Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Model Falcon 10 Airplanes; Model Fan Jet Falcon Airplanes; Model Mystere-Falcon 200 Airplanes; Model Mystere-Falcon 20-C5, 20-D5, 20-E5, and 20-F5 Airplanes; Model Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX Airplanes; and Model Mystere-Falcon 50 and 900, and Falcon 900EX Airplanes, 48021-48024 [E9-22576]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 181 / Monday, September 21, 2009 / Proposed Rules FAA AD Differences DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Note 3: This AD differs from the MCAI and/or service information as follows: No differences. Federal Aviation Administration Other FAA AD Provisions [Docket No. FAA–2009–0864; Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–202–AD] 14 CFR Part 39 (g) The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Karl Schletzbaum, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4146; fax: (816) 329–4090; e-mail: karl.schletzbaum@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any airship to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (3) Reporting Requirements: For any reporting requirement in this AD, under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection requirements and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120–0056. Related Information Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 14, 2009. Kim Smith, Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–22641 Filed 9–18–09; 8:45 am] srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with PROPOSALS VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:23 Sep 18, 2009 Jkt 217001 Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Model Falcon 10 Airplanes; Model Fan Jet Falcon Airplanes; Model MystereFalcon 200 Airplanes; Model MystereFalcon 20–C5, 20–D5, 20–E5, and 20– F5 Airplanes; Model Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX Airplanes; and Model Mystere-Falcon 50 and 900, and Falcon 900EX Airplanes AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from 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: During maintenance on one aircraft, it was discovered that the overpressure capsules were broken on both pressurization valves. Failure of the pressurization control regulating valve (overpressure capsule) will affect the aircraft’s overpressure protection. * * * * (h) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2009–0182, dated August 20, 2009; and ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG Service Bulletin S07 830 0001, Issue B–00, dated June 29, 2009, for related information. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P RIN 2120–AA64 * * * * The unsafe condition is overpressurization, which can result in injury to the occupants and possible structural failure leading to loss of control of the airplane. The proposed AD would require actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by October 21, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–40, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 48021 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Dassault Falcon Jet, P.O. Box 2000, South Hackensack, New Jersey 07606; telephone 201–440–6700; Internet https://www.dassaultfalcon.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227– 1221 or 425–227–1152. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1137; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2009–0864; Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–202–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2008–0072, E:\FR\FM\21SEP1.SGM 21SEP1 48022 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 181 / Monday, September 21, 2009 / Proposed Rules dated April 18, 2008 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: During maintenance on one aircraft, it was discovered that the overpressure capsules were broken on both pressurization valves. Failure of the pressurization control regulating valve (overpressure capsule) will affect the aircraft’s overpressure protection, possibly resulting in a structural failure in case of combination with another pressurization system failure. Consequently, Dassault Aviation has developed a repetitive check of this outflow valve capsule, which has already been introduced into the Maintenance of Components section (chapter 5–20) of the relevant Aircraft Maintenance Manuals (AMM). For the reason described above, this EASA [European Aviation Safety Agency] Airworthiness Directive (AD) requires a repetitive check of the outflow valve overpressure capsule, as it will also be introduced into the Airworthiness Limitations section (chapter 5–40) of the respective AMMs. The unsafe condition is overpressurization, which can result in injury to the occupants and possible structural failure leading to loss of control of the airplane. Required actions include repetitive inspections for overpressure tightness on both regulating valves, and replacing the affected valve with a serviceable unit, if necessary. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with PROPOSALS Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information We have reviewed the MCAI and, in general, agree with their substance. But we might have found it necessary to use different words from those in the MCAI to ensure the AD is clear for U.S. operators and is enforceable. In making these changes, we do not intend to differ substantively from the information provided in the MCAI. We might also have proposed different actions in this AD from those in the MCAI in order to follow FAA VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:23 Sep 18, 2009 Jkt 217001 policies. Any such differences are highlighted in a NOTE within the proposed AD. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety. Costs of Compliance Based on the service information, we estimate that this proposed AD would affect about 1,082 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 1 work-hour per product to comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $80 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $86,560, or $80 per product. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: 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. We are 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. § 39.13 Regulatory Findings We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 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. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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. [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: Dassault Aviation (Formerly Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation (AMD/BA)): Docket No. FAA–2009–0864; Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–202–AD. Comments Due Date (a) We must receive comments by October 21, 2009. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to the Dassault airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category. (1) Model Falcon 10 airplanes, Model Fan Jet Falcon airplanes, and Model MystereFalcon 20–C5, 20–D5, 20–E5, and 20–F5 airplanes, all serial numbers, equipped with Liebherr or ABG–Semca pressurization outflow valves. (2) Model Mystere-Falcon 200 airplanes, Model Mystere-Falcon 50 and 900, and Falcon 900EX airplanes, and Model Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX airplanes, all serial numbers. Subject (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 21: Air Conditioning. Reason (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) states: During maintenance on one aircraft, it was discovered that the overpressure capsules were broken on both pressurization valves. Failure of the pressurization control regulating valve (overpressure capsule) will affect the aircraft’s overpressure protection, possibly resulting in a structural failure in case of combination with another pressurization system failure. Consequently, Dassault Aviation has developed a repetitive check of this outflow valve capsule, which has already been introduced into the Maintenance of Components section (chapter 5–20) of the relevant Aircraft Maintenance Manuals (AMM). For the reason described above, this EASA [European Aviation Safety Agency] Airworthiness Directive (AD) requires a repetitive check of the outflow valve E:\FR\FM\21SEP1.SGM 21SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 181 / Monday, September 21, 2009 / Proposed Rules overpressure capsule, as it will also be introduced into the Airworthiness Limitations section (chapter 5–40) of the respective AMMs. The unsafe condition is overpressurization, which can result in injury to the occupants and possible structural failure leading to the loss of control of the airplane. Required actions include repetitive inspections for overpressure tightness on both regulating valves, and replacing the affected valve with a serviceable unit, if necessary. Actions and Compliance (f) Unless already done, do the following actions. (1) Within 6 months after the effective date of this AD, or before reaching the applicable time in the ‘‘Inspection Threshold’’ column specified in Table 1 of this AD, whichever 48023 occurs later, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed the applicable time in the ‘‘Inspection Interval’’ column specified in Table 1 of this AD: Inspect for overpressure tightness on both regulating valves using a method approved by either the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (or its delegated agent). TABLE 1—COMPLIANCE TIMES Affected airplanes Inspection threshold (whichever occurs later) Inspection interval Fan Jet Falcon, and Mystere-Falcon 20–C5, 20–D5, 20– E5, and 20–F5 equipped with Liebherr or ABG–Semca valves part number (P/N) 209xx0xxx0x;. Mystere-Falcon 200; and ..................................................... Falcon 10, equipped with Liebherr or ABG–Semca valves P/N 209xx0xxx0x.. Prior to the accumulation of 1,250 total flight hours on the regulating valve since new. Within 1,250 flight hours after the valve was cleaned in accordance with this AD. 1,250 flight hours. Mystere-Falcon 50; .............................................................. Mystere-Falcon 900; and ..................................................... Falcon 900EX (including ‘‘F900EX–EASy’’ and ‘‘F900DX’’) Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX (including ‘‘F2000EX– EASy’’ and ‘‘F2000DX’’). Prior to the accumulation of 1,630 total flight hours on the regulating valve since new. Within 1,630 flight hours after the valve was cleaned in accordance with this AD. 1,630 flight hours. Note 1: Guidance on inspecting for overpressure tightness on both regulating valves can be found in the applicable airplane maintenance manual identified in Table 2 of this AD. TABLE 2—MAINTENANCE MANUAL GUIDANCE See Dassault maintenance procedure— In maintenance manual— Falcon 10, equipped with Liebherr or ABG–Semca valves P/N 209xx0xxx0x. Falcon 900EX (including ‘‘F900EX–EASy’’ and ‘‘F900DX’’) ................... 21–32–01, dated July 2007 ........... Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX (including ‘‘F2000EX–EASy’’) ........... 21–314, dated May 2007 .............. Falcon F2000DX ..................................................................................... 21–314, dated November 2007 ..... Fan Jet Falcon, Mystere-Falcon 20–C5, 20–D5, 20–E5, and 20–F5; equipped with Liebherr or ABG–Semca valves part number (P/N) 209xx0xxx0x. Mystere-Falcon 50 ................................................................................... 21–31–10, dated October 2007 .... Dassault Falcon 10 Maintenance Manual. Dassault Falcon 900EX EASy Maintenance Manual. Dassault Falcon 2000EX Maintenance Manual. Dassault Falcon 2000DX Maintenance Manual. Dassault Fan Jet Falcon Maintenance Manual. Mystere-Falcon 200 ................................................................................. 051.0, dated December 2007 ........ Mystere-Falcon 900 ................................................................................. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with PROPOSALS For affected airplanes— 21–308, dated April 2007 .............. (2) If any leak is found during any inspection required by paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, replace the affected valve with a serviceable unit, using a method approved by either the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the EASA (or its delegated agent). Note 2: Guidance on replacing regulating valves can be found in the applicable airplane maintenance manual identified in Table 2 of this AD. FAA AD Differences Note 3: This AD differs from the MCAI as follows: Although the MCAI, in paragraph (3) of the compliance section, allows flight after VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:48 Sep 18, 2009 Jkt 217001 21–314, dated March 2007 ........... 21–160, dated July 2007 ............... leaks are found in accordance with the master minimum equipment list (MMEL) provisions, paragraph (f)(2) of this AD requires replacing affected valves before further flight. Other FAA AD Provisions (g) The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Dassault Falcon 50/50EX Maintenance Manual. Dassault Falcon 200 Maintenance Manual. Dassault Falcon 900 Maintenance Manual. ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1137; fax (425) 227–1149. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your principal maintenance inspector (PMI) or principal avionics inspector (PAI), as appropriate, or lacking a principal inspector, your local Flight Standards District Office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they E:\FR\FM\21SEP1.SGM 21SEP1 48024 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 181 / Monday, September 21, 2009 / Proposed Rules are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (3) Reporting Requirements: For any reporting requirement in this AD, under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection requirements and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120–0056. Related Information (h) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2008– 0072, dated April 18, 2008, for related information. Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 11, 2009. Stephen P. Boyd, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–22576 Filed 9–18–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2009–0789; Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–185–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 B2–1C, B2–203, B2K–3C, B4–103, B4–203, B4–2C Airplanes; Model A310 Airplanes; and Model A300 B4–601, B4–603, B4–605R, B4–620, B4–622, and B4–622R Airplanes AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from 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: Cracks have been found on pylon side panels (upper section) at rib 8 on Airbus A300, A310 and A300–600 aircraft equipped with General Electric engines. Investigation of these findings indicates that this problem is likely to affect aircraft of this type design with other engine installations. This condition, if not corrected, can lead to reduced strength [structural integrity] of the pylon primary structure. The unsafe condition is reduced structural integrity of the pylon primary structure, which could cause VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:23 Sep 18, 2009 Jkt 217001 detachment of the engine from the fuselage. The proposed AD would require actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 5, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–40, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Airbus SAS—EAW (Airworthiness Office), 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; e-mail: account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; Internet https://www.airbus.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227– 1221 or 425–227–1152. this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2009–0789; Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–185–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments. We have lengthened the 30-day comment period for proposed ADs that address MCAI originated by aviation authorities of other countries to provide adequate time for interested parties to submit comments. The comment period for these proposed ADs is now typically 45 days, which is consistent with the comment period for domestic transport ADs. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Examining the AD Docket Cracks have been found on pylon side panels (upper section) at rib 8 on Airbus A300, A310 and A300–600 aircraft equipped with General Electric engines. Investigation of these findings indicates that this problem is likely to affect aircraft of this type design with other engine installations. This condition, if not corrected, can lead to reduced strength [structural integrity] of the pylon primary structure. In order to detect any crack propagation at an early stage, thus avoiding an extensive repair, Airbus issued Service Bulletins (SB) A300–54–0075, A310–54–2018 and A300– 54–6015. * * * This AD requires the implementation of this * * * inspection programme. You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–2125; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2008–0181, dated October 1, 2008 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: The unsafe condition is reduced structural integrity of the pylon primary structure, which could cause detachment of the engine from the fuselage. Required actions include repetitive detailed visual inspections, or repetitive eddy current and detailed visual inspections, to detect cracks, depending on the airplane configuration, and corrective actions if necessary. The corrective actions include repairing the cracking, and E:\FR\FM\21SEP1.SGM 21SEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 181 (Monday, September 21, 2009)]
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[FR Doc No: E9-22576]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2009-0864; Directorate Identifier 2008-NM-202-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Model Falcon 10 Airplanes; 
Model Fan Jet Falcon Airplanes; Model Mystere-Falcon 200 Airplanes; 
Model Mystere-Falcon 20-C5, 20-D5, 20-E5, and 20-F5 Airplanes; Model 
Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX Airplanes; and Model Mystere-Falcon 50 
and 900, and Falcon 900EX Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the 
products listed above. This proposed AD results from 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:

