Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters, 67301-67303 [2021-25690]

Download as PDF 67301 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 225 Friday, November 26, 2021 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0572; Project Identifier MCAI–2021–00391–R; Amendment 39–21778; AD 2021–22–05] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Leonardo S.p.a. Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters. This AD was prompted by reports of abnormal play on the collective torque tube on two Model AW119 MKII helicopters. This AD requires repetitive inspections of affected torque tube assemblies for any deficiency and corrective action if necessary; and the replacement of any affected part with a serviceable part, which is terminating action for the repetitive inspections, 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 January 3, 2022. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of January 3, 2022. ADDRESSES: For EASA material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, contact EASA, Konrad-AdenauerUfer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this IBR material on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material at the FAA, Office of jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with RULES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Nov 24, 2021 Jkt 256001 the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N 321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of the EASA material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. It is also available in the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0572. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0572; 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 mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI), 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: Andrea Jimenez, Aerospace Engineer, COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 1600 Stewart Ave., Mail Stop: Room 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone (516) 228–7330; email andrea.jimenez@ faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2021–0096, dated March 31, 2021 (EASA AD 2021– 0096), to correct an unsafe condition for Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, formerly Finmeccanica S.p.A., AgustaWestland S.p.A., Agusta S.p.A.; and AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation, formerly Agusta Aerospace Corporation, Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters, all serial numbers. The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Leonardo S.p.a. Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 20, 2021 (86 FR 38242). The NPRM was prompted by reports of abnormal play on the collective torque tube on two Model AW119 MKII helicopters. Investigations revealed that PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 these events were due to an erroneous manufacturing process, affecting certain collective torque tube assemblies. The affected batch numbers were identified. Leonardo S.p.a. Model A119 helicopters are similar in design and may be subject to the same unsafe condition revealed on the Model AW119 MKII helicopters. The NPRM proposed to require repetitive inspections of affected torque tube assemblies for any deficiency and corrective action if necessary; and the replacement of any affected part with a serviceable part, which is terminating action for the repetitive inspections, as specified in EASA AD 2021–0096. The FAA is issuing this AD to address abnormal play on the collective torque tube, which could result in reduced control of the helicopter, resulting in a forced landing and consequent damage to the helicopter and injury to occupants. See EASA AD 2021–0096 for additional background information. Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive Comments The FAA received one comment from Air Methods Corporation (Air Methods). The following presents the comment received on the NPRM and the FAA’s response to that comment. Request To Apply Inspection and Replacement Criteria to Additional Torque Tube Batch Numbers Air Methods requested that paragraph (h)(6) in the ‘‘Exceptions to EASA AD 2021–0096’’ paragraph of the proposed AD be revised to allow additional appropriate actions for torque tubes that have batch numbers that are ‘‘doubted.’’ The commenter stated that applying the Group 1 inspection and replacement criteria to any torque tube, regardless of batch number, is the most conservative action possible within the scope of the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021–0096. The FAA does not agree with the commenter’s request. The intent of this AD is match the intent of EASA AD 2021–0096, which does not include torque tube batch numbers that are unknown or ‘‘in doubt’’ within the Group 1 helicopters. Also, if a ‘‘doubted’’ torque tube batch number is ultimately determined not to be within the number ranges designated as Group 1 or Group 2 in EASA AD 2021–0096, then it would be unnecessary to subject E:\FR\FM\26NOR1.SGM 26NOR1 67302 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 225 / Friday, November 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations that torque tube to the inspection and replacement requirements for Group 1 helicopters. In addition, once this AD is published, any person may request an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) by using the procedures specified in paragraph (j) of this AD. The FAA has not changed this AD regarding this issue. Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment received, and determined that air safety requires adopting this AD as proposed. Except for minor editorial changes this AD is adopted as proposed in the NPRM. None of the changes will increase the economic burden on any operator. Accordingly, the FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 EASA AD 2021–0096 requires repetitive inspections of the affected torque tube assemblies for any deficiency (i.e., any play) by marking the torque tube assembly and the collar and applying specific loads to determine if there is any play; and replacement of any affected part that has any play with a serviceable part. EASA AD 2021–0096 also requires the eventual replacement of any affected part with a serviceable part, and specifies that replacement of an affected part on a helicopter constitutes terminating action for the repetitive inspections for that helicopter. 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 EASA AD 2021–0096 supersedes EASA AD 2019–0057, dated March 20, 2019 (EASA AD 2019–0057). The Group 1 helicopters identified in both EASA AD 2021–0096 and EASA AD 2019– 0057 are helicopters with collective stick torque tube assemblies having part number (P/N) 109–0011–03–105 and batch number 823207 or earlier. Paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2021–0096 addresses Group 1 helicopters that have incorporated the actions required by paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2019–0057. The FAA did not issue an AD that corresponds to EASA AD 2019–0057, therefore, this AD requires, for Group 1 helicopters, an initial inspection of the torque tube assembly within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the effective date of the FAA AD and repetitive inspections thereafter at intervals not to exceed 100 hours TIS. In addition, where paragraph (5) of EASA AD 2021–0096 specifies, for Group 1 helicopters, replacement of an affected part with a serviceable part ‘‘within 36 months after April 3, 2019 [the effective date of EASA AD 2019– 0057]’’, for this AD, the compliance time is within 24 months after the effective date of this AD. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 136 helicopters of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Inspection ............................... 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 per inspection cycle. 16 work-hours × $85 per hour = $1,360. Replacement .......................... The FAA has included all known costs in its cost estimate. According to the manufacturer, however, some of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected operators. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with RULES1 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Nov 24, 2021 Jkt 256001 Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators $0 $170 per inspection cycle ...... $23,120 per inspection cycle. $9,928 $11,288 .................................. $1,535,168. Parts cost unsafe condition that is likely to exist or 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. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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: ■ 2021–22–05 Leonardo S.p.a.: Amendment 39–21778; Docket No. FAA–2021–0572; Project Identifier MCAI–2021–00391–R. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective January 3, 2022. E:\FR\FM\26NOR1.SGM 26NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 225 / Friday, November 26, 2021 / Rules and Regulations (b) Affected ADs (i) No Reporting Requirement None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Leonardo S.p.a. Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters, certificated in any category, all serial numbers. (d) Subject (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (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. (g) Requirements (k) Related Information Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2021–0096, dated March 31, 2021 (EASA AD 2021–0096). For more information about this AD, contact Andrea Jimenez, Aerospace Engineer, COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 1600 Stewart Ave., Mail Stop: Room 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone (516) 228–7330; email andrea.jimenez@faa.gov. Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6700, Rotorcraft Flight Control. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of abnormal play on the collective torque tube on two Model AW119 MKII helicopters. The FAA is issuing this AD to address abnormal play on the collective torque tube, which could result in reduced control of the helicopter, resulting in a forced landing and consequent damage to the helicopter and injury to occupants. (f) Compliance (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2021–0096 jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with RULES1 Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021–0096 specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD does not include that requirement. (1) Where EASA AD 2021–0096 refers to flight hours (FH), this AD requires using hours time-in-service (TIS). (2) Where EASA AD 2021–0096 refers to its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (3) Where paragraphs (1) and (2) of EASA AD 2021–0096 specify the compliance times for Group 1 helicopters to inspect the affected part, this AD requires an initial inspection within 50 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 100 hours TIS. (4) Where paragraph (5) of EASA AD 2021– 0096 specifies, for Group 1 helicopters, replacement of an affected part with a serviceable part ‘‘within 36 months after April 3, 2019 [the effective date of EASA AD 2019–0057],’’ for this AD, that replacement must be done within 24 months after the effective date of this AD. (5) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021–0096 specifies to return a torque tube assembly to the manufacturer, this AD does not include that requirement. (6) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021–0096 specifies to contact the manufacturer ‘‘in case of doubt’’ regarding the batch number on a torque tube assembly, determining the batch number is required by this AD but contacting the manufacturer is not required. (7) This AD does not mandate compliance with the ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2021–0096. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:31 Nov 24, 2021 Jkt 256001 (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 this AD specifies otherwise. (i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2021–0096, dated March 31, 2021. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For EASA AD 2021–0096, contact 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 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 the EASA material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. (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 fr.inspection@nara.gov, or go to: https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 67303 Issued on October 13, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–25690 Filed 11–24–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0197; Project Identifier 2018–SW–107–AD; Amendment 39–21789; AD 2021–22–16] 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 Airbus Helicopters Model EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters. This AD was prompted by the failure of a main gearbox (MGB) second stage planet gear. This AD requires replacing the MGB, or as an alternative, replacing the epicyclic reduction gear module for certain serial numbered planet gear assemblies installed on the MGB. This AD also requires inspecting the MGB magnetic plugs and MGB filter for particles, and for certain serial-numbered planet gear assemblies, inspecting the oil sump for particles. Depending on the outcome of these inspections, this AD requires further inspections and replacing certain parts. This AD also prohibits installing certain parts. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective January 3, 2022. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of January 3, 2022. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 North Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641–0000 or (800) 232– 0323; fax (972) 641–3775; or at https:// www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/ technical-support.html. You may view 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. Service information SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26NOR1.SGM 26NOR1

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under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510.

The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. 

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Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 225 / Friday, November 26, 2021 / 
Rules and Regulations

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0572; Project Identifier MCAI-2021-00391-R; 
Amendment 39-21778; AD 2021-22-05]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. 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 all 
Leonardo S.p.a. Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters. This AD was 
prompted by reports of abnormal play on the collective torque tube on 
two Model AW119 MKII helicopters. This AD requires repetitive 
inspections of affected torque tube assemblies for any deficiency and 
corrective action if necessary; and the replacement of any affected 
part with a serviceable part, which is terminating action for the 
repetitive inspections, 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 January 3, 2022.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of January 3, 
2022.

ADDRESSES: For EASA material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this 
AD, contact 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 IBR 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 the EASA material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110. It is also 
available in the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching 
for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0572.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0572; 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 
mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI), 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: Andrea Jimenez, Aerospace Engineer, 
COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & 
Airworthiness Division, FAA, 1600 Stewart Ave., Mail Stop: Room 410, 
Westbury, NY 11590; telephone (516) 228-7330; email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2021-0096, dated March 31, 2021 
(EASA AD 2021-0096), to correct an unsafe condition for Leonardo S.p.A. 
Helicopters, formerly Finmeccanica S.p.A., AgustaWestland S.p.A., 
Agusta S.p.A.; and AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation, formerly 
Agusta Aerospace Corporation, Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters, 
all serial numbers.
    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Leonardo S.p.a. 
Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters. The NPRM published in the 
Federal Register on July 20, 2021 (86 FR 38242). The NPRM was prompted 
by reports of abnormal play on the collective torque tube on two Model 
AW119 MKII helicopters. Investigations revealed that these events were 
due to an erroneous manufacturing process, affecting certain collective 
torque tube assemblies. The affected batch numbers were identified. 
Leonardo S.p.a. Model A119 helicopters are similar in design and may be 
subject to the same unsafe condition revealed on the Model AW119 MKII 
helicopters. The NPRM proposed to require repetitive inspections of 
affected torque tube assemblies for any deficiency and corrective 
action if necessary; and the replacement of any affected part with a 
serviceable part, which is terminating action for the repetitive 
inspections, as specified in EASA AD 2021-0096.
    The FAA is issuing this AD to address abnormal play on the 
collective torque tube, which could result in reduced control of the 
helicopter, resulting in a forced landing and consequent damage to the 
helicopter and injury to occupants. See EASA AD 2021-0096 for 
additional background information.

Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive

Comments

    The FAA received one comment from Air Methods Corporation (Air 
Methods). The following presents the comment received on the NPRM and 
the FAA's response to that comment.

Request To Apply Inspection and Replacement Criteria to Additional 
Torque Tube Batch Numbers

    Air Methods requested that paragraph (h)(6) in the ``Exceptions to 
EASA AD 2021-0096'' paragraph of the proposed AD be revised to allow 
additional appropriate actions for torque tubes that have batch numbers 
that are ``doubted.'' The commenter stated that applying the Group 1 
inspection and replacement criteria to any torque tube, regardless of 
batch number, is the most conservative action possible within the scope 
of the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021-0096.
    The FAA does not agree with the commenter's request. The intent of 
this AD is match the intent of EASA AD 2021-0096, which does not 
include torque tube batch numbers that are unknown or ``in doubt'' 
within the Group 1 helicopters. Also, if a ``doubted'' torque tube 
batch number is ultimately determined not to be within the number 
ranges designated as Group 1 or Group 2 in EASA AD 2021-0096, then it 
would be unnecessary to subject

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that torque tube to the inspection and replacement requirements for 
Group 1 helicopters. In addition, once this AD is published, any person 
may request an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) by using the 
procedures specified in paragraph (j) of this AD. The FAA has not 
changed this AD regarding this issue.

Conclusion

    The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment 
received, and determined that air safety requires adopting this AD as 
proposed. Except for minor editorial changes this AD is adopted as 
proposed in the NPRM. None of the changes will increase the economic 
burden on any operator. Accordingly, the FAA is issuing this AD to 
address the unsafe condition on these products.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    EASA AD 2021-0096 requires repetitive inspections of the affected 
torque tube assemblies for any deficiency (i.e., any play) by marking 
the torque tube assembly and the collar and applying specific loads to 
determine if there is any play; and replacement of any affected part 
that has any play with a serviceable part. EASA AD 2021-0096 also 
requires the eventual replacement of any affected part with a 
serviceable part, and specifies that replacement of an affected part on 
a helicopter constitutes terminating action for the repetitive 
inspections for that helicopter.
    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

    EASA AD 2021-0096 supersedes EASA AD 2019-0057, dated March 20, 
2019 (EASA AD 2019-0057). The Group 1 helicopters identified in both 
EASA AD 2021-0096 and EASA AD 2019-0057 are helicopters with collective 
stick torque tube assemblies having part number (P/N) 109-0011-03-105 
and batch number 823207 or earlier. Paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2021-0096 
addresses Group 1 helicopters that have incorporated the actions 
required by paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2019-0057. The FAA did not issue 
an AD that corresponds to EASA AD 2019-0057, therefore, this AD 
requires, for Group 1 helicopters, an initial inspection of the torque 
tube assembly within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the effective 
date of the FAA AD and repetitive inspections thereafter at intervals 
not to exceed 100 hours TIS.
    In addition, where paragraph (5) of EASA AD 2021-0096 specifies, 
for Group 1 helicopters, replacement of an affected part with a 
serviceable part ``within 36 months after April 3, 2019 [the effective 
date of EASA AD 2019-0057]'', for this AD, the compliance time is 
within 24 months after the effective date of this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 136 helicopters of U.S. 
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                                 Cost on U.S.
              Action                    Labor cost        Parts cost      Cost per product        operators
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Inspection.......................  2 work-hours x $85               $0  $170 per inspection  $23,120 per
                                    per hour = $170                      cycle.               inspection cycle.
                                    per inspection
                                    cycle.
Replacement......................  16 work-hours x $85          $9,928  $11,288............  $1,535,168.
                                    per hour = $1,360.
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    The FAA has included all known costs in its cost estimate. 
According to the manufacturer, however, some of the costs of this AD 
may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on 
affected operators.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    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:

2021-22-05 Leonardo S.p.a.: Amendment 39-21778; Docket No. FAA-2021-
0572; Project Identifier MCAI-2021-00391-R.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective January 3, 2022.

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(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Leonardo S.p.a. Model A119 and AW119 MKII 
helicopters, certificated in any category, all serial numbers.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6700, Rotorcraft 
Flight Control.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of abnormal play on the 
collective torque tube on two Model AW119 MKII helicopters. The FAA 
is issuing this AD to address abnormal play on the collective torque 
tube, which could result in reduced control of the helicopter, 
resulting in a forced landing and consequent damage to the 
helicopter and injury to occupants.

(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, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 
2021-0096, dated March 31, 2021 (EASA AD 2021-0096).

(h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2021-0096

    (1) Where EASA AD 2021-0096 refers to flight hours (FH), this AD 
requires using hours time-in-service (TIS).
    (2) Where EASA AD 2021-0096 refers to its effective date, this 
AD requires using the effective date of this AD.
    (3) Where paragraphs (1) and (2) of EASA AD 2021-0096 specify 
the compliance times for Group 1 helicopters to inspect the affected 
part, this AD requires an initial inspection within 50 hours TIS 
after the effective date of this AD, and thereafter at intervals not 
to exceed 100 hours TIS.
    (4) Where paragraph (5) of EASA AD 2021-0096 specifies, for 
Group 1 helicopters, replacement of an affected part with a 
serviceable part ``within 36 months after April 3, 2019 [the 
effective date of EASA AD 2019-0057],'' for this AD, that 
replacement must be done within 24 months after the effective date 
of this AD.
    (5) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021-
0096 specifies to return a torque tube assembly to the manufacturer, 
this AD does not include that requirement.
    (6) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021-
0096 specifies to contact the manufacturer ``in case of doubt'' 
regarding the batch number on a torque tube assembly, determining 
the batch number is required by this AD but contacting the 
manufacturer is not required.
    (7) This AD does not mandate compliance with the ``Remarks'' 
section of EASA AD 2021-0096.

(i) No Reporting Requirement

    Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021-0096 
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 Andrea Jimenez, 
Aerospace Engineer, COS Program Management Section, Operational 
Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 1600 
Stewart Ave., Mail Stop: Room 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 
(516) 228-7330; email [email protected].

(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 this AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2021-0096, 
dated March 31, 2021.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) For EASA AD 2021-0096, contact 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 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 
the EASA material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110.
    (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.

    Issued on October 13, 2021.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-25690 Filed 11-24-21; 8:45 am]
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