Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters, 36638-36641 [2021-14777]

Download as PDF 36638 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Rules and Regulations (3) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2018–0172 does not apply to this AD. (4) Where paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2018– 0172 specifies to inspect each affected part, for this AD, prior to the inspection for corrosion, inspect the protective coating on the inside of the attachment pin for scratches and missing protective coating. If there is any scratch or any missing protective coating, prior to the inspection for corrosion, sand the attachment pin to remove the varnish in the area depicted as ‘‘Area A’’ in Figure 1 of the ‘‘applicable ASB’’ as defined in EASA AD 2018–0172. (5) Where paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2018– 0172 requires removing corrosion, for this AD, if there is any corrosion pitting, before further flight, replace the affected attachment pin. Do not sand the attachment pin to remove a corrosion pit. (6) Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2018–0172 specifies to do a non-destructive inspection if in doubt about whether there is a crack, that action is not required by this AD. (7) Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2018–0172 specifies contacting Airbus Helicopters if any attachment pin with a crack is found and returning that part to Airbus Helicopters, those actions are not required by this AD. (8) Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2018–0172 specifies discarding certain parts, that action is not required by this AD. (9) Where EASA AD 2018–0172 refers to flight hours (FH), this AD requires using hours time-in-service. (i) Special Flight Permit Special flight permits, as described in 14 CFR 21.197 and 21.199, are not allowed. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES (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. (k) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Katherine Venegas, Aviation Safety Engineer, Cabin Safety, Mechanical and Environmental Systems Section, Los Angeles ACO Branch, FAA, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:52 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 (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 Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2018–0172, dated August 7, 2018. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For EASA AD 2018–0172, 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 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–2020–1033. (5) You may view this material that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, email fedreg.legal@ nara.gov, or go to: https://www.archives.gov/ federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html. Issued on June 17, 2021. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–14775 Filed 7–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0195; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00262–R; Amendment 39–21624; AD 2021–13–19] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014–11– 02 for Airbus Helicopters Model SA– 365N, SA–365N1, AS–365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters. AD 2014–11–02 required repetitively inspecting frame number (No.) 9 for a crack. This AD was prompted by Airbus Helicopters developing a modification that provides an optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by AD 2014–11–02. This AD retains the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 requirements of AD 2014–11–02, provides an optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections, and reduces the applicability by excluding certain post-modified helicopters. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective August 17, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of August 17, 2021. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 North Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641–0000 or (800) 232– 0323; fax (972) 641–3775; or at https:// www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/ technical-support.html. You may view this 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. Service information that is incorporated by reference is also available at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0195. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.govby searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0195; 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, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, 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: Matt Fuller, AD Program Manager, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Unit, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5110; email matthew.fuller@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2014–11–02, Amendment 39–17852 (79 FR 33050, June 10, 2014) (AD 2014–11–02). AD 2014–11–02 applied to Airbus Helicopters (previously Eurocopter E:\FR\FM\13JYR1.SGM 13JYR1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Rules and Regulations France) Model SA–365N, SA–365N1, AS–365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on April 22, 2021 (86 FR 21231). The NPRM proposed to continue to require, for helicopters that have a No. 9 frame that has had any repair or alteration made, within 10 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the effective date of the AD and at intervals not to exceed 110 hours TIS thereafter, inspecting the LH and RH frame No. 9 for a crack in the areas of the latch support and stretcher support with a 10X or higher power magnifying glass. For all other helicopters, the NPRM proposed to require the inspection within 110 hours TIS after the effective date of the AD and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 110 hours TIS. If there is a crack, the NPRM proposed to continue to require, before further flight, repairing the crack. The NPRM also proposed to provide an optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections that would consist of installing Eurocopter modification (MOD) 53C17 or MOD 53D02, or Airbus Helicopters MOD 07 53D21 or MOD 07 53D22, as applicable to your helicopter. The NPRM was prompted by EASA AD 2012–0108R1, dated September 19, 2019 (EASA AD 2012–0108R1), issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus Model helicopters except those that have been modified by Eurocopter MOD 53C17 or MOD 53D02, or Airbus Helicopters (AH) MOD 07 53D21 or MOD 07 53D22. EASA AD 2012–0108R1 revises EASA AD 2012– 0108–E, dated June 15, 2012 (EASA AD 2012–0108–E), which was issued after a crack was discovered during the ‘‘T’’ inspection of an AS365 helicopter. The crack started at a rivet hole of a doubler that was installed on the frame No. 9 in accordance with Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin No. 53.00.42, dated January 31, 2001. EASA stated in EASA AD 2012–0108–E that structural alteration of frame No. 9 by modifications or repairs can result in fatigue crack initiation under normal operational loads. According to EASA, this condition, if not corrected, could lead to crack propagation and failure of frame No. 9, which would adversely affect the structural integrity of the helicopter. For these reasons, EASA AD 2012–0108–E required repetitive inspections of frame No. 9 for a crack in the area of the doubler or any repair performed in the area of the latch support and stretcher support. EASA advises in EASA AD 2012–0108R1 that Airbus Helicopters developed MOD 07 VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:52 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 53D21 and MOD 07 53D22. Consequently, EASA AD 2012–0108R1 was issued to introduce the MODs as optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections, reduce the applicability by excluding certain postMOD helicopters, and make some editorial changes that do not affect the required actions. Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive Comments The FAA received no comments on the NPRM nor on the determination of the costs. Conclusion 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 reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety requires adopting this AD as proposed. Accordingly, the FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these helicopters. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus Helicopters has co-published as one document Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 05.00.63, Revision 2, dated December 20, 2018 (EASB 05.00.63 Rev 2), for Model AS365-series helicopters and EASB No. 05.00.30, Revision 2, dated December 20, 2018 (EASB 05.00.30 Rev 2), for non-FAA type certificated Model AS565-series helicopters. EASB 05.00.63 Rev 2 is incorporated by reference in this AD; EASB 05.00.30 Rev 2 is not. EASB 05.00.63 Rev 2 applies to helicopters with a frame No. 9 that has not been modified by MOD 07 53C17, 07 53D21, 07 53D22, or 07 53D02, and that has had doublers installed or repairs performed in accordance with certain service instructions. EASB 05.00.63 Rev 2 describes procedures for inspecting the frame No. 9 for a crack and specifies contacting Airbus Helicopters for further procedures if there is a crack. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. Other Related Service Information The FAA reviewed Airbus Helicopters Service Bulletin SB No. AS365– 53.00.57, Revision 0, dated December 20, 2018 (SB AS365–53.00.57), for PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 36639 Model AS365-series helicopters. SB AS365–53.00.57 specifies replacing the upper section of the No. 9 frame with a reinforced version as an option to terminate the visual inspections specified in EASB 05.00.63 Rev 2. The FAA also reviewed Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 05.00.63, Revision 1, dated June 18, 2012 (EASB 05.00.63 Rev 1). EASB 05.00.63 Rev 1 specifies the same procedures as EASB 05.00.63 Rev 2; however, EASB 05.00.63 Rev 2 excludes helicopters with certain MODs installed from its effectivity. Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD EASA AD 2012–0108R1 requires contacting Airbus Helicopters for repair instructions if there is a crack; this AD does not. EASA AD 2012–0108R1 applies to Airbus Helicopters Model 365-series helicopters with a frame No. 9 on which certain doublers or repairs have been accomplished; this AD applies to those model helicopters regardless of if those doublers or repairs have been accomplished. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 33 helicopters of U.S. Registry. The FAA estimates that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD. At an average labor rate of $85 per hour, inspecting the LH and RH frame No. 9 takes about 3 work-hours, for a cost per helicopter of $255 and a total cost to U.S. operators of $8,415 per inspection cycle. Repairing a cracked frame No. 9 takes about 20 work-hours, and required parts cost about $15,000, for a cost per helicopter of $16,700. 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 E:\FR\FM\13JYR1.SGM 13JYR1 36640 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 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. 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: ■ or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (d) Effective Date This AD is effective August 17, 2021. (1) For more information about this AD, contact Matthew Fuller, AD Program Manager, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Unit, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222– 5110; email matthew.fuller@faa.gov. (2) Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 05.00.63, Revision 1, dated June 18, 2012, which is not incorporated by reference, contains additional information about the subject of this AD. This service information is available at the contact information specified in paragraphs (l)(3) and (4) of this AD. (3) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2012–0108R1, dated September 19, 2019. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2021–0195. (e) Compliance You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time. (f) Required Actions (1) For helicopters that have any repair or alteration to the frame No. 9, within 10 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the effective date of this AD and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 110 hours TIS, using a 10X or higher power magnifying glass, inspect the left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) frame No. 9 for a crack in the area of the latch support and stretcher support, as depicted in Figure 1 of Airbus Helicopters Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 05.00.63, Revision 2, dated December 20, 2018 (EASB 05.00.63). (2) For all other helicopters, within 110 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 110 hours TIS, perform the inspection in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD. (3) If there is a crack, before further flight, repair the frame No. 9. Repairing a frame is not terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by paragraphs (f)(1) and (2) of this AD. (4) As an optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by paragraphs (f)(1) and (2) of this AD, replace the upper section of frame No. 9 with a reinforced frame, Eurocopter MOD 53C17 or MOD 53D02, or Airbus Helicopters MOD 07 53D21 or MOD 07 53D22. ■ ■ (g) Special Flight Permits Special flight permits to a repair facility may be issued provided that the flight does not exceed 10 hours TIS, any crack does not exceed a maximum crack length of 80 mm, and no passengers are onboard. 2021–13–19 Airbus Helicopters: Amendment 39–21624; Docket No. FAA–2021–0195; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00262–R. (h) Credit for Previous Actions You may take credit for the actions required by paragraphs (f)(1) and (2) of this AD if you performed them before the effective date of this AD using Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 05.00.63, Revision 1, dated June 18, 2012. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by: a. Removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014–11–02, Amendment 39– 17852 (79 FR 33050, June 10, 2014); and ■ b. Adding the following new AD: (a) Applicability This airworthiness directive (AD) applies to Airbus Helicopters Model SA–365N, SA– 365N1, AS–365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters, certificated in any category, except helicopters with Eurocopter modification (MOD) 53C17 or MOD 53D02, or Airbus Helicopters MOD 07 53D21 or MOD 07 53D22, installed. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES (c) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2014–11–02, Amendment 39–17852 (79 FR 33050, June 10, 2014). (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as a crack in frame number (No.) 9, which if not detected and corrected, could result in failure of frame No. 9, loss of structural integrity, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:52 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 (i) 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 office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (j)(1) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-AVSAIR-730-AMOC@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (j) Related Information (k) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 5300, Fuselage Structure. (l) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Airbus Helicopters Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 05.00.63, Revision 2, dated December 20, 2018. (ii) [Reserved] Note 1 to paragraph (l)(2)(ii): Airbus Helicopters Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 05.00.63, Revision 2, dated December 20, 2018 is co-published as one document along with Airbus Helicopters Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 05.00.30, Revision 2, dated December 20, 2018, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 North Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641–0000 or (800) 232–0323; fax (972) 641–3775; or at https:// www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/ technical-support.html. (4) You may view this service information at 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/ ibr-locations.html. E:\FR\FM\13JYR1.SGM 13JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Issued on June 17, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. 