DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2013-0555; Product Identifier 2010-SW-047-AD; Amendment
39-19537; 2014-05-06 R2]
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH
(Type Certificate Previously Held by Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH)
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of
ACTION: Final rule; request for comments; removal.
SUMMARY: We are removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-05-06
which applied to Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (type certificate
previously held by Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH) Model EC135 and MBB-BK
117 C-2 helicopters. AD 2014-05-06 R1 required installing bushings and
washers on the flight controls. This action is prompted by an error in
the issuance of 2014-05-06 R1. Accordingly, AD 2014-05-06 R1 is
DATES: This AD becomes effective February 19, 2019.
We must receive comments on this AD by April 22, 2019.
ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the
online instructions for sending your comments electronically.
Mail: Send comments to the U.S. Department of
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor,
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
Hand Delivery: Deliver to the ``Mail'' address between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Examining the AD Docket
You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov
by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2013-
0555; 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, the economic evaluation, any comments received, and other
information. The street address for Docket Operations (telephone 800-
647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in
the AD docket shortly after receipt.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matt Fuller, Senior Aviation Safety
Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA,
10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5110;
This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight
safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to
provide your comments prior to it becoming effective. However, we
invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written
comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to the
economic, environmental, energy, or federalism impacts that resulted
from adopting this AD. The most helpful comments reference a specific
portion of the AD, explain the reason for any recommended change, and
include supporting data. To ensure the docket does not contain
duplicate comments, commenters should send only one copy of written
comments, or if comments are filed electronically, commenters should
submit them only one time. We will file in the docket all comments that
we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public
contact with FAA personnel concerning this rulemaking during the
comment period. We will consider all the comments we receive and may
conduct additional rulemaking based on those comments.
We issued AD 2014-05-06 R1, Amendment 39-19529 (83 FR 64734,
December 18, 2018) (AD 2014-05-06 R1), for certain Model EC135 P1, P2,
P2+, T1, T2, and T2+ helicopters and Model MBB-BK 117C-2 helicopters.
AD 2014-05-06 R1 required installing bushings and washers on the flight
controls to prevent shifting of the flight control bearings in the
axial direction. AD 2014-05-06 R1 removed AD 2014-05-06, Amendment 39-
17779 (79 FR 13196, March 10, 2014) (AD 2014-05-06), which had the same
requirements but had the additional requirement of repetitively
inspecting the flight control bearings. The actions of AD 2014-05-06
and AD 2014-05-06 R1 were intended to detect and correct incorrectly
installed flight control bearings.
Actions Since AD 2014-05-06 R1 Was Issued
After we published AD 2014-05-06 R1, we realized that the
amendatory language is in error. Although, as published, AD 2014-05-06
R1 stated it replaced AD 2014-05-06, we previously removed AD 2014-05-
06 when we issued AD 2017-03-01, Amendment 39-18792 (82 FR 11502,
February 24, 2017) (AD 2017-03-01). AD 2017-03-01 contains the same
requirements as AD 2014-05-06, including the repetitive inspections,
but corrected an error in the compliance time. Instead of issuing AD
2014-05-06 R1, we should have issued a new AD to change the repetitive
inspections by replacing AD 2017-03-01.
AD 2017-03-01 is still an effective AD that requires repetitively
inspecting the flight control bearings and installing bushings and
washers. Accordingly, we are removing AD 2014-05-06 R1.
FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date
AD 2014-05-06 R1 removed an AD that is no longer effective and
required actions that are already required by an AD that is effective.
As a result, AD 2014-05-06 R1 was causing confusion for operators and
would have required unnecessary maintenance actions. We believe it is
therefore unlikely that we will receive any adverse comments or useful
information about this AD from U.S. operators. Therefore, we find good
cause that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are
unnecessary. In addition, for the reason stated above, we find that
good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30
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
We are 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
We determined that 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, I certify that this AD:
1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order
2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under DOT Regulatory Policies and
Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979),
3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
4. 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
Adoption of 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.
Sec. 39.13 [Amended]
2. The FAA amends Sec. 39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD)
2014-05-06 R1, Amendment 39-19529 (83 FR 64734, December 18, 2018), and
adding a new AD: