Airworthiness Directives; Bell Textron Canada Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited) Helicopters, 53203-53205 [2021-20829]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 184 / Monday, September 27, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Issued on August 26, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. Examining the AD Docket [FR Doc. 2021–20830 Filed 9–24–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0513; Project Identifier 2018–SW–116–AD; Amendment 39–21717; AD 2021–18–16] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Textron Canada Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited) Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 429 helicopters. This AD was prompted by reports of tail rotor gearbox assemblies found loose on the gearbox support. This AD requires repetitive torque checks of the tail rotor gearbox attachment hardware, and corrective action if necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective November 1, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain document listed in this AD as of November 1, 2021. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Bell Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l’Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J 1R4, Canada; telephone 1–450–437–2862 or 1–800–363–8023; fax 1–450–433–0272; email productsupport@bellflight.com; or at https://www.bellflight.com/support/ contact-support. 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. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 817–222–5110. It is also available at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0513. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:20 Sep 24, 2021 Jkt 253001 You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0513; 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: Darren Gassetto, Aerospace Engineer, COS Program Management Section, FAA, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone (516) 228–7323; email Darren.Gassetto@ faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Bell Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 429 helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2021 (86 FR 33918). In the NPRM, the FAA proposed to require repetitive torque checks of the tail rotor gearbox attachment hardware, and corrective action if necessary. The NPRM was prompted by Canadian AD CF–2018–35, dated December 19, 2018 (Canadian AD CF–2018–35), issued by Transport Canada, which is the aviation authority for Canada, to correct an unsafe condition for Bell Textron Canada Limited Model 429 helicopters. Transport Canada advises that there have been reports of tail rotor gearbox assemblies found loose on the gearbox support. Transport Canada issued Emergency Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF–2018–18, dated July 11, 2018, which corresponds to FAA AD 2018–16–51, Amendment 39–19421 (83 FR 53171, October 22, 2018), to address the immediate safety concern. An ongoing investigation determined that this condition-loose tail rotor gearbox assemblies-could return even after the corrective actions by the previous AD have been completed. This condition, if not addressed, could result in structural PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 53203 damage and possible loss of control of the helicopter. Accordingly, Canadian AD CF–2018– 35 requires repetitive torque checks of the tail rotor gearbox attachment hardware and corrective actions if necessary. The corrective action is doing additional repetitive torque checks at intervals of 10 to 25 hours air time until the torque stabilizes on all the nuts. Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive Comments The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the costs. Conclusion These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of Canada and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA’s bilateral agreement with Canada, Transport Canada, its technical representative, has notified the FAA of 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. Except for minor editorial changes, this AD is adopted as proposed in the NPRM. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Bell Alert Service Bulletin 429–18–41, dated July 24, 2018. This service information specifies procedures for repetitive torque checks of the tail rotor gearbox attachment hardware. 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. Differences Between This AD and the Transport Canada AD Where Canadian AD CF–2018–35 refers to ‘‘200-hour’’ inspections and ‘‘10 to 25 hours air time’’ for the torque checks, for this AD use ‘‘time-inservice’’ instead. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 98 helicopters of U.S. Registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: E:\FR\FM\27SER1.SGM 27SER1 53204 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 184 / Monday, September 27, 2021 / Rules and Regulations ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Action Labor cost Torque check .................................................. 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ................. The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary on-condition actions that are required based on the Cost per product Parts cost results of any required actions. The FAA has no way of determining the number $0 Cost on U.S. operators $85 $8,330 of helicopters that might need these oncondition actions: ESTIMATED COSTS OF ON-CONDITION ACTIONS Action Labor cost Repetitive torque check ............................................ 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85, per cycle .......... 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. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 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 16:20 Sep 24, 2021 Jkt 253001 Parts cost Cost per product $0 $85, per cycle. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. address tail rotor gearbox assemblies found loose on the gearbox support. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in structural damage and possible loss of control of the helicopter. The Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. 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: ■ 2021–18–16 Bell Textron Canada Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited): Amendment 39–21717; Docket No. FAA–2021–0513; Project Identifier 2018–SW–116–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective November 1, 2021. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Bell Textron Canada Limited (type certificate previously held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited) Model 429 helicopters, certificated in any category, serial numbers 57001 and subsequent. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6500, Tail Rotor Drive System; and 6520, Tail Rotor Gearbox. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of tail rotor gearbox assemblies found loose on the gearbox support. The FAA is issuing this AD PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (g) Required Actions Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD; or at the next scheduled 200hours time-in-service (TIS) or 12-month inspection, whichever occurs first, do a torque check of the tail rotor gearbox attachment hardware, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 2., of Bell Alert Service Bulletin 429–18–41, dated July 24, 2018. Repeat the torque check thereafter at intervals not to exceed 200 hours TIS or 12 months, whichever occurs first. (h) Corrective Actions If, during any torque check required by paragraph (g) of this AD, any tail rotor gearbox attachment moves during any torque check, repeat the torque check specified in paragraph (g) of this AD at intervals no less than 10 hours TIS and not to exceed 25 hours TIS until the torque stabilizes on all the nuts. Stabilization has occurred when, at the next torque check, the value has remained within the specified acceptable limits (160 to 200 inch-pounds (in-lbs) or 19 to 22 newton meters (Nms), inclusive), preventing movement of the gearbox housing. After the torque stabilizes on all the nuts, the repetitive torque checks specified in paragraph (g) of this AD are still required. (i) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for the initial torque check required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if that action was done before the effective date of this AD as required by paragraph (f)(2) of AD 2018–16–51, Amendment 39–19421 (83 FR 53171, October 22, 2018). (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 E:\FR\FM\27SER1.SGM 27SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 184 / Monday, September 27, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 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)(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. (k) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Darren Gassetto, Aerospace Engineer, COS Program Management Section, FAA, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516–228–7323; email Darren.Gassetto@faa.gov. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in Transport Canada AD CF–2018–35, dated December 19, 2018. You may view the Transport Canada AD at https:// www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA– 2021–0513. (l) Material Incorporated by Reference lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with RULES1 (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 Alert Service Bulletin 429–18–41, dated July 24, 2018. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bell Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l’Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J 1R4, Canada; telephone 1–450– 437–2862 or 1–800–363–8023; fax 1–450– 433–0272; email productsupport@ bellflight.com; or at https:// www.bellflight.com/support/contact-support. (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: fr.inspection@nara.gov, or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. Issued on August 26, 2021. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–20829 Filed 9–24–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:20 Sep 24, 2021 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration 19 CFR Part 351 Scope Ruling Application; Annual Inquiry Service List; and Informational Sessions Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: Notification and guidance. On September 20, 2021, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) published the final rule entitled ‘‘Regulations to Improve Administration and Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Laws’’ in the Federal Register (Final Rule). In the Final Rule, Commerce explained that it would make available an application for parties to fill out and submit to request a scope inquiry and ruling and that it would provide additional instruction on the procedures for the annual inquiry service list, as appropriate. This document provides further information on the availability of the scope ruling application through Commerce’s website and the additional procedures to request placement on the annual inquiry service list. In addition, Commerce is notifying the public that it intends to place additional information on its website and hold informational sessions on the Final Rule. SUMMARY: DATES: Effective September 27, 2021. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further information on relevant dates for the annual inquiry service list. Any questions related to the annual inquiry service list should be submitted to the APO/Dockets Unit (Attention: Evangeline Keenan) at (202) 482–4920 or APOSupport@trade.gov. Electronic filing questions should be submitted to access@trade.gov. For all other questions regarding the Final Rule, please contact the Enforcement & Compliance Communications office (Attention: Dana Moreland) at (202) 482–0063 or ECCommunications@ trade.