    During maintenance on one aircraft, it was discovered that the 
overpressure capsules were broken on both pressurization valves. 
Failure of the pressurization control regulating valve (overpressure 
capsule) will affect the aircraft's overpressure protection. * * *
* * * * *
    The unsafe condition is overpressurization, which can result in 
injury to the occupants and possible structural failure leading to loss 
of control of the airplane. The proposed AD would require actions that 
are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by October 21, 
2009.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-40, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
Dassault Falcon Jet, P.O. Box 2000, South Hackensack, New Jersey 07606; 
telephone 201-440-6700; Internet https://www.dassaultfalcon.com. You may 
review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, 
Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the 
FAA, call 425-227-1221 or 425-227-1152.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory 
evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street 
address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is 
in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket 
shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
227-1137; fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2009-0864; 
Directorate Identifier 2008-NM-202-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD based on those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2008-0072,

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dated April 18, 2008 (referred to after this as ``the MCAI''), to 
correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI 
states:

    During maintenance on one aircraft, it was discovered that the 
overpressure capsules were broken on both pressurization valves. 
Failure of the pressurization control regulating valve (overpressure 
capsule) will affect the aircraft's overpressure protection, 
possibly resulting in a structural failure in case of combination 
with another pressurization system failure. Consequently, Dassault 
Aviation has developed a repetitive check of this outflow valve 
capsule, which has already been introduced into the Maintenance of 
Components section (chapter 5-20) of the relevant Aircraft 
Maintenance Manuals (AMM).
    For the reason described above, this EASA [European Aviation 
Safety Agency] Airworthiness Directive (AD) requires a repetitive 
check of the outflow valve overpressure capsule, as it will also be 
introduced into the Airworthiness Limitations section (chapter 5-40) 
of the respective AMMs.

    The unsafe condition is overpressurization, which can result in 
injury to the occupants and possible structural failure leading to loss 
of control of the airplane. Required actions include repetitive 
inspections for overpressure tightness on both regulating valves, and 
replacing the affected valve with a serviceable unit, if necessary. You 
may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI referenced 
above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent 
information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to 
exist or develop on other products of the same type design.

Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information

    We have reviewed the MCAI and, in general, agree with their 
substance. But we might have found it necessary to use different words 
from those in the MCAI to ensure the AD is clear for U.S. operators and 
is enforceable. In making these changes, we do not intend to differ 
substantively from the information provided in the MCAI.
    We might also have proposed different actions in this AD from those 
in the MCAI in order to follow FAA policies. Any such differences are 
highlighted in a NOTE within the proposed AD.

Costs of Compliance

    Based on the service information, we estimate that this proposed AD 
would affect about 1,082 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate 
that it would take about 1 work-hour per product to comply with the 
basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $80 
per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the 
proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $86,560, or $80 per product.

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.
    We are 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.

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed 
regulation:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 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.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety.

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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 AD:

Dassault Aviation (Formerly Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation 
(AMD/BA)): Docket No. FAA-2009-0864; Directorate Identifier 2008-NM-
202-AD.

Comments Due Date

    (a) We must receive comments by October 21, 2009.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to the Dassault airplanes identified in 
paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any 
category.
    (1) Model Falcon 10 airplanes, Model Fan Jet Falcon airplanes, 
and Model Mystere-Falcon 20-C5, 20-D5, 20-E5, and 20-F5 airplanes, 
all serial numbers, equipped with Liebherr or ABG-Semca 
pressurization outflow valves.
    (2) Model Mystere-Falcon 200 airplanes, Model Mystere-Falcon 50 
and 900, and Falcon 900EX airplanes, and Model Falcon 2000 and 
Falcon 2000EX airplanes, all serial numbers.

Subject

    (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 21: Air 
Conditioning.

Reason

    (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) 
states:

    During maintenance on one aircraft, it was discovered that the 
overpressure capsules were broken on both pressurization valves. 
Failure of the pressurization control regulating valve (overpressure 
capsule) will affect the aircraft's overpressure protection, 
possibly resulting in a structural failure in case of combination 
with another pressurization system failure. Consequently, Dassault 
Aviation has developed a repetitive check of this outflow valve 
capsule, which has already been introduced into the Maintenance of 
Components section (chapter 5-20) of the relevant Aircraft 
Maintenance Manuals (AMM).
    For the reason described above, this EASA [European Aviation 
Safety Agency] Airworthiness Directive (AD) requires a repetitive 
check of the outflow valve

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overpressure capsule, as it will also be introduced into the 
Airworthiness Limitations section (chapter 5-40) of the respective 
AMMs.

The unsafe condition is overpressurization, which can result in 
injury to the occupants and possible structural failure leading to 
the loss of control of the airplane. Required actions include 
repetitive inspections for overpressure tightness on both regulating 
valves, and replacing the affected valve with a serviceable unit, if 
necessary.

Actions and Compliance

    (f) Unless already done, do the following actions.
    (1) Within 6 months after the effective date of this AD, or 
before reaching the applicable time in the ``Inspection Threshold'' 
column specified in Table 1 of this AD, whichever occurs later, and 
thereafter at intervals not to exceed the applicable time in the 
``Inspection Interval'' column specified in Table 1 of this AD: 
Inspect for overpressure tightness on both regulating valves using a 
method approved by either the Manager, International Branch, ANM-
116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation 
Safety Agency (or its delegated agent).

