Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes, 16251-16255 [2015-06615]

Download as PDF 16251 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 59 Friday, March 27, 2015 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 10 CFR Part 72 [NRC–2014–0058] RIN 3150–AJ39 MAGNASTOR® NAC International System, Certificate of Compliance No. 1031, Amendment No. 4 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Direct final rule; confirmation of effective date. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is confirming the effective date of April 14, 2015, for the direct final rule that was published in the Federal Register on January 29, 2015. This direct final rule amended the NRC’s spent fuel storage regulations by revising the NAC International MAGNASTOR® System listing within the ‘‘List of approved spent fuel storage casks’’ to include Amendment No. 4 to Certificate of Compliance (CoC) No. 1031. DATES: The effective date of April 14, 2015, is confirmed for the direct final rule published January 29, 2015 (80 FR 4757). ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2014–0058 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information for this action. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this action by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2014–0058. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–415–3463; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Mar 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publiclyavailable documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. To begin the search, select ‘‘ADAMS Public Documents’’ and then select ‘‘Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.’’ For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301–415–4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. • NRC’s PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC’s PDR, Room O1–F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert D. MacDougall, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–5175, email: Robert.MacDougall@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 29, 2015 (80 FR 4757), the NRC published a direct final rule amending its regulations in § 72.214 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations by revising the NAC International MAGNASTOR® System listing within the ‘‘List of approved spent fuel storage casks’’ to include Amendment No. 4 to CoC No. 1031. Amendment No. 4 changes a limiting condition for operation in the technical specifications for transportable storage canister vacuum drying and helium backfill times, and corrects a typographical error. The NRC’s approval of Amendment No. 4 does not authorize transportation. In the direct final rule, the NRC stated that if no significant adverse comments were received, the direct final rule would become effective on April 14, 2015. The NRC did not receive any comments on the direct final rule. Therefore, this direct final rule will become effective as scheduled. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 23rd day of March, 2015. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, Announcements, and Directives Branch, Division of Administrative Services, Office of Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–07002 Filed 3–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–1032; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–121–AD; Amendment 39–18122; AD 2015–06–04] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011–13– 07 for all Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. AD 2011–13–07 requires revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to include a procedure to power off a radio-altimeter or revert to the correct radio-altimeter output. This new AD requires revising the AFM to include a simpler procedure to revert to the correct radio-altimeter output. This AD was prompted by an analysis which showed that AFM procedures could be simplified. We are issuing this AD to ensure that the flightcrew has procedures in the event of a radioaltimeter lock-up, which inhibits the display of warnings along with certain abnormal conditions, during the switch into landing mode during altitude cruise. If not corrected, this could result in the flightcrew being unaware of possible system failures that require immediate action by the flightcrew, leading to possible loss of control of the airplane. DATES: This AD becomes effective May 1, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of May 1, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=FAA-2013-1032; or in person at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC. For service information identified in this AD, contact Dassault Falcon Jet, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27MRR1.SGM 27MRR1 16252 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 59 / Friday, March 27, 2015 / Rules and Regulations P.O. Box 2000, South Hackensack, NJ 07606; telephone 201–440–6700; Internet http://www.dassaultfalcon.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. It is also available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2013– 1032. Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1137; fax 425–227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Discussion asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2011–13–07, Amendment 39–16730 (76 FR 36283, June 22, 2011). AD 2011–13–07 applied to all Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on December 26, 2013 (78 FR 78292). The NPRM was prompted by an analysis which showed that AFM procedures could be simplified. The NPRM proposed to continue to require revising the AFM to include a procedure to power off a radio-altimeter or revert to the correct radio-altimeter output. The NPRM also proposed to require revising the AFM to include a simpler procedure to revert to the correct radio-altimeter output. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2009–0208R2, dated May 22, 2012 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition on all Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. The MCAI states: Several occurrences of untimely radioaltimeter lock-up have been reported, where the failed radio-altimeter (RA) indicated a negative distance to the ground despite the aircraft was flying at medium or high altitude. A locked RA #1 leads to untimely inhibition of warnings that could be displayed along with certain abnormal conditions while the avionic system switches into landing mode during altitude cruise. This condition, if not corrected, may cause the flight crew to be unaware of possible system failures that could require immediate actions, which could ultimately lead to loss of control of the aeroplane. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Mar 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 To address this unsafe condition, Dassault Aviation developed an Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) operational procedure that, in case of RA #1 lock-up, allows the crew to restore the system warning performance by depowering the RA #1. EASA issued AD 2009–0208 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/ 2009-0208R3] to require application of that new abnormal procedure when RA #1 lockup occurs. That EASA AD also prohibited dispatch of the aeroplane with any radioaltimeter inoperative. Since issuance of EASA AD 2009–0208, Dassault Aviation developed Easy avionics load 10 which is embodied through Dassault Aviation production modification M0566 or in-service through Service Bulletin (SB) Falcon 7X n°100. This modification provides new features to display a ‘‘RA miscompare’’ flag on both Primary Display Units (PDU) and allows a commanded system reversion to the correct RA output. Prompted by this modification, EASA issued AD 2009–0208R1 [ http:// ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2009-0208R3], to allow not deactivating RA #1 in case lock-up conditions occurred in flight, for aeroplanes on which M0566 or SB Falcon 7X n°100 was embodied. Since issuance of EASA AD 2009–0208R1, further analysis shows that, for aeroplanes with M0566 applied in production, or SB Falcon 7X N°100 applied in service, the RA#2 lock-up occurrence should be addressed through a commanded system reversion, now only contained in a simplified Falcon 7X AFM procedure 3–140–70A. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD revises EASA AD 2009–0208R1 to reduce the requirement to amend the AFM by deleting the reference to procedure 3– 140–65B. In addition, Dassault Aviation have confirmed that all Falcon 7X have been or are being modified with Mod M0566 applied in production, or SB Falcon 7X n°100 applied in service. For this reason, paragraph (1) of this [EASA] AD has been deleted. Finally, many editorial changes have been made to align the writing of the AD with the current writing standards. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2013-10320002. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013) and the FAA’s response to each comment. Request To Remove Paragraph (g) of the Proposed AD (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013) Dassault requested that paragraph (g) of the proposed AD (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013) be removed if it is meant to be a retained action. Dassault stated that paragraph (g) of the proposed AD addresses the lock-up of the radio- PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 altimeter #1 and paragraph (h) of the proposed AD addresses the radioaltimeter miscompare condition. Dassault noted that any significant discrepancy, such as a lock-up condition, will raise a miscompare flag. Dassault also stated that since paragraph (h) of the proposed AD generalizes the issue to encompass both radioaltimeters, paragraph (g) becomes superfluous and procedure 3–140–65 (Figure 1 to paragraph (g) of the proposed AD) no longer exists. We do not agree to remove paragraph (g) of this AD. Paragraph (g) of this AD is necessary to address the identified unsafe condition until the requirements of paragraph (h) of this AD are accomplished. Operators who complete the requirements of paragraph (h) of this AD do not need to complete the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD. We have not revised this AD in this regard. Request To Revise a Figure To Allow Dispatch in Certain Configuration Conditions Dassault requested that figure 2 of paragraph (h) of the proposed AD (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013) be revised to allow dispatch with a failed radioaltimeter. Dassault noted that the FAA issued an alternative method of compliance (AMOC), which allows dispatch with one failed radio-altimeter if the airplane is equipped with the newer radio-altimeter having part number 066–01153–5001. Dassault proposed to limit the dispatch prohibition in figure 2 of paragraph (h) of the proposed AD only to those airplanes that are fitted with an older radio-altimeter design having part number 066–01153–4001, which it stated is more prone to lock-ups. Dassault reasoned that the change would bring consistency with the AMOC letter and eliminate a need for future AMOCs as the radio-altimeter design is revised. We do not agree to revise figure 2 of paragraph (h) of this AD. This type of operational relief is only allowed through the master minimum equipment list (MMEL) which is not an aspect we provide in an AD. However, a global AMOC letter has been issued to allow dispatch of airplanes equipped with the newer radio-altimeter with part number 066–01153–5001 through the MMEL. As provided by paragraph (i)(1)(ii) of this AD, this AMOC is valid for all operators affected by this AD. Therefore, there is no need to revise this final rule to provide this relief. E:\FR\FM\27MRR1.SGM 27MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 59 / Friday, March 27, 2015 / Rules and Regulations asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES Request To Refer to a Later Revision of Service Information Dassault requested that the NPRM (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013) be revised to refer to the latest revision of the Dassault Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual. We agree. We have revised paragraph (h)(2) of this AD to refer to Dassault Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual, DGT105608, Revision 18, dated November 15, 2013, as an additional method of compliance. ‘‘Contacting the Manufacturer’’ Paragraph in This AD Since late 2006, we have included a standard paragraph titled ‘‘Airworthy Product’’ in all MCAI ADs in which the FAA develops an AD based on a foreign authority’s AD. The MCAI or referenced service information in an FAA AD often directs the owner/operator to contact the manufacturer for corrective actions, such as a repair. Briefly, the Airworthy Product paragraph allowed owners/ operators to use corrective actions provided by the manufacturer if those actions were FAA-approved. In addition, the paragraph stated that any actions approved by the State of Design Authority (or its delegated agent) are considered to be FAA-approved. In the NPRM (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013), we proposed to prevent the use of repairs that were not specifically developed to correct the unsafe condition, by requiring that the repair approval provided by the State of Design Authority or its delegated agent specifically refer to this FAA AD. This change was intended to clarify the method of compliance and to provide operators with better visibility of repairs that are specifically developed and approved to correct the unsafe condition. In addition, we proposed to change the phrase ‘‘its delegated agent’’ to include a design approval holder (DAH) with State of Design Authority design organization approval (DOA), as applicable, to refer to a DAH authorized to approve required repairs for the proposed AD. No comments were provided to the NPRM (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013) about these proposed changes. However, a comment was provided for an NPRM having Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–101–AD (78 FR 78285, December 26, 2013). The commenter stated the following: ‘‘The proposed wording, being specific to repairs, eliminates the interpretation that Airbus messages are acceptable for approving minor deviations (corrective actions) needed during accomplishment of an AD mandated Airbus service bulletin.’’ VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Mar 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 This comment has made the FAA aware that some operators have misunderstood or misinterpreted the Airworthy Product paragraph to allow the owner/operator to use messages provided by the manufacturer as approval of deviations during the accomplishment of an AD-mandated action. The Airworthy Product paragraph does not approve messages or other information provided by the manufacturer for deviations to the requirements of the AD-mandated actions. The Airworthy Product paragraph only addresses the requirement to contact the manufacturer for corrective actions for the identified unsafe condition and does not cover deviations from other AD requirements. However, deviations to AD-required actions are addressed in 14 CFR 39.17, and anyone may request the approval for an alternative method of compliance to the AD-required actions using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. To address this misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the Airworthy Product paragraph, we have changed the paragraph and retitled it ‘‘Contacting the Manufacturer.’’ This paragraph now clarifies that for any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the actions must be accomplished using a method approved by the FAA, the EASA, or Dassault Aviation’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). The Contacting the Manufacturer paragraph also clarifies that, if approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. The DOA signature indicates that the data and information contained in the document are EASA-approved, which is also FAAapproved. Messages and other information provided by the manufacturer that do not contain the DOA-authorized signature approval are not EASA-approved, unless EASA directly approves the manufacturer’s message or other information. This clarification does not remove flexibility previously afforded by the Airworthy Product paragraph. Consistent with long-standing FAA policy, such flexibility was never intended for required actions. This is also consistent with the recommendation of the Airworthiness Directive Implementation Aviation Rulemaking Committee to increase flexibility in complying with ADs by identifying those actions in manufacturers’ service instructions that are ‘‘Required for Compliance’’ with ADs. We continue to work with manufacturers to implement this recommendation. But once we determine that an action is required, any PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 16253 deviation from the requirement must be approved as an alternative method of compliance. Other commenters to the NPRM having Directorate Identifier 2012–NM– 101–AD (78 FR 78285, December 26, 2013) pointed out that in many cases the foreign manufacturer’s service bulletin and the foreign authority’s MCAI might have been issued some time before the FAA AD. Therefore, the DOA might have provided U.S. operators with an approved repair, developed with full awareness of the unsafe condition, before the FAA AD is issued. Under these circumstances, to comply with the FAA AD, the operator would be required to go back to the manufacturer’s DOA and obtain a new approval document, adding time and expense to the compliance process with no safety benefit. Based on these comments, we removed the requirement that the DAHprovided repair specifically refer to this AD. Before adopting such a requirement, the FAA will coordinate with affected DAHs and verify they are prepared to implement means to ensure that their repair approvals consider the unsafe condition addressed in this AD. Any such requirements will be adopted through the normal AD rulemaking process, including notice-and-comment procedures, when appropriate. We also have decided not to include a generic reference to either the ‘‘delegated agent’’ or ‘‘DAH with State of Design Authority design organization approval,’’ but instead we have provided the specific delegation approval granted by the State of Design Authority for the DAH. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Dassault Aviation issued Procedure 3–140–70A, ‘‘Avionics—Sensor miscompare (A/C with M566),’’ Issue 2, of Section 3—Abnormal Procedures, of the Dassault Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual, DGT 105608, Revision 15, dated January 30, 2012; and Procedure 3–140–70A, ‘‘Avionics—Sensor miscompare,’’ Issue 4, of Section 3— Abnormal Procedures, of the Dassault Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual, DGT105608, Revision 18, dated November 15, 2013. The service information describes procedures to revert to the correct radio-altimeter output. This service information is reasonably available; see ADDRESSES for ways to access this service information. Conclusion We reviewed the available data, including the comments received, and determined that air safety and the E:\FR\FM\27MRR1.SGM 27MRR1 16254 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 59 / Friday, March 27, 2015 / Rules and Regulations public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described previously and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013) for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013). We also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 35 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators Action Labor cost Parts cost AFM revision [retained actions from AD 2011–13–07, Amendment 39–16730 (76 FR 36283, June 22, 2011)]. New AFM revision [new action] ...... 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 None ............................................... $85 $2,975 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 None ............................................... 85 2,975 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. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES Regulatory Findings We determined that 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 Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Mar 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. (a) Effective Date This AD becomes effective May 1, 2015. Examining the AD Docket (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2011–13–07, Amendment 39–16730 (76 FR 36283, June 22, 2011). You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=FAA-2013-1032; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this 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. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment 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. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011–13–07, Amendment 39–16730 (76 FR 36283, June 22, 2011), and adding the following new AD: ■ 2015–06–04 Dassault Aviation: Amendment 39–18122. Docket No. FAA–2013–0132; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–121–AD. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (c) Applicability This AD applies to Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes, certificated in any category, all serial numbers. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 34, Navigation. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of untimely radio-altimeter lock-ups, where the failed radio-altimeter indicated a negative distance to the ground when the airplane was flying at medium or high altitude. We are issuing this AD to ensure that the flightcrew has procedures in the event of a radioaltimeter lock-up, which inhibits the display of warnings along with certain abnormal conditions, during the switch into landing mode during altitude cruise. If not corrected, this could result in the flightcrew being unaware of possible system failures that require immediate action by the flightcrew, leading to possible loss of control of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Retained Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) Revision This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 2011–13–07, Amendment 39–16730 (76 FR 36283, June 22, 2011), with editorial changes. For airplanes on which M0566 or Dassault Service Bulletin Falcon 7X–100 has been accomplished: Within 14 days after July 27, 2011 (the effective date of AD 2011–13–07), revise the Limitations Section of the Dassault Falcon 7X AFM to include the statement in figure 1 to this paragraph. This may be done by inserting a copy of this AD in the AFM. E:\FR\FM\27MRR1.SGM 27MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 59 / Friday, March 27, 2015 / Rules and Regulations When a statement identical to that in figure 1 to this paragraph has been included in the general revisions of the AFM, the general revisions may be inserted into the AFM, and the copy of this AD may be removed from the AFM. Accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (h) of this AD terminates the requirements of this paragraph, and after the revision required by paragraph (h) of this AD has been done, before further flight, remove the revision required by this paragraph. FIGURE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (g) OF THIS AD—RETAINED AFM LANGUAGE If radio-altimeter #1 lock-up conditions occur in flight, revert to the correct radioaltimeter output, in accordance with the instructions of Falcon 7X AFM procedure 3–140–65B and 3–140–70A. Dispatch of the airplane with any radio-altimeter inoperative is prohibited. (h) New Requirement of This AD: Revision of the AFM For airplanes on which M0566 or Dassault Service Bulletin Falcon 7X–100 has been accomplished: Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, do the actions specified in paragraphs (h)(1) and (h)(2) of this AD. (1) Revise the Limitations Section of the Dassault Falcon 7X AFM to include the statement in figure 2 to this paragraph. This may be done by inserting a copy of this AD in the AFM. Doing this revision terminates the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD and the revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD must be removed. When a statement identical to that in figure 2 to this paragraph has been included in the general revisions of the AFM, the general revisions may be inserted into the AFM, and the copy of this AD may be removed from the AFM. FIGURE 2 TO PARAGRAPH (h)(1) OF THIS AD—NEW AFM LANGUAGE asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES If radio-altimeter miscompare indication occurs in flight, revert to the correct radioaltimeter output, in accordance with the instructions of Falcon 7X AFM procedure 3–140–70A. Dispatch of the airplane with any radio-altimeter inoperative is prohibited. (2) Revise the Abnormal Procedures section to include Procedure 3–140–70A, ‘‘Avionics—Sensor miscompare (A/C with M566),’’ Issue 2, of Section 3—Abnormal Procedures, of the Dassault Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual, DGT 105608, Revision 15, dated January 30, 2012; or Procedure 3–140–70A, ‘‘Avionics—Sensor miscompare,’’ Issue 4, of Section 3— Abnormal Procedures, of the Dassault Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual, DGT105608, Revision 18, dated November 15, 2013; into the AFM. (i) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Mar 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 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. 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 International Branch, send it to ATTN: Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1137; fax 425–227–1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. (i) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (ii) AMOCs approved previously in accordance with AD 2011–13–07, Amendment 39–16730 (76 FR 36283, June 22, 2011), are approved as alternative methods of compliance with this AD. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: As of the effective date of this AD, for any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Dassault Aviation’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (j) Related Information Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2009–0208R2, dated May 22, 2012, for related information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2013-1032-0002. (k) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) 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 this AD specifies otherwise. (i) Procedure 3–140–70A, ‘‘Avionics— Sensor miscompare (A/C with M566),’’ Issue 2, of Section 3—Abnormal Procedures, of the Dassault Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual, DGT 105608, Revision 15, dated January 30, 2012. (ii) Procedure 3–140–70A, ‘‘Avionics— Sensor miscompare,’’ Issue 4, of Section 3— Abnormal Procedures, of the Dassault Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual, DGT105608, Revision 18, dated November 15, 2013. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Dassault Falcon Jet, P.O. Box 2000, South Hackensack, NJ 07606; telephone 201–440–6700; Internet http:// www.dassaultfalcon.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 16255 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on March 13, 2015. Jeffrey E. Duven, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–06615 Filed 3–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0229; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–186–AD; Amendment 39–18123; AD 2015–06–05] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 and A310 series airplanes, and certain Model A300 B4– 600, B4–600R, and F4–600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300–600 series airplanes). This AD was prompted by a review of certain repairs, which revealed that the structural integrity of the airplane could be negatively affected if those repairs are not re-worked. This AD requires an inspection to identify certain repairs, and corrective action if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct certain repairs on the floor cross beams flange. If those repairs are not reworked, the structural integrity of the airplane could be negatively affected. DATES: This AD becomes effective May 1, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of May 1, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0229; or in person at the Docket Management SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27MRR1.SGM 27MRR1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 59 (Friday, March 27, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 16251-16255]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-1032; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-121-AD; 
Amendment 39-18122; AD 2015-06-04]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011-13-07 for 
all Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. AD 2011-13-07 requires 
revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to include a procedure to 
power off a radio-altimeter or revert to the correct radio-altimeter 
output. This new AD requires revising the AFM to include a simpler 
procedure to revert to the correct radio-altimeter output. This AD was 
prompted by an analysis which showed that AFM procedures could be 
simplified. We are issuing this AD to ensure that the flightcrew has 
procedures in the event of a radio-altimeter lock-up, which inhibits 
the display of warnings along with certain abnormal conditions, during 
the switch into landing mode during altitude cruise. If not corrected, 
this could result in the flightcrew being unaware of possible system 
failures that require immediate action by the flightcrew, leading to 
possible loss of control of the airplane.

DATES: This AD becomes effective May 1, 2015.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of May 1, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2013-1032; or in person at the 
Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact Dassault 
Falcon Jet,

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P.O. Box 2000, South Hackensack, NJ 07606; telephone 201-440-6700; 
Internet http://www.dassaultfalcon.com. You may view this referenced 
service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 
Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of 
this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221. It is also available on 
the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2013-1032.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to supersede AD 2011-13-07, Amendment 39-16730 (76 FR 36283, 
June 22, 2011). AD 2011-13-07 applied to all Dassault Aviation Model 
FALCON 7X airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on 
December 26, 2013 (78 FR 78292). The NPRM was prompted by an analysis 
which showed that AFM procedures could be simplified. The NPRM proposed 
to continue to require revising the AFM to include a procedure to power 
off a radio-altimeter or revert to the correct radio-altimeter output. 
The NPRM also proposed to require revising the AFM to include a simpler 
procedure to revert to the correct radio-altimeter output.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2009-0208R2, dated May 22, 2012 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition on all Dassault Aviation 
Model FALCON 7X airplanes. The MCAI states:

    Several occurrences of untimely radio-altimeter lock-up have 
been reported, where the failed radio-altimeter (RA) indicated a 
negative distance to the ground despite the aircraft was flying at 
medium or high altitude.
    A locked RA #1 leads to untimely inhibition of warnings that 
could be displayed along with certain abnormal conditions while the 
avionic system switches into landing mode during altitude cruise.
    This condition, if not corrected, may cause the flight crew to 
be unaware of possible system failures that could require immediate 
actions, which could ultimately lead to loss of control of the 
aeroplane.
    To address this unsafe condition, Dassault Aviation developed an 
Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) operational procedure that, in case of 
RA #1 lock-up, allows the crew to restore the system warning 
performance by depowering the RA #1. EASA issued AD 2009-0208 
[http://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2009-0208R3] to require application of 
that new abnormal procedure when RA #1 lock-up occurs. That EASA AD 
also prohibited dispatch of the aeroplane with any radio-altimeter 
inoperative.
    Since issuance of EASA AD 2009-0208, Dassault Aviation developed 
Easy avionics load 10 which is embodied through Dassault Aviation 
production modification M0566 or in-service through Service Bulletin 
(SB) Falcon 7X n[deg]100. This modification provides new features to 
display a ``RA miscompare'' flag on both Primary Display Units (PDU) 
and allows a commanded system reversion to the correct RA output.
    Prompted by this modification, EASA issued AD 2009-0208R1 [ 
http://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2009-0208R3], to allow not deactivating 
RA #1 in case lock-up conditions occurred in flight, for aeroplanes 
on which M0566 or SB Falcon 7X n[deg]100 was embodied.
    Since issuance of EASA AD 2009-0208R1, further analysis shows 
that, for aeroplanes with M0566 applied in production, or SB Falcon 
7X N[deg]100 applied in service, the RA#2 lock-up occurrence should 
be addressed through a commanded system reversion, now only 
contained in a simplified Falcon 7X AFM procedure 3-140-70A.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD revises EASA AD 
2009-0208R1 to reduce the requirement to amend the AFM by deleting 
the reference to procedure 3-140-65B. In addition, Dassault Aviation 
have confirmed that all Falcon 7X have been or are being modified 
with Mod M0566 applied in production, or SB Falcon 7X n[deg]100 
applied in service. For this reason, paragraph (1) of this [EASA] AD 
has been deleted. Finally, many editorial changes have been made to 
align the writing of the AD with the current writing standards.

