DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2021-0104; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-00477-R;
Amendment 39-21551; AD 2021-10-18]
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for
certain Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Model MBB-BK117 D-2
helicopters. This AD was prompted by reports that collective lever
switch units having certain part numbers did not have retaining rings
installed in the cable cut switch guard. This AD requires inspecting
certain collective lever switch units for discrepancies (missing
retaining rings, incorrectly installed retaining rings, and a missing
axis in the cable cut switch guard), doing all applicable corrective
actions, and marking affected parts, as specified in a European Union
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference.
The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these
DATES: This AD is effective July 6, 2021.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of July 6, 2021.
ADDRESSES: For material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD,
contact the 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 material on the EASA website at
https://ad.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. It is also available in
the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0104.
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-2021-0104; 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: Hal Jensen, Aerospace Engineer,
Operational Safety Branch, FAA, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC
20024; telephone 202-267-9167; email email@example.com.
The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020-0084, dated April 3, 2020 (EASA
AD 2020-0084) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing
Airworthiness Information, or the MCAI), to correct an unsafe condition
for all Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Model MBB-BK117 D-2
helicopters. Although EASA AD 2020-0084 applies to all Model MBB-BK117
D-2 helicopters, this AD applies to helicopters with an affected part
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Model MBB-BK117
D-2 helicopters. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on March 8,
2021 (86 FR 13234). The NPRM was prompted by reports that collective
lever switch units having certain part numbers did not have retaining
rings installed in the cable cut switch guard. The NPRM proposed to
require inspecting certain collective lever switch units for
discrepancies (missing retaining rings, incorrectly installed retaining
rings, and a missing axis in the cable cut switch guard), doing all
applicable corrective actions, and marking affected parts.
The cable cut switch guard has an axis that holds, and allows the
guard to turn over, the cable cut switch. This axis is secured with two
retaining rings and if both retaining rings are missing, the axis can
move out. The FAA is issuing this AD to address this condition, which
could cause inadvertent activation of the rescue hoist cable cut
function, resulting in personal injury. See the MCAI for additional
Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive
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.
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 and an update to paragraph (j)(1) of
this AD. 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
EASA AD 2020-0084 specifies procedures for inspecting collective
lever switch units having certain part numbers for discrepancies,
applicable corrective actions, and marking affected parts.
Discrepancies include missing retaining rings, incorrectly installed
retaining rings, and a missing axis in the cable cut switch guard.
Corrective actions include installing missing retaining rings,
adjusting retaining rings that are installed incorrectly, and
installing an axis in the cable cut switch guard. EASA AD 2020-0084
also specifies that an affected part can be installed on any
helicopter, provided it has been marked. 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
Costs of Compliance
The FAA estimates that this AD affects 30 helicopters of U.S.
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:
Estimated Costs for Required Actions
COST ON U.S.
|0.50 work-hour x $85 per hour = $42.50
The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary on-
condition actions that would be required based on the results of any
required actions. The FAA has no way of determining the number of
helicopters that might need these on-condition actions:
Estimated Costs of On-Condition Actions
COST PER PRODUCT
|2 work-hours x $85 per hour = $170
According to the manufacturer, some or all of the costs of this AD
may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on
affected operators. The FAA does not control warranty coverage for
affected operators. As a result, the FAA has included all known costs
in the cost estimate.
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 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
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