4. 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. [FR Doc. 2021–14777 Filed 7–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 97 [Docket No. 31377; Amdt. No. 3963] Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This rule establishes, amends, suspends, or removes Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPS) and associated Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure procedures (ODPs) for operations at certain airports. These regulatory actions are needed because of the adoption of new or revised criteria, or because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System, such as the commissioning of new navigational facilities, adding new obstacles, or changing air traffic requirements. These changes are designed to provide safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace and to promote safe flight operations under instrument flight rules at the affected airports. DATES: This rule is effective July 13, 2021. The compliance date for each SIAP, associated Takeoff Minimums, and ODP is specified in the amendatory provisions. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulations is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of July 13, 2021. ADDRESSES: Availability of matters incorporated by reference in the amendment is as follows: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: For Examination 1. U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Ops-M30. 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Bldg., Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590–0001. 2. The FAA Air Traffic Organization Service Area in which the affected airport is located; 3. The office of Aeronautical Information Services, 6500 South MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73169 or, VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:52 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 Availability All SIAPs and Takeoff Minimums and ODPs are available online free of charge. Visit the National Flight Data Center at nfdc.faa.gov to register. Additionally, individual SIAP and Takeoff Minimums and ODP copies may be obtained from the FAA Air Traffic Organization Service Area in which the affected airport is located. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas J. Nichols, Flight Procedures and Airspace Group, Flight Technologies and Procedures Division, Flight Standards Service, Federal Aviation Administration. Mailing Address: FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, Flight Procedures and Airspace Group, 6500 South MacArthur Blvd., Registry Bldg. 29, Room 104, Oklahoma City, OK 73169. Telephone (405) 954–4164. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This rule amends 14 CFR part 97 by establishing, amending, suspending, or removes SIAPS, Takeoff Minimums and/or ODPS. The complete regulatory description of each SIAP and its associated Takeoff Minimums or ODP for an identified airport is listed on FAA form documents which are incorporated by reference in this amendment under 5 U.S.C. 552(a), 1 CFR part 51, and 14 CFR part 97.20. The applicable FAA Forms 8260–3, 8260–4, 8260–5, 8260– 15A, 8260–15B, when required by an entry on 8260–15A, and 8260–15C. The large number of SIAPs, Takeoff Minimums and ODPs, their complex nature, and the need for a special format make publication in the Federal Register expensive and impractical. Further, airmen do not use the regulatory text of the SIAPs, Takeoff Minimums or ODPs, but instead refer to their graphic depiction on charts printed by publishers or aeronautical materials. Thus, the advantages of incorporation by reference are realized and publication of the complete description of each SIAP, Takeoff Minimums and ODP listed on FAA form documents is unnecessary. This amendment provides the affected CFR sections and specifies the typed of SIAPS, Takeoff Minimums and ODPs with their applicable effective dates. This amendment also identifies the airport and its location, the procedure, and the amendment number. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 36641 Availability and Summary of Material Incorporated by Reference The material incorporated by reference is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section. The material incorporated by reference describes SIAPS, Takeoff Minimums and/or ODPs as identified in the amendatory language for part 97 of this final rule. The Rule This amendment to 14 CFR part 97 is effective upon publication of each separate SIAP, Takeoff Minimums and ODP as amended in the transmittal. Some SIAP and Takeoff Minimums and textual ODP amendments may have been issued previously by the FAA in a Flight Data Center (FDC) Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) as an emergency action of immediate flights safety relating directly to published aeronautical charts. The circumstances that created the need for some SIAP and Takeoff Minimums and ODP amendments may require making them effective in less than 30 days. For the remaining SIAPs and Takeoff Minimums and ODPs, an effective date at least 30 days after publication is provided. Further, the SIAPs and Takeoff Minimums and ODPs contained in this amendment are based on the criteria contained in the U.S. Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS). In developing these SIAPs and Takeoff Minimums and ODPs, the TERPS criteria were applied to the conditions existing or anticipated at the affected airports. Because of the close and immediate relationship between these SIAPs, Takeoff Minimums and ODPs, and safety in air commerce, I find that notice and public procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are impracticable and contrary to the public interest and, where applicable, under 5 U.S.C. 553(d), good cause exists for making some SIAPs effective in less than 30 days. The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore—(1) is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. For the same reason, the FAA certifies that this amendment will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial E:\FR\FM\13JYR1.SGM 13JYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0195; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-00262-R; 
Amendment 39-21624; AD 2021-13-19]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-11-02 
for Airbus Helicopters Model SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2, and AS 365 N3 
helicopters. AD 2014-11-02 required repetitively inspecting frame 
number (No.) 9 for a crack. This AD was prompted by Airbus Helicopters 
developing a modification that provides an optional terminating action 
for the repetitive inspections required by AD 2014-11-02. This AD 
retains the requirements of AD 2014-11-02, provides an optional 
terminating action for the repetitive inspections, and reduces the 
applicability by excluding certain post-modified helicopters. The FAA 
is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective August 17, 2021.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of August 17, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 North Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 
75052; telephone (972) 641-0000 or (800) 232-0323; fax (972) 641-3775; 
or at https://www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/technical-support.html. You may view this 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. Service information that 
is incorporated by reference is also available at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-
0195.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.govby 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0195; 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, the 
European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, 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: Matt Fuller, AD Program Manager, 
General Aviation & Rotorcraft Unit, Airworthiness Products Section, 
Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 
76177; telephone (817) 222-5110; email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2014-11-02, Amendment 39-17852 (79 FR 
33050, June 10, 2014) (AD 2014-11-02). AD 2014-11-02 applied to Airbus 
Helicopters (previously Eurocopter

