DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2020-0463; Product Identifier 2013-SW-041-AD; Amendment
39-21246; AD 2015-17-01R1]
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
ACTION: Final rule; removal of airworthiness directive (AD).
SUMMARY: The FAA is removing AD 2015-17-01, which applied to certain
Airbus Helicopters Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3,
AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and
AS355NP helicopters. AD 2015-17-01 required inspections of each tail
rotor pitch horn assembly (pitch horn) for a crack, replacement of a
cracked pitch horn, and a repetitive visual inspection of certain pitch
horns. AD 2015-17-01 is no longer necessary because the cause of the
unsafe condition has been removed from all affected helicopter models.
Accordingly, the FAA is removing AD 2015-17-01.
DATES: This AD becomes effective September 11, 2020.
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-2020-
0463; 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 final rule, any comments received, and other information. The
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: Matt Fuller, AD Program Manager,
Continued Operational Safety Branch, Airworthiness Products Section,
General Aviation and Rotorcraft Unit, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort
Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817-222-5110; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 by removing AD 2015-17-01, Amendment 39-18234 (80 FR 50554,
August 20, 2015) (``AD 2015-17-01''), that applied to certain Airbus
Helicopters Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350C,
AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP
helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on June 12,
2020 (85 FR 35814). The NPRM was prompted by a determination that AD
2015-17-01 is no longer necessary because the unsafe condition no
longer exists on Model AS350 and AS355 helicopters. The NPRM proposed
to remove AD 2015-17-01. The FAA is issuing this AD to remove AD 2015-
The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in
developing this final rule. The FAA has considered the comment
received. Mr. Warren LaBare indicated support for the NPRM.
The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment
received, and determined that air safety and the public interest
require adopting this final rule as proposed, except for minor
editorial changes. The FAA has determined that these minor changes:
Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the
NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and
Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was
already proposed in the NPRM.
Costs of Compliance
This AD adds no cost. This AD removes AD 2015-17-01 from 14 CFR
part 39; therefore, operators are no longer required to show compliance
with that AD.
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 authority.
The FAA is 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.
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 above, I certify that this AD:
(1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive
(2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
(3) 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)
2015-17-01, Amendment 39-18234 (80 FR 50554, August 20, 2015), and
adding the following new AD: