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PROPOSED AD BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON CANADA HELICOPTERS: Docket No. FAA-2011-0449; Project Identifier AD-2020-01464-R
THE WITHDRAWAL

Accordingly, the notice of proposed rulemaking,  Docket No. FAA-2011-0449,
which was published in the Federal Register on May 13, 2011 (76 FR 27958),
is withdrawn.

Issued  on  February 26, 2021.  Gaetano A. Sciortino,  Deputy Director for
Strategic Initiatives,  Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Cer-
tification Service.
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0449; Project Identifier AD-2020-01464-R]
RIN 2120-AA64

Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM)
that proposed to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) that would
have applied to certain Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Model 206A,
206B, and 206B3 helicopters. The NPRM was prompted by the need for
corresponding operating limitations prohibiting flight, including
hover, with the litter doorpost removed when certain litter kits are
installed. The NPRM would have required revising the Operating
Limitations, Section 1, of the existing Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM)
for your helicopter to add an operating limitation when a litter kit is
installed to prohibit flight with the doorpost removed to prevent loss
of structural integrity of the fuselage. Since issuance of the NPRM,
the FAA has determined that an unsafe condition no longer exists.
Accordingly, the NPRM is withdrawn.

DATES: The FAA is withdrawing the proposed rule published May 13, 2011
(76 FR 27958), as of March 9, 2021.

ADDRESSES:

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-2011-0449;
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: Kristi Bradley, Aviation Safety
Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International
Validation Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177;
telephone (817) 222-5110; email kristin.bradley@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

The FAA has issued an NPRM that proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 by
adding an AD that would apply to the specified products. The NPRM was
published in the Federal Register on May 13, 2011 (76 FR 27958). The
NPRM was prompted by the need for corresponding operating limitations
prohibiting flight, including hover, with the litter doorpost removed
when certain litter kits are installed.

The NPRM proposed to require revising the existing RFM for your
helicopter by inserting into the Operating Limitations, Section 1, of
the existing RFM for your helicopter the following statement: "Flight,
including hover, with litter doorpost removed is prohibited." This
revision would have been made by pen and ink changes, inserting a copy
of this AD into the existing RFM for your helicopter, or inserting a
copy of the RFM Supplement (RFMS) dealing with Litter Kits into the
existing RFM for your helicopter as follows: For Model 206A
helicopters--inserting RFMS BHT-206A-FMS-8, dated December 30, 2009,
into RFM BHT-206A-FM-1, dated July 2, 2009; for Model 206B
helicopters--inserting RFMS BHT-206B-FMS-8, dated December 30, 2009,
into RFM BHT-206B-FM-1, dated July 2, 2009; and for Model 206B3
helicopters--inserting RFMS BHT-206B3-FMS-2, dated December 30, 2009,
into RFM BHT-206B3-FM-1, dated March 24, 2010. The proposed actions
were intended to add an operating limitation when a litter kit is
installed to prohibit flight with the doorpost removed to prevent loss
of structural integrity of the fuselage.

Actions Since the NPRM Was Issued

Since issuance of the NPRM, reevaluation of current fleet safety
data indicates that there is not an unsafe condition and AD action is
no longer necessary. There are no recent records of safety issues
related to the unsafe condition previously described. Therefore, the
FAA has determined that AD action is not required. Withdrawal of the
NPRM constitutes only such action and does not preclude the agency from
issuing future rulemaking on this issue, nor does it commit the agency
to any course of action in the future.

The FAA's Aircraft Certification Service has also changed its
organizational structure. The new structure replaces product
directorates with functional divisions. We have revised some of the
office titles and nomenclature throughout this proposed AD to reflect
the new organizational changes. Additional information about the new
structure can be found in the Notice published on July 25, 2017 (82 FR
34564).

Lastly, the identification of "Directorate Identifier 2010-SW-021-
AD" has been changed to "Project Identifier AD 2020-01464-R."

Comments

The FAA gave the public the opportunity to comment on the NPRM. The
FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the
cost to the public.

FAA's Conclusions

Upon further consideration, the FAA has determined that the NPRM is
unnecessary. Accordingly, the NPRM is withdrawn.

Regulatory Findings

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
reference, Safety.