Airworthiness Directives; Umlaut Engineering GmbH (Previously P3 Engineering GmbH) HAFEX (Halon-Free) Hand-Held Fire Extinguishers, 4797-4800 [2022-01859]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / Rules and Regulations 4797 • If a go-around is needed, do the go-around and the missed approach procedure either in manual or automatic flight. During Landing • Radio altitude-based altitude aural callouts during approach may not be available or may be erroneous. • Manual deployment of the speedbrakes may be needed. • If the thrust reversers do not deploy, immediately ensure the speedbrakes are extended, apply manual braking, and modulate as needed for the existing runway conditions. Note: In some conditions, maximum manual braking may be needed throughout the entire landing roll. During Go-around and Missed Approach TO/GA mode may not be available. Monitor thrust and verify that thrust increases. Monitor pitch mode engagement. Monitor roll mode engagement. Autopilot may not engage. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES Note 1 to paragraph (h): Guidance for accomplishing the actions required by this AD can be found in Boeing Multi Operator Message MOM–MOM–22–0016–01B(R1), dated January 16, 2022, and Boeing Flight Crew Operations Manual Bulletin TBC–26, ‘‘Radio Altimeter Anomalies due to 5G CBand Wireless Broadband Interference in the United States,’’ dated January 17, 2022. (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Seattle ACO 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 responsible Flight Standards Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (j)(1) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9ANM-Seattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the responsible Flight Standards Office. (3) AMOCs approved for AD 2021–23–12, Amendment 39–21810 (86 FR 69984, December 9, 2021) providing relief for specific radio altimeter installations are approved as AMOCs for the provisions of this AD. Engineer, Systems and Equipment Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206–231–3165; email: dean.r.thompson@ faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference, 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. (k) Material Incorporated by Reference None. 16:08 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 [FR Doc. 2022–01995 Filed 1–27–22; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–13–C PO 00000 Frm 00011 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0843; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00256–Q; Amendment 39–21891; AD 2022–01–03] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Umlaut Engineering GmbH (Previously P3 Engineering GmbH) HAFEX (HalonFree) Hand-Held Fire Extinguishers Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: Issued on January 26, 2022. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. (j) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Dean Thompson, Senior Aerospace VerDate Sep<11>2014 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Umlaut Engineering GmbH (previously P3 Engineering GmbH) HAFEX (Halonfree) hand-held P3HAFEX fire extinguishers (fire extinguishers). This AD was prompted by reports of a quality control issue on certain fire extinguishers, where the spindle geometries of the fire extinguishers were found to be out of tolerance. This AD requires removing affected fire extinguishers from service. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1 ER31JA22.010</GPH> • • • • • 4798 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / Rules and Regulations This AD is effective March 7, 2022. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 7, 2022. ADDRESSES: For Umlaut service information identified in this final rule, contact Umlaut Engineering, Blohmstrasse 12, Hamburg, Germany 21079, Phone: 49 0 40 75 25 779 0, email: hafex@umlaut.com, or web: https://www.umlaut.com/hafex. You may view this material at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. It is also available in the AD docket at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021– 0843. DATES: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0843; 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 European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, 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., Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone (516) 228–7330; email andrea.jimenez@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES Background The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to Umlaut Engineering GmbH (previously P3 Engineering GmbH) fire extinguisher part numbers (P/Ns) P3APP003010A and P3APP003010C with a manufacturing date of March 2019 through July 2019 inclusive and with a serial number (S/N) listed in Appendix 1 of Umlaut Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. P3VSB000001, Issue C, dated December 13, 2019 (VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C), that may be installed on various model helicopters. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 8, 2021 (86 FR 56232). In the NPRM, the FAA proposed to require removing affected fire extinguishers from service and prohibit installing affected fire extinguishers on any aircraft. The NPRM was prompted by EASA AD 2020–0013, dated January 29, 2020 (EASA AD 2020–0013), issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition for Airbus Helicopters Model AS 332 C, C1, L, L1, and L2, AS 365 N2 and N3, EC 155 B and B1, EC 175 B, EC 225 LP, SA 330 J, and SA 365 C1, C2, C3, N, and N1 helicopters; Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Model EC135 P1, P2, P2+, P3, T1, T2, T2+, and T3, EC635 P2+, P3, T1, T2+, and T3, and MBB– BK117 A–1, A–3, A–4, B–1, B–2, C–1, C–2, and D–2 helicopters; Leonardo S.p.A. Model AB139, AB 204B, AB 205 A–1, AB 212, AB 412, AB 412EP, AS– 61N, AS–61N1, AW139, AW169, and AW189 helicopters; and WSK PZL– SWIDNIK S.A. Model PZL W–3A and PZL W–3AS helicopters. EASA advises of occurrences that have been reported of a quality issue on certain fire extinguishers, manufactured by Umlaut Engineering GmbH (formerly P3 Engineering GmbH), where the spindle geometries of the extinguishers were found to be out of tolerance. The manufacturing defect was identified in certain serial-numbered fire extinguisher P/Ns P3APP003010A and P3APP003010C with a manufacturing date of March 2019 through July 2019 inclusive, where prolonged exposure (12 hours or more) to high temperature conditions of more than 68 °C (154.4 °F) could cause a non-detectable seizure of the spindle that could cause the fire extinguisher to be inoperative. This condition, if not addressed, could prevent proper extinguishing of a fire in the cabin, possibly resulting in damage to the helicopter and injury to the occupants. Accordingly, EASA AD 2020–0013 requires replacing affected fire extinguishers and prohibits installing an affected fire extinguisher on any helicopter. Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive Comments The FAA received comments from one commenter; Net Jets. Net Jets commented that there is a more recent revision of the service information. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM and the FAA’s response to each comment. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Comment Regarding Updated Service Information Net Jets stated that VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C, which is cited in the applicability paragraph of the NPRM, has been revised to Umlaut Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. P3VSB000001, Issue D, dated September 9, 2020 (VSB P3VSB000001, Issue D), and that it adds S/Ns. Although Net Jets did not request any changes to the NPRM, the FAA infers that Net Jets would like the FAA to update the required service information (VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C), which is required to use to identify an affected fire extinguisher as proposed in the applicability paragraph of the NPRM, to VSB P3VSB000001, Issue D. The FAA reviewed VSB P3VSB000001, Issue D, and while it updates certain information, there are no changes to the S/Ns identified in its Appendix 1. In light of this, the FAA has determined to allow the use of VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C, or VSB P3VSB000001, Issue D, in the applicability paragraph of this final rule. Conclusion These products have been approved by EASA and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA’s bilateral agreement with the European Union, EASA has notified the FAA about the unsafe condition described in its AD. The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety requires adopting this AD as proposed. Accordingly, the FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. Except for minor editorial changes, and any other changes described previously, this AD is adopted as proposed in the NPRM. None of the changes will increase the economic burden on any operator. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C, which specifies procedures for identifying P3HAFEX fire extinguisher P/Ns P3APP003010A and P3APP003010C, with a date of manufacture between March 2019 through July 2019, and an S/N listed in its Appendix 1, to determine if the fire extinguisher should be replaced. VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C, also specifies procedures for removing, installing, and tracking affected P3HAFEX fire extinguishers. The FAA also reviewed VSB P3VSB000001, Issue D, which specifies the same procedures as VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C, except VSB E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / Rules and Regulations P3VSB000001, Issue D, updates Component Maintenance Manual (CMM) references and material information. 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 2020–0013 is issued against various model helicopters and defines an affected part, whereas this AD is an appliance AD action against affected fire extinguishers because the unsafe condition exists in the appliance itself and not in the installation of the appliance on certain aircraft. EASA AD 2020–0013 identifies some helicopter models that are affected by this unsafe condition that are not identified as possibly affected in this AD because those model helicopters are not FAA type-certificated. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 762 helicopters of U.S. Registry. Labor rates are estimated at $85 per work-hour. Based on these numbers, the FAA estimates that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD. Replacing a fire extinguisher takes about 0.25 work-hour and parts cost about $1,200 for an estimated cost of $1,221 per fire extinguisher. According to Umlaut Engineering GmbH service information, some of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. The FAA does not control warranty coverage by Umlaut Engineering GmbH; accordingly, all costs are included in this cost estimate. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 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 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: ■ 2022–01–03 Umlaut Engineering GmbH (Previously P3 Engineering GmbH) HAFEX (Halon-Free) Hand-Held Fire Extinguishers: Amendment 39–21891; Docket No. FAA–2021–0843; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00256–Q. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective March 7, 2022. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Umlaut Engineering GmbH (previously P3 Engineering GmbH) HAFEX (Halon-free) hand-held P3HAFEX fire extinguisher (fire extinguisher) part numbers P3APP003010A and P3APP003010C with a manufacturing date of March 2019 through July 2019 inclusive and with a serial PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 4799 number listed in Appendix 1 of Umlaut Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. P3VSB000001, Issue C, dated December 13, 2019, or Umlaut Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. P3VSB000001, Issue D, dated September 9, 2020. These fire extinguishers may be installed on but not limited to the following aircraft certificated in any category: (1) Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, AS– 365N2, AS 365 N3, EC 155B, EC155B1, EC225LP, SA330J, SA–365C1, SA–365C2, SA–365N, and SA–365N1 helicopters; (2) Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (AHD) Model EC135P1, EC135P2, EC135P2+, EC135P3, EC135T1, EC135T2, EC135T2+, EC135T3, MBB–BK117 A–1, MBB–BK117 A– 3, MBB–BK117 A–4, MBB–BK117 B–1, MBB–BK117 B–2, MBB–BK117 C–1, MBB– BK117 C–2, and MBB–BK117 D–2 helicopters; (3) Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139, AB412, AB412 EP, AW139, AW169, and AW189 helicopters; and (4) PZL-Swidnik S.A Model PZL W–3A helicopters. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2622, Fire Bottle, Portable. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as a non-conforming fire extinguisher, which could prevent proper extinguishing of a fire in the cabin, and result in subsequent damage to the helicopter and injury to the occupants. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions (1) Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, remove each fire extinguisher identified in the introductory text of paragraph (c) from service. (2) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install a fire extinguisher identified in the introductory text of paragraph (c) of this AD on any aircraft. (h) 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 (i)(1) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-AVS-AIR730-AMOC@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (i) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Andrea Jimenez, Aerospace Engineer, E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1 4800 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / Rules and Regulations COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 1600 Stewart Ave., Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone (516) 228–7330; email andrea.jimenez@faa.gov. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0013, dated January 29, 2020. You may view the EASA AD at https:// www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA– 2021–0843. (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) Umlaut Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. P3VSB000001, Issue C, dated December 13, 2019. (ii) Umlaut Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. P3VSB000001, Issue D, dated September 9, 2020. (3) For Umlaut service information identified in this AD, contact Umlaut Engineering, Blohmstrasse 12, Hamburg, Germany 21079, Phone: 49 0 40 75 25 779 0, email: hafex@umlaut.com, or web: https:// www.umlaut.com/hafex. (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 21, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2022–01859 Filed 1–28–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P ACTION: Final rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Helicopters Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350D, EC130B4, and EC130T2 helicopters; AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters; and Model SA– 365C1, SA–365C2, SA–365N, SA– 365N1, AS–365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters. This AD was prompted a report of increased vibration during flight. This AD requires the application of alignment markings on, and repetitive inspections of, the main rotor (MR) pitch rod upper links and, depending on findings, the accomplishment of applicable corrective actions, 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 March 7, 2022. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of March 7, 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 material on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. It is also available in the AD docket at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021– 0947. SUMMARY: Examining the AD Docket DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0947; Project Identifier MCAI–2021–00195–R; Amendment 39–21889; AD 2022–01–01] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0947; 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 EASA AD, 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. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Andrea Jimenez, Aerospace Engineer, COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 1600 Stewart Ave., Suite 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 2021–0048, dated February 16, 2021 (EASA AD 2021–0048), to correct an unsafe condition for Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter, Eurocopter France, Ae´rospatiale) Model AS 350 B, AS 350 BA, AS 350 BB, AS 350 B1, AS 350 B2, AS 350 B3, AS 350 D, EC 130 B4, and EC 130 T2 helicopters; Model AS 355 E, AS 355 F, AS 355 F1, AS 355 F2, AS 355 N, and AS 355 NP helicopters; and Model SA 365 C1, SA 365 C2, SA 365 C3, SA 365 N, SA 365 N1, AS 365 N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters; all serial numbers. Model AS 350 BB and SA 365 C3 helicopters are not certificated by the FAA and are not included on the U.S. type certificate data sheet; this AD therefore does not include those helicopters in the applicability. The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Airbus Helicopters Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350D, EC130B4, and EC130T2 helicopters; Model AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters; and Model SA–365C1, SA–365C2, SA–365N, SA–365N1, AS–365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2021 (86 FR 59892). The NPRM was prompted by a report of increased vibration during flight. The NPRM proposed to require the application of alignment markings on, and repetitive inspections of, the MR pitch rod upper links and, depending on findings, the accomplishment of applicable corrective actions, as specified in EASA AD 2021– 0048. The FAA is issuing this AD to address loss of tightening torque of the screws connecting the MR pitch rods to the horns of the upper links. This condition, if not addressed, could result in loss of one or more MR pitch rod upper links, possibly resulting in loss of control of the helicopter. See EASA AD 2021–0048 for additional background information. E:\FR\FM\31JAR1.SGM 31JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 20 (Monday, January 31, 2022)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 4797-4800]
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[FR Doc No: 2022-01859]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0843; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-00256-Q; 
Amendment 39-21891; AD 2022-01-03]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Umlaut Engineering GmbH (Previously P3 
Engineering GmbH) HAFEX (Halon-Free) Hand-Held Fire Extinguishers

