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PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD.:
Amendment 39-21843; Docket No. FAA-2021-0786; Project Identifier MCAI-2021-00429-A.
(a) EFFECTIVE DATE This AD is effective January 25, 2022. (b) AFFECTED ADS This AD replaces AD 2012-06-16, Amendment 39-16997 (77 FR 19061, March 30, 2012). (c) APPLICABILITY This AD applies to Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Model PC-6, PC-6-H1, PC-6-H2, 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, and PC-6/C1-H2 airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any category. Note 1 to paragraph (c): These airplanes may also be identified as Fair- child Republic Company airplanes, Fairchild Industries airplanes, Fair- child Heli Porter airplanes, or Fairchild-Hiller Corporation airplanes. (d) SUBJECT Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Codes 2700, Flight Control Sys- tem; 2710, Aileron Control System; 2720, Rudder Control System; and 2730, Elevator Control System. (e) UNSAFE CONDITION This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated 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 detachment or partial detachment of the elevator or rudder in flight. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent failure of the elevator or rudder attachment. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in loss of control of the airplane. (f) COMPLIANCE Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless al- ready done. (g) DEFINITIONS The following definitions apply for purposes of this AD. (1) Group 1 airplanes: Airplanes that have not been modified in accordance with Pilatus PC-6 Service Bulletin (SB) No. 55-003, dated November 29, 2013 (Pilatus SB 55-003); Pilatus PC-6 SB No. 55-003 Revision 1, dated December 9, 2014 (Pilatus SB 55-003R1); Pilatus PC-6 SB No. 55-003, Revision 2, dated January 19, 2017 (Pilatus 55-003R2); Pilatus PC-6 SB No. 55-003, Revision 3, dated November 6, 2017 (Pilatus 55-003R3); or Pilatus PC-6 SB No. 55-005, dated February 25, 2021 (Pilatus SB 55- 005). (2) Group 2 airplanes: Airplanes that have been modified in accordance with Pilatus SB 55-003, SB 55-003R1, SB 55-003R2, Pilatus SB 55-003R3; or Pilatus SB 55-005. (h) INSPECT ELEVATOR, RUDDER, AND RH AILERON HINGE BOLT INSTALLATIONS (1) For Group 1 airplanes: Within 14 days after the effective date of this AD, inspect the elevator, rudder, and RH aileron hinge bolt installa- tions and take any corrective actions before further flight by follow- ing the Accomplishment Instructions - Part 1-On Aircraft-Inspection in Pilatus SB 55-005. (2) For Group 1 airplanes: Within 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the inspection required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 100 hours TIS until the modification re- quired by paragraph (i) of this AD is done, inspect the elevator, rudder and RH aileron hinge bolt installations and take any corrective actions before further flight by following the Accomplishment Instruc- tions-Part 2-On Aircraft-CONFIG 1-Repeat Inspections in Pilatus SB 55- 005. (i) MODIFY GROUP 1 AIRPLANES Within 11 months after the effective date of this AD, modify the hinge bolt installations on the elevator, rudder, and RH aileron assemblies by following the Accomplishment Instructions- Part 3-On Aircraft-Modi- fication from CONFIG 1 to CONFIG 2 in Pilatus SB 55-005. Modifying the elevator, rudder, and RH aileron hinge bolt installations terminates the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (h)(2) of this AD. (j) INSTALLATION PROHIBITION As of the following applicable compliance time, do not install on any airplane an elevator assembly part number (P/N) 113.50.06.011, 113.50. 06.012, 6305.0010.00, 6305.0010.52, 6305.0010.53, 6305.0010.54 or 6305 .0010.55, or a rudder assembly P/N 113.40.06.018, 6302.0010.51 or 6302 .0010.52. (1) For Group 1 airplanes: As of the modification required by paragraph (i) of this AD. (2) For Group 2 airplanes: As of the effective date of this AD. (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 certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (l)(1) of this AD and email: 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 more information about this AD, contact Doug Rudolph, Aviation Safety Engineer, FAA, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, Inter- national Validation Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, MO 64106; phone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: doug.rudolph @faa.gov. (2) Refer to European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2021-0098, dated April 9, 2021, for more information. You may examine the EASA AD in the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2021-0786. (3) You may obtain information related to Pilatus SB 55-003, SB 55-003R1, SB 55-003R2, Pilatus SB 55-003R3; or Pilatus SB 55-005, which are not incorporated by reference, using the contact information found in paragraph (m)(3) of this AD. (m) MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference 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 the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Pilatus PC-6 Service Bulletin (SB) No. 55-005, dated February 25, 2021 (ii) [Reserved] (3) Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Customer Support General Aviation, CH-6371 Stans Switzerland; phone: +41 848 247 365; email: techsupport.ch@pilatus- aircraft.com; website: https://www.pilatus-aircraft.com. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 901 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148. (5) 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: fr. firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal- register/cfr/ibr-locations.html. Issued on November 19, 2021. Lance T Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworth -iness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Rudolph, Aviation Safety Engineer, FAA, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International Validation Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, MO 64106; phone: (816) 329-4059 fax: (816) 329-4090; email: email@example.com.
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