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France) Model SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters. 
The NPRM published in the Federal Register on April 22, 2021 (86 FR 
21231). The NPRM proposed to continue to require, for helicopters that 
have a No. 9 frame that has had any repair or alteration made, within 
10 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the effective date of the AD and 
at intervals not to exceed 110 hours TIS thereafter, inspecting the LH 
and RH frame No. 9 for a crack in the areas of the latch support and 
stretcher support with a 10X or higher power magnifying glass. For all 
other helicopters, the NPRM proposed to require the inspection within 
110 hours TIS after the effective date of the AD and thereafter at 
intervals not to exceed 110 hours TIS. If there is a crack, the NPRM 
proposed to continue to require, before further flight, repairing the 
crack. The NPRM also proposed to provide an optional terminating action 
for the repetitive inspections that would consist of installing 
Eurocopter modification (MOD) 53C17 or MOD 53D02, or Airbus Helicopters 
MOD 07 53D21 or MOD 07 53D22, as applicable to your helicopter.
    The NPRM was prompted by EASA AD 2012-0108R1, dated September 19, 
2019 (EASA AD 2012-0108R1), issued by EASA, which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe 
condition for certain Airbus Model helicopters except those that have 
been modified by Eurocopter MOD 53C17 or MOD 53D02, or Airbus 
Helicopters (AH) MOD 07 53D21 or MOD 07 53D22. EASA AD 2012-0108R1 
revises EASA AD 2012-0108-E, dated June 15, 2012 (EASA AD 2012-0108-E), 
which was issued after a crack was discovered during the ``T'' 
inspection of an AS365 helicopter. The crack started at a rivet hole of 
a doubler that was installed on the frame No. 9 in accordance with 
Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin No. 53.00.42, dated January 31, 2001. 
EASA stated in EASA AD 2012-0108-E that structural alteration of frame 
No. 9 by modifications or repairs can result in fatigue crack 
initiation under normal operational loads. According to EASA, this 
condition, if not corrected, could lead to crack propagation and 
failure of frame No. 9, which would adversely affect the structural 
integrity of the helicopter. For these reasons, EASA AD 2012-0108-E 
required repetitive inspections of frame No. 9 for a crack in the area 
of the doubler or any repair performed in the area of the latch support 
and stretcher support. EASA advises in EASA AD 2012-0108R1 that Airbus 
Helicopters developed MOD 07 53D21 and MOD 07 53D22. Consequently, EASA 
AD 2012-0108R1 was issued to introduce the MODs as optional terminating 
action for the repetitive inspections, reduce the applicability by 
excluding certain post-MOD helicopters, and make some editorial changes 
that do not affect the required actions.

Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive

Comments

    The FAA received no comments on the NPRM nor on the determination 
of the costs.

Conclusion

    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 reviewed the relevant 
data and determined that air safety requires adopting this AD as 
proposed. Accordingly, the FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe 
condition on these helicopters.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus Helicopters has co-published as one document Emergency Alert 
Service Bulletin EASB No. 05.00.63, Revision 2, dated December 20, 2018 
(EASB 05.00.63 Rev 2), for Model AS365-series helicopters and EASB No. 
05.00.30, Revision 2, dated December 20, 2018 (EASB 05.00.30 Rev 2), 
for non-FAA type certificated Model AS565-series helicopters. EASB 
05.00.63 Rev 2 is incorporated by reference in this AD; EASB 05.00.30 
Rev 2 is not.
    EASB 05.00.63 Rev 2 applies to helicopters with a frame No. 9 that 
has not been modified by MOD 07 53C17, 07 53D21, 07 53D22, or 07 53D02, 
and that has had doublers installed or repairs performed in accordance 
with certain service instructions. EASB 05.00.63 Rev 2 describes 
procedures for inspecting the frame No. 9 for a crack and specifies 
contacting Airbus Helicopters for further procedures if there is a 
crack.
    This service information is reasonably available because the 
interested parties have access to it through their normal course of 
business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

Other Related Service Information

    The FAA reviewed Airbus Helicopters Service Bulletin SB No. AS365-
53.00.57, Revision 0, dated December 20, 2018 (SB AS365-53.00.57), for 
Model AS365-series helicopters. SB AS365-53.00.57 specifies replacing 
the upper section of the No. 9 frame with a reinforced version as an 
option to terminate the visual inspections specified in EASB 05.00.63 
Rev 2.
    The FAA also reviewed Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin 
EASB No. 05.00.63, Revision 1, dated June 18, 2012 (EASB 05.00.63 Rev 
1). EASB 05.00.63 Rev 1 specifies the same procedures as EASB 05.00.63 
Rev 2; however, EASB 05.00.63 Rev 2 excludes helicopters with certain 
MODs installed from its effectivity.

Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD

    EASA AD 2012-0108R1 requires contacting Airbus Helicopters for 
repair instructions if there is a crack; this AD does not. EASA AD 
2012-0108R1 applies to Airbus Helicopters Model 365-series helicopters 
with a frame No. 9 on which certain doublers or repairs have been 
accomplished; this AD applies to those model helicopters regardless of 
if those doublers or repairs have been accomplished.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 33 helicopters of U.S. 
Registry. The FAA estimates that operators may incur the following 
costs in order to comply with this AD. At an average labor rate of $85 
per hour, inspecting the LH and RH frame No. 9 takes about 3 work-
hours, for a cost per helicopter of $255 and a total cost to U.S. 
operators of $8,415 per inspection cycle. Repairing a cracked frame No. 
9 takes about 20 work-hours, and required parts cost about $15,000, for 
a cost per helicopter of $16,700.