    You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2013-1032-0002.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM (78 
FR 78292, December 26, 2013) and the FAA's response to each comment.

Request To Remove Paragraph (g) of the Proposed AD (78 FR 78292, 
December 26, 2013)

    Dassault requested that paragraph (g) of the proposed AD (78 FR 
78292, December 26, 2013) be removed if it is meant to be a retained 
action. Dassault stated that paragraph (g) of the proposed AD addresses 
the lock-up of the radio-altimeter #1 and paragraph (h) of the proposed 
AD addresses the radio-altimeter miscompare condition. Dassault noted 
that any significant discrepancy, such as a lock-up condition, will 
raise a miscompare flag. Dassault also stated that since paragraph (h) 
of the proposed AD generalizes the issue to encompass both radio-
altimeters, paragraph (g) becomes superfluous and procedure 3-140-65 
(Figure 1 to paragraph (g) of the proposed AD) no longer exists.
    We do not agree to remove paragraph (g) of this AD. Paragraph (g) 
of this AD is necessary to address the identified unsafe condition 
until the requirements of paragraph (h) of this AD are accomplished. 
Operators who complete the requirements of paragraph (h) of this AD do 
not need to complete the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD. We 
have not revised this AD in this regard.

Request To Revise a Figure To Allow Dispatch in Certain Configuration 
Conditions

    Dassault requested that figure 2 of paragraph (h) of the proposed 
AD (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013) be revised to allow dispatch with a 
failed radio-altimeter. Dassault noted that the FAA issued an 
alternative method of compliance (AMOC), which allows dispatch with one 
failed radio-altimeter if the airplane is equipped with the newer 
radio-altimeter having part number 066-01153-5001. Dassault proposed to 
limit the dispatch prohibition in figure 2 of paragraph (h) of the 
proposed AD only to those airplanes that are fitted with an older 
radio-altimeter design having part number 066-01153-4001, which it 
stated is more prone to lock-ups. Dassault reasoned that the change 
would bring consistency with the AMOC letter and eliminate a need for 
future AMOCs as the radio-altimeter design is revised.
    We do not agree to revise figure 2 of paragraph (h) of this AD. 
This type of operational relief is only allowed through the master 
minimum equipment list (MMEL) which is not an aspect we provide in an 
AD. However, a global AMOC letter has been issued to allow dispatch of 
airplanes equipped with the newer radio-altimeter with part number 066-
01153-5001 through the MMEL. As provided by paragraph (i)(1)(ii) of 
this AD, this AMOC is valid for all operators affected by this AD. 
Therefore, there is no need to revise this final rule to provide this 
relief.

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Request To Refer to a Later Revision of Service Information

    Dassault requested that the NPRM (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013) 
be revised to refer to the latest revision of the Dassault Falcon 7X 
Airplane Flight Manual.
    We agree. We have revised paragraph (h)(2) of this AD to refer to 
Dassault Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual, DGT105608, Revision 18, 
dated November 15, 2013, as an additional method of compliance.

``Contacting the Manufacturer'' Paragraph in This AD

    Since late 2006, we have included a standard paragraph titled 
``Airworthy Product'' in all MCAI ADs in which the FAA develops an AD 
based on a foreign authority's AD.
    The MCAI or referenced service information in an FAA AD often 
directs the owner/operator to contact the manufacturer for corrective 
actions, such as a repair. Briefly, the Airworthy Product paragraph 
allowed owners/operators to use corrective actions provided by the 
manufacturer if those actions were FAA-approved. In addition, the 
paragraph stated that any actions approved by the State of Design 
Authority (or its delegated agent) are considered to be FAA-approved.
    In the NPRM (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013), we proposed to 
prevent the use of repairs that were not specifically developed to 
correct the unsafe condition, by requiring that the repair approval 
provided by the State of Design Authority or its delegated agent 
specifically refer to this FAA AD. This change was intended to clarify 
the method of compliance and to provide operators with better 
visibility of repairs that are specifically developed and approved to 
correct the unsafe condition. In addition, we proposed to change the 
phrase ``its delegated agent'' to include a design approval holder 
(DAH) with State of Design Authority design organization approval 
(DOA), as applicable, to refer to a DAH authorized to approve required 
repairs for the proposed AD.
    No comments were provided to the NPRM (78 FR 78292, December 26, 
2013) about these proposed changes. However, a comment was provided for 
an NPRM having Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-101-AD (78 FR 78285, 
December 26, 2013). The commenter stated the following: ``The proposed 
wording, being specific to repairs, eliminates the interpretation that 
Airbus messages are acceptable for approving minor deviations 
(corrective actions) needed during accomplishment of an AD mandated 
Airbus service bulletin.''
    This comment has made the FAA aware that some operators have 
misunderstood or misinterpreted the Airworthy Product paragraph to 
allow the owner/operator to use messages provided by the manufacturer 
as approval of deviations during the accomplishment of an AD-mandated 
action. The Airworthy Product paragraph does not approve messages or 
other information provided by the manufacturer for deviations to the 
requirements of the AD-mandated actions. The Airworthy Product 
paragraph only addresses the requirement to contact the manufacturer 
for corrective actions for the identified unsafe condition and does not 
cover deviations from other AD requirements. However, deviations to AD-
required actions are addressed in 14 CFR 39.17, and anyone may request 
the approval for an alternative method of compliance to the AD-required 
actions using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.
    To address this misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the 
Airworthy Product paragraph, we have changed the paragraph and retitled 
it ``Contacting the Manufacturer.'' This paragraph now clarifies that 
for any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a 
manufacturer, the actions must be accomplished using a method approved 
by the FAA, the EASA, or Dassault Aviation's EASA Design Organization 
Approval (DOA).
    The Contacting the Manufacturer paragraph also clarifies that, if 
approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized 
signature. The DOA signature indicates that the data and information 
contained in the document are EASA-approved, which is also FAA-
approved. Messages and other information provided by the manufacturer 
that do not contain the DOA-authorized signature approval are not EASA-
approved, unless EASA directly approves the manufacturer's message or 
other information.
    This clarification does not remove flexibility previously afforded 
by the Airworthy Product paragraph. Consistent with long-standing FAA 
policy, such flexibility was never intended for required actions. This 
is also consistent with the recommendation of the Airworthiness 
Directive Implementation Aviation Rulemaking Committee to increase 
flexibility in complying with ADs by identifying those actions in 
manufacturers' service instructions that are ``Required for 
Compliance'' with ADs. We continue to work with manufacturers to 
implement this recommendation. But once we determine that an action is 
required, any deviation from the requirement must be approved as an 
alternative method of compliance.
    Other commenters to the NPRM having Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-
101-AD (78 FR 78285, December 26, 2013) pointed out that in many cases 
the foreign manufacturer's service bulletin and the foreign authority's 
MCAI might have been issued some time before the FAA AD. Therefore, the 
DOA might have provided U.S. operators with an approved repair, 
developed with full awareness of the unsafe condition, before the FAA 
AD is issued. Under these circumstances, to comply with the FAA AD, the 
operator would be required to go back to the manufacturer's DOA and 
obtain a new approval document, adding time and expense to the 
compliance process with no safety benefit.
    Based on these comments, we removed the requirement that the DAH-
provided repair specifically refer to this AD. Before adopting such a 
requirement, the FAA will coordinate with affected DAHs and verify they 
are prepared to implement means to ensure that their repair approvals 
consider the unsafe condition addressed in this AD. Any such 
requirements will be adopted through the normal AD rulemaking process, 
including notice-and-comment procedures, when appropriate.
    We also have decided not to include a generic reference to either 
the ``delegated agent'' or ``DAH with State of Design Authority design 
organization approval,'' but instead we have provided the specific 
delegation approval granted by the State of Design Authority for the 
DAH.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Dassault Aviation issued Procedure 3-140-70A, ``Avionics--Sensor 
miscompare (A/C with M566),'' Issue 2, of Section 3--Abnormal 
Procedures, of the Dassault Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual, DGT 
105608, Revision 15, dated January 30, 2012; and Procedure 3-140-70A, 
``Avionics--Sensor miscompare,'' Issue 4, of Section 3--Abnormal 
Procedures, of the Dassault Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual, 
DGT105608, Revision 18, dated November 15, 2013. The service 
information describes procedures to revert to the correct radio-
altimeter output. This service information is reasonably available; see 
ADDRESSES for ways to access this service information.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the available data, including the comments received, 
and determined that air safety and the

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public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described 
previously and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these 
changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013) for correcting the unsafe 
condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM (78 FR 78292, December 26, 2013).
    We also determined that these changes will not increase the 
economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 35 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
              Action                      Labor cost             Parts cost           product        operators
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AFM revision [retained actions      1 work-hour x $85 per  None.................             $85          $2,975
 from AD 2011-13-07, Amendment 39-   hour = $85.
 16730 (76 FR 36283, June 22,
 2011)].
New AFM revision [new action].....  1 work-hour x $85 per  None.................              85           2,975
                                     hour = $85.
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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 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 Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);
    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and
    4. 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.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2013-1032; or in person at the 
Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this 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.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
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]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 
2011-13-07, Amendment 39-16730 (76 FR 36283, June 22, 2011), and adding 
the following new AD:

2015-06-04 Dassault Aviation: Amendment 39-18122. Docket No. FAA-
2013-0132; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-121-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective May 1, 2015.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2011-13-07, Amendment 39-16730 (76 FR 36283, 
June 22, 2011).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes, 
certificated in any category, all serial numbers.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 34, Navigation.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of untimely radio-altimeter 
lock-ups, where the failed radio-altimeter indicated a negative 
distance to the ground when the airplane was flying at medium or 
high altitude. We are issuing this AD to ensure that the flightcrew 
has procedures in the event of a radio-altimeter lock-up, which 
inhibits the display of warnings along with certain abnormal 
conditions, during the switch into landing mode during altitude 
cruise. If not corrected, this could result in the flightcrew being 
unaware of possible system failures that require immediate action by 
the flightcrew, leading to possible loss of control of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.

(g) Retained Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) Revision

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 
2011-13-07, Amendment 39-16730 (76 FR 36283, June 22, 2011), with 
editorial changes. For airplanes on which M0566 or Dassault Service 
Bulletin Falcon 7X-100 has been accomplished: Within 14 days after 
July 27, 2011 (the effective date of AD 2011-13-07), revise the 
Limitations Section of the Dassault Falcon 7X AFM to include the 
statement in figure 1 to this paragraph. This may be done by 
inserting a copy of this AD in the AFM.

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When a statement identical to that in figure 1 to this paragraph has 
been included in the general revisions of the AFM, the general 
revisions may be inserted into the AFM, and the copy of this AD may 
be removed from the AFM. Accomplishing the revision required by 
paragraph (h) of this AD terminates the requirements of this 
paragraph, and after the revision required by paragraph (h) of this 
AD has been done, before further flight, remove the revision 
required by this paragraph.

       Figure 1 to Paragraph (g) of This AD--Retained AFM Language
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If radio-altimeter #1 lock-up conditions occur in flight, revert to the
 correct radio-altimeter output, in accordance with the instructions of
 Falcon 7X AFM procedure 3-140-65B and 3-140-70A.
Dispatch of the airplane with any radio-altimeter inoperative is
 prohibited.
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(h) New Requirement of This AD: Revision of the AFM

    For airplanes on which M0566 or Dassault Service Bulletin Falcon 
7X-100 has been accomplished: Within 30 days after the effective 
date of this AD, do the actions specified in paragraphs (h)(1) and 
(h)(2) of this AD.
    (1) Revise the Limitations Section of the Dassault Falcon 7X AFM 
to include the statement in figure 2 to this paragraph. This may be 
done by inserting a copy of this AD in the AFM. Doing this revision 
terminates the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD and the 
revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD must be removed. When 
a statement identical to that in figure 2 to this paragraph has been 
included in the general revisions of the AFM, the general revisions 
may be inserted into the AFM, and the copy of this AD may be removed 
from the AFM.

        Figure 2 to Paragraph (h)(1) of This AD--New AFM Language
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If radio-altimeter miscompare indication occurs in flight, revert to the
 correct radio-altimeter output, in accordance with the instructions of
 Falcon 7X AFM procedure 3-140-70A.
Dispatch of the airplane with any radio-altimeter inoperative is
 prohibited.
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    (2) Revise the Abnormal Procedures section to include Procedure 
3-140-70A, ``Avionics--Sensor miscompare (A/C with M566),'' Issue 2, 
of Section 3--Abnormal Procedures, of the Dassault Falcon 7X 
Airplane Flight Manual, DGT 105608, Revision 15, dated January 30, 
2012; or Procedure 3-140-70A, ``Avionics--Sensor miscompare,'' Issue 
4, of Section 3--Abnormal Procedures, of the Dassault Falcon 7X 
Airplane Flight Manual, DGT105608, Revision 18, dated November 15, 
2013; into the AFM.

(i) Other FAA AD Provisions

    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. 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 International Branch, send it to ATTN: Tom 
Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, 
WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1137; fax 425-227-1149. Information 
may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov.
    (i) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 
of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding 
district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically 
reference this AD.
    (ii) AMOCs approved previously in accordance with AD 2011-13-07, 
Amendment 39-16730 (76 FR 36283, June 22, 2011), are approved as 
alternative methods of compliance with this AD.
    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: As of the effective date of 
this AD, for any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions 
from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method 
approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency 
(EASA); or Dassault Aviation's EASA Design Organization Approval 
(DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-
authorized signature.

(j) Related Information

    Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) 
EASA Airworthiness Directive 2009-0208R2, dated May 22, 2012, for 
related information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on 
the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-
2013-1032-0002.

(k) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) 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 this AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Procedure 3-140-70A, ``Avionics--Sensor miscompare (A/C with 
M566),'' Issue 2, of Section 3--Abnormal Procedures, of the Dassault 
Falcon 7X Airplane Flight Manual, DGT 105608, Revision 15, dated 
January 30, 2012.
    (ii) Procedure 3-140-70A, ``Avionics--Sensor miscompare,'' Issue 
4, of Section 3--Abnormal Procedures, of the Dassault Falcon 7X 
Airplane Flight Manual, DGT105608, Revision 18, dated November 15, 
2013.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Dassault Falcon Jet, P.O. Box 2000, South Hackensack, NJ 07606; 
telephone 201-440-6700; Internet http://www.dassaultfalcon.com.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
425-227-1221.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.


    Issued in Renton, Washington, on March 13, 2015.
Jeffrey E. Duven,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-06615 Filed 3-26-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-13-P