                                            Table 1--Compliance Times
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
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        Affected airplanes             Inspection threshold (whichever occurs     Inspection interval
                                                        later)
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Fan Jet Falcon, and Mystere-Falcon  Prior to the           Within 1,250 flight    1,250 flight hours.
 20-C5, 20-D5, 20-E5, and 20-F5      accumulation of        hours after the
 equipped with Liebherr or ABG-      1,250 total flight     valve was cleaned in
 Semca valves part number (P/N)      hours on the           accordance with this
 209xx0xxx0x;.                       regulating valve       AD.
Mystere-Falcon 200; and...........   since new.
Falcon 10, equipped with Liebherr
 or ABG-Semca valves P/N
 209xx0xxx0x..
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Mystere-Falcon 50;................  Prior to the           Within 1,630 flight    1,630 flight hours.
Mystere-Falcon 900; and...........   accumulation of        hours after the
Falcon 900EX (including ``F900EX-    1,630 total flight     valve was cleaned in
 EASy'' and ``F900DX'') Falcon       hours on the           accordance with this
 2000 and Falcon 2000EX (including   regulating valve       AD.
 ``F2000EX-EASy'' and ``F2000DX'').  since new.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Note 1: Guidance on inspecting for overpressure tightness on 
both regulating valves can be found in the applicable airplane 
maintenance manual identified in Table 2 of this AD.


                  Table 2--Maintenance Manual Guidance
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     See Dassault
    For affected airplanes--          maintenance       In maintenance
                                      procedure--          manual--
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Falcon 10, equipped with          21-32-01, dated     Dassault Falcon 10
 Liebherr or ABG-Semca valves P/   July 2007.          Maintenance
 N 209xx0xxx0x.                                        Manual.
Falcon 900EX (including ``F900EX- 21-314, dated       Dassault Falcon
 EASy'' and ``F900DX'').           March 2007.         900EX EASy
                                                       Maintenance
                                                       Manual.
Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX     21-314, dated May   Dassault Falcon
 (including ``F2000EX-EASy'').     2007.               2000EX
                                                       Maintenance
                                                       Manual.
Falcon F2000DX..................  21-314, dated       Dassault Falcon
                                   November 2007.      2000DX
                                                       Maintenance
                                                       Manual.
Fan Jet Falcon, Mystere-Falcon    21-31-10, dated     Dassault Fan Jet
 20-C5, 20-D5, 20-E5, and 20-F5;   October 2007.       Falcon
 equipped with Liebherr or ABG-                        Maintenance
 Semca valves part number (P/N)                        Manual.
 209xx0xxx0x.
Mystere-Falcon 50...............  21-160, dated July  Dassault Falcon 50/
                                   2007.               50EX Maintenance
                                                       Manual.
Mystere-Falcon 200..............  051.0, dated        Dassault Falcon
                                   December 2007.      200 Maintenance
                                                       Manual.
Mystere-Falcon 900..............  21-308, dated       Dassault Falcon
                                   April 2007.         900 Maintenance
                                                       Manual.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

     (2) If any leak is found during any inspection required by 
paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, replace the 
affected valve with a serviceable unit, using a method approved by 
either the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the EASA (or its delegated agent).

    Note 2: Guidance on replacing regulating valves can be found in 
the applicable airplane maintenance manual identified in Table 2 of 
this AD.

FAA AD Differences

    Note 3: This AD differs from the MCAI as follows: Although the 
MCAI, in paragraph (3) of the compliance section, allows flight 
after leaks are found in accordance with the master minimum 
equipment list (MMEL) provisions, paragraph (f)(2) of this AD 
requires replacing affected valves before further flight.

Other FAA AD Provisions

    (g) The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using 
the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Tom 
Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, 
Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-1137; fax (425) 227-1149. 
Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC 
applies, notify your principal maintenance inspector (PMI) or 
principal avionics inspector (PAI), as appropriate, or lacking a 
principal inspector, your local Flight Standards District Office. 
The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD.
    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain 
corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these 
actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered 
FAA-approved if they

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are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated 
agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before 
it is returned to service.
    (3) Reporting Requirements: For any reporting requirement in 
this AD, under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information 
collection requirements and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120-
0056.

Related Information

    (h) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness 
Directive 2008-0072, dated April 18, 2008, for related information.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 11, 2009.
Stephen P. Boyd,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E9-22576 Filed 9-18-09; 8:45 am]
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