DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2019-0240; Product Identifier 2018-CE-057-AD; Amendment
39-21131; AD 2020-11-06]
Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD)
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Model PC-6, PC-6/350, PC-6/350-H1, PC-6/350-H2,
PC-6/A, PC-6/A-H1, PC-6/A-H2, PC-6/B-H2, PC-6/B1-H2, PC-6/B2-H2, PC-6/
B2-H4, PC-6/C-H2, PC-6/C1-H2, PC-6-H1, and PC-6-H2 airplanes. This AD
results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI)
issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and
correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes
the unsafe condition as flap actuator taper pins that were not swaged
during the manufacturing process. The FAA is issuing this AD to require
actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
DATES: This AD is effective June 30, 2020.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of June 30,
ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule,
contact PILATUS Aircraft Ltd., Customer Technical Support (MCC), P.O.
Box 992, CH-6371 Stans, Switzerland; phone: +41 (0)41 619 67 74; fax:
+41 (0)41 619 67 73; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; internet:
https://www.pilatus-aircraft.com. You may view this service information
at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch,
901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the
availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148. It is
also available on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2019-0240.
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-2019-0240; or in person
Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except
Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this final rule, the
regulatory evaluation, 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: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer,
Small Airplane Standards Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City,
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; email:
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.
Models PC-6, PC-6/350, PC-6/350-H1, PC-6/350-H2, PC-6/A, PC-6/A-H1, PC-
6/A-H2, PC-6/B-H2, PC-6/B1-H2, PC-6/B2-H2, PC-6/B2-H4, PC-6/C-H2, PC-6/
C1-H2, PC-6-H1, and PC-6-H2 airplanes. The NPRM was published in the
Federal Register on April 5, 2019 (84 FR 13571). The NPRM proposed to
correct an unsafe condition for the specified products and was based on
MCAI AD No. 2018-0235, dated November 5, 2018, issued by the European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the
Member States of the European Community. The MCAI states:
During a recent overhaul, two new flap actuators were found to
have taper pins installed that, apparently, had not been swaged.
Investigation results identified that the taper pins had been
incorrectly swaged during the manufacturing process.
This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to
loss of one or both taper pins, consequent asymmetric flap
deployment or flap surface flutter, possibly resulting in loss of
control of the aeroplane.
To address this potential unsafe condition, Pilatus issued the
[service bulletin] SB to provide inspection instructions.
For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD requires a one-
time inspection of the taper pins of the affected parts for correct
installation and, depending on findings, accomplishment of
applicable corrective action(s). This [EASA] AD also requires
inspection of, and, depending on findings, corrective action(s) on,
affected parts held as spare, prior to installation.
The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the internet at: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FAA-2019-0240.
The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in
developing this AD. The FAA received one comment from Richart Ruddie,
who supported the NPRM.
The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment
received, and determined that air safety and the public interest
require adopting the AD as proposed.
Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51
The FAA reviewed Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. PC-6 Service Bulletin No.
27-005, dated July 2, 2018. The service information contains procedures
for removing and inspecting the flap actuator assemblies and pushrod
assemblies, modifying or replacing the taper pins if necessary, and
reinstalling the assemblies. This service information is reasonably
available because the interested parties have access to it through
their normal course of business or by the means identified in the
Costs of Compliance
The FAA estimates that this AD will affect 30 products of U.S.
registry. The FAA also estimates that it would take about 12 work-hours
per product to comply with the basic inspection requirements of this
AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour.
Based on these figures, the FAA estimates the cost of this AD on
U.S. operators to be $30,600, or $1,020 per product.
In addition, the FAA estimates that any necessary follow-on
modification or replacement actions would require parts costing
$30,000, for a cost of $1,000 per product. The FAA has no way of
determining the number of products that may need these actions.
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 because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to
exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action.
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 adding the following new airworthiness