Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters, 28040-28042 [2021-10908]

Download as PDF 28040 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 25, 2021 / Proposed Rules (c) Applicability This AD applies to Bell Textron Canada Limited Model 505 helicopters, certificated in any category, with serial numbers 65011 through 65023 inclusive, 65025 through 65028 inclusive, 65030 through 65032 inclusive, 65034, and 65036 with relay panel assembly part number (P/N) SLS–075–002– 107 installed. Note 1 to paragraph (c): Helicopters with serial numbers (S/Ns) 65011 through 65023 inclusive, 65025 through 65028 inclusive, 65030 through 65032 inclusive, 65034, and 65036 are known to have had relay panel assembly P/N SLS–075–002–107 installed during production. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 3110, Instrument Panel. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by three occurrences of metallic debris in the engine oil lubrication system causing a short to ground within the engine chip detector. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent failure of the 12 volts direct current (VDC) reference voltage, loss of display of important flight information to the pilot including the main rotor rotations per minute (Nr), fuel quantity, and transmission oil pressure and temperature, and the generator voltage and ammeter parameters as marked invalid with a red ‘‘X’’ on the primary flight display (PFD) and the multi-function display (MFD). The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in simultaneous loss of caution, advisory, and system performance indicators for multiple systems. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Jkt 253001 [FR Doc. 2021–10909 Filed 5–24–21; 8:45 am] Examining the AD Docket BILLING CODE 4910–13–P You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0375; 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 NPRM, the European Aviation Safety Agency (now European Union Aviation Safety Agency) (EASA) AD, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations is listed above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronnea Derby, Aerospace Engineer, Denver ACO Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 26805 E 68th Ave., Mail Stop: Room 214; Denver, CO 80249; telephone (303) 342– 1093; email Ronnea.L.Derby@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (i) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Hal Jensen, Aerospace Engineer, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 950 L’Enfant Plaza N SW, Washington, DC 20024; telephone (202) 267–9167; email hal.jensen@ faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bell Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l’Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4, Canada; telephone (450) 437– 2862 or (800) 363–8023; fax (450) 433–0272; or at https://www.bellcustomer.com. 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 Transport Canada AD CF–2017–36, dated December 15, 2017. You may view the Transport Canada AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2021–0377;. Federal Aviation Administration (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: 9-AVS-AIR730-AMOC@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, 17:12 May 24, 2021 Issued on May 19, 2021. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. 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 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331–225074; fax +39– 0331–229046; or at https:// www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. 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. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (g) Required Actions (1) Within 25 hours time-in-service after the effective date of this AD, replace relay panel assembly part number P/N SLS–075– 002–107 with relay panel assembly P/N SLS– 075–002–109 by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 1.a. through 3, of Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 505–17–04, dated December 6, 2017. (2) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install relay panel assembly P/N SLS– 075–002–107 on any helicopter. VerDate Sep<11>2014 or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0375; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–01245–R] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This proposed AD was prompted by two events of uncommanded emergency flotation system (EFS) deployment during flight. This proposed AD would require replacing certain part-numbered EFS control panels and prohibit installing them. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by July 9, 2021. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 ADDRESSES: Comments Invited The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under ADDRESSES. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2021–0375; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–01245–R’’ at the beginning of your comments. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include E:\FR\FM\25MYP1.SGM 25MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 25, 2021 / Proposed Rules supporting data. The FAA will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposal 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 NPRM. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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 NPRM 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 NPRM, 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 NPRM. Submissions containing CBI should be sent to Ronnea Derby, Aerospace Engineer, Denver ACO Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 26805 E 68th Ave., Mail Stop: Room 214; Denver, CO 80249; telephone (303) 342–1093; email Ronnea.L.Derby@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. Background EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2015–0172, dated August 21, 2015 (EASA AD 2015– 0172), to correct an unsafe condition for AgustaWestland S.p.A (formerly Agusta S.p.A.), AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (formerly Agusta Aerospace Corporation) (now Leonardo S.p.a.) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters with an EFS installed. EASA advises of two events of uncommanded EFS deployment during flight. Subsequent investigation revealed that these conditions had been caused by improper design of the EFS control panel part numbers (P/Ns) 3G9560V00556 (for use with night vision goggle) and 3G9560V00557 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:12 May 24, 2021 Jkt 253001 (standard). This condition, if not addressed, could result in reduced control of the helicopter. Accordingly, EASA AD 2015–0172 requires replacing EFS control panel P/ Ns 3G9560V00556 and 3G9560V00557 with EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00559 and 3G9560V00558, respectively. EASA AD 2015–0172 also prohibits installing EFS control panel P/ Ns 3G9560V00556 and 3G9560V00557 on any helicopter. FAA’s Determination These helicopters have been approved by EASA and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA’s bilateral agreement with the European Union, EASA has notified the FAA about the unsafe condition described in its AD. The FAA is proposing this AD after evaluating all known relevant information and determining that the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these same type designs. Related Service Information The FAA reviewed AgustaWestland Bollettino Tecnico No. 139–374, dated July 6, 2015. This service information specifies procedures for replacing EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00556 and 3G9560V00557 with EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00559 and 3G9560V00558, respectively. This service information also notes that EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00556 and 3G9560V00557 can be upgraded by following Sirio Panel Service Bulletin 6WS–MI100135 Ed.01 and 6WS– MI100134 Ed.01. Proposed AD Requirements in This NPRM This proposed AD would require replacing EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00556 and 3G9560V00557 with EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00559 and 3G9560V00558, respectively. This proposed AD would also prohibit installing EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00556 and 3G9560V00557 on any helicopter. Differences Between This Proposed AD and the EASA AD EASA AD 2015–0172 applies to Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters with an EFS installed, whereas this proposed AD would apply to those model helicopters with EFS control panel P/N 3G9560V00556 (for use with night vision goggle) or 3G9560V00557 (standard) installed instead. EASA AD 2015–0172 specifies replacing an affected EFS control panel within a compliance time of flight hours or PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 28041 months, whichever occurs first, based on helicopter configuration, whereas this proposed AD would require that replacement within a shorter compliance time in hours time-inservice but the same number of months, based on helicopter configuration instead. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD, if adopted as proposed, would affect up to 133 helicopters of U.S. Registry. Labor rates are estimated at $85 per workhour. Based on these numbers, the FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed AD. Replacing an EFS control panel would take about 1 work-hour and parts would cost about $12,342 for an estimated cost of $12,427 per helicopter and up to $1,652,791 for the U.S. fleet. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. The FAA is issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements. Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings The FAA determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Would not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (3) Would not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities E:\FR\FM\25MYP1.SGM 25MYP1 28042 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 25, 2021 / Proposed Rules 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. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ (h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) 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: ■ Leonardo S.p.a.: Docket No. FAA–2021– 0375; Project Identifier MCAI–2020– 01245–R. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments on this airworthiness directive (AD) by July 9, 2021. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters, certificated in any category, with an emergency flotation system (EFS) control panel part number (P/N) 3G9560V00556 (for use with night vision goggle) or 3G9560V00557 (standard) installed. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 3212, Emergency Flotation Section. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by two events of uncommanded EFS deployment during flight. The FAA is issuing this AD to address improper design of certain EFS control panels. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in reduced control of the helicopter. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions (1) At the following compliance time, replace EFS control panel P/N 3G9560V00556 or 3G9560V00557 with EFS control panel P/N 3G9560V00559 or 3G9560V00558, respectively: (i) For helicopters with EFS P/N 3G9560F00111 or 3G9560F00113, with Aerosekur floats with ‘‘pyrotechnical’’ inflation system P/N 3G9560V01051 installed, within 94 hours time-in-service VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:12 May 24, 2021 Jkt 253001 (TIS) or 3 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. (ii) For helicopters with EFS P/N 3G9560F00111 or 3G9560F00113, with Aerosekur floats with ‘‘SMA’’ inflation system P/N 3G9560V01052 installed, within 377 hours TIS or 12 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. (iii) For helicopters with EFS P/N 3G9560F00212 with Aerosekur floats with ‘‘fuse disk’’ inflation system P/N 3G9560V02051 installed, within 565 hours TIS or 18 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. (2) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install EFS control panel P/N 3G9560V00556 or 3G9560V00557 on any helicopter. (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 Ronnea Derby, Aerospace Engineer, Denver ACO Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 26805 E 68th Ave., Mail Stop: Room 214; Denver, CO 80249; telephone (303) 342–1093; email Ronnea.L.Derby@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331– 225074; fax +39–0331–229046; or at https:// www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. 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 Aviation Safety Agency (now European Union Aviation Safety Agency) (EASA) AD 2015–0172, dated August 21, 2015. You may view the EASA AD at https:// www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA– 2021–0375. Issued on May 18, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–10908 Filed 5–24–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary 32 CFR Part 159 [Docket ID: DoD–2020–OS–0016] RIN 0790–AK87 Private Security Contractors (PSCs) Operating in Contingency Operations, Humanitarian or Peace Operations, or Other Military Operations or Exercises Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The DoD is proposing updates to this part to incorporate changes from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that were not available when the rule was last published on August 11, 2011. These proposed changes include administrative updates and clarifications to PSCs performing duties while under contract to DoD in support of a contingency operations, humanitarian or peace operations, or other military operations or exercises. DATES: Comments must be received by July 26, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and/or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) number and title, by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: DoD cannot receive written comments at this time due to the COVID–19 pandemic. Comments should be sent electronically to the docket listed above. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number or RIN for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. SUMMARY: Ms. Donna M. Livingston, 703–692–3032, donna.m.livingston.civ@mail.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Executive Summary A. Purpose of the Existing Rule The DoD may contract for private security functions to fulfill non-combat E:\FR\FM\25MYP1.SGM 25MYP1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0375; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-01245-R]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) 
for certain Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This 
proposed AD was prompted by two events of uncommanded emergency 
flotation system (EFS) deployment during flight. This proposed AD would 
require replacing certain part-numbered EFS control panels and prohibit 
installing them. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe 
condition on these products.

DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by July 9, 
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 between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Leonardo 
S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale 
G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39-0331-
225074; fax +39-0331-229046; or at https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. 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.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0375; 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 NPRM, the European 
Aviation Safety Agency (now European Union Aviation Safety Agency) 
(EASA) AD, any comments received, and other information. The street 
address for Docket Operations is listed above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronnea Derby, Aerospace Engineer, 
Denver ACO Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 26805 E 
68th Ave., Mail Stop: Room 214; Denver, CO 80249; telephone (303) 342-
1093; email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under ADDRESSES. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2021-0375; Project Identifier 
MCAI-2020-01245-R'' at the beginning of your comments. The most helpful 
comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the 
reason for any recommended change, and include

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supporting data. The FAA will consider all comments received by the 
closing date and may amend this proposal 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 NPRM.

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 NPRM 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 NPRM, 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 NPRM. Submissions containing CBI should be sent to 
Ronnea Derby, Aerospace Engineer, Denver ACO Branch, Compliance & 
Airworthiness Division, FAA, 26805 E 68th Ave., Mail Stop: Room 214; 
Denver, CO 80249; telephone (303) 342-1093; 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.

Background

    EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2015-0172, dated August 21, 2015 
(EASA AD 2015-0172), to correct an unsafe condition for AgustaWestland 
S.p.A (formerly Agusta S.p.A.), AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation 
(formerly Agusta Aerospace Corporation) (now Leonardo S.p.a.) Model 
AB139 and AW139 helicopters with an EFS installed. EASA advises of two 
events of uncommanded EFS deployment during flight. Subsequent 
investigation revealed that these conditions had been caused by 
improper design of the EFS control panel part numbers (P/Ns) 
3G9560V00556 (for use with night vision goggle) and 3G9560V00557 
(standard). This condition, if not addressed, could result in reduced 
control of the helicopter.
    Accordingly, EASA AD 2015-0172 requires replacing EFS control panel 
P/Ns 3G9560V00556 and 3G9560V00557 with EFS control panel P/Ns 
3G9560V00559 and 3G9560V00558, respectively. EASA AD 2015-0172 also 
prohibits installing EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00556 and 
3G9560V00557 on any helicopter.

FAA's Determination

    These helicopters have been approved by EASA and are approved for 
operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA's bilateral 
agreement with the European Union, EASA has notified the FAA about the 
unsafe condition described in its AD. The FAA is proposing this AD 
after evaluating all known relevant information and determining that 
the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop 
on other helicopters of these same type designs.

