We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France EC130B4 helicopters. This proposed AD is prompted by an in-flight cracking and failure of a center windscreen. The proposed actions are intended to detect a crack in the blending radii of the center windscreen to prevent failure of the windscreen, injury to the flight crew, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Agency Contact: Jim Grigg, Manager, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a proposed regulation. Comments were due on August 17, 2012.