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2020-15-15 AIRBUS HELICOPTERS: Amendment 39-21178; Docket No. FAA-2020-0214; Product Identifier 2018-SW-039-AD.
(a) EFFECTIVE DATE

    This AD is effective September 3, 2020.

(b) AFFECTED ADS

    None.

(c) APPLICABILITY

    This AD applies  to all  Airbus Helicopters Model EC225LP helicopters,
    certificated in any category.

(d) SUBJECT

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC)  Code  67,  Rotorcraft  Flight
    Controls.

(e) REASON

    This AD was prompted by a mechanical deformation found  on the protec-
    tive cover of  the "SHEAR" control  pushbutton installed on  a copilot
    collective  stick.  The  FAA  is  issuing  this  AD  to  address  this
    condition, which could lead to unintended shearing of the hoist cable,
    possibly resulting in loss of a hoisted load or person(s).

(f) COMPLIANCE

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified,  unless al-
    ready done.

(g) DEFINITIONS

    For the purposes of this AD,  the definitions specified  in paragraphs
    (g)(1) through (3) of this AD apply.

(1) Affected part:  A pilot or copilot collective stick having part number
    (P/N) 704A41110139, equipment manufacturer NSE P/N N2000355.

(2) Group 1 helicopters: Helicopters that have an affected part installed.

(3) Group 2 helicopters: Helicopters that do not have an affected part in-
    stalled.  A helicopter  that has embodied Airbus Helicopters Modifica-
    tion 332P084165 in production is a Group 2 helicopter,  provided  that
    helicopter remains in that configuration.

(h) REQUIRED ACTIONS

    For Group 1 helicopters:  At the applicable compliance  time specified
    in Table  1 to  paragraph (h)  of this  AD, modify  the helicopter  by
    replacing the protective cover  of the "SHEAR" control  pushbutton and
    re-identifying the  part number  of the  pilot and  copilot collective
    sticks, in accordance with  the Accomplishment Instructions of  Airbus
    Helicopters   Alert Service Bulletin EC225-67A017,  Revision 0,  dated
    March 26, 2018.

      TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (H)  COMPLIANCE TIMES FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS    
    ______________________________________________________________________
    HELICOPTER CONFIGURATION                     COMPLIANCE TIME
    ______________________________________________________________________
    "SHEAR" control associated        Within 3 months after the effective
    with a hoist installation         date of this AD

    "SHEAR" control not associated    Within 12 months after the effective
    with a hoist installation         date of this AD or upon connecting
                                      the "SHEAR" control with an install-
                                      ation, whichever occurs first
    ______________________________________________________________________

(i) PARTS INSTALLATION PROHIBITION

    At the applicable times specified in paragraphs (i)(1) and (2) of this
    AD: Do  not install  on any  helicopter a  "SHEAR" control  pushbutton
    protective cover having P/N 700070 on the pilot or copilot  collective
    stick,  and  do not  install  on any  helicopter  a pilot  or  copilot
    collective stick having  P/N 704A41110139 (equipment  manufacturer NSE
    P/N N2000355).

(1) For Group 1 helicopters:  After modification of the helicopter  as re-
    quired by paragraph (h) of this AD.

(2) For Group 2 helicopters: From the effective date of this AD.

(j) ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF COMPLIANCE (AMOCS)

(1) The Manager,  Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA,  may approve AMOCs for
    this AD.  Send your proposal to: Clark Davenport, Flight Test Analyst,
    Flight Test Branch, FAA,  10101 Hillwood Pkwy.,  Fort Worth, TX 76177;
    telephone 817-222-5110; email 9-ASW-FTW-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov.

(2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate
    or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, 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.

(k) RELATED INFORMATION

(1) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency
    (now European Union Aviation Safety Agency) (EASA) AD 2018-0106, dated
    May 10, 2018. This EASA AD may be found in the AD docket on the Inter-
    net  at  https://www.regulations.gov  by  searching  for  and locating
    Docket No. FAA-2020-0214.

