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(4) AMOCs approved previously in requires inspecting the throttle twist Management Group, Fort Worth, Texas
accordance with AD 2001–14–22, are grip (twist grip) assembly for any foreign 76193–0111, telephone (817) 222–5355,
approved as AMOCs for the corresponding body (chip or debris), any rotating fax (817) 222–5961.
provisions of paragraphs (f) and (j) of this micro-switch, and any micro-switch
roller that does not move freely. If any amendment adopts a new AD for
Material Incorporated by Reference unairworthy condition is found, this Eurocopter Model EC130 B4 helicopters.
(m) You must use Boeing Alert Service action requires that it be corrected This action requires, within 30 hours
Bulletin 747–53A2451, including Appendix before further flight. This amendment is time-in-service (TIS), unless
A, dated October 5, 2000; or Boeing Alert prompted by two reports of a twist grip accomplished during the previous 100-
Service Bulletin 747–53A2451, Revision 1, assembly jamming in the ‘‘IDLE’’ hour TIS or annual inspection,
dated November 10, 2005; as applicable; to position. The actions specified in this
perform the actions that are required by this
inspecting the twist grip assembly for
AD are intended to detect and prevent any foreign body (chip or debris), any
AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
(1) The Director of the Federal Register
jamming of the twist grip assembly, rotating micro-switch, and any micro-
approved the incorporation by reference of which, if present, could keep the engine switch roller that does not move freely.
Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2451, from operating above idle speed and If any unairworthy condition is found,
Revision 1, dated November 10, 2005, in result in subsequent loss of control of this action requires that it be corrected
accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR the engine power of the helicopter. before further flight. This amendment is
part 51. DATES: Effective July 27, 2006. prompted by reports of two incidents in
(2) On August 30, 2001 (66 FR 38891, July Comments for inclusion in the Rules which a twist grip assembly jammed in
26, 2001), the Director of the Federal Register
Docket must be received on or before the ‘‘IDLE’’ position. Analyses
approved the incorporation by reference of
Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2451, August 11, 2006. conducted by the manufacturer revealed
including Appendix A, dated October 5, ADDRESSES: Use one of the following that a chip was caught between the
2000. addresses to submit comments on this roller of the ‘‘FLIGHT’’ micro-switch
(3) Contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, AD: and the cam in one of the reported
P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124– • DOT Docket Web site: Go to incidents, and marks on the cam
2207, for a copy of this service information. and follow the indicated that debris had been present
You may review copies at the Docket instructions for sending your comments in the second incident. This condition,
Management Facility, U.S. Department of if not detected, could result in jamming
Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW.,
Room PL–401, Nassif Building, Washington, • Government-wide rulemaking Web of the twist grip assembly, which, if
DC; on the Internet at; or site: Go to present, could keep the engine from
at the National Archives and Records and follow the instructions for sending operating above idle speed and result in
Administration (NARA). For information on your comments electronically; subsequent loss of control of the engine
the availability of this material at the NARA, • Mail: Docket Management Facility; power of the helicopter.
call (202) 741–6030, or go to http:// U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 The Direction Generale de L’Aviation Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Civile (DGAC), the airworthiness
code_of_federal_regulations/ Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590; authority for France, notified the FAA
ibr_locations.html. • Fax: (202) 493–2251; or that an unsafe condition may exist on
Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 31, • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on Eurocopter Model EC130 B4 helicopters
2006. the plaza level of the Nassif Building, before embodiment of MOD 073773
Kalene C. Yanamura, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, fitted with a twist grip assembly, part
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday number (P/N) 350A27–5209–00, P/N
Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. through Friday, except Federal holidays. 350A27–5209–01, or P/N 350A27–
[FR Doc. 06–5207 Filed 6–9–06; 8:45 am] You may get the service information 5209–02, installed. The DGAC advises
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P identified in this AD from American of two reports of twist grip assembly
Eurocopter Corporation, 2701 Forum jamming in the ‘‘IDLE’’ position.
Drive, Grand Prairie, Texas 75053–4005, Eurocopter has issued Alert Telex No.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION telephone (972) 641–3460, fax (972) 05A003, dated June 30, 2005, which
641–3527. specifies an initial and repetitive
Federal Aviation Administration functional checks of the twist grip
Examining the Docket
assembly on Model EC130 B4
14 CFR Part 39 You may examine the docket that helicopters. The DGAC classified this
contains the AD, any comments, and alert telex as mandatory and issued AD
[Docket No. FAA–2006–24807; Directorate
Identifier 2005–SW–41–AD; Amendment 39– other information on the Internet at No. F–2005–145, dated August 17, 2005,
14603; AD 2006–10–19], or in person at the to ensure the continued airworthiness of
Docket Management System (DMS) these helicopters in France.
RIN 2120–AA64 Docket Offices between 9 a.m. and 5 This helicopter model is
p.m., Monday through Friday, except manufactured in France and is type
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter Federal holidays. The Docket Office certificated for operation in the United
France Model EC130 B4 Helicopters (telephone (800) 647–5227) is located on States under the provisions of 14 CFR
AGENCY: Federal Aviation the plaza level of the Department of 21.29 and the applicable bilateral
Administration, DOT. Transportation Nassif Building at the agreement. Pursuant to the applicable
street address stated in the ADDRESSES bilateral agreement, the DGAC has kept
ACTION: Final rule; request for
section. Comments will be available in the FAA informed of the situation
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the AD docket shortly after the DMS described above. The FAA has
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a receives them. examined the findings of the DGAC,
new airworthiness directive (AD) for FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ed reviewed all available information, and
Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model Cuevas, Aviation Safety Engineer, FAA, determined that AD action is necessary
EC130 B4 helicopters. This action Rotorcraft Directorate, Safety for products of this type design that are

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certificated for operation in the United to an address listed under ADDRESSES. promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in
States. This AD requires an Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2006–24807; air commerce by prescribing regulations
‘‘inspection’’ rather than a ‘‘functional Directorate Identifier 2005–SW–41–AD’’ for practices, methods, and procedures
check’’ required by the DGAC AD and at the beginning of your comments. We the Administrator finds necessary for
does not allow this inspection to be specifically invite comments on the safety in air commerce. This regulation
performed by a pilot. Further, the DGAC overall regulatory, economic, is within the scope of that authority
AD requires repetitive inspections at environmental, and energy aspects of because it addresses an unsafe condition
intervals of 110 hours TIS. This AD does the AD. We will consider all comments that is likely to exist or develop on
not require those repetitive inspections received by the closing date and may products identified in this rulemaking
because a functional check of the twist amend the AD in light of those action.
grip assembly is now a part of the comments.
annual or 100-hour TIS helicopter We will post all comments we List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39
inspection made effective by an receive, without change, to http:// Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation
amendment to the maintenance, including any personal safety, Safety.
instructions in the maintenance manual information you provide. We will also Adoption of the Amendment
at AMM Task 76–12–00, 6–1. post a report summarizing each
This unsafe condition is likely to exist substantive verbal contact with FAA ■ Accordingly, pursuant to the authority
or develop on other helicopters of the personnel concerning this AD. Using the delegated to me by the Administrator,
same type design. Therefore, this AD is search function of our docket Web site, the Federal Aviation Administration
being issued to detect and prevent you can find and read the comments to amends part 39 of the Federal Aviation
jamming of the twist grip assembly, any of our dockets, including the name Regulations (14 CFR part 39) as follows:
which, if present, could keep the engine of the individual who sent the
from operating above idle speed and comment. You may review the DOT’s PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS
result in subsequent loss of control of complete Privacy Act Statement in the DIRECTIVES
the engine power of the helicopter. This Federal Register published on April 11, ■ 1. The authority citation for part 39
AD requires, within 30 hours TIS, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78), or you may visit continues to read as follows:
unless accomplished during the
previous 100-hour TIS or 12-month Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
inspection, inspecting the twist grip Regulatory Findings
§ 39.13 [Amended]
assembly for any foreign body (chip or We have determined that this AD will
debris), any rotating micro-switch, and not have federalism implications under ■ 2. Section 39.13 is amended by adding
any micro-switch roller that does not Executive Order 13132. This AD will a new airworthiness directive to read as
move freely. If any unairworthy not have a substantial direct effect on follows:
condition is found, this action requires the States, on the relationship between 2006–10–19 Eurocopter France:
that it be corrected before further flight. the national Government and the States, Amendment 39–14603. Docket No.
The short compliance time involved is or on the distribution of power and FAA–2006–24807; Directorate Identifier
required because the previously 2005–SW–41–AD.
responsibilities among the various
described critical unsafe condition can levels of government. Applicability: Model EC130 B4 helicopters,
adversely affect the controllability of the For the reasons discussed above, I with a throttle twist grip (twist grip)
helicopter. Therefore, the actions assembly, part number (P/N) 350A27–5209–
certify that the regulation: 00, P/N 350A27–5209–01, or P/N 350A27–
described previously are required in a 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory 5209–02, installed, certificated in any
very short time interval and this AD action’’ under Executive Order 12866; category.
must be issued immediately. 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the Compliance: Required as indicated, unless
Since a situation exists that requires DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures accomplished during the previous 100 hour
the immediate adoption of this (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and time-in-service (TIS) or annual inspection.
regulation, it is found that notice and 3. Will not have a significant To detect jamming of the twist grip
opportunity for prior public comment economic impact, positive or negative, assembly, which could keep the engine from
hereon are impracticable, and that good on a substantial number of small entities operating above idle speed and result in
cause exists for making this amendment under the criteria of the Regulatory subsequent loss of control of the engine
effective in less than 30 days. Flexibility Act. power of the helicopter, accomplish the
We estimate that this AD will affect following:
We prepared an economic evaluation
(a) Within 30 hours TIS, access the twist
46 helicopters and, assuming that no of the estimated costs to comply with grip assembly and inspect the cam and
micro-switches will need to be replaced, this AD. See the DMS to examine the micro-switch body and rollers for:
inspecting the twist grip assembly and economic evaluation. (1) Any foreign chip or debris;
removing any chip, if present, will take (2) Any friction point while turning the
Authority for This Rulemaking
approximately 0.25 work hours to twist grip assembly from ‘‘Flight’’ to ‘‘Idle’’
accomplish at an average labor rate of Title 49 of the United States Code position;
$80 per work hour. Based on these specifies the FAA’s authority to issue (3) Any rotating micro-switch body; and
figures, the total estimated cost impact rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, (4) Any micro-switch roller that does not
of the AD on U.S. operators is $920. Section 106, describes the authority of turn freely.
the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, (b) If you find any chip or debris, remove
Comments Invited it; if you find a friction point, a rotating
Aviation Programs, describes in more micro-switch body, a binding micro-switch
This AD is a final rule that involves detail the scope of the Agency’s roller or any other unairworthy part, repair
requirements that affect flight safety and authority. or replace the part before further flight.
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was not preceded by notice and an We are issuing this rulemaking under Note 1: Eurocopter Alert Telex No.
opportunity for public comment; the authority described in Subtitle VII, 05A003, dated June 30, 2005, pertains to the
however, we invite you to submit any Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701, subject of this AD. AMM Task 76–12–00,
written data, views, or arguments ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that 6–1, dealing with a repetitive functional
regarding this AD. Send your comments section, Congress charges the FAA with check of the twist grip assembly, has been

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inserted into the current maintenance The Director of the Federal Register We agree with Airbus and have
instructions and is now part of the annual or approved the incorporation by reference revised paragraph (f) of the AD to reflect
100-hour inspection. of certain publications listed in the AD the revised service bulletins. In
(c) To request a different method of as of July 17, 2006. addition, we have added a new
compliance or a different compliance time ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD paragraph (g) of this AD specifying that
for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR accomplishment of the actions specified
39.19. Contact the Manager, Safety
docket on the Internet at http:// or in person at the Docket in paragraph (f) of the AD in accordance
Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate,
FAA, ATTN: Ed Cuevas, Aviation Safety Management Facility, U.S. Department with the original issuance of the service
Engineer, FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Safety of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street bulletins, as applicable, is considered to
Management Group, Fort Worth, Texas SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, be an acceptable method of compliance.
76193–0111, telephone (817) 222–5355, fax Washington, DC. Subsequent paragraphs of the AD have
(817) 222–5961, for information about Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice been re-identified accordingly.
previously approved alternative methods of Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France,
compliance. Request To Add a Phrase
for service information identified in this
(d) This amendment becomes effective on AD. One commenter, Modification and
June 27, 2006. Replacement Parts Association
Note 2: The subject of this AD is addressed
Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, (MARPA), states that the requirement to
in Direction Generale de L’Aviation Civile install a certain part number to the
(France) AD No. F–2005–145, dated August International Branch, ANM–116, FAA,
Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 exclusion of any other part nullifies part
17, 2005. 21 of the Federal Aviation Regulations
Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington
Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 1, 98055–4056; telephone (425) 227–2125; (14 CFR part 21) by preventing the
2006. fax (425) 227–1149. development and/or use of alternative
David A. Downey, parts. MARPA submits that this can be
Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft averted by adding the common phrase
Certification Service. Examining the Docket ‘‘or FAA-approved equivalent part
[FR Doc. 06–5241 Filed 6–9–06; 8:45 am] You may examine the airworthiness number’’ as a suffix to the part number
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P directive (AD) docket on the Internet at mandated to be installed. Additionally, or in person at the MARPA referenced an existing AD that
Docket Management Facility office contains the phrase MARPA suggests.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday In response to MARPA’s request to
through Friday, except Federal holidays. add the phrase ‘‘or FAA-approved
Federal Aviation Administration The Docket Management Facility office equivalent part number,’’ we do not
(telephone (800) 647–5227) is located on agree. Whether an alternative part is
14 CFR Part 39 the plaza level of the Nassif Building at ‘‘equivalent’’ in adequately resolving the
the street address stated in the unsafe condition can be determined
[Docket No. FAA–2006–24103; Directorate only on a case-by-case basis based on a
Identifier 2005–NM–241–AD; Amendment ADDRESSES section.
complete understanding of the unsafe
39–14625; AD 2006–12–01] Discussion condition. Our policy is that, in order
RIN 2120–AA64 The FAA issued a notice of proposed for operators to replace a part with one
rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR that is not specified in the AD, they
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model part 39 to include an AD that would must request and receive approval of an
A300 B4–600R Series Airplanes, A300 apply to certain Airbus transport Alternative Method of Compliance
C4–605R Variant F Airplanes, A300 F4– category airplanes. That NPRM was (AMOC). This is necessary so that we
600R Series Airplanes; and Model published in the Federal Register on can make a specific determination that
A310–300 Series Airplanes March 8, 2006 (71 FR 11555). That an alternative part is or is not
NPRM proposed to require replacing the susceptible to the same unsafe
AGENCY: Federal Aviation condition.
existing vent float valve with a new,
Administration (FAA), Department of In response to the commenter’s
improved vent float valve.
Transportation (DOT). statement that the requirement to install
ACTION: Final rule. Comments a certain part number part to the
We provided the public the exclusion of any other part nullifies part
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new 21 of the FARs (14 CFR part 21) under
opportunity to participate in the
airworthiness directive (AD) for certain development of this AD. We have which the FAA issues parts
Airbus transport category airplanes. considered the comments received. manufacturer approvals (PMAs), this
This AD requires replacing the existing statement appears to reflect a
vent float valve with a new, improved Request To Add Revised Service misunderstanding of the relationship
vent float valve. This AD results from Information between ADs and the certification
reports of failure of the vent float valve The manufacturer, Airbus, advises procedural regulations of part 21 of the
in the left-hand outboard section of the that both of the service bulletins (Airbus Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR
trimmable horizontal stabilizer. We are Service Bulletins A300–28–6081 and part 21). Those regulations, including
issuing this AD to prevent, in the event A310–28–2155, both dated February 16, section 21.303 of the Federal Aviation
of a lightning strike to the horizontal 2005) specified in the NPRM have been Regulations (14 CFR 21.303), are
stabilizer, sparking of metal parts and revised. Airbus notes that Airbus intended to ensure that aeronautical
debris from detached and damaged float Service Bulletins A300–28–6081, products and parts are safe. But ADs are
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valves, or a buildup of static electricity, Revision 01, dated October 11, 2005; issued when, notwithstanding those
which could result in ignition of fuel and A310–28–2155, Revision 01, dated procedures, we become aware of unsafe
vapors and consequent fire or explosion. October 17, 2005, contain minor conditions in these products or parts.
DATES: This AD becomes effective July changes and that no additional work is Therefore, an AD takes precedence over
17, 2006. required. other ‘‘approvals’’ when we identify an

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