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PROPOSED AD LEONARDO S.P.A.: Docket No. FAA-2021-0570; Project Identifier 2019-SW-091-AD.
(a) COMMENTS DUE DATE

    The FAA must receive comments on this airworthiness directive (AD)  by
    December 13, 2021.

(b) AFFECTED ADS

    None.

(c) APPLICABILITY

    This AD applies to all Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters certif-
    icated in any category.

(d) SUBJECT

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6700, Rotorcraft  Flight
    Control.

(e) UNSAFE CONDITION

    This AD was prompted by a report of a broken adjustable device that is
    part  of the  pilot and  co-pilot yaw  pedal assemblies.  The  FAA  is
    issuing this  AD to  address failure  of a  yaw pedal  adjuster, which
    could result in reduced yaw control of the helicopter.

(f) COMPLIANCE

    Comply  with this  AD within  the compliance  times specified,  unless
    already done.

(g) REQUIREMENTS

    Except as specified in paragraph (h)  of this AD:  Comply with all re-
    quired actions and compliance times specified in,  and  in  accordance
    with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2021-0199, dated
    August 27, 2021 (EASA AD 2021-0199).

(h) EXCEPTIONS TO EASA AD 2021-0199

(1) Where EASA AD 2021-0199 refers to flight hours, this AD requires using
    hours time-in-service.

(2) Where EASA AD 2021-0199 refers to its effective date, this AD requires
    using the effective date of this AD.

(3) Where the service information  referenced  in EASA AD 2021-0199 speci-
    fies discarding certain parts,  this AD requires  removing those parts
    from service.

(4) This AD does not mandate compliance with the "Remarks" section of EASA
    AD 2021-0199.

(i) NO REPORTING REQUIREMENT

    Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2021-0199 spec-
    ifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD  does
    not include that requirement.

(j) SPECIAL FLIGHT PERMIT

    Special flight permits, as described in 14 CFR 21.197 and 21.199,  are
    prohibited.

(k) 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 manager  of the
    International  Validation  Branch, send  it  to the  attention  of the
    person identified in paragraph (l)(2)  of this AD. Information may  be
    emailed to: 9-AVS-AIR-730-AMOC@faa.gov.

(2) Before using any approved AMOC,  notify your appropriate principal in-
    spector, or lacking  a principal inspector,  the manager of  the local
    flight standards district office/certificate holding district office.

(l) RELATED INFORMATION

(1) For EASA AD 2021-0199,  contact  EASA,  Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3,  50668
    Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu
    internet  www.easa.europa.eu.  You may view this material  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. This material may be
    found in the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for
    and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0570.

(2) For more information about this AD,  contact  Kristi Bradley,  Program
    Manager,  COS  Program Management Section,  Operational Safety Branch,
    Compliance & Airworthiness Division,  FAA,  10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort
    Worth, TX 76177;  telephone (817) 222-5485; email kristin.bradley@faa.
    gov.

Issued on October 20, 2021. Lance T Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworth-
iness Division, Aircraft Certification Service.

DATES: The comment period  for the NPRM published  in the Federal Register
on July 28, 2021 (86 FR 40371), is reopened. The FAA must receive comments
on this SNPRM by December 13, 2021.
PREAMBLE 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0570; Project Identifier 2019-SW-091-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64

Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM); reopening
of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is revising a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM)
that applied to certain Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters. This
action revises the NPRM by requiring modification of certain pilot and
co-pilot yaw pedal assemblies with an improved design and re-
identification of the affected parts, as specified in a European Union
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness directive (AD), which is
proposed for incorporation by reference (IBR). The FAA is proposing
this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. Since these
actions would impose an additional burden over those in the NPRM, the
agency is requesting comments on this SNPRM.

DATES: The comment period for the NPRM published in the Federal
Register on July 28, 2021 (86 FR 40371), is reopened.
The FAA must receive comments on this SNPRM by December 13, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions
for submitting comments.
Fax: (202) 493-2251.
Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
For EASA material that is proposed for IBR in this AD, contact
EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221
8999 000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You
may find this IBR material on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu.
You may view the EASA material 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 the EASA material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110. The
EASA material is also available at https://www.regulations.gov by
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0570.

Examining the AD Docket

You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0570; or in person at
Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,
except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM, this SNPRM,
the EASA AD, any comments received, and other information. The street
address for Docket Operations is listed above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristi Bradley, Program Manager, COS
Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance &
Airworthiness Division, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX
76177; telephone (817) 222-5485; email kristin.bradley@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:

Comments Invited


The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed
under ADDRESSES. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2021-0570; Project Identifier
2019-SW-091-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. The most helpful
comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the
reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. The FAA
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend
this proposal because of those comments.
Except for Confidential Business Information (CBI) as described in
the following paragraph, and other information as described in 14 CFR
11.35, the FAA will post all comments received, without change, to
https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you
provide. The agency will also post a report summarizing each
substantive verbal contact received about this NPRM.

Confidential Business Information

CBI is commercial or financial information that is both customarily
and actually treated as private by its owner. Under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), CBI is exempt from public
disclosure. If your comments responsive to this NPRM contain commercial
or financial information that is customarily treated as private, that
you actually treat as private, and that is relevant or responsive to
this NPRM, it is important that you clearly designate the submitted
comments as CBI. Please mark each page of your submission containing
CBI as ``PROPIN.'' The FAA will treat such marked submissions as
confidential under the FOIA, and they will not be placed in the public
docket of this NPRM. Submissions containing CBI should be sent to
Kristi Bradley, Program Manager, COS Program Management Section,
Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA,
10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5485;
email kristin.bradley@faa.gov. Any commentary that the FAA receives
that is not specifically designated as CBI will be placed in the public
docket for this rulemaking.

Background

The FAA issued an NPRM to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that
would apply to certain Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters. The
NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 28, 2021 (86 FR 40371).
In the NPRM, the FAA proposed to require modification of the pilot and
co-pilot yaw pedal assemblies. The NPRM was prompted by EASA AD 2019-
0252, dated October 10, 2019 (EASA AD 2019-0252), issued by EASA, which
is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, to
correct an unsafe condition for Leonardo S.p.a. (formerly Finmeccanica
S.p.A and AgustaWestland S.p.A) Model AW169 helicopters, all serial
numbers. EASA advised that there was a report of a broken adjustable
device that is part of the pilot and co-pilot yaw pedal assemblies.
This condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of a yaw
pedal adjuster, which could result in reduced yaw control of the
helicopter.
Accordingly, EASA AD 2019-0252 required modification (rework) of
the affected pilot and co-pilot assemblies and re-identification of
each affected part after it has been modified. The modification
included the installation of additional end stroke stops on the pilot
and co-pilot pedal assemblies. EASA considered EASA AD 2019-0252 an
interim action and stated that further EASA AD action may follow.

Actions Since the NPRM Was Issued

Since the NPRM was issued, EASA issued AD 2021-0199, dated August
27, 2021 (EASA AD 2021-0199), which supersedes EASA AD 2019-0252. EASA
advises that three additional events have been reported where the
universal joint of the adjusting mechanism on the yaw pedals failed.
Prompted by these findings, Leonardo S.p.a. developed a new
modification that introduces upgraded pilot and co-pilot pedal
assemblies with an improved design, which removes the failure modes.
Accordingly, EASA AD 2021-0199 requires modification (rework) of the
affected pilot and co-pilot assemblies and re-identification of each
affected part after it has been modified. The modification includes
replacing the pedal main support assembly, adjuster screw assembly,
knob assembly, and spring pin, and removing the additional end stroke
stops that were installed on the pilot and co-pilot pedal assemblies
using the modification specified in EASA AD 2019-0252. EASA AD 2021-
0199 also provides an option to replace an affected part with a non-
affected part instead of doing the modification.
In addition, the FAA revised the applicability of this proposed AD
from Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters with an affected part
installed (as specified in the NPRM), to all Leonardo S.p.a. Model
AW169 helicopters. This revised applicability matches EASA AD 2021-
0199.

Comments

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

FAA's Determination

This helicopter has been approved by EASA and is approved for
operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA's bilateral
agreement with the European Union, EASA has notified the FAA about the
unsafe condition described in its AD. The FAA is proposing this AD
after evaluating all known relevant information and determining that
the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop
on other helicopters of the same type design. Certain changes described
above expand the scope of the NPRM. As a result, it is necessary to
reopen the comment period to provide additional opportunity for the
public to comment on this SNPRM.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

EASA AD 2021-0199 requires modification of the affected pilot and
co-pilot assemblies and re-identification of each affected part after
it has been modified. EASA AD 2021-0199 also
provides an option to replace an affected part with a non-affected part
instead of doing the modification. EASA AD 2021-0199 also prohibits the
installation of affected parts.
This material 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.

Proposed AD Requirements in This SNPRM

This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified
in EASA AD 2021-0199, described previously, as incorporated by
reference, except for any differences identified as exceptions in the
regulatory text of this proposed AD.

Explanation of Required Compliance Information

In the FAA's ongoing efforts to improve the efficiency of the AD
process, the FAA developed a process to use certain civil aviation
authority (CAA) ADs as the primary source of information for compliance
with requirements for corresponding FAA ADs. The FAA has been
coordinating this process with manufacturers and CAAs. As a result,
EASA AD 2021-0199 will be incorporated by reference in the FAA final
rule. This proposed AD would, therefore, require compliance with EASA
AD 2021-0199 in its entirety, through that incorporation, except for
any differences identified as exceptions in the regulatory text of this
proposed AD. Using common terms that are the same as the heading of a
particular section in EASA AD 2021-0199 does not mean that operators
need comply only with that section. For example, where the AD
requirement refers to ``all required actions and compliance times,''
compliance with this AD requirement is not limited to the section
titled ``Required Action(s) and Compliance Time(s)'' in EASA AD 2021-
0199. Service information specified in EASA AD 2021-0199 that is
required for compliance with it will be available at https://www.regulations.
gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-
0570 after the FAA final rule is published.

Costs of Compliance

The FAA estimates that this AD, if adopted as proposed, would
affect 10 helicopters of U.S. Registry. The FAA estimates the following
costs to comply with this proposed AD.

Estimated Costs

Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators
Modify and re-identify affected parts. 25 work-hours x $85 per hour = $2,125 $0 $2,125 $21,250

The FAA has included all known costs in its cost estimate.
According to the manufacturer, however, some of the costs of this
proposed AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost
impact on affected operators.

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 proposed AD would not have federalism
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed
regulation:
(1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive
Order 12866,
(2) Would not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
(3) Would 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.

The Proposed Amendment

Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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: