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2021-02-01 AIRBUS HELICOPTERS: Amendment 39-21384; Docket No. FAA-2020-0905; Project Identifier 2019-SW-102-AD.
(a) EFFECTIVE DATE

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective April 6, 2021.

(b) AFFECTED ADS

    This  AD  replaces  AD 2015-26-01,  Amendment  39-18349  (80 FR 79466,
    December 22, 2015) (AD 2015-26-01).

(c) APPLICABILITY

    This AD applies to  Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C,  AS332C1, AS332L,
    AS332L1, AS332L2, EC225LP,  AS-365N2, AS 365 N3,  EC 155B  and EC155B1
    helicopters, certificated in any category, equipped with at least  one
    energy-absorbing seat listed in figure 1 to paragraph (c) of this  AD,
    except  any  helicopter embodying  the  applicable Airbus  Helicopters
    modifications on all applicable seat  positions listed in figure 2  to
    paragraph (c) of this AD.

                   FIGURE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (C)  AFFECTED SEATS             
    ______________________________________________________________________
    SEAT MANUFACTURER               SEAT TYPE            GENERIC P/N*
    ______________________________________________________________________
    Fischer + Entwicklungen         H110              9606-( )-( )-( )
                                    H140              0520-( )-( )-( )
                                    H160              0718-( )-( )-( )-( )
                                    185/410           9507-( )-( )-( )
                                    236/406           9608-( )-( )-( )

    SICMA Aero Seat or              Sicma 192         192xx-xx-xx
    Zodiac Seats France             Sicma 159         1591718-xx
                                                      159110

    Socea Sogerma                   ST102             2510102-xx-xx
                                    ST107             2510107-xx-xx
                                    ST120             2520120-xx
    ______________________________________________________________________
    * "xx" can be any two alphanumeric characters and "( )" can be any
    number of alphanumeric characters.


       FIGURE 2 TO PARAGRAPH (C)  MODIFICATIONS (INSTALLATION OF LABEL   
                                   (PLACARD) PROHIBITING STORAGE UNDER    
                                   THE SEAT)                              
    ______________________________________________________________________
    HELICOPTER TYPE             MODIFICATION              SEAT (POSITION)
    ______________________________________________________________________
    AS332C, AS332C1,        0728251 or 332P084159         Cabin
    AS332L, AS332L1,        0728352 or 332P084160         Cockpit
    AS332L2                 0728403 or 332P084161         3rd Crew Member

    EC225LP                 0728251, or 332P084159, or    Cabin
                            332P085421.00, or
                            332P085421.01, or
                            332P085421.02 or
                            332P085421.03

                            0728352 or 332P084160         Cockpit

    AS-365N2, AS 365 N3,    365V874113.00                 All seat
    EC 155B, EC155B1                                      configurations
    ______________________________________________________________________

(d) SUBJECT

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 11, Placards and mark-
    ings.

(e) REASON

    This AD was prompted by the discovery  that required labels (placards)
    prohibiting stowage  of any object  under an energy-absorbing seat had
    not been systematically installed.  The  FAA  is  issuing  this  AD to
    address any object stowed under an energy-absorbing seat  which  could
    reduce the efficiency  of the energy-absorbing  function of the  seat,
    resulting in injury to the seat occupants during an accident.

(f) COMPLIANCE

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

(g) RETAINED INSPECTION AND CORRECTIVE ACTIONS WITH REVISED SERVICE INFOR-
    MATION

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (e)  of AD 2015-
    26-01,  with  revised  service  information.  Within 110 hours time in
    service after January 26, 2016  (the effective date of AD 2015-26-01),
    do the actions  specified in paragraph  (g)(1) or (2)  of this AD,  as
    applicable for your model helicopter.

(1) For Model AS332C1, AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters:

(i) Inspect the cabin and cockpit for labels, placards,  or  markings that
    prohibit stowing anything  under the seats  in the locations  shown in
    the figure in the Appendix of Airbus Helicopters  Alert Service Bulle-
    tin No. AS332-01.00.85  or No. EC225-04A012,  both  Revision 0,  dated
    August 26, 2014;  or  Airbus Helicopters  Alert  Service  Bulletin No.
    AS332-01.00.85, Revision 1,  dated September 7, 2017,  or Airbus Heli-
    copters Alert Service Bulletin  No. EC225-04A012,  Revision  2,  dated
    November 6, 2019; as applicable for your model helicopter.

(ii) If a label, placard,  or marking is not located in every location de-
     picted in the figure  in  the  Appendix  of Airbus Helicopters  Alert
     Service Bulletin No. AS332-01.00.85 or No. EC225-04A012 both Revision
     0, dated August 26, 2014 or Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin
     No. AS332-01.00.85, Revision 1,  dated  September 7, 2017,  or Airbus
     Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-04A012 Revision 2, dated
     November 6, 2019 or is not visible and legible to every occupant, be-
     fore further flight,  install a placard in accordance with the Accom-
     plishment Instructions, paragraph 3.B.,  of  Airbus Helicopters Alert
     Service Bulletin No. AS332-01.00.85 or No. EC225-04A012 both Revision
     0, dated August 26, 2014 or Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin
     No. AS332-01.00.85, Revision 1,  dated September 7, 2017,  or  Airbus
     Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-04A012 Revision 2, dated
     November 6, 2019; as applicable for your model helicopter.

(2) For Model AS-365N2, AS 365 N3, EC 155B, and EC155B1 helicopters:

(i) Inspect each seat leg in the cabin and cockpit for labels, placards or
    markings that prohibit stowing anything under the seats.

(ii) If  a  label,  placard,  or marking does not exist on one leg of each
     seat or is not visible and legible, before further flight,  install a
     placard in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph
     3.B.,  and the Appendix of Airbus Helicopters  Alert Service Bulletin
     No. AS365-01.00.66 or No. EC155-04A013, both Revision 0, dated August
     26, 2014;  or Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-01.
     00.66 or No. EC155-04A013,  both Revision 1, dated February 12, 2019;
     as applicable for your model helicopter.

(h) NEW INSPECTION AND CORRECTIVE ACTIONS FOR CERTAIN HELICOPTERS

(1) For  Model  AS332C and AS332L helicopters:  Within 110  hours  time in
    service or 30 days,  whichever occurs first,  after the effective date
    of this AD,  inspect the cabin and cockpit  for labels,  placards,  or
    markings that prohibit stowing anything  under the seats  in the loca-
    tions shown in the figure  in the Appendix of Airbus Helicopters Alert
    Service Bulletin No. AS332-01.00.85,  Revision 1,  dated  September 7,
    2017.

(2) If a label,  placard,  or marking is not located in every location de-
    picted in the figure in the Appendix of Airbus Helicopters Alert Serv-
    ice Bulletin No. AS332-01.00.85,  Revision 1,  dated September 7, 2017
    or is not visible and legible to every occupant, before further flight
    install a placard in accordance  with the Accomplishment Instructions,
    paragraph 3.B., of Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332
    -01.00.85, Revision 1, dated September 7, 2017.

(i) NEW REQUIREMENTS OF THIS AD: MODIFICATION (INSTALL NEW PLACARDS)

(1) At the applicable times specified in paragraph (i)(2)  of this AD, in-
    stall new placards prohibiting stowage  of any object under an  energy
    -absorbing seat  in accordance  with the  Accomplishment Instructions,
    paragraph 3.B.,  of the  applicable service  information specified  in
    paragraphs (i)(1)(i)  through (vii)  of this  AD, except  you are  not
    required to discard the old labels (placards). Doing the  installation
    required by this paragraph  terminates the requirements of  paragraphs
    (g) and (h) of this AD.

(i) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-25.03.16, Revision
    0, dated September 7, 2017.

(ii) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-25.03.41 Revision
     0, dated September 7, 2017.

(iii) Airbus  Helicopters   Alert  Service  Bulletin  No.  AS332-25.03.42,
      Revision 0, dated September 7, 2017.

(iv) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-25.01.67 Revision
     0, dated February 12, 2019.

(v) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC155-25A144, Revision 0
    dated February 12, 2019.

(vi) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-25A179,  Revision
     1, dated November 6, 2019.

(vii) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-25A203, Revision
      0, dated September 7, 2017; as applicable for your model helicopter.

(2) At the applicable times specified  in  paragraph (i)(2)(i)  or (ii) of
    this AD, do the installation required by paragraph (i)(1) of this AD.

(i) For  Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, AS-365N2, AS 365
    N3, EC 155B, EC155B1, and EC225LP helicopters, all manufacturer serial
    numbers, except Model EC225LP helicopters, manufacturer serial numbers
    2663, 2670, 2854, 2883, 2885, 2901 and 2921:  Within 110 hours time in
    service or 6 months,  whichever occurs first  after the effective date
    of this AD.

(ii) For Model EC225LP  helicopters,  manufacturer  serial  numbers  2663,
     2670, 2854, 2883, 2885, 2901 and 2921:  Within 50 hours time in serv-
     ice or 2 months,  whichever occurs first  after the effective date of
     this AD.

(j) NO ACTIONS REQUIRED FOR CERTAIN HELICOPTERS

    For Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP heli-
    copters delivered  after  September 7, 2017:  No actions are required,
    provided that no energy-absorbing seat,  as identified  in figure 1 to
    paragraph (c) of this AD,  has been installed on that helicopter since
    delivery.

(k) CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS ACTIONS

(1) This paragraph provides credit  for the actions specified in paragraph
    (g) of this AD,  if those actions were performed  before the effective
    date of this AD  using  Airbus Helicopters  Alert Service Bulletin No.
    EC225-04A012, Revision 1, dated September 7, 2017.

(2) This paragraph provides credit for the actions specified in paragraphs
    (i)(1) and (2) of this AD, if those actions were performed before  the
    effective  date  of this  AD  using Airbus  Helicopters  Alert Service
    Bulletin No. EC225-25A179, Revision 0, dated September 7, 2017.

(l) ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF COMPLIANCE (AMOCS)

(1) The Manager, International Validation Branch,  FAA,  has the authority
    to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures  found
    in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to
    your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as
    appropriate.  If  sending information  directly  to the  International
    Validation Branch, send it to  the attention of the person  identified
    in paragraph (m)(2) of this  AD. Information may be emailed  to: 9-AVS
    -AIR-730-AMOC@faa.gov.  Before using  any approved  AMOC, notify  your
    appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the
    manager  of  the local  flight  standards district  office/certificate
    holding district office.

(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.

(m) RELATED INFORMATION

(1) The subject of this AD is addressed  in European Union Aviation Safety
    Agency (EASA) AD 2019-0088R1, dated November 8, 2019. This EASA AD may
    be found in the AD docket  on the internet at https://www.regulations.
    gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2020-0905.

(2) For more information about this AD,  contact Kathleen Arrigotti, Avia-
    tion Safety Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation
    Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St, Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax:
    206-231-3218; email: kathleen.arrigotti@faa.gov.

(3) Service information  identified in this AD that is not incorporated by
    reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (n)(5)
    and (6) of this AD.

(n) 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.

(3) The following service information  was  approved  for  IBR on April 5,
    2021.

(i) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-01.00.85, Revision
    1, dated September 7, 2017.

(ii) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-25.03.16 Revision
     0, dated September 7, 2017.

(iii) Airbus Helicopters  Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-25.03.41, Revi-
      sion 0, dated September 7, 2017.

(iv) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-25.03.42 Revision
     0, dated September 7, 2017.

(v) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-01.00.66, Revision
    1, dated February 12, 2019.

(vi) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-25.01.67 Revision
     0, dated February 12, 2019.

(vii) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC155-04A013, Revision
      1, dated February 12, 2019.

(viii) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC155-25A144 Revision
       0, dated February 12, 2019.

(ix) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-04A012,  Revision
     2, dated November 6, 2019.

(x) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-25A179, Revision 1
    dated November 6, 2019.

(xi) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-25A203,  Revision
     0, dated September 7, 2017.

(4) The following service information was approved for IBR  on January 26,
    2016 (80 FR 79466, December 22, 2015).

(i) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-01.00.85, Revision
    0, dated August 26, 2014.

(ii) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-01.00.66 Revision
     0, dated August 26, 2014.

(iii) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC155-04A013, Revision
      0, dated August 26, 2014.

(iv) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-04A012,  Revision
     0, dated August 26, 2014.

(5) For Airbus Helicopters service information identified in this AD, con-
    tact Airbus Helicopters,  2701 N Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052;
    phone: 972-641-0000 or 800-232-0323; fax: 972-641-3775; or at https://
    www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/technical-support.html.

(6) 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.

(7) You may view this service information  that is incorporated  by refer-
    ence 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 January 4, 2021. Lance T Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthi-
ness Division, Aircraft Certification Service.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Arrigotti, Aviation Safety Engi-
neer, Large Aircraft Section,  International Validation Branch,  FAA, 2200
South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206-231-3218; email:
kathleen.arrigotti@faa.gov.
PREAMBLE 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0905; Project Identifier 2019-SW-102-AD; Amendment
39-21384; AD 2021-02-01]
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 superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2015-26-
01, which applied to certain Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C1, AS332L1,
AS332L2, EC225LP, AS-365N2, AS 365 N3, EC 155B, and EC155B1 helicopters
with an energy-absorbing seat. AD 2015-26-01 required inspecting for
the presence of labels (placards) that prohibit stowing anything under
the seat, and if a label (placard) is missing or not clearly visible to
each occupant, installing a label (placard). This AD retains all of the
requirements of AD 2015-26-01, and also adds helicopters to the
applicability and requires a modification (installing new labels
(placards)). This AD was prompted by the determination that additional
helicopters are affected by the unsafe condition, and that new labels
(placards) are required for all affected helicopters. The FAA is
issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective April 6, 2021.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of April 6,
2021.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of certain other publications listed in this AD as of January
26, 2016 (80 FR 79466, December 22, 2015).

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule,
contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX
75052; phone: 972-641-0000 or 800-232-0323; fax: 972-641-3775; or at
https://www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/support.html. You may view
this referenced 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-2020-0905.

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-
0905; 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: Kathleen Arrigotti, Aviation Safety
Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA,
2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206-231-
3218; email: kathleen.arrigotti@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2015-26-01, Amendment 39-18349 (80 FR
79466, December 22, 2015) (AD 2015-26-01). AD 2015-26-01 applied to
certain Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C1, AS332L1, AS332L2, EC225LP,
AS-365N2, AS 365 N3, EC 155B, and EC155B1 helicopters with an energy-
absorbing seat. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October
7, 2020 (85 FR 63240). The NPRM was prompted by the discovery that
required labels (placards) prohibiting stowage of any object under an
energy-absorbing seat had not been systematically installed and the
determination that additional helicopters are affected by the unsafe
condition, and that new labels (placards) are required for all affected
helicopters. The NPRM proposed to continue to require inspecting for
the presence of labels (placards) that prohibit stowing anything under
the seat, and if a label (placard) is missing or not clearly visible to
each occupant, installing a label (placard), and also proposed to add
helicopters to the applicability and require a modification (installing
new labels (placards)). The FAA is issuing this AD to address any
object stowed under an energy-absorbing seat, which could reduce the
efficiency of the energy-absorbing function of the seat,
resulting in injury to the seat occupants during an accident. See the
MCAI for additional background information.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the
Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued
EASA AD 2019-0088R1, dated November 8, 2019 (EASA AD 2019-0088R1) (also
referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or
the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus
Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, EC225LP,
AS-365N2, AS 365 N3, EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters with an energy-
absorbing seat. EASA advised that during certification of an energy-
absorbing seat with a new part number, the labels (placards) that
require keeping the space under the seat free of any object were not
systematically installed. EASA stated that this condition, if not
corrected, could prompt occupants to stow objects under an energy-
absorbing seat, which would reduce the effectiveness of the seat and
the occupants' chance of surviving an accident. EASA consequently
issued AD 2014-0204, dated September 11, 2014; corrected September 12,
2014 (which corresponds to FAA AD 2015-26-01) to require a one-time
inspection for the presence of labels (placards) and, if they were
missing or unreadable, making and installing labels (placards)
prohibiting the placing of an object under an energy absorbing seat.
EASA later advised, in EASA AD 2017-0226, dated November 17, 2017 (EASA
AD 2017-0226), which superseded EASA AD 2014-0204, that additional new
labels (placards) were required and that additional helicopters were
affected by the unsafe condition. In this MCAI, which supersedes EASA
AD 2017-0226, EASA advised that additional extended compliance times
were necessary for certain 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-2020-0905.

