Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters, 2530-2532 [2022-00757]

Download as PDF 2530 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 11 / Tuesday, January 18, 2022 / Rules and Regulations (i) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Kristi Bradley, Program Manager, COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5110; email kristin.bradley@faa.gov. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in EASA AD 2020–0065, dated March 20, 2020. You may view the EASA AD at https:// www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA– 2021–0948. (j) 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) Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. 109–155, dated March 13, 2020. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For Leonardo Helicopters service information identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G. Agusta 520, 21017 C. Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331–225074; fax +39– 0331–229046; or at https://customerportal. leonardocompany.com/en-US/. (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 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. Issued on December 16, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2022–00759 Filed 1–14–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES [Docket No. FAA–2021–0570; Project Identifier 2019–SW–091–AD; Amendment 39–21888; AD 2021–26–29] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Jan 14, 2022 Jkt 256001 The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of a broken adjustable device that is part of the pilot and co-pilot yaw pedal assemblies. This AD requires modification of certain pilot and copilot yaw pedal assemblies with an improved design and re-identification of affected parts, 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 February 22, 2022. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of February 22, 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 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–2021–0570. SUMMARY: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0570; 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: Kristi Bradley, Program Manager, COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5485; email kristin.bradley@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Background EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2021–0199, dated August 27, 2021 (EASA AD 2021– 0199), (also referred to as the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition for Leonardo S.p.a. (formerly Finmeccanica S.p.A and AgustaWestland S.p.A) Model AW169 helicopters, all serial numbers. EASA AD 2021–0199 supersedes EASA AD 2019–0252, dated October 10, 2019 (EASA AD 2019– 0252), which was issued to correct an unsafe condition for Leonardo S.p.a. (formerly Finmeccanica S.p.A and AgustaWestland S.p.A) Model AW169 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 Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters with an affected part installed as identified in EASA AD 2019–0252. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 28, 2021 (86 FR 40371). In the NPRM, the FAA proposed to require modification of the pilot and co-pilot yaw pedal assemblies. The NPRM was prompted by EASA AD 2019–0252, which advised that there was a report of a broken adjustable device that is part of the pilot and copilot yaw pedal assemblies. This condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of a yaw pedal adjuster, which could result in reduced yaw control of the helicopter. Accordingly, EASA AD 2019–0252 required modification (rework) of the affected pilot and co-pilot assemblies and re-identification of each affected part after it has been modified. The modification included the installation of additional end stroke stops on the pilot and co-pilot pedal assemblies. EASA considered EASA AD 2019–0252 an interim action and stated that further EASA AD action may follow. The FAA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters. The SNPRM published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2021 (86 FR 59900). The SNPRM proposed to require modification of certain pilot and copilot yaw pedal assemblies with an improved design and re-identification of the affected parts, as specified in EASA AD 2021–0199. EASA advises that since EASA AD 2019–0252 was issued three additional events have been reported where the universal joint of the adjusting mechanism on the yaw pedals failed. Prompted by these findings, Leonardo E:\FR\FM\18JAR1.SGM 18JAR1 2531 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 11 / Tuesday, January 18, 2022 / Rules and Regulations S.p.a. developed a new modification that introduces upgraded pilot and copilot pedal assemblies with an improved design, which removes the failure modes. Accordingly, EASA AD 2021–0199 requires modification (rework) of the affected pilot and co-pilot assemblies and re-identification of each affected part after it has been modified. The modification includes replacing the pedal main support assembly, adjuster screw assembly, knob assembly, and spring pin, and removing the additional end stroke stops that were installed on the pilot and co-pilot pedal assemblies using the modification specified in EASA AD 2019–0252. EASA AD 2021– 0199 also provides an option to replace an affected part with a non-affected part instead of doing the modification. In addition, the FAA revised the applicability of the SNPRM from Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters with an affected part installed (as specified in the NPRM), to all Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters. This revised applicability matches EASA AD 2021–0199. The FAA is issuing this AD to address failure of a yaw pedal adjuster, which could result in reduced yaw control of the helicopter. See the MCAI for additional background information. Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive Comments The FAA received no comments on the SNPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data, and determined that air safety requires adopting this AD as proposed. Except for minor editorial changes, this AD is adopted as proposed in the SNPRM. 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 2021–0199 requires modification of the affected pilot and co-pilot assemblies and re-identification of each affected part after it has been modified. EASA AD 2021–0199 also provides an option to replace an affected part with a non-affected part instead of doing the modification. EASA AD 2021–0199 also prohibits the installation of affected parts. 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. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 10 helicopters of U.S. Registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD. ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Modify and re-identify affected parts .............. 25 work-hours × $85 per hour = $2,125 ........ 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. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. The FAA is issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements. Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Jan 14, 2022 Jkt 256001 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: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Cost per product Parts cost $0 Cost on U.S. operators $2,125 $21,250 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: ■ 2021–26–29 Leonardo S.p.a.: Amendment 39–21888; Docket No. FAA–2021–0570; Project Identifier 2019–SW–091–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective February 22, 2022. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to all Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6700, Rotorcraft Flight Control. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report of a broken adjustable device that is part of the pilot and co-pilot yaw pedal assemblies. The FAA is issuing this AD to address failure of E:\FR\FM\18JAR1.SGM 18JAR1 2532 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 11 / Tuesday, January 18, 2022 / Rules and Regulations a yaw pedal adjuster, which could result in reduced yaw control of the helicopter. (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 2021–0199, dated August 27, 2021 (EASA AD 2021–0199). (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2021–0199 (1) Where EASA AD 2021–0199 refers to flight hours, this AD requires using hours time-in-service. (2) Where EASA AD 2021–0199 refers to its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (3) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021–0199 specifies discarding certain parts, this AD requires removing those parts from service. (4) This AD does not mandate compliance with the ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2021–0199. (i) No Reporting Requirement Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021–0199 specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD does not include that requirement. (j) Special Flight Permit Special flight permits, as described in 14 CFR 21.197 and 21.199, are prohibited. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES (k) 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 (l) 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. (l) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Kristi Bradley, Program Manager, COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5485; email kristin.bradley@faa.gov. (m) 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Jan 14, 2022 Jkt 256001 (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 2021–0199, dated August 27, 2021. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For EASA AD 2021–0199, contact EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet www.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 at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0570. (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. FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective February 22, 2022. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of February 22, 2022. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740–5600; telephone 562–797–1717; internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. It is also available at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021– 0794. Issued on December 17, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0794; 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: Julie Linn, Aerospace Engineer, Cabin Safety and Environmental Systems Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206–231–3684; email: julie.linn@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747–400, –400D, and –400F series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of burned Boeing Material Specification (BMS) 8– 39 urethane foam, and a report from the airplane manufacturer that airplanes were assembled with seals throughout various areas of the airplane (including flight deck and cargo compartments) made of BMS 8–39 urethane foam, a material with fire-retardant properties that deteriorate with age. This AD requires replacing the system tube/wire seals made of BMS 8–39 urethane foam in certain areas of the airplane. The 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 The Boeing Company Model 747–400, –400D, and –400F series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 14, 2021 (86 FR 57081). The NPRM was prompted by reports of burned BMS 8– 39 urethane foam, and a report from the airplane manufacturer that airplanes were assembled with seals throughout various areas of the airplane (including flight deck and cargo compartments) made of BMS 8–39 urethane foam, a material with fire-retardant properties [FR Doc. 2022–00757 Filed 1–14–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0794; Project Identifier AD–2021–00400–T; Amendment 39–21869; AD 2021–26–10] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes AGENCY: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\18JAR1.SGM 18JAR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0570; Project Identifier 2019-SW-091-AD; Amendment 
39-21888; AD 2021-26-29]
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 AW169 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a 
report of a broken adjustable device that is part of the pilot and co-
pilot yaw pedal assemblies. This AD requires modification of certain 
pilot and co-pilot yaw pedal assemblies with an improved design and re-
identification of affected parts, 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 February 22, 2022.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of February 22, 
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-2021-0570.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0570; 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: Kristi Bradley, Program Manager, COS 
Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 10101 
Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5485; email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2021-0199, dated August 27, 2021 
(EASA AD 2021-0199), (also referred to as the MCAI), to correct an 
unsafe condition for Leonardo S.p.a. (formerly Finmeccanica S.p.A and 
AgustaWestland S.p.A) Model AW169 helicopters, all serial numbers. EASA 
AD 2021-0199 supersedes EASA AD 2019-0252, dated October 10, 2019 (EASA 
AD 2019-0252), which was issued to correct an unsafe condition for 
Leonardo S.p.a. (formerly Finmeccanica S.p.A and AgustaWestland S.p.A) 
Model AW169 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 Leonardo S.p.a. Model 
AW169 helicopters with an affected part installed as identified in EASA 
AD 2019-0252. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 28, 
2021 (86 FR 40371). In the NPRM, the FAA proposed to require 
modification of the pilot and co-pilot yaw pedal assemblies. The NPRM 
was prompted by EASA AD 2019-0252, which advised that there was a 
report of a broken adjustable device that is part of the pilot and co-
pilot yaw pedal assemblies. This condition, if not addressed, could 
result in failure of a yaw pedal adjuster, which could result in 
reduced yaw control of the helicopter.
    Accordingly, EASA AD 2019-0252 required modification (rework) of 
the affected pilot and co-pilot assemblies and re-identification of 
each affected part after it has been modified. The modification 
included the installation of additional end stroke stops on the pilot 
and co-pilot pedal assemblies. EASA considered EASA AD 2019-0252 an 
interim action and stated that further EASA AD action may follow.
    The FAA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) 
to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all 
Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters. The SNPRM published in the 
Federal Register on October 29, 2021 (86 FR 59900). The SNPRM proposed 
to require modification of certain pilot and copilot yaw pedal 
assemblies with an improved design and re-identification of the 
affected parts, as specified in EASA AD 2021-0199.
    EASA advises that since EASA AD 2019-0252 was issued three 
additional events have been reported where the universal joint of the 
adjusting mechanism on the yaw pedals failed. Prompted by these 
findings, Leonardo

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S.p.a. developed a new modification that introduces upgraded pilot and 
co-pilot pedal assemblies with an improved design, which removes the 
failure modes.
    Accordingly, EASA AD 2021-0199 requires modification (rework) of 
the affected pilot and co-pilot assemblies and re-identification of 
each affected part after it has been modified. The modification 
includes replacing the pedal main support assembly, adjuster screw 
assembly, knob assembly, and spring pin, and removing the additional 
end stroke stops that were installed on the pilot and co-pilot pedal 
assemblies using the modification specified in EASA AD 2019-0252. EASA 
AD 2021-0199 also provides an option to replace an affected part with a 
non-affected part instead of doing the modification.
    In addition, the FAA revised the applicability of the SNPRM from 
Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters with an affected part installed 
(as specified in the NPRM), to all Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 
helicopters. This revised applicability matches EASA AD 2021-0199.
    The FAA is issuing this AD to address failure of a yaw pedal 
adjuster, which could result in reduced yaw control of the helicopter. 
See the MCAI for additional background information.

Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive

Comments

    The FAA received no comments on the SNPRM or on the determination 
of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    The FAA reviewed the relevant data, and determined that air safety 
requires adopting this AD as proposed. Except for minor editorial 
changes, this AD is adopted as proposed in the SNPRM. 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 2021-0199 requires modification of the affected pilot and 
co-pilot assemblies and re-identification of each affected part after 
it has been modified. EASA AD 2021-0199 also provides an option to 
replace an affected part with a non-affected part instead of doing the 
modification. EASA AD 2021-0199 also prohibits the installation of 
affected parts.
    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.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 10 helicopters of U.S. 
Registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD.

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
                Action                         Labor cost           Parts cost        product        operators
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Modify and re-identify affected parts.  25 work-hours x $85 per               $0          $2,125         $21,250
                                         hour = $2,125.
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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

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:

2021-26-29 Leonardo S.p.a.: Amendment 39-21888; Docket No. FAA-2021-
0570; Project Identifier 2019-SW-091-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective February 22, 
2022.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters, 
certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

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

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report of a broken adjustable device 
that is part of the pilot and co-pilot yaw pedal assemblies. The FAA 
is issuing this AD to address failure of

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a yaw pedal adjuster, which could result in reduced yaw control of 
the helicopter.

(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 
2021-0199, dated August 27, 2021 (EASA AD 2021-0199).

(h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2021-0199

    (1) Where EASA AD 2021-0199 refers to flight hours, this AD 
requires using hours time-in-service.
    (2) Where EASA AD 2021-0199 refers to its effective date, this 
AD requires using the effective date of this AD.
    (3) Where the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021-
0199 specifies discarding certain parts, this AD requires removing 
those parts from service.
    (4) This AD does not mandate compliance with the ``Remarks'' 
section of EASA AD 2021-0199.

(i) No Reporting Requirement

    Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021-0199 
specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD 
does not include that requirement.

(j) Special Flight Permit

    Special flight permits, as described in 14 CFR 21.197 and 
21.199, are prohibited.

(k) 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 (l) 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.

(l) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Kristi Bradley, 
Program Manager, COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety 
Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 
(817) 222-5485; email [email protected].

(m) 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 2021-0199, 
dated August 27, 2021.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) For EASA AD 2021-0199, contact EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 
50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email 
[email protected]; internet www.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 at https://www.regulations.gov by searching 
for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0570.
    (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 December 17, 2021.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2022-00757 Filed 1-14-22; 8:45 am]
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