(2) For  more  information  about  this  AD,  Clark Davenport, Flight Test
    Analyst, Flight Test Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX
    76177; telephone 817-222-5151; email clark.davenport@faa.gov.

(l) MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

(1) The Director of the Federal Register  approved  the  incorporation  by
    reference (IBR) 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 this AD specifies otherwise.

(i) Airbus Helicopters  Alert Service Bulletin  EC225-67A017,  Revision 0,
    dated March 26, 2018.

(ii) [Reserved]

(3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus Helicop-
    ters,  2701 N. Forum Drive,  Grand Prairie, TX 75052;  telephone (972)
    641-0000 or (800) 232-0323;  fax (972) 641-3775;  or  at  https://www.
    airbus.com/helicopters/services/technicalsupport.html.

(4) You may view  this service information  at  the  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,  email
    fedreg.legal@nara.gov,  or  go  to:  https://www.archives.gov/federal-
    register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

Issued on July 16, 2020.  Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthi-
ness Division, Aircraft Certification Service.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Clark Davenport,  Flight  Test  Analyst,
Flight Test Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; tele-
phone 817-222-5151; email clark.davenport@faa.gov.
PREAMBLE 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration


14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0214; Product Identifier 2018-SW-039-AD; Amendment
39-21178; AD 2020-15-15]
RIN 2120-AA64

Airworthiness Directives
; Airbus Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all
Airbus Helicopters Model EC225LP helicopters. This AD was prompted by a
mechanical deformation found on the protective cover of the ``SHEAR''
control pushbutton installed on a copilot collective stick. This AD
requires modification of the helicopter by replacing the protective
cover and re-identifying the part number of the pilot and copilot
collective sticks. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe
condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective September 3, 2020.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of September 3,
2020.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule,
contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX
75052; telephone (972) 641-0000 or (800) 232-0323; fax (972) 641-3775;
or at https://www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/technical-support.html.
You may view this service information at the 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. It is also available on
the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and
locating Docket No. FAA-2020-0214.

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-
0214; 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: Clark Davenport, Flight Test Analyst,
Flight Test Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177;
telephone 817-222-5151; email clark.davenport@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Airbus Helicopters
Model EC225LP helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register
on April 8, 2020 (85 FR 19707). The NPRM was prompted by a mechanical
deformation found on the protective cover of the ``SHEAR'' control
pushbutton installed on a copilot collective stick. The NPRM proposed
to require modification of the helicopter by replacing the protective
cover and re-identifying the part number of the pilot and copilot
collective sticks. The FAA is issuing this AD to address mechanical
deformation on the protective cover of the ``SHEAR'' control pushbutton
installed on a copilot collective stick, which could lead to unintended
shearing of the hoist cable, possibly resulting in loss of a hoisted load or person(s).
The European Aviation Safety Agency (now European Union Aviation
Safety Agency) (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member
States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2018-0106, dated May
10, 2018 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing
Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe
condition for all Airbus Helicopters Model EC225LP helicopters. You may
examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.
regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2020-0214.

Comments

The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in
developing this final rule. The FAA has considered the comment
received. Artem Svetlovsky agreed with the NPRM.

Conclusion

The FAA reviewed the relevant data 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.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51


Airbus Helicopters has issued Alert Service Bulletin EC225-67A017,
Revision 0, dated March 26, 2018. This service information describes
procedures for modification of the helicopter by replacing the
protective cover of the ``SHEAR'' control pushbutton and re-identifying
the part number of the pilot and copilot collective sticks. 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 ADDRESSES section.

Costs of Compliance

The FAA estimates that this AD affects 12 helicopters of U.S.
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

Estimated Costs for Required Actions

Labor cost
Parts cost
Cost per product
Cost on U.S. operators
2 work-hours x $85 per hour = $170
$2,632
$2,802
$33,624

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.

Regulatory Findings

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
Order 12866,
(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
reference, Safety.

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
directive (AD):