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 53205 laws.1 On September 20, 2021, Commerce published the Final Rule.2 In the Final Rule, Commerce established revised regulations (19 CFR 351.225) which describe the applicable procedures and standards concerning scope inquiries and scope rulings regarding whether a product is covered by the scope of a particular antidumping or countervailing duty order. In addition, Commerce established new regulations for circumvention inquiries conducted under section 781 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act) (new 19 CFR 351.226). Scope Ruling Application Revised section 351.225(c) details the procedures and requirements for an interested party to fill out and submit a scope ruling application, and further provides that Commerce will make a scope ruling application available to the public. In accordance with revised section 351.225(d), if a completed scope ruling application is accepted, Commerce will initiate a scope inquiry. Commerce is notifying parties that the scope ruling application may be found at https://www.trade.gov/review-orsubmit-adcvd-proceedings-documents or https://access.trade.gov/Resources/ ADCVD_Resources.aspx. Annual Inquiry Service List Revised § 351.225(c) and (n)(1) provide that an interested party that submits a scope ruling application must serve a copy of the application on all persons on the annual inquiry service list for that order, as well as any companion order covering the same merchandise from the same country of origin, as described in revised section 351.225(m)(2). Revised § 351.225(n)(2) and (3) describe the procedures for the ‘‘annual inquiry service list,’’ discussed further below. Similarly, new § 351.226(c) and (n)(1) state that an interested party that submits a request for a circumvention inquiry must serve a copy of the request on all persons on the annual inquiry service list for that order, as well as any companion order covering the same merchandise from the same country of origin, as described in new § 351.226(m)(2). Lastly, revised section 351.225(n)(4) and new § 351.226(n)(2) provide that once a scope or circumvention inquiry has Background On August 13, 2020, Commerce published proposed amendments to its existing regulations, 19 CFR part 351, to strengthen and improve the administration and enforcement of the antidumping and countervailing duty PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 1 Regulations to Improve Administration and Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Laws, 85 FR 49472 (August 13, 2020) (Proposed Rule). 2 See Regulations to Improve Administration and Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Laws, 86 FR 52300 (September 20, 2021) (Final Rule). E:\FR\FM\27SER1.SGM 27SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0513; Project Identifier 2018-SW-116-AD; Amendment 
39-21717; AD 2021-18-16]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Bell Textron Canada Limited (Type 
Certificate Previously Held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited) 
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 Bell Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 429 helicopters. This 
AD was prompted by reports of tail rotor gearbox assemblies found loose 
on the gearbox support. This AD requires repetitive torque checks of 
the tail rotor gearbox attachment hardware, and corrective action if 
necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition 
on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective November 1, 2021.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain document listed in this AD as of November 1, 
2021.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Bell Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, Mirabel, 
Quebec J7J 1R4, Canada; telephone 1-450-437-2862 or 1-800-363-8023; fax 
1-450-433-0272; email [email protected]; or at https://www.bellflight.com/support/contact-support. 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. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, 
call 817-222-5110. It is also available at https://www.regulations.gov 
by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0513.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0513; 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: Darren Gassetto, Aerospace Engineer, 
COS Program Management Section, FAA, Operational Safety Branch, 
Compliance & Airworthiness Division, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, 
Westbury, NY 11590; telephone (516) 228-7323; email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Bell Textron 
Canada Limited (Bell) Model 429 helicopters. The NPRM published in the 
Federal Register on June 28, 2021 (86 FR 33918). In the NPRM, the FAA 
proposed to require repetitive torque checks of the tail rotor gearbox 
attachment hardware, and corrective action if necessary. The NPRM was 
prompted by Canadian AD CF-2018-35, dated December 19, 2018 (Canadian 
AD CF-2018-35), issued by Transport Canada, which is the aviation 
authority for Canada, to correct an unsafe condition for Bell Textron 
Canada Limited Model 429 helicopters. Transport Canada advises that 
there have been reports of tail rotor gearbox assemblies found loose on 
the gearbox support. Transport Canada issued Emergency Canadian 
Airworthiness Directive CF-2018-18, dated July 11, 2018, which 
corresponds to FAA AD 2018-16-51, Amendment 39-19421 (83 FR 53171, 
October 22, 2018), to address the immediate safety concern. An ongoing 
investigation determined that this condition-loose tail rotor gearbox 
assemblies-could return even after the corrective actions by the 
previous AD have been completed. This condition, if not addressed, 
could result in structural damage and possible loss of control of the 
helicopter.
    Accordingly, Canadian AD CF-2018-35 requires repetitive torque 
checks of the tail rotor gearbox attachment hardware and corrective 
actions if necessary. The corrective action is doing additional 
repetitive torque checks at intervals of 10 to 25 hours air time until 
the torque stabilizes on all the nuts.

Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive

Comments

    The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of 
the costs.

Conclusion

    These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of 
Canada and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to 
the FAA's bilateral agreement with Canada, Transport Canada, its 
technical representative, has notified the FAA of 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. Except for minor editorial changes, this AD is adopted as 
proposed in the NPRM.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Bell Alert Service Bulletin 429-18-41, dated July 
24, 2018. This service information specifies procedures for repetitive 
torque checks of the tail rotor gearbox attachment hardware.
    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.

Differences Between This AD and the Transport Canada AD

    Where Canadian AD CF-2018-35 refers to ``200-hour'' inspections and 
``10 to 25 hours air time'' for the torque checks, for this AD use 
``time-in-service'' instead.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 98 helicopters of U.S. 
Registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

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                                      Estimated Costs for Required Actions
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
                Action                         Labor cost           Parts cost        product        operators
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Torque check..........................  1 work-hour x $85 per                 $0             $85          $8,330
                                         hour = $85.
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    The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary on-
condition actions that are required based on the results of any 
required actions. The FAA has no way of determining the number of 
helicopters that might need these on-condition actions:

                                     Estimated Costs of On-Condition Actions
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                Action                        Labor cost          Parts cost            Cost per product
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Repetitive torque check..............  1 work-hour x $85 per                $0  $85, per cycle.
                                        hour = $85, per cycle.
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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

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive:

2021-18-16 Bell Textron Canada Limited (Type Certificate Previously 
Held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited): Amendment 39-21717; 
Docket No. FAA-2021-0513; Project Identifier 2018-SW-116-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective November 1, 2021.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Bell Textron Canada Limited (type certificate 
previously held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited) Model 429 
helicopters, certificated in any category, serial numbers 57001 and 
subsequent.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6500, Tail Rotor 
Drive System; and 6520, Tail Rotor Gearbox.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of tail rotor gearbox assemblies 
found loose on the gearbox support. The FAA is issuing this AD 
address tail rotor gearbox assemblies found loose on the gearbox 
support. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in 
structural damage and possible loss of control of the helicopter.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Required Actions

    Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD; or at the 
next scheduled 200-hours time-in-service (TIS) or 12-month 
inspection, whichever occurs first, do a torque check of the tail 
rotor gearbox attachment hardware, in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 2., of Bell Alert Service 
Bulletin 429-18-41, dated July 24, 2018. Repeat the torque check 
thereafter at intervals not to exceed 200 hours TIS or 12 months, 
whichever occurs first.

(h) Corrective Actions

    If, during any torque check required by paragraph (g) of this 
AD, any tail rotor gearbox attachment moves during any torque check, 
repeat the torque check specified in paragraph (g) of this AD at 
intervals no less than 10 hours TIS and not to exceed 25 hours TIS 
until the torque stabilizes on all the nuts. Stabilization has 
occurred when, at the next torque check, the value has remained 
within the specified acceptable limits (160 to 200 inch-pounds (in-
lbs) or 19 to 22 newton meters (Nms), inclusive), preventing 
movement of the gearbox housing. After the torque stabilizes on all 
the nuts, the repetitive torque checks specified in paragraph (g) of 
this AD are still required.

(i) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for the initial torque check 
required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if that action was done before 
the effective date of this AD as required by paragraph (f)(2) of AD 
2018-16-51, Amendment 39-19421 (83 FR 53171, October 22, 2018).

(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

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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)(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.

(k) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Darren Gassetto, 
Aerospace Engineer, COS Program Management Section, FAA, Operational 
Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, 1600 Stewart 
Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516-228-7323; email 
[email protected].
    (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in Transport Canada AD 
CF-2018-35, dated December 19, 2018. You may view the Transport 
Canada AD at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA-2021-
0513.

(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) Bell Alert Service Bulletin 429-18-41, dated July 24, 2018.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bell 
Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J 
1R4, Canada; telephone 1-450-437-2862 or 1-800-363-8023; fax 1-450-
433-0272; email [email protected]; or at https://www.bellflight.com/support/contact-support.
    (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 August 26, 2021.
Gaetano A. Sciortino,
Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness 
Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-20829 Filed 9-24-21; 8:45 am]
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