Related Service Information

    The FAA reviewed AgustaWestland Bollettino Tecnico No. 139-374, 
dated July 6, 2015. This service information specifies procedures for 
replacing EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00556 and 3G9560V00557 with EFS 
control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00559 and 3G9560V00558, respectively. This 
service information also notes that EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00556 
and 3G9560V00557 can be upgraded by following Sirio Panel Service 
Bulletin 6WS-MI100135 Ed.01 and 6WS-MI100134 Ed.01.

Proposed AD Requirements in This NPRM

    This proposed AD would require replacing EFS control panel P/Ns 
3G9560V00556 and 3G9560V00557 with EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00559 
and 3G9560V00558, respectively. This proposed AD would also prohibit 
installing EFS control panel P/Ns 3G9560V00556 and 3G9560V00557 on any 
helicopter.

Differences Between This Proposed AD and the EASA AD

    EASA AD 2015-0172 applies to Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters with 
an EFS installed, whereas this proposed AD would apply to those model 
helicopters with EFS control panel P/N 3G9560V00556 (for use with night 
vision goggle) or 3G9560V00557 (standard) installed instead. EASA AD 
2015-0172 specifies replacing an affected EFS control panel within a 
compliance time of flight hours or months, whichever occurs first, 
based on helicopter configuration, whereas this proposed AD would 
require that replacement within a shorter compliance time in hours 
time-in-service but the same number of months, based on helicopter 
configuration instead.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD, if adopted as proposed, would 
affect up to 133 helicopters of U.S. Registry. Labor rates are 
estimated at $85 per work-hour. Based on these numbers, the FAA 
estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed AD.
    Replacing an EFS control panel would take about 1 work-hour and 
parts would cost about $12,342 for an estimated cost of $12,427 per 
helicopter and up to $1,652,791 for the U.S. fleet.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    The FAA determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed regulation:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866,
    (2) Would not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (3) Would not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities

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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.

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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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:

Leonardo S.p.a.: Docket No. FAA-2021-0375; Project Identifier MCAI-
2020-01245-R.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments on this airworthiness directive 
(AD) by July 9, 2021.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139 and AW139 
helicopters, certificated in any category, with an emergency 
flotation system (EFS) control panel part number (P/N) 3G9560V00556 
(for use with night vision goggle) or 3G9560V00557 (standard) 
installed.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 3212, Emergency 
Flotation Section.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by two events of uncommanded EFS deployment 
during flight. The FAA is issuing this AD to address improper design 
of certain EFS control panels. The unsafe condition, if not 
addressed, could result in reduced control of the helicopter.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Required Actions

    (1) At the following compliance time, replace EFS control panel 
P/N 3G9560V00556 or 3G9560V00557 with EFS control panel P/N 
3G9560V00559 or 3G9560V00558, respectively:
    (i) For helicopters with EFS P/N 3G9560F00111 or 3G9560F00113, 
with Aerosekur floats with ``pyrotechnical'' inflation system P/N 
3G9560V01051 installed, within 94 hours time-in-service (TIS) or 3 
months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first.
    (ii) For helicopters with EFS P/N 3G9560F00111 or 3G9560F00113, 
with Aerosekur floats with ``SMA'' inflation system P/N 3G9560V01052 
installed, within 377 hours TIS or 12 months after the effective 
date of this AD, whichever occurs first.
    (iii) For helicopters with EFS P/N 3G9560F00212 with Aerosekur 
floats with ``fuse disk'' inflation system P/N 3G9560V02051 
installed, within 565 hours TIS or 18 months after the effective 
date of this AD, whichever occurs first.
    (2) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install EFS 
control panel P/N 3G9560V00556 or 3G9560V00557 on any helicopter.

(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 Ronnea Derby, 
Aerospace Engineer, Denver ACO Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness 
Division, FAA, 26805 E 68th Ave., Mail Stop: Room 214; Denver, CO 
80249; telephone (303) 342-1093; email [email protected].
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, 
Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone 
+39-0331-225074; fax +39-0331-229046; or at https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. 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 Aviation 
Safety Agency (now European Union Aviation Safety Agency) (EASA) AD 
2015-0172, dated August 21, 2015. You may view the EASA AD at 
https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA-2021-0375.

    Issued on May 18, 2021.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-10908 Filed 5-24-21; 8:45 am]
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