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LEONARDO S.P.A. (TYPE CERTIFICATE PREVIOUSLY HELD BY
FINMECCANICA S.P.A., AGUSTAWESTLAND S.P.A.):
Amendment 39-19638; Docket No. FAA-2018-0726; Product Identifier 2017-SW-097-AD.
(a) APPLICABILITY This AD applies to Leonardo S.p.A. (Type Certificate previously held by Finmeccanica S.p.A., AgustaWestland S.p.A.) Model AW109SP helicop- ters, certificated in any category, with a rescue hoist part number 109-B810-16-101 or 109-B810-16-201 installed. (b) UNSAFE CONDITION This AD defines the unsafe condition as chafing of a rescue hoist cable. This condition could result in detachment of an external load and subsequent injury to persons being lifted. (c) EFFECTIVE DATE This AD is effective July 3, 2019. (d) COMPLIANCE You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time. (e) REQUIRED ACTIONS (1) Within 10 hours time-in-service (TIS) or before the next hoist opera- tion, whichever occurs first, inspect the rescue hoist handle assembly and the upper part of the cabin doorframe for chafing. The inspection area of the cabin doorframe is depicted in Figure 3 of Leonardo Helicopters Bollettino Tecnico No. 109SP-110, dated February 13, 2017 (BT 109SP-110). Examples of chafing are shown in Figures 10 and 11 of BT 109SP-110. If there is any chafing, before further flight, repair the chafed areas and inspect the first 6 meters (20 feet) of the hoist cable as follows: (i) Measure the diameter of the hoist cable as described in the Compliance Instructions, Part I, paragraphs 3.4.1 through 3.4.2 of BT 109SP-110. (ii) Average the two measurements at each location. If at any location the diameter of the hoist cable is less than 4.7 mm (0.185 inch), before the next hoist operation, remove the hoist cable from service. (iii) Inspect the hoist cable for broken wires, kinks, bird caging, flattened areas, abrasion, and necking, referencing the examples shown and depicted in Figures 5 through 9 of BT 109SP-110. If there are any broken wires, kinks, bird caging, flattened areas, abrasion, or necking, before the next hoist operation, remove the hoist cable from service. (2) Within 25 hours TIS, replace the rescue hoist handle attaching hard- ware as described in the Compliance Instructions, Part II, paragraphs 3 through 6, of BT 109SP-110. (f) SPECIAL FLIGHT PERMITS A one-time special flight permit may be granted provided that the hoist is not used. (g) ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF COMPLIANCE (AMOCS) (1) The Manager, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotor- craft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Ft Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5110; email 9-ASWFTW-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, we suggest that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office, before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC. (h) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2017-0025, dated February 14, 2017. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA-2018-0726. (i) SUBJECT Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2500, Cabin Equipment/ Furnishings. (j) MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Leonardo Helicopters Bollettino Tecnico No. 109SP-110, dated February 13, 2017. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Matteo Ragazzi, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G. Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39-0331-711756; fax +39-0331-229046; or at https://www.leonardocompany.com/en/home. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr /ibrlocations.html. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas on May 15, 2019. Helene Gandy, Acting Director Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5110; email david.hatfield @faa.gov.
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