DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2007-0373; Directorate Identifier 2006-SW-14-AD]
Airworthiness Directives; Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated Model
S-64E and S-64F Helicopters
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal.
SUMMARY: The FAA is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking
that proposed to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) that would
have applied to Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (now Erickson
Incorporated) (Erickson) Model S-64E and S-64F helicopters. The NPRM
was prompted by several reports of cracking in the strap and pocket
areas of the tail rotor blade. The NPRM would have required inspecting
certain tail rotor blade assemblies (blade assembly) for a crack and
replacing any cracked blade assembly. Since issuance of the NPRM, the
FAA has determined that the unsafe condition no longer exists.
Accordingly, the NPRM is withdrawn.
DATES: The FAA is withdrawing the proposed rule published December
2007 (72 FR 74210), as of March 15, 2021.
Examining the AD Docket
You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.
gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2007-0373;
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 AD action, any comments received, and other information. The
street 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: Jonas Perez, Aerospace Engineer,
Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy.,
Fort Worth, TX 76177; phone: (817) 222-5145; email:
The FAA has issued an NPRM that proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 by
adding an AD that would apply to Erickson Model S-64E and S-64F
helicopters with a blade assembly part number 65161-00001-042 or -043
installed. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on December
31, 2007 (72 FR 74210). The NPRM was prompted by several reports of
cracking in the strap and pocket areas of the tail rotor blade.
The NPRM proposed to require determining whether the blade assembly
has an affected serial number or part marking. If a blade assembly had
a certain serial number or part marking, the NPRM then proposed to
require an initial and repetitive inspection of the blade assembly for
a crack in the strap and pocket areas. If a crack was found, the NPRM
also proposed to require, before further flight, replacing the blade
assembly with an airworthy blade assembly that does not have an
affected serial number or part marking. The proposed actions were
intended to prevent failure of the tail rotor blade and subsequent loss
control of the helicopter.
Actions Since the NPRM Was Issued
Since issuance of the NPRM, the design approval holder has reviewed
its records and determined that the affected blade assemblies have been
removed from service. Therefore, the FAA has determined that AD action
is not required and the NPRM is withdrawn.
Withdrawal of the NPRM constitutes only such action and does not
preclude the FAA from further rulemaking on this issue, nor does it
commit the FAA to any course of action in the future.
The FAA gave the public the opportunity to comment on the NPRM. The
FAA received comments from one commenter.
Erickson requested deletions, corrections, and additions to the
NPRM. The FAA acknowledges the commenter's requests. However, because
the FAA is withdrawing the NPRM, the commenter's request is no longer
Upon further consideration of the available information, the FAA
has determined that the NPRM is unnecessary. Accordingly, the NPRM is
Since this action only withdraws an NPRM, it is neither a proposed
nor a final rule. This action therefore is not covered under Executive
Order 12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, or DOT Regulatory Policies
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979).
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by