Federal Aviation Administration June 7, 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group (ATSTWG)
Document Number: 2013-13513
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the reopening of the comment period on the availability of draft Airman Certification Standards (ACS) documents developed by the Airman Testing Standards and Training WG for the private pilot certificate and the instrument rating. These documents are available for public review, download, and comment.
Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines
Document Number: 2013-13509
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 2D turboshaft engines. The existing AD currently requires replacing the hydromechanical metering unit (HMU) at a reduced life. Since we issued that AD, further cases of deterioration of HMU rotating components have been reported before the HMU reached the replacement interval in that AD. The proposed AD would maintain the existing AD requirements and would also require inspections of the HMU. We are proposing this AD to prevent an uncommanded in-flight shutdown of the engine, and possible loss of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-13487
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS332L2 and EC225LP helicopters. This proposed AD would require inspecting the torque value of the bolts that secure the front and rear main gearbox (MGB) suspension bar attaching fittings, and re-torqueing the bolts to the proper value if the torque value is out of tolerance. This proposed AD would also require, if the torque value is out of tolerance by more than 20 percent, inspecting the bolts, frames, and related equipment for a crack and repairing or replacing them if cracked. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of cracks on Frame 5295 of Model AS332L2 helicopters. These actions are intended to detect the torque loss of the bolts that secure the MGB bar attaching fittings and to prevent cracks that could lead to failure of the MGB supporting structure, detachment of the MGB, and loss of helicopter control.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-13483
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Model 206L-3 and 206L-4 helicopters. This proposed AD would require installing a placard beneath the engine power dual tachometer and revising the limitations section of the rotorcraft flight manual (RFM). This proposed AD is prompted by several incidents of third stage engine turbine wheel failures, which were caused by excessive vibrations at certain engine speeds during steady-state operations. The proposed actions are intended to alert pilots to avoid certain engine speeds during steady-state operations, prevent failure of the third stage engine turbine, engine power loss, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-13481
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Model 206B and 206L helicopters. This proposed AD would require installing a placard beneath the engine power dual tachometer and revising the operating limitations section of the rotorcraft flight manual (RFM). This proposed AD is prompted by several incidents of third stage engine turbine wheel failures, which were caused by excessive vibrations at certain engine speeds during steady-state operations. The proposed actions are intended to alert pilots to avoid certain engine speeds during steady-state operations, prevent failure of the third stage engine turbine, engine power loss, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-13480
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Model 230 helicopters. This proposed AD would require installing a placard on the instrument panel and revising the limitations section of the rotorcraft flight manual (RFM). This proposed AD is prompted by several incidents of third stage engine turbine wheel failures, which were caused by excessive vibrations at certain engine speeds during steady-state operations. The proposed actions are intended to alert pilots to avoid certain engine speeds during steady-state operations, prevent failure of the third stage engine turbine, engine power loss, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-13478
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Model 430 helicopters. This proposed AD would require installing a placard on the instrument panel and revising the limitations section of the rotorcraft flight manual (RFM). This proposed AD is prompted by several incidents of third stage engine turbine wheel failures, which were caused by excessive vibrations at certain engine speeds during steady-state operations. The proposed actions are intended to alert pilots to avoid certain engine speeds during steady-state operations, prevent failure of the third stage engine turbine, engine power loss, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-13477
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Model 407 helicopters. This proposed AD would require installing a placard beneath the NR/NP dual tachometer and revising the limitations section of the rotorcraft flight manual (RFM). This proposed AD is prompted by several incidents of third stage engine turbine wheel failures, which were caused by excessive vibrations at certain engine speeds during steady-state operations. The proposed actions are intended to alert pilots to avoid certain engine speeds during steady-state operations, prevent failure of the third stage engine turbine, engine power loss, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.