Airworthiness Directives; Bell Textron Canada Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited), 38907-38909 [2021-15478]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 139 / Friday, July 23, 2021 / Rules and Regulations https://www.bellcustomer.com. You may view the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (b)(5) Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Rate Fort Worth, TX 76177. Service (percent) information that is incorporated by reference is also available at https:// IORR ........................................... 0.15 IOER ........................................... 0.15 www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2010– 0865. * * * * * Examining the AD Docket By order of the Board of Governors of the (b) * * * (5) The rates for IORR and IOER are: Federal Reserve System. Ann Misback, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2021–15671 Filed 7–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2010–0865; Project Identifier 2010–SW–061–AD; Amendment 39–21653; AD 2021–15–06] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Textron Canada Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES Background The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (now Bell Textron Canada Limited) Model 206A, 206B, 206L, 206L–1, 206L–3, and 206L–4 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report that a certain tail rotor disc assembly, sold as an alternate part, does not conform to the approved configuration. This AD requires determining if an affected part is installed (by doing a maintenance records check or inspection), and if an affected part is found, replacement with a non-affected part. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective August 27, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of August 27, 2021. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l’Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4; phone: 450–437–2862 or 800– 363–8023; fax: (450) 433–0272; internet: SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:54 Jul 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2010–0865; 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 Transport Canada AD, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Arrigotti, Program Manager, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: (206) 231–3218; email: kathleen.arrigotti@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Bell Textron Canada Limited Model 206A, 206B, 206L, 206L–1, 206L–3, and 206L–4 helicopters. The SNPRM published in the Federal Register on May 7, 2021 (86 FR 24560). The SNPRM proposed to require determining if an affected part is installed (by doing a maintenance records check or inspection), and if an affected part is found, replacement with a non-affected part. The SNPRM also revised the format, rearranged certain paragraphs, converted a certain table to paragraph format, and removed certain language. The SNPRM was prompted by a significant amount of time elapsing since the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) (75 FR 52914, August 30, 2010) was issued, requiring the FAA to reopen the comment period to allow the public a chance to comment on the proposed actions. Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), which is the aviation authority for Canada, issued Canadian AD CF– PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 38907 2010–07, dated February 24, 2010 (Canadian AD CF–2010–07), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (now Bell Textron Canada Limited) Model 206A, 206B, 206L, 206L–1, 206L–3, and 206L–4 helicopters. TCCA advises that a certain tail rotor disc assembly, sold through Bell Helicopter Spares beginning March 2009, as an alternate, does not conform to the approved configuration. TCCA stated operating a helicopter with the affected tail rotor disc assembly could result in loss of control of the helicopter. Accordingly, the Canadian AD requires determining if an affected part is installed, and if an affected part is found, replacement with a non-affected part. Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive Comments The FAA received a comment from one commenter, Bell Textron Canada Limited. The following presents the comment received on the SNPRM and the FAA’s response to the comment. Request To Add a Statement for Operators That Already Complied With the Actions Bell Textron Canada Limited requested that the FAA add a statement to the effect that if the actions in Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206– 09–123, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009; or Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206L–09–157, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009; have already been accomplished then the intent of the AD is met and no further action is required. The commenter stated that many operators will have already complied with the intent of the proposed AD since the service information was released in 2009. The FAA acknowledges the commenter’s request and agrees to clarify. Paragraph (g) of this AD requires accomplishing actions using Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206– 09–123, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009; or Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206L–09–157, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009. Paragraph (f) of this AD states to accomplish the required actions within the compliance times specified, ‘‘unless already done.’’ Therefore, if operators have accomplished the actions required for compliance with this AD before the effective date of this AD, no further action is necessary. The FAA has not revised this AD in this regard. Conclusion These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of Canada and E:\FR\FM\23JYR1.SGM 23JYR1 38908 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 139 / Friday, July 23, 2021 / Rules and Regulations are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA’s bilateral agreement with Canada, TCCA, its technical representative, has notified the FAA of the unsafe condition described in its AD. The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment received, 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 The FAA reviewed the following service information. This service information specifies procedures to determine if an affected part is installed, and if an affected part is found, replacement with a non-affected part. These documents are distinct since they apply to different helicopter models. • Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206–09–123, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009. • Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206L–09–157, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009. 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. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 1,493 helicopters of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 .............................................................................................. $303 $388 $579,284 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. The FAA is issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements. Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on helicopters 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:54 Jul 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 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: ■ 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: ■ 2021–15–06 Bell Textron Canada Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited): Amendment 39–21653; Docket No. FAA–2010–0865; Project Identifier 2010–SW–061–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective August 27, 2021. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the following Bell Textron Canada Limited (type certificate previously held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited) helicopters, certificated in any category: (1) Model 206A, serial numbers 004 through 660 inclusive, and 672 through 715 inclusive; (2) Model 206B, all serial numbers, including those converted from Model 206A; PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (3) Model 206L, serial numbers 45004 through 45153 inclusive, and 46601 through 46617 inclusive; (4) Model 206L–1, serial numbers 45154 through 45790 inclusive; (5) Model 206L–3, serial numbers 51001 through 51612 inclusive; and (6) Model 206L–4, all serial numbers. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 65, Tail Rotor Drive. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report that a certain tail rotor disc assembly, sold as an alternate part, does not conform to the approved configuration. The FAA is issuing this AD to address helicopters operating with a certain tail rotor disc assembly, sold as an alternate part, that does not conform to the approved configuration, which could result in loss of control of the helicopter. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions Do the actions specified in paragraphs (g)(1) through (4) of this AD, in accordance with Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206–09–123, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009; or Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206L–09–157, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009, as applicable. (1) Within 30 days or 100 hours time-inservice (TIS) after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, review the helicopter maintenance records to determine if a disc assembly, part number (P/N) 101584–1 or –2, is installed. (2) If, during the maintenance records review required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, you cannot positively determine that disc assembly P/N 101584–1 or –2 is not installed, within 30 days or 100 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, inspect the tail rotor driveshaft system to determine if disc assembly P/N 101584–1 or –2 is installed. E:\FR\FM\23JYR1.SGM 23JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 139 / Friday, July 23, 2021 / Rules and Regulations (3) If, during the maintenance records review required by paragraph (g)(1) of the this AD or during the inspection required by paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, you can positively determine that a disc assembly P/ N 101584–1 or –2 is not installed, before further flight, make an entry in the log book showing compliance with this AD. (4) If, during the maintenance records review required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD or during the inspection required by paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, you can positively determine that a disc assembly P/ N 101584–1 or –2 is installed, within 30 days or 100 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, replace disc assembly P/N 101584–1 or –2 with disc assembly P/N 32721–1. Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l’Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4; phone: 450–437– 2862 or 800–363–8023; fax: (450) 433–0272; internet: https://www.bellcustomer.com. (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. (h) Parts Installation Prohibition As of the effective date of this AD, do not install disc assembly P/N 101584–1 or –2. Issued on July 9, 2021. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. (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, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (j)(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. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES (j) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Kathleen Arrigotti, Program Manager, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: (206) 231–3218; email: kathleen.arrigotti@faa.gov. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Canadian AD CF–2010–07, dated February 24, 2010. You may view the TCCA AD at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2010–0865. (k) 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) Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206–09–123, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009. (ii) Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206L–09–157, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bell Helicopter Textron VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:54 Jul 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 [FR Doc. 2021–15478 Filed 7–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0188; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00642–R; Amendment 39–21572; AD 2021–11–10] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Helicopters Model SA–365N, SA–365N1, AS–365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report that damage (scorch marks) was found on an internal life raft installation that contained a half rescue kit. This AD requires identifying the part number and serial number of each half rescue kit located in the internal life raft installation and, depending on the findings, inspecting the life raft for damage, inspecting the condition of the flashlight battery, testing the flashlight battery, and replacing the life raft or flashlight battery (including the leak test) as applicable, as specified in a European Aviation Safety Agency (now European Union Aviation Safety Agency) (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective August 27, 2021. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 38909 The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 27, 2021. ADDRESSES: For EASA material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, contact the EASA, KonradAdenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this material on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. For Zodiac Aerospace service information identified in this final rule, contact Safran Aerosystems—Plaisir, 61 rue Pierre Curie CS20001, 78373 Plaisir Cedex, France; telephone (33) 1 61 34 23 23; fax (33) 1 61 34 24 41; or at https:// www.safran-aerosystems.com. You may view this material at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 817–222–5110. It is also available in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021– 0188. 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– 0188; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this final rule, any comments received, and other information. The address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Arrigotti, Program Manager, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3218; email kathleen.arrigotti@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2016–0028, dated February 15, 2016 (EASA AD 2016–0028) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus Helicopters Model E:\FR\FM\23JYR1.SGM 23JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 139 (Friday, July 23, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2010-0865; Project Identifier 2010-SW-061-AD; Amendment 
39-21653; AD 2021-15-06]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Bell Textron Canada Limited (Type 
Certificate Previously Held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited)

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (now Bell Textron Canada 
Limited) Model 206A, 206B, 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, and 206L-4 
helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report that a certain tail rotor 
disc assembly, sold as an alternate part, does not conform to the 
approved configuration. This AD requires determining if an affected 
part is installed (by doing a maintenance records check or inspection), 
and if an affected part is found, replacement with a non-affected part. 
The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these 
products.

DATES: This AD is effective August 27, 2021.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of August 27, 2021.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, 
Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4; phone: 450-437-2862 or 800-363-8023; fax: (450) 
433-0272; internet: https://www.bellcustomer.com. 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. Service information that is incorporated by reference 
is also available at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2010-0865.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2010-0865; 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 
Transport Canada AD, any comments received, and other information. The 
street address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Arrigotti, Program Manager, 
Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, Compliance & 
Airworthiness Division, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 
98198; phone and fax: (206) 231-3218; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The FAA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) 
to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain 
Bell Textron Canada Limited Model 206A, 206B, 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, and 
206L-4 helicopters. The SNPRM published in the Federal Register on May 
7, 2021 (86 FR 24560). The SNPRM proposed to require determining if an 
affected part is installed (by doing a maintenance records check or 
inspection), and if an affected part is found, replacement with a non-
affected part. The SNPRM also revised the format, rearranged certain 
paragraphs, converted a certain table to paragraph format, and removed 
certain language. The SNPRM was prompted by a significant amount of 
time elapsing since the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) (75 FR 
52914, August 30, 2010) was issued, requiring the FAA to reopen the 
comment period to allow the public a chance to comment on the proposed 
actions.
    Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), which is the aviation 
authority for Canada, issued Canadian AD CF-2010-07, dated February 24, 
2010 (Canadian AD CF-2010-07), to correct an unsafe condition for 
certain Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (now Bell Textron Canada 
Limited) Model 206A, 206B, 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, and 206L-4 
helicopters. TCCA advises that a certain tail rotor disc assembly, sold 
through Bell Helicopter Spares beginning March 2009, as an alternate, 
does not conform to the approved configuration. TCCA stated operating a 
helicopter with the affected tail rotor disc assembly could result in 
loss of control of the helicopter.
    Accordingly, the Canadian AD requires determining if an affected 
part is installed, and if an affected part is found, replacement with a 
non-affected part.

Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive Comments

    The FAA received a comment from one commenter, Bell Textron Canada 
Limited. The following presents the comment received on the SNPRM and 
the FAA's response to the comment.

Request To Add a Statement for Operators That Already Complied With the 
Actions

    Bell Textron Canada Limited requested that the FAA add a statement 
to the effect that if the actions in Bell Helicopter Alert Service 
Bulletin 206-09-123, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009; or Bell 
Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206L-09-157, Revision A, dated June 
10, 2009; have already been accomplished then the intent of the AD is 
met and no further action is required. The commenter stated that many 
operators will have already complied with the intent of the proposed AD 
since the service information was released in 2009.
    The FAA acknowledges the commenter's request and agrees to clarify. 
Paragraph (g) of this AD requires accomplishing actions using Bell 
Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206-09-123, Revision A, dated June 
10, 2009; or Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206L-09-157, 
Revision A, dated June 10, 2009. Paragraph (f) of this AD states to 
accomplish the required actions within the compliance times specified, 
``unless already done.'' Therefore, if operators have accomplished the 
actions required for compliance with this AD before the effective date 
of this AD, no further action is necessary. The FAA has not revised 
this AD in this regard.

Conclusion

    These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of 
Canada and

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are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA's 
bilateral agreement with Canada, TCCA, its technical representative, 
has notified the FAA of the unsafe condition described in its AD. The 
FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment received, 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

    The FAA reviewed the following service information. This service 
information specifies procedures to determine if an affected part is 
installed, and if an affected part is found, replacement with a non-
affected part. These documents are distinct since they apply to 
different helicopter models.
     Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206-09-123, 
Revision A, dated June 10, 2009.
     Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206L-09-157, 
Revision A, dated June 10, 2009.
    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.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 1,493 helicopters of U.S. 
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                      Estimated Costs for Required Actions
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                                                                                    Cost per       Cost on U.S.
                          Labor cost                              Parts cost        product         operators
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1 work-hour x $85 per hour = $85.............................            $303             $388         $579,284
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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 helicopters 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

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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:

2021-15-06 Bell Textron Canada Limited (Type Certificate Previously 
Held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited): Amendment 39-21653; 
Docket No. FAA-2010-0865; Project Identifier 2010-SW-061-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective August 27, 2021.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the following Bell Textron Canada Limited 
(type certificate previously held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 
Limited) helicopters, certificated in any category:
    (1) Model 206A, serial numbers 004 through 660 inclusive, and 
672 through 715 inclusive;
    (2) Model 206B, all serial numbers, including those converted 
from Model 206A;
    (3) Model 206L, serial numbers 45004 through 45153 inclusive, 
and 46601 through 46617 inclusive;
    (4) Model 206L-1, serial numbers 45154 through 45790 inclusive;
    (5) Model 206L-3, serial numbers 51001 through 51612 inclusive; 
and
    (6) Model 206L-4, all serial numbers.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 65, Tail Rotor 
Drive.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report that a certain tail rotor disc 
assembly, sold as an alternate part, does not conform to the 
approved configuration. The FAA is issuing this AD to address 
helicopters operating with a certain tail rotor disc assembly, sold 
as an alternate part, that does not conform to the approved 
configuration, which could result in loss of control of the 
helicopter.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Required Actions

    Do the actions specified in paragraphs (g)(1) through (4) of 
this AD, in accordance with Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 
206-09-123, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009; or Bell Helicopter 
Alert Service Bulletin 206L-09-157, Revision A, dated June 10, 2009, 
as applicable.
    (1) Within 30 days or 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the 
effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, review the 
helicopter maintenance records to determine if a disc assembly, part 
number (P/N) 101584-1 or -2, is installed.
    (2) If, during the maintenance records review required by 
paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, you cannot positively determine that 
disc assembly P/N 101584-1 or -2 is not installed, within 30 days or 
100 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs 
first, inspect the tail rotor driveshaft system to determine if disc 
assembly P/N 101584-1 or -2 is installed.

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    (3) If, during the maintenance records review required by 
paragraph (g)(1) of the this AD or during the inspection required by 
paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, you can positively determine that a 
disc assembly P/N 101584-1 or -2 is not installed, before further 
flight, make an entry in the log book showing compliance with this 
AD.
    (4) If, during the maintenance records review required by 
paragraph (g)(1) of this AD or during the inspection required by 
paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, you can positively determine that a 
disc assembly P/N 101584-1 or -2 is installed, within 30 days or 100 
hours TIS after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs 
first, replace disc assembly P/N 101584-1 or -2 with disc assembly 
P/N 32721-1.

(h) Parts Installation Prohibition

    As of the effective date of this AD, do not install disc 
assembly P/N 101584-1 or -2.

(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, 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 Kathleen 
Arrigotti, Program Manager, Large Aircraft Section, International 
Validation Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 2200 
South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: (206) 231-
3218; email: [email protected].
    (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in Transport Canada 
Civil Aviation (TCCA) Canadian AD CF-2010-07, dated February 24, 
2010. You may view the TCCA AD at https://www.regulations.gov in 
Docket No. FAA-2010-0865.

(k) 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) Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206-09-123, Revision 
A, dated June 10, 2009.
    (ii) Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 206L-09-157, 
Revision A, dated June 10, 2009.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bell 
Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, Mirabel, 
Quebec J7J1R4; phone: 450-437-2862 or 800-363-8023; fax: (450) 433-
0272; internet: https://www.bellcustomer.com.
    (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 July 9, 2021.
Gaetano A. Sciortino,
Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness 
Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-15478 Filed 7-22-21; 8:45 am]
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