Comments

The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in
developing this final rule. The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or
on the determination of the cost to the public.

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 the following service information.
This service information describes procedures for installing new labels
(placards) prohibiting stowage of any object under an energy-absorbing
seat. These documents are distinct since they apply to different
helicopter models.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-
25.03.16, Revision 0, dated September 7, 2017.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-
25.03.41, Revision 0, dated September 7, 2017.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-
25.03.42, Revision 0, dated September 7, 2017.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-
25.01.67, Revision 0, dated February 12, 2019.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC155-
25A144, Revision 0, dated February 12, 2019.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-
25A179, Revision 1, dated November 6, 2019.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-
25A203, Revision 0, dated September 7, 2017.
Airbus Helicopters has also issued the following service
information. This service information describes procedures for
inspecting for labels, placards, or markings that prohibit stowing
anything under certain seats and installing a placard. These documents
are distinct since they apply to different helicopter models.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-
01.00.85, Revision 1, dated September 7, 2017.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-
01.00.66, Revision 1, dated February 12, 2019.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC155-
04A013, Revision 1, dated February 12, 2019.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-
04A012, Revision 2, dated November 6, 2019.
This AD also requires the following service information, which the
Director of the Federal Register approved for incorporation by
reference as of January 26, 2016 (80 FR 79466, December 22, 2015).
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS332-
01.00.85, Revision 0, dated August 26, 2014.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-
01.00.66, Revision 0, dated August 26, 2014.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC155-
04A013, Revision 0, dated August 26, 2014.
Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC225-
04A012, Revision 0, dated August 26, 2014.
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.

Other Related Service Information

Airbus Helicopters issued Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin
No. EC225-04A012, Revision 1, dated September 7, 2017, which describes
procedures for inspecting for labels, placards, or markings that
prohibit stowing anything under certain seats and installing a placard.
Airbus Helicopters has also issued Airbus Helicopters Alert Service
Bulletin No. EC225-25A179, Revision 0, dated September 7, 2017, which
describes procedures for installing new labels (placards) prohibiting
stowage of any object under an energy-absorbing seat.

Costs of Compliance

The FAA estimates that this AD affects 90 helicopters of U.S.
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

Estimated Costs for Required Actions

Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators
Inspection (52 Helicopters) (Retained actions from AD 2015-26-01) 1 work-hour x $85 per hour = $85 $0 $85 $4,420
Install label (placard) (52 Helicopters) (Retained actions from AD 2015-26-01) 2 work-hours x $85 per hour = $170 Minimal 170 8,840
Inspection (38 Helicopters) (New actions) 1 work-hour x $85 per hour = $85 0 85 3,230
Install label (placard) (38 Helicopters) (New actions) 2 work-hours x $85 per hour = $170 Minimal 170 6,460
Install new label (placard) (New actions) 2 work-hours x $85 per hour = $170 Minimal 170 15,300

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

The FAA 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 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 removing Airworthiness Directive (AD)
2015-26-01, Amendment 39-18349 (80 FR 79466, December 22, 2015), and
adding the following new AD: