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Federal Register / Vol. 72, No.

48 / Tuesday, March 13, 2007 / Proposed Rules 11297

The Proposed Amendment Closure Rivet Installation paragraphs, of the ADDRESSES: Use one of the following
ASB appropriate for your model helicopter. addresses to submit comments on this
Accordingly, pursuant to the (d) To request a different method of
authority delegated to me by the proposed AD:
compliance or a different compliance time
Administrator, the Federal Aviation for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR • DOT Docket Web site: Go to
Administration proposes to amend part 39.19. Contact the Manager, Rotorcraft http://dms.dot.gov and follow the
39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations Certification Office, Rotorcraft Directorate, instructions for sending your comments
(14 CFR part 39) as follows: FAA, ATTN: Michael Kohner, Aviation electronically;
Safety Engineer, Fort Worth, Texas 76193– • Government-wide rulemaking Web
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS 0170, telephone (817) 222–5447, fax (817) site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov
DIRECTIVES 222–5783, for information about previously
approved alternative methods of compliance.
and follow the instructions for sending
1. The authority citation for part 39 your comments electronically;
Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on February
continues to read as follows: 28, 2007.
• Mail: Docket Management Facility;
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. U.S. Department of Transportation, 400
S. Frances Cox,
Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building,
§ 39.13 [Amended] Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590;
Aircraft Certification Service.
2. Section 39.13 is amended by
[FR Doc. E7–4525 Filed 3–12–07; 8:45 am]
• Fax: 202–493–2251; or
removing Amendment 39–12737 (67 FR • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on
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22349, May 3, 2002), and by adding a the plaza level of the Nassif Building,
new airworthiness directive (AD), to 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington,
read as follows: DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.: Docket No. through Friday, except Federal holidays.
FAA–2007–27496; Directorate Identifier Federal Aviation Administration You may examine the comments to
2005–SW–37–AD. Supersedes AD 2002–
this proposed AD in the AD docket on
09–04, Amendment 39–12737, Docket 14 CFR Part 39
No. 2001–SW–37–AD. the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov.
[Docket No. FAA–2007–27495; Directorate FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Applicability
Identifier 2005–SW–14–AD] Vince Massey, Aerospace Engineer,
Model 205A, 205A–1, 205B, 212, 412,
412CF, and 412EP helicopters with a tail RIN 2120–AA64 FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification
rotor blade (blade), part number 212–010– Office, Systems and Equipment Branch,
750–009 through –129, all serial numbers Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton,
except serial numbers with a prefix of ‘‘A’’ France Model AS350B, BA, B1, B2, B3, Washington 98055–4056, telephone
or ‘‘AFS’’ and the number 11926, 13351, C, D, and D1; EC–130B4; and AS355E, (425) 917–6475, fax (425) 917–6590.
13367, 13393, 13400, 13402, 13515, 13540, F, F1, F2, and N Helicopters
13568, 13595 through 13602, 13619, and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
subsequent assigned numbers, installed, AGENCY: Federal Aviation Comments Invited
certificated in any category. Administration, DOT.
Compliance ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking We invite you to submit any written
(NPRM). data, views, or arguments regarding this
Within 100 hours time-in-service, unless proposed AD. Send your comments to
accomplished previously. SUMMARY: This document proposes
To prevent loss of the forward tip weight
the address listed under the caption
adopting a new airworthiness directive ADDRESSES. Include the docket number
retention block (tip block) or aft tip closure
(tip closure), loss of the blade, and (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France ‘‘FAA–2007–27495, Directorate
subsequent loss of control of the helicopter, (ECF) model helicopters. This proposal Identifier 2005–SW–14AD’’ at the
accomplish the following: would require, within the next 30 days, beginning of your comments. We
(a) Inspect the tip block and tip closure for modifying the collective hold-down specifically invite comments on the
voids. Remove from service any blade with strap (strap) and thereafter inspecting it overall regulatory, economic,
a void in excess of that allowed by the at specified intervals to ensure the environmental, and energy aspects of
Component Repair and Overhaul Manual rubber grommet is resting against the
limitations.
the proposed AD. We will consider all
console or replacing the strap with an comments received by the closing date
(b) Inspect the tip block attachment
countersink screws in four locations to ECF designed strap that has a torsional and may amend the proposed AD in
determine if the head of each countersunk spring at the lower end of the strap. This light of those comments.
screw is flush with the surface of the proposal is prompted by reports of two We will post all comments we
abrasion strip. The locations of these four accidents occurring while the pilots receive, without change, to http://
screws are depicted on Figure 1 of Bell were performing an autorotation. The dms.dot.gov, including any personal
Helicopter Textron, Inc. Alert Service pilots were unable to arrest the descent
Bulletins 205–00–80, 205B–00–34, 212–00–
information you provide. We will also
of the helicopter using collective blade post a report summarizing each
111, 412–00–106, and 412CF–00–13, all pitch due to the collective stick locking
Revision D, all dated March 18, 2005 (ASB). substantive verbal contact with FAA
If any of these screws are set below the
in the down position when the personnel concerning this proposed
surface of the abrasion strip or are covered collective was lowered during the rulemaking. Using the search function
with filler material, install shear pins by maneuver. The actions specified by this of our docket Web site, you can find and
following the Accomplishment Instructions, proposed AD are intended to prevent read the comments to any of our
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Part A, Shear Pin Installation paragraphs, of inadvertent locking of a collective stick dockets, including the name of the
the ASB appropriate for your model in flight and the flight crew not being individual who sent or signed the
helicopter. aware of the locked condition leading to
(c) Install the aft tip closure rivets, re-
comment. You may review the DOT’s
a subsequent loss of control of the complete Privacy Act Statement in the
identify the modified blade by adding an helicopter.
‘‘FM,’’ and dynamically balance the tail rotor Federal Register published on April 11,
hub assembly by following the DATES: Comments must be received on 2000 (65 FR 19477–78), or you may visit
Accomplishment Instructions, Part B, Aft Tip or before May 14, 2007. http://dms.dot.gov.

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Examining the Docket inspect the strap to ensure the rubber part A, subpart III, section 44701,
You may examine the docket that grommet is resting against the console. ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that
contains the proposed AD, any • An alternative approach for section, Congress charges the FAA with
comments, and other information in complying with this AD is to replace the promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in
person at the Docket Management affected strap with an ECF designed air commerce by prescribing regulations
System (DMS) Docket Office between 9 strap that has a torsional spring at the for practices, methods, and procedures
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through lower end of the strap. the Administrator finds necessary for
Friday, except Federal holidays. The Replacing the strap with an ECF safety in air commerce. This regulation
Docket Office (telephone 1–800–647– designed strap that has a torsional is within the scope of that authority
5227) is located at the plaza level of the spring at the lower end of the strap because it addresses an unsafe condition
Department of Transportation NASSIF would constitute terminating action for that is likely to exist or develop on
Building in Room PL–401 at 400 the requirements of this AD. products identified in this rulemaking
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC. We estimate that this proposed AD action.
Comments will be available in the AD would affect 475 helicopters of U.S.
registry. The proposed actions would List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39
docket shortly after the DMS receives
them. take about 10 minutes to inspect a strap, Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation
20 minutes to modify it, and 30 minutes safety, Safety.
Discussion to replace a strap at an average labor rate
This document proposes adopting a of $80 per work hour. Required parts The Proposed Amendment
new AD for the specified ECF model would cost about $194.70 per helicopter
for the ECF strap designed with the Accordingly, pursuant to the
helicopters. This proposal would
torsional spring at the end of the strap. authority delegated to me by the
require, within the next 30 days,
Based on these figures, we estimate the Administrator, the Federal Aviation
modifying the strap and thereafter
total cost impact of the AD on U.S. Administration proposes to amend part
inspecting it at specified intervals to
ensure the rubber grommet is resting operators would be $111,483 if the ECF 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations
against the console or replacing the strap designed with the torsional spring (14 CFR part 39) as follows:
strap with an ECF strap designed with at the end is installed in the entire fleet. PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS
the torsional spring at the lower end of DIRECTIVES
Regulatory Findings
the strap. This proposal is prompted by
reports of two accidents occurring while We have determined that this
1. The authority citation for part 39
the pilots were performing an proposed AD would not have federalism
continues to read as follows:
autorotation. The pilots were unable to implications under Executive Order
arrest the descent of the helicopter using 13132. Additionally, this proposed AD Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
collective blade pitch due to the would not have a substantial direct § 39.13 [Amended]
collective control locking in the down effect on the States, on the relationship
position when the collective was between the national Government and 2. Section 39.13 is amended by
lowered during the maneuver. The the States, or on the distribution of adding a new airworthiness directive to
positive locking feature and the power and responsibilities among the read as follows:
structural integrity of the hold-down various levels of government. Eurocopter France: Docket No. FAA–2007–
strap prevent the pilot from overriding For the reasons discussed above, I 27495; Directorate Identifier 2005–SW–
the collective stick control lock by certify that the proposed regulation: 14–AD.
simply pulling up on the collective 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; Applicability
control stick. Before the collective stick
can be raised, it must be held in a 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the Model AS350B, BA, B1, B2, B3, C, D, and
position where the button on the end of DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures D1; EC–130B4; and AS355E, F, F1, F2, and
the collective stick is centered in the (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and N helicopters, with a collective hold-down
3. Will not have a significant strap (strap), part number (P/N)
hole in the hold-down strap and then
350A273107126, installed, certificated in any
pushed forward to disengage the hold- economic impact, positive or negative,
category.
down strap from the button on the end on a substantial number of small entities
of the collective stick. The actions under the criteria of the Regulatory Compliance
specified by this proposed AD are Flexibility Act. Required as indicated.
intended to prevent inadvertent locking We prepared a draft economic To prevent inadvertent locking of a
of a collective stick in flight and the evaluation of the estimated costs to collective stick in the lowered position
flight crew not being aware of the comply with this proposed AD. See the during flight and the flight crew not being
locked condition leading to a DMS to examine the draft economic aware of the locked condition leading to a
subsequent loss of control of the evaluation. subsequent loss of control of the helicopter,
helicopter. do the following:
Authority for This Rulemaking (a) Within the next 30 days, unless
This unsafe condition is likely to exist
Title 49 of the United States Code accomplished previously, modify the strap
or develop on other helicopters of these
by forming the strap as depicted in Figure 1
same type designs. Therefore, the specifies the FAA’s authority to issue
of this AD. Install the modified strap so that
proposed AD would require you to do rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, the rubber grommet rests against the console.
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the following within the next 30 days: section 106, describes the authority of Thereafter, at intervals not to exceed 100
• Modify the strap by forming the the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, hours time-in-service, inspect the strap to
strap as depicted in Figure 1 of this AD. Aviation Programs, describes in more ensure that the rubber grommet is resting
Install the modified strap so that the detail the scope of the Agency’s against the console.
rubber grommet rests against the authority. Note: Vertical adjustment of the strap is
console. Thereafter, at intervals not to We are issuing this rulemaking under described in the applicable Eurocopter
exceed 100 hours time-in-service, the authority described in subtitle VII, France maintenance manual.

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(b) An alternative approach for complying an unsafe condition on an aviation Procedure Act, and Federal Register
with paragraph (a) of this AD this AD is to product. The MCAI describes the unsafe requirements. We also continue to meet
replace the affected strap with an ECF condition as: our technical decision-making
designed strap kit, P/N 350A27–0350–
The Airworthiness Limitations Section of responsibilities to identify and correct
0071,that has a torsional spring at the lower
end of the strap. The following Parts List the Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM) unsafe conditions on U.S.-certificated
constitutes the required parts of the ECF applicable to the British Aerospace Jetstream products.
strap kit designed with the torsional spring 3200 has been revised. Some lives have been This proposed AD references the
at the lower end of the strap: amended and new lives introduced. MCAI and related service information
Compliance with these requirements is that we considered in forming the
Item Part No. Quantity necessary to maintain airworthiness. engineering basis to correct the unsafe
The proposed AD would require actions condition. The proposed AD contains
(1) Leaf Assy 350A27–1426–03 1 text copied from the MCAI and for this
that are intended to address the unsafe
(2) Spring ..... 350A27–1423–21 1
(3) Leaf Sup- 350A27–1421–20 1 condition described in the MCAI. reason might not follow our plain
port. DATES: We must receive comments on language principles.
(4) Cotter Pin 23310CA015012 ... 1 this proposed AD by April 12, 2007. Comments Invited
(5) Shear Pin 22719BC050068L 1 ADDRESSES: You may send comments by
(6) Screw ...... 22208CM050010 .. 2 We invite you to send any written
any of the following methods:
(7) Washer ... 23111AG050LE .... 3 relevant data, views, or arguments about
• DOT Docket Web Site: Go to
(8) Support ... 350A27–1377–01 1 this proposed AD. Send your comments
http://dms.dot.gov and follow the
to an address listed under the
(c) Replacing the strap with an ECF instructions for sending your comments
ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No.
designed strap kit as described in paragraph electronically.
• Fax: (202) 493–2251. FAA–2006–26284; Directorate Identifier
(b) of this AD constitutes terminating action
for the requirements of this AD. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, 2006–CE–68–AD’’ at the beginning of
(d) To request a different method of U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 your comments. We specifically invite
compliance or a different compliance time Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, comments on the overall regulatory,
for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590– economic, environmental, and energy
39.19. Contact the Seattle Aircraft 0001. aspects of this proposed AD. We will
Certification Office, FAA, ATTN: Vince consider all comments received by the
• Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on
Massey, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Systems closing date and may amend this
and Equipment Branch, 1601 Lind Avenue the plaza level of the Nassif Building,
400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, proposed AD because of those
SW., Renton, Washington 98057, telephone comments.
(425) 917–6475, fax (425) 917–6590, for DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
information about previously approved through Friday, except Federal holidays. We will post all comments we
alternative methods of compliance. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// receive, without change, to http://
www.regulations.gov. Follow the dms.dot.gov, including any personal
Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on February information you provide. We will also
26, 2007. instructions for submitting comments.
post a report summarizing each
David A. Downey, Examining the AD Docket substantive verbal contact we receive
Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft about this proposed AD.
Certification Service.
You may examine the AD docket on
the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or in Discussion
[FR Doc. 07–1167 Filed 3–12–07; 8:45 am]
person at the Docket Management
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Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA),
Monday through Friday, except Federal which is the airworthiness authority for
holidays. The AD docket contains this the United Kingdom, has issued AD No.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION G–2004–0024, Issue Date: September 22,
proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation,
any comments received, and other 2004, European Aviation Safety Agency
Federal Aviation Administration (EASA) approved on September 16,
information. The street address for the
Docket Office (telephone (800) 647– 2004, under approval number 2004–
14 CFR Part 39 9648 (referred to after this as ‘‘the
5227) is in the ADDRESSES section.
[Docket No. FAA–2006–26284; Directorate Comments will be available in the AD MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition
Identifier 2006–CE–68–AD] docket shortly after receipt. for the specified products. The MCAI
RIN 2120–AA64 states:
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Taylor Martin, Aerospace Safety The Airworthiness Limitations Section of
Airworthiness Directives; British Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane the Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM)
Aerospace Regional Aircraft Jetstream Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, applicable to the British Aerospace Jetstream
Model 3201 Airplanes 3200 has been revised. Some lives have been
Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: amended and new lives introduced.
AGENCY: Federal Aviation (816) 329–4138; fax: (816) 329–4090. Compliance with these requirements is
Administration (FAA), Department of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: necessary to maintain airworthiness.
Transportation (DOT). The MCAI requires:
Streamlined Issuance of AD From the effective date of this
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
The FAA is implementing a new Airworthiness Directive (AD), comply with
(NPRM).
process for streamlining the issuance of the requirements of BAE Jetstream Series
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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new ADs related to MCAI. This streamlined 3200 Aircraft Maintenance Manual, Chapter
airworthiness directive (AD) for the 05–10–05, Airworthiness Limitations
process will allow us to adopt MCAI
Description and Operation Section,*
products listed above. This proposed safety requirements in a more efficient Revision 14 or later EASA approved revision.
AD results from mandatory continuing manner and will reduce safety risks to * Only the structural fatigue tasks are
airworthiness information (MCAI) the public. This process continues to mandated by this AD, the following tasks are
issued by an aviation authority of follow all FAA AD issuance processes to not addressed by this AD: All the tasks
another country to identify and correct meet legal, economic, Administrative recorded in Tables 2, 4, 5 and 8. Together

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