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 
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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.

The Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by:
0
a. Removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-11-02, Amendment 39-17852 
(79 FR 33050, June 10, 2014); and
0
b. Adding the following new AD:

2021-13-19 Airbus Helicopters: Amendment 39-21624; Docket No. FAA-
2021-0195; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-00262-R.

(a) Applicability

    This airworthiness directive (AD) applies to Airbus Helicopters 
Model SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters, 
certificated in any category, except helicopters with Eurocopter 
modification (MOD) 53C17 or MOD 53D02, or Airbus Helicopters MOD 07 
53D21 or MOD 07 53D22, installed.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as a crack in frame number 
(No.) 9, which if not detected and corrected, could result in 
failure of frame No. 9, loss of structural integrity, and subsequent 
loss of control of the helicopter.

(c) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2014-11-02, Amendment 39-17852 (79 FR 33050, 
June 10, 2014).

(d) Effective Date

    This AD is effective August 17, 2021.

(e) Compliance

    You are responsible for performing each action required by this 
AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been 
accomplished prior to that time.

(f) Required Actions

    (1) For helicopters that have any repair or alteration to the 
frame No. 9, within 10 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the 
effective date of this AD and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 
110 hours TIS, using a 10X or higher power magnifying glass, inspect 
the left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) frame No. 9 for a crack in 
the area of the latch support and stretcher support, as depicted in 
Figure 1 of Airbus Helicopters Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB 
No. 05.00.63, Revision 2, dated December 20, 2018 (EASB 05.00.63).
    (2) For all other helicopters, within 110 hours TIS after the 
effective date of this AD and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 
110 hours TIS, perform the inspection in paragraph (f)(1) of this 
AD.
    (3) If there is a crack, before further flight, repair the frame 
No. 9. Repairing a frame is not terminating action for the 
repetitive inspections required by paragraphs (f)(1) and (2) of this 
AD.
    (4) As an optional terminating action for the repetitive 
inspections required by paragraphs (f)(1) and (2) of this AD, 
replace the upper section of frame No. 9 with a reinforced frame, 
Eurocopter MOD 53C17 or MOD 53D02, or Airbus Helicopters MOD 07 
53D21 or MOD 07 53D22.

(g) Special Flight Permits

    Special flight permits to a repair facility may be issued 
provided that the flight does not exceed 10 hours TIS, any crack 
does not exceed a maximum crack length of 80 mm, and no passengers 
are onboard.

(h) Credit for Previous Actions

    You may take credit for the actions required by paragraphs 
(f)(1) and (2) of this AD if you performed them before the effective 
date of this AD using Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin 
EASB No. 05.00.63, Revision 1, dated June 18, 2012.

(i) 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 
office, send it to the attention of the person identified in 
paragraph (j)(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.

(j) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Matthew Fuller, 
AD Program Manager, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Unit, 
Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 
10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-
5110; email [email protected].
    (2) Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 
05.00.63, Revision 1, dated June 18, 2012, which is not incorporated 
by reference, contains additional information about the subject of 
this AD. This service information is available at the contact 
information specified in paragraphs (l)(3) and (4) of this AD.
    (3) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union 
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2012-0108R1, dated September 19, 
2019. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA-2021-0195.

(k) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 5300, Fuselage 
Structure.

(l) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference of the service information listed in this 
paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Airbus Helicopters Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 
05.00.63, Revision 2, dated December 20, 2018.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    Note 1 to paragraph (l)(2)(ii): Airbus Helicopters Emergency 
Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 05.00.63, Revision 2, dated December 
20, 2018 is co-published as one document along with Airbus 
Helicopters Emergency Alert Service Bulletin EASB No. 05.00.30, 
Revision 2, dated December 20, 2018, which is not incorporated by 
reference in this AD.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus Helicopters, 2701 North Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; 
telephone (972) 641-0000 or (800) 232-0323; fax (972) 641-3775; or 
at https://www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/technical-support.html.
    (4) You may view this service information at 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.


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    Issued on June 17, 2021.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-14777 Filed 7-12-21; 8:45 am]
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