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 Umlaut Engineering GmbH (previously P3 Engineering GmbH) HAFEX 
(Halon-free) hand-held P3HAFEX fire extinguishers (fire extinguishers). 
This AD was prompted by reports of a quality control issue on certain 
fire extinguishers, where the spindle geometries of the fire 
extinguishers were found to be out of tolerance. This AD requires 
removing affected fire extinguishers from service. The FAA is issuing 
this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

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DATES: This AD is effective March 7, 2022.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 7, 
2022.

ADDRESSES: For Umlaut service information identified in this final 
rule, contact Umlaut Engineering, Blohmstrasse 12, Hamburg, Germany 
21079, Phone: 49 0 40 75 25 779 0, email: [email protected], or web: 
https://www.umlaut.com/hafex. You may view this material at the FAA, 
Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., 
Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability 
of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110. It is also available 
in the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0843.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0843; 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 
European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, 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., Suite 410, Westbury, NY 
11590; telephone (516) 228-7330; 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 Umlaut Engineering GmbH 
(previously P3 Engineering GmbH) fire extinguisher part numbers (P/Ns) 
P3APP003010A and P3APP003010C with a manufacturing date of March 2019 
through July 2019 inclusive and with a serial number (S/N) listed in 
Appendix 1 of Umlaut Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. P3VSB000001, 
Issue C, dated December 13, 2019 (VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C), that may 
be installed on various model helicopters. The NPRM published in the 
Federal Register on October 8, 2021 (86 FR 56232). In the NPRM, the FAA 
proposed to require removing affected fire extinguishers from service 
and prohibit installing affected fire extinguishers on any aircraft.
    The NPRM was prompted by EASA AD 2020-0013, dated January 29, 2020 
(EASA AD 2020-0013), issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for 
the Member States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition 
for Airbus Helicopters Model AS 332 C, C1, L, L1, and L2, AS 365 N2 and 
N3, EC 155 B and B1, EC 175 B, EC 225 LP, SA 330 J, and SA 365 C1, C2, 
C3, N, and N1 helicopters; Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Model 
EC135 P1, P2, P2+, P3, T1, T2, T2+, and T3, EC635 P2+, P3, T1, T2+, and 
T3, and MBB-BK117 A-1, A-3, A-4, B-1, B-2, C-1, C-2, and D-2 
helicopters; Leonardo S.p.A. Model AB139, AB 204B, AB 205 A-1, AB 212, 
AB 412, AB 412EP, AS-61N, AS-61N1, AW139, AW169, and AW189 helicopters; 
and WSK PZL-SWIDNIK S.A. Model PZL W-3A and PZL W-3AS helicopters. EASA 
advises of occurrences that have been reported of a quality issue on 
certain fire extinguishers, manufactured by Umlaut Engineering GmbH 
(formerly P3 Engineering GmbH), where the spindle geometries of the 
extinguishers were found to be out of tolerance. The manufacturing 
defect was identified in certain serial-numbered fire extinguisher P/Ns 
P3APP003010A and P3APP003010C with a manufacturing date of March 2019 
through July 2019 inclusive, where prolonged exposure (12 hours or 
more) to high temperature conditions of more than 68 [deg]C (154.4 
[deg]F) could cause a non-detectable seizure of the spindle that could 
cause the fire extinguisher to be inoperative. This condition, if not 
addressed, could prevent proper extinguishing of a fire in the cabin, 
possibly resulting in damage to the helicopter and injury to the 
occupants.
    Accordingly, EASA AD 2020-0013 requires replacing affected fire 
extinguishers and prohibits installing an affected fire extinguisher on 
any helicopter.

Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive

Comments

    The FAA received comments from one commenter; Net Jets. Net Jets 
commented that there is a more recent revision of the service 
information. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM 
and the FAA's response to each comment.

Comment Regarding Updated Service Information

    Net Jets stated that VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C, which is cited in 
the applicability paragraph of the NPRM, has been revised to Umlaut 
Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. P3VSB000001, Issue D, dated September 
9, 2020 (VSB P3VSB000001, Issue D), and that it adds S/Ns.
    Although Net Jets did not request any changes to the NPRM, the FAA 
infers that Net Jets would like the FAA to update the required service 
information (VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C), which is required to use to 
identify an affected fire extinguisher as proposed in the applicability 
paragraph of the NPRM, to VSB P3VSB000001, Issue D. The FAA reviewed 
VSB P3VSB000001, Issue D, and while it updates certain information, 
there are no changes to the S/Ns identified in its Appendix 1. In light 
of this, the FAA has determined to allow the use of VSB P3VSB000001, 
Issue C, or VSB P3VSB000001, Issue D, in the applicability paragraph of 
this final rule.

Conclusion

    These products have been approved by EASA and are approved for 
operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA's bilateral 
agreement with the European Union, EASA has notified the FAA about the 
unsafe condition described in its AD. The FAA reviewed the relevant 
data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety 
requires adopting this AD as proposed. Accordingly, the FAA is issuing 
this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. Except for 
minor editorial changes, and any other changes described previously, 
this AD is adopted as proposed in the NPRM. None of the changes will 
increase the economic burden on any operator.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C, which specifies 
procedures for identifying P3HAFEX fire extinguisher P/Ns P3APP003010A 
and P3APP003010C, with a date of manufacture between March 2019 through 
July 2019, and an S/N listed in its Appendix 1, to determine if the 
fire extinguisher should be replaced. VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C, also 
specifies procedures for removing, installing, and tracking affected 
P3HAFEX fire extinguishers.
    The FAA also reviewed VSB P3VSB000001, Issue D, which specifies the 
same procedures as VSB P3VSB000001, Issue C, except VSB

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P3VSB000001, Issue D, updates Component Maintenance Manual (CMM) 
references and material information.
    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 2020-0013 is issued against various model helicopters and 
defines an affected part, whereas this AD is an appliance AD action 
against affected fire extinguishers because the unsafe condition exists 
in the appliance itself and not in the installation of the appliance on 
certain aircraft. EASA AD 2020-0013 identifies some helicopter models 
that are affected by this unsafe condition that are not identified as 
possibly affected in this AD because those model helicopters are not 
FAA type-certificated.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 762 helicopters of U.S. 
Registry. Labor rates are estimated at $85 per work-hour. Based on 
these numbers, the FAA estimates that operators may incur the following 
costs in order to comply with this AD.
    Replacing a fire extinguisher takes about 0.25 work-hour and parts 
cost about $1,200 for an estimated cost of $1,221 per fire 
extinguisher.
    According to Umlaut Engineering GmbH service information, some of 
the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing 
the cost impact on affected individuals. The FAA does not control 
warranty coverage by Umlaut Engineering GmbH; accordingly, all costs 
are included in this cost estimate.

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:

2022-01-03 Umlaut Engineering GmbH (Previously P3 Engineering GmbH) 
HAFEX (Halon-Free) Hand-Held Fire Extinguishers: Amendment 39-21891; 
Docket No. FAA-2021-0843; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-00256-Q.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective March 7, 2022.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Umlaut Engineering GmbH (previously P3 
Engineering GmbH) HAFEX (Halon-free) hand-held P3HAFEX fire 
extinguisher (fire extinguisher) part numbers P3APP003010A and 
P3APP003010C with a manufacturing date of March 2019 through July 
2019 inclusive and with a serial number listed in Appendix 1 of 
Umlaut Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. P3VSB000001, Issue C, dated 
December 13, 2019, or Umlaut Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. 
P3VSB000001, Issue D, dated September 9, 2020. These fire 
extinguishers may be installed on but not limited to the following 
aircraft certificated in any category:
    (1) Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, AS332L1, 
AS332L2, AS-365N2, AS 365 N3, EC 155B, EC155B1, EC225LP, SA330J, SA-
365C1, SA-365C2, SA-365N, and SA-365N1 helicopters;
    (2) Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (AHD) Model EC135P1, 
EC135P2, EC135P2+, EC135P3, EC135T1, EC135T2, EC135T2+, EC135T3, 
MBB-BK117 A-1, MBB-BK117 A-3, MBB-BK117 A-4, MBB-BK117 B-1, MBB-
BK117 B-2, MBB-BK117 C-1, MBB-BK117 C-2, and MBB-BK117 D-2 
helicopters;
    (3) Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139, AB412, AB412 EP, AW139, AW169, 
and AW189 helicopters; and
    (4) PZL-Swidnik S.A Model PZL W-3A helicopters.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2622, Fire Bottle, 
Portable.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as a non-conforming fire 
extinguisher, which could prevent proper extinguishing of a fire in 
the cabin, and result in subsequent damage to the helicopter and 
injury to the occupants.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Required Actions

    (1) Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, remove 
each fire extinguisher identified in the introductory text of 
paragraph (c) from service.
    (2) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install a fire 
extinguisher identified in the introductory text of paragraph (c) of 
this AD on any aircraft.

(h) 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 (i)(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.

(i) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Andrea Jimenez, 
Aerospace Engineer,

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COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, 
Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 1600 Stewart Ave., Suite 
410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone (516) 228-7330; email 
[email protected].
    (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union 
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020-0013, dated January 29, 2020. 
You may view the EASA AD at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket 
No. FAA-2021-0843.

(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) Umlaut Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. P3VSB000001, Issue 
C, dated December 13, 2019.
    (ii) Umlaut Vendor Service Bulletin Doc. No. P3VSB000001, Issue 
D, dated September 9, 2020.
    (3) For Umlaut service information identified in this AD, 
contact Umlaut Engineering, Blohmstrasse 12, Hamburg, Germany 21079, 
Phone: 49 0 40 75 25 779 0, email: [email protected], or web: https://www.umlaut.com/hafex.
    (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 
[email protected], or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued on December 21, 2021.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2022-01859 Filed 1-28-22; 8:45 am]
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