DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2022-0100; Project Identifier MCAI-2021-01128-R;
Amendment 39-22018; AD 2022-08-15]
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)
Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (AHD) Model MBB-BK 117 C-2
helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of restricted collective
lever movement caused by entanglement of the emergency flashlight strap
with the cargo hook emergency release lever, causing the emergency
flashlight to leave its seat. This AD requires replacing each affected
emergency flashlight with a serviceable part, 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 products.
DATES: This AD is effective May 26, 2022.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of May 26,
ADDRESSES: For EASA material incorporated by reference (IBR) in
final rule, 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 the EASA material on the EASA website
at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. For Airbus Helicopters service
information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus Helicopters,
2701 North 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.
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 at https://www.regulations.
gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2022-0100.
Examining the AD Docket
You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2022-0100; 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, the
EASA AD, 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: Andrea Jimenez, Aerospace Engineer,
COS Program Management Section, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance
Airworthiness Division, FAA, 1600 Stewart Ave., Suite 410, Westbury, NY
11590; telephone (516) 228-7330; email email@example.com.
EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2021-0231, dated October 15, 2021
(EASA AD 2021-0231), to correct an unsafe condition for all serial-
numbered Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (AHD) Model MBB-BK 117 C-2
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to Airbus Helicopters
Deutschland GmbH (AHD) Model MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters, certificated
in any category. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on February
15, 2022 (87 FR 8439). The NPRM was prompted by a report of restricted
collective lever movement caused by entanglement of the emergency
flashlight strap with the cargo hook emergency release lever, causing
the emergency flashlight to leave its seat. The NPRM proposed to
require replacing each affected emergency flashlight with a serviceable
part, as specified in EASA AD 2021-0231.
Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive
The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of
These helicopters have been approved by EASA and are 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 reviewed the relevant
data and determined that air safety requires adopting this AD as
proposed. Accordingly, the FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe
condition on these helicopters. Except for minor editorial changes,
this AD is adopted as proposed in the NPRM.
Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51
EASA AD 2021-0231 requires replacing each affected emergency
flashlight with a serviceable part. EASA AD 2021-0231 also specifies
that an affected part can be modified and re-identified into a
serviceable part. EASA AD 2021-0231 also prohibits the installation of
an affected part.
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.
Other Related Service Information
The FAA also reviewed Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin ASB
MBB-BK117 C-2-25A-021, Revision 0, dated August 25, 2021. This service
information specifies procedures for removing the strap from the
emergency flashlight and then writing a new part number on the
Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD
EASA AD 2021-0231 requires compliance within 12 months after the
effective date of the EASA AD, whereas this AD requires compliance
within 3 months after the effective date of this AD.
Costs of Compliance
The FAA estimates that this AD affects 117 helicopters of U.S.
Registry. Labor rates are estimated at $85 per work-hour. Based on
these numbers, the FAA estimates the following costs to comply with
Replacing an emergency flashlight takes about 1 work-hour and parts
cost about $219 for an estimated cost of $304 per flashlight and up to
$35,568 for the U.S. fleet. Alternatively, modifying an emergency
flashlight takes about 1 work-hour for an estimated cost of $85 per
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
(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