Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters, 46771-46774 [2021-17840]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 159 / Friday, August 20, 2021 / Rules and Regulations the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, and (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive: ■ 2021–17–13 PZL Swidnik S.A.: Amendment 39–21696; Docket No. FAA–2021–0683; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00614–R. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective September 7, 2021. (c) Applicability This AD applies to PZL Swidnik S.A. Model PZL W–3A helicopters, certificated in any category, with a rescue hoist installed. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 3201, Landing Gear/Wheel Fairing. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report of a damaged wheel braking system pneumatic line fitting installed on the left-hand (LH) main landing gear (MLG) leg. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent damage to MLG pneumatic wheel braking system. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in loss of MLG wheel braking capability, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter during a roll-on landing. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Aug 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 (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 (b) Affected ADs None. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (1) Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, modify the LH MLG leg by installing shield assembly part number (P/N) 37.96.204.00.00. Note 1 to paragraph (g)(1): A sketch of the installation of shield P/N 37.96.204.01.00 and clamps P/N MS21920–35, which together constitute shield assembly P/N 37.96.204.00.00, is available in Attachment 1, ´ RNIA SPRZE˛TU of WYTWO KOMUNIKACYJNEGO ‘‘PZL-S´widnik’’ Spo´5ka Akcyjna Mandatory Bulletin No. BO– 37–18–301, dated December 10, 2018. (2) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install a rescue hoist unless the action required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD has been accomplished concurrently with the rescue hoist installation or within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. (h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES § 39.13 (g) Required Actions (1) For more information about this AD, contact Fred Guerin, Aerospace Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 2200 S 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone (202) 267–7457; email 9-ANM-Seattle-ACOAMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact WSK ‘‘PZL-S´widnik’’ S.A., Al. Lotniko´w Polskich 1, 21–045 S´widnik, Poland; telephone (+48) 81722 5716; fax (+48) 81722 5625; email: PLCustomerSupport.AW@ leonardocompany.com; or at https:// www.pzlswidnik.pl/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 2018–0274, dated December 13, 2018. You may view the EASA AD at https:// www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA– 2021–0683. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 46771 Issued on August 12, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–17838 Filed 8–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0374; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00543–R; Amendment 39–21663; AD 2021–16–02] 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 SA330J, AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of a left-hand (LH) side stairway door that inadvertently opened in flight and tore off from its attachment fittings. This AD requires inspecting the locking safety mechanism of the LH side stairway door handle and depending on the results, corrective action. This AD also requires modifying that locking safety mechanism as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective September 24, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of September 24, 2021. ADDRESSES: For material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-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. 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–2021–0374. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20AUR1.SGM 20AUR1 46772 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 159 / Friday, August 20, 2021 / Rules and Regulations khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES 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– 0374; 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: Hal Jensen, Aerospace Engineer, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 950 L’Enfant Plaza N SW, Washington, DC 20024; telephone (202) 267–9167; email hal.jensen@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020–0087, dated April 15, 2020 (EASA AD 2020– 0087), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus Helicopters (AH), formerly Eurocopter, Eurocopter France, Aerospatiale, Sud Aviation, Model SA330J, AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters, if equipped with an LH side stairway door, except helicopters modified in accordance with AH modification (MOD) 07 28281 (AS 332, EC 225) or MOD 07 27338 (SA 330). EASA issued EASA AD 2020–0087 to supersede EASA Emergency AD 2014–0241–E, dated November 4, 2014 (EASA AD 2014–0241–E). The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Model SA330J, AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2021 (86 FR 27535). The NPRM was prompted by a report of an LH side stairway door that inadvertently opened and tore off from its attachment fittings during flight. Subsequent investigation revealed that the affected side stairway door had been recently painted and the paint impaired the external door handle motion, affecting the correct operation of the door locking safety mechanism. The NPRM proposed to require inspecting the locking safety mechanism of the LH side stairway door handle and depending on the results, corrective action. The NPRM also proposed to require modifying the locking safety mechanism. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Aug 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 The FAA is issuing this AD to address incorrect locking of the LH side stairway door, which could result in an in-flight opening of the door and subsequent damage to the helicopter or injury to persons on the ground. See EASA AD 2020–0087 for additional background information. Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 EASA AD 2020–0087 requires repetitively inspecting the locking safety mechanism of the LH side stairway door handle for correct operation and depending on the results, reconditioning the locking safety mechanism or contacting the Airbus Helicopters Support and Services Department. EASA AD 2020–0087 also requires modifying the locking safety mechanism, which constitutes terminating action for the repetitive inspections. This material is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD Where EASA AD 2020–0087 refers to the effective date of EASA AD 2014– 0241–E or its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. Where EASA AD 2020–0087 refers to Group 1 and 2 helicopters, this AD does not refer to any groups of helicopters. Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020–0087 allows the pilot to perform the requirements of the ASB, this AD requires the requirements to be performed by a qualified mechanic. Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020–0087 specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD does not include that requirement. Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020–0087 specifies to discard certain parts, this AD requires removing those parts from service instead. EASA PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 AD 2020–0087 requires repeating the inspection before next flight after each application of painting on the LH side stairway door or its external door handle, whereas this AD does not. EASA AD 2020–0087 requires contacting the Airbus Helicopters Support and Services Department if it is impossible to recondition the locking safety mechanism by moving the door handle, whereas this AD requires, before further flight, accomplishing paragraph (5) of EASA AD 2020–0087 or accomplishing corrective action using a method approved by the Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA. The Manager’s approval letter must specifically refer to this AD. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 37 helicopters of U.S. Registry. Labor rates are estimated at $85 per work-hour. Based on these numbers, the FAA estimates that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD. Inspecting the operation of the locking safety mechanism on the LH side stairway door handle takes about 0.1 work-hour for an estimated cost of $9 per helicopter and $333 for the U.S. fleet. Moving the external door handle from the ‘‘Locked’’ to the ‘‘Unlocked’’ position to determine if the safety mechanism on the LH side stairway door handle can lock automatically takes about 0.5 work-hour for an estimated cost of $43 per helicopter. Modifying the locking safety mechanism on the LH side stairway door handle takes about 8 work-hours and parts cost about $5,000 for an estimated cost of $5,680 per helicopter. 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\20AUR1.SGM 20AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 159 / Friday, August 20, 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: ■ 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: ■ 2021–16–02 Airbus Helicopters: Amendment 39–21663; Docket No. FAA–2021–0374; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00543–R. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective September 24, 2021. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus Helicopters Model SA330J, AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters, certificated in any category, as identified in the Applicability of European Union Aviation Safety Agency AD 2020–0087, dated April 15, 2020 (EASA AD 2020–0087). (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code: 5210, Passenger/Crew Doors. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Aug 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report of a lefthand (LH) side stairway door that inadvertently opened and tore off from its attachment fittings during flight. The FAA is issuing this AD to address incorrect locking of the LH side stairway door, which could result in an in-flight opening of the door and subsequent damage to the helicopter or injury to persons on the ground. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Requirements Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, EASA AD 2020–0087. (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020–0087 (1) Where EASA AD 2020–0087 refers to November 6, 2014 (the effective date of EASA AD 2014–0241–E, dated November 4, 2014) or its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (2) Where EASA AD 2020–0087 refers to Group 1 and Group 2 helicopters, this AD does not refer to any groups of helicopters. (3) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020–0087 permits certain actions to be performed by a mechanical engineering technician or pilot, this AD requires that the actions be performed by a qualified mechanic. (4) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020–0087 specifies to discard certain parts, this AD requires removing those parts from service. (5) While paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020– 0087 requires actions before next flight after each application of painting on the LH side stairway door or its external door handle, those actions are not required by this AD. (6) Where paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2020– 0087 requires reconditioning the locking safety mechanism, and the service information referenced in paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2020–0087 specifies contacting the Airbus Helicopters Support and Services Department if it is impossible to recondition the locking safety mechanism by moving the door handle, this AD requires moving the external door handle from the ‘‘Locked’’ to the ‘‘Unlocked’’ position to determine if the safety mechanism can lock automatically. If the safety mechanism does not lock automatically, this AD requires, before further flight accomplishing paragraph (5) of EASA AD 2020–0087 or accomplishing corrective action using a method approved by the Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA. The Manager’s approval letter must specifically refer to this AD. (7) Where paragraph (5) of EASA AD 2020– 0087 identifies the modification as required by paragraph (4) of EASA AD 2020–0087 as terminating action for the repetitive inspections as required by paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020–0087 for that helicopter, this AD does not allow the modification to terminate the repetitive inspections as required by paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020– 0087. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 46773 (8) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2020–0087 does not apply to this AD. (i) No Reporting Requirement Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020–0087 specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD does not include that requirement. (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 Hal Jensen, Aerospace Engineer, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 950 L’Enfant Plaza N SW, Washington, DC 20024; telephone (202) 267–9167; email hal.jensen@ faa.gov. (l) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0087, dated April 15, 2020. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For EASA AD 2020–0087, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +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–2021–0374. (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. E:\FR\FM\20AUR1.SGM 20AUR1 46774 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 159 / Friday, August 20, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Issued on July 20, 2021. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order. Correction to Final Rule [FR Doc. 2021–17840 Filed 8–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0889; Airspace Docket No. 20–ASO–25] RIN 2120–AA66 Amendment of Class D Airspace, and Class E Airspace; Smyrna, TN Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; correction. AGENCY: Regulatory Notices and Analyses A final rule was published in the Federal Register on February 23, 2021, amending Class D and E airspace at Smyrna Airport, Smyrna, TN. This action corrects the legal description of the Class D airspace by amending the southeastern bearing from the airport to 139°. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, December 2, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under Title 1CFR, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337; telephone (404) 305–6364. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES History The FAA published a final rule in the Federal Register (86 FR 10812, February 23, 2021) for Doc. No. FAA–2020–0889, amending Class D airspace Class E airspace at Smyrna Airport, Smyrna, TN. Subsequent to publication, the FAA found the southeastern extension of the Class D airspace was listed as the 142° bearing from the airport. The bearing should be the 139° bearing from the airport. This action corrects this error. Class D and Class E airspace designations are published in Paragraph 5000, and 6005, respectively, of FAA Order 7400.11E, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Aug 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 This action amends 14 CFR part 71 by correcting the descriptor of Class D airspace for Smyrna Airport, Smyrna, TN as follows. The first sentence of the legal description for the Class D airspace at Smyrna Airport is amended to read ‘‘That airspace extending upward from the surface to but not including 2,500 feet MSL within a 3.9-mile radius of the Smyrna Airport, and within 1.2 miles each side of the 139° bearing from the airport, extending from the 3.9-mile radius to 5.5-miles southeast of the airport, and within 1.2-miles each side of the 184° bearing from the airport, extending from the 3.9-mile radius to 5.5-miles south of the airport.’’ 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. Therefore, this regulation: (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. Since this is a routine matter that only affects air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, does not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959–1963 Comp., p. 389. § 71.1 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace. * * * * * ASO TN D Smyrna, TN [Amended] Smyrna Airport, TN (Lat. 36°00′32″ N, long. 86°31′12″ W) That airspace extending upward from the surface to but not including 2,500 feet MSL within a 3.9-mile radius of the Smyrna Airport, and within 1.2 miles each side of the 139° bearing from the airport, extending from the 3.9-mile radius to 5.5-miles southeast of the airport, and within 1.2-miles each side of the 184° bearing from the airport, extending from the 3.9-mile radius to 5.5-miles south of the airport. This Class D airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective dates and times will thereafter be continuously published in the Chart Supplement. Issued in College Park, Georgia, on August 17, 2021. Matthew N. Cathcart, Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization. [FR Doc. 2021–17878 Filed 8–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Environmental Review The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ‘‘Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures,’’ paragraph 5–6.5.a. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment. Lists of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). Adoption of the Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 97 [Docket No. 31384; Amdt. No. 3969] 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20AUR1.SGM 20AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 159 (Friday, August 20, 2021)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0374; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-00543-R; 
Amendment 39-21663; AD 2021-16-02]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters

AGENCY:  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Airbus Helicopters Model SA330J, AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, 
AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of a 
left-hand (LH) side stairway door that inadvertently opened in flight 
and tore off from its attachment fittings. This AD requires inspecting 
the locking safety mechanism of the LH side stairway door handle and 
depending on the results, corrective action. This AD also requires 
modifying that locking safety mechanism as specified in a European 
Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by 
reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition 
on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective September 24, 2021.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of September 
24, 2021.

ADDRESSES: For material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, 
contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; 
telephone +49 221 8999 000; email [email protected]; internet 
www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this material on the EASA website at 
https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material at the FAA, 
Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., 
Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability 
of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110. It is also available 
in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0374.

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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-
0374; 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: Hal Jensen, Aerospace Engineer, 
Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 950 L'Enfant Plaza N SW, Washington, DC 
20024; telephone (202) 267-9167; email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020-0087, dated April 15, 2020 
(EASA AD 2020-0087), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus 
Helicopters (AH), formerly Eurocopter, Eurocopter France, Aerospatiale, 
Sud Aviation, Model SA330J, AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and 
EC225LP helicopters, if equipped with an LH side stairway door, except 
helicopters modified in accordance with AH modification (MOD) 07 28281 
(AS 332, EC 225) or MOD 07 27338 (SA 330). EASA issued EASA AD 2020-
0087 to supersede EASA Emergency AD 2014-0241-E, dated November 4, 2014 
(EASA AD 2014-0241-E).
    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Model SA330J, 
AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters. The NPRM 
published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2021 (86 FR 27535). The 
NPRM was prompted by a report of an LH side stairway door that 
inadvertently opened and tore off from its attachment fittings during 
flight. Subsequent investigation revealed that the affected side 
stairway door had been recently painted and the paint impaired the 
external door handle motion, affecting the correct operation of the 
door locking safety mechanism. The NPRM proposed to require inspecting 
the locking safety mechanism of the LH side stairway door handle and 
depending on the results, corrective action. The NPRM also proposed to 
require modifying the locking safety mechanism.
    The FAA is issuing this AD to address incorrect locking of the LH 
side stairway door, which could result in an in-flight opening of the 
door and subsequent damage to the helicopter or injury to persons on 
the ground. See EASA AD 2020-0087 for additional background 
information.

Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive

Comments

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

Conclusion

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

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    EASA AD 2020-0087 requires repetitively inspecting the locking 
safety mechanism of the LH side stairway door handle for correct 
operation and depending on the results, reconditioning the locking 
safety mechanism or contacting the Airbus Helicopters Support and 
Services Department. EASA AD 2020-0087 also requires modifying the 
locking safety mechanism, which constitutes terminating action for the 
repetitive inspections.
    This material is reasonably available because the interested 
parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by 
the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD

    Where EASA AD 2020-0087 refers to the effective date of EASA AD 
2014-0241-E or its effective date, this AD requires using the effective 
date of this AD. Where EASA AD 2020-0087 refers to Group 1 and 2 
helicopters, this AD does not refer to any groups of helicopters. Where 
the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020-0087 allows the 
pilot to perform the requirements of the ASB, this AD requires the 
requirements to be performed by a qualified mechanic. Where the service 
information referenced in EASA AD 2020-0087 specifies to submit certain 
information to the manufacturer, this AD does not include that 
requirement. Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020-
0087 specifies to discard certain parts, this AD requires removing 
those parts from service instead. EASA AD 2020-0087 requires repeating 
the inspection before next flight after each application of painting on 
the LH side stairway door or its external door handle, whereas this AD 
does not. EASA AD 2020-0087 requires contacting the Airbus Helicopters 
Support and Services Department if it is impossible to recondition the 
locking safety mechanism by moving the door handle, whereas this AD 
requires, before further flight, accomplishing paragraph (5) of EASA AD 
2020-0087 or accomplishing corrective action using a method approved by 
the Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA. The Manager's 
approval letter must specifically refer to this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 37 helicopters of U.S. 
Registry. Labor rates are estimated at $85 per work-hour. Based on 
these numbers, the FAA estimates that operators may incur the following 
costs in order to comply with this AD.
    Inspecting the operation of the locking safety mechanism on the LH 
side stairway door handle takes about 0.1 work-hour for an estimated 
cost of $9 per helicopter and $333 for the U.S. fleet.
    Moving the external door handle from the ``Locked'' to the 
``Unlocked'' position to determine if the safety mechanism on the LH 
side stairway door handle can lock automatically takes about 0.5 work-
hour for an estimated cost of $43 per helicopter.
    Modifying the locking safety mechanism on the LH side stairway door 
handle takes about 8 work-hours and parts cost about $5,000 for an 
estimated cost of $5,680 per helicopter.

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

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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]

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

2021-16-02 Airbus Helicopters: Amendment 39-21663; Docket No. FAA-
2021-0374; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-00543-R.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective September 24, 
2021.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Airbus Helicopters Model SA330J, AS332C, 
AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters, certificated in 
any category, as identified in the Applicability of European Union 
Aviation Safety Agency AD 2020-0087, dated April 15, 2020 (EASA AD 
2020-0087).

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code: 5210, Passenger/
Crew Doors.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report of a left-hand (LH) side 
stairway door that inadvertently opened and tore off from its 
attachment fittings during flight. The FAA is issuing this AD to 
address incorrect locking of the LH side stairway door, which could 
result in an in-flight opening of the door and subsequent damage to 
the helicopter or injury to persons on the ground.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Requirements

    Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all 
required actions and compliance times specified in, and in 
accordance with, EASA AD 2020-0087.

(h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020-0087

    (1) Where EASA AD 2020-0087 refers to November 6, 2014 (the 
effective date of EASA AD 2014-0241-E, dated November 4, 2014) or 
its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of 
this AD.
    (2) Where EASA AD 2020-0087 refers to Group 1 and Group 2 
helicopters, this AD does not refer to any groups of helicopters.
    (3) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020-
0087 permits certain actions to be performed by a mechanical 
engineering technician or pilot, this AD requires that the actions 
be performed by a qualified mechanic.
    (4) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020-
0087 specifies to discard certain parts, this AD requires removing 
those parts from service.
    (5) While paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020-0087 requires actions 
before next flight after each application of painting on the LH side 
stairway door or its external door handle, those actions are not 
required by this AD.
    (6) Where paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2020-0087 requires 
reconditioning the locking safety mechanism, and the service 
information referenced in paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2020-0087 
specifies contacting the Airbus Helicopters Support and Services 
Department if it is impossible to recondition the locking safety 
mechanism by moving the door handle, this AD requires moving the 
external door handle from the ``Locked'' to the ``Unlocked'' 
position to determine if the safety mechanism can lock 
automatically. If the safety mechanism does not lock automatically, 
this AD requires, before further flight accomplishing paragraph (5) 
of EASA AD 2020-0087 or accomplishing corrective action using a 
method approved by the Manager, International Validation Branch, 
FAA. The Manager's approval letter must specifically refer to this 
AD.
    (7) Where paragraph (5) of EASA AD 2020-0087 identifies the 
modification as required by paragraph (4) of EASA AD 2020-0087 as 
terminating action for the repetitive inspections as required by 
paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020-0087 for that helicopter, this AD does 
not allow the modification to terminate the repetitive inspections 
as required by paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020-0087.
    (8) The ``Remarks'' section of EASA AD 2020-0087 does not apply 
to this AD.

(i) No Reporting Requirement

    Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020-0087 
specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD 
does not include that requirement.

(j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA, has the 
authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the 
procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, 
send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight 
Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information 
directly to the manager of the International Validation Branch, send 
it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k) of 
this AD. Information may be emailed to: [email protected].
    (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 
of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding 
district office.

(k) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Hal Jensen, 
Aerospace Engineer, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 950 L'Enfant 
Plaza N SW, Washington, DC 20024; telephone (202) 267-9167; email 
[email protected].

(l) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020-0087, 
dated April 15, 2020.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) For EASA AD 2020-0087, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-
Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email 
[email protected]; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this 
EASA AD on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Office of 
the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 
6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of 
this material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110. This material may be 
found in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-
2021-0374.
    (5) You may view this material that is incorporated by reference 
at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For 
information on the availability of this material at NARA, email 
[email protected], or go to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.


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    Issued on July 20, 2021.
Gaetano A. Sciortino,
Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness 
Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-17840 Filed 8-19-21; 8:45 am]
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