AD, 
contact WSK ``PZL-[Sacute]widnik'' S.A., Al. Lotnik[oacute]w 
Polskich 1, 21-045 [Sacute]widnik, Poland; telephone +48-664 424 
798; fax (+48) 817 225 710; or at www.pzl.swidnik.pl. 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. For information on the availability of 
this material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110.
    (3) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union 
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020-0017, dated January 30, 2020. 
You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. 
FAA-2021-0299.

(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) Goodrich Actuation Systems Alert Service Bulletin 76378-500-
25-P01, Revision 0, dated December 3, 2019 (ASB 76378-500-25-P01).


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    Note 1 to paragraph (j)(2)(i):  ASB 76378-500-25-P01 is attached 
to WYTW[Oacute]RNIA SPRZ[Eogon]TU KOMUNIKACYJNEGO ``PZL-
[Sacute]widnik'' Sp[oacute]lka Akcyjna Alert Service Bulletin No. 
ASB-37-19-309, dated January 28, 2020, which is not incorporated by 
reference in this AD.

    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) As the design approval holder for the product identified in 
paragraph (c) of this AD, contact PZL Swidnik S.A. for the Goodrich 
Actuation Systems service information identified in this AD, at WSK 
``PZL-[Sacute]widnik'' S.A., Al. Lotnik[oacute]w Polskich 1, 21-045 
[Sacute]widnik, Poland; telephone +48-664 424 798; fax (+48) 817 225 
710; or at www.pzl.swidnik.pl.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Office of 
the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 
6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of 
this material at the FAA, call 817-222-5110.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, email [email protected], or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued on April 7, 2021.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-08567 Filed 4-23-21; 8:45 am]
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