Special Conditions: Airbus Model A380; Stairways Between Decks, 18997-18999 [2019-09016]

Download as PDF 18997 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 86 Friday, May 3, 2019 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 25 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0283; Notice No. 25– 19–04–SC] Special Conditions: Airbus Model A380; Stairways Between Decks Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed amended special conditions. AGENCY: This action proposes an amendment to special conditions for the Airbus A380 airplane. This airplane will have novel or unusual design features when compared to the state of technology envisioned in the airworthiness standards for transport category airplanes. This design feature is associated with the complex systems and the configuration of the airplane, including its full-length double deck. For these design features, the applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards regarding stairways between decks. These special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards. By issuance of this amendment to the special condition, the FAA is correcting an error that appeared in the Federal Register on August 28, 2006, for Special Conditions No. 25–326–SC, Docket No. NM314. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These proposed special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards. DATES: Send comments on or before June 17, 2019. amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:06 May 02, 2019 Jkt 247001 Send comments identified by Docket No. FAA–2019–0283 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRegulations Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M–30, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W12–140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202–493–2251. Privacy: The FAA will post all comments it receives, without change, to https://www.regulations.gov/, including any personal information the commenter provides. Using the search function of the docket website, anyone can find and read the electronic form of all comments received into any FAA docket, including the name of the individual sending the comment (or signing the comment for an association, business, labor union, etc.). DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement can be found in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–19478). Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at https://www.regulations.gov/ at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket or go to Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Jacquet, Airframe and Cabin Safety Section, AIR–675, Transport Standards Branch, Policy and Innovation Division, Aircraft Certification Service, Federal Aviation Administration, 2200 South 216th Street, Des Moines, Washington 98198; telephone and fax 206–231– 3208; email Daniel.Jacquet@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Comments Invited We invite interested people to take part in this rulemaking by sending written comments, data, or views. The PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the special conditions, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. We will consider all comments we receive by the closing date for comments. We may change these special conditions based on the comments we receive. Background Airbus requested an amendment to Special Condition No. 25–326–SC in letter (L2578ME1831060) revision 1, dated November 21, 2018. This letter states: The Special Conditions applicable to the stairways on full-length double-deck airplane were extensively discussed in the VLTA conference, dt. October 1998 in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands and in the Cabin Safety Meeting between FAA, EASA, and Airbus, held in Hamburg, Feb. 25, 2003. In the latter meeting, the Special Conditions have been aligned. Based on that, Airbus has received CRI–D6 and IP–C1 (linked to FAA project CP–101) for A380 Type Certification. However, Airbus noticed that the Special Conditions for the availability of stairs published in the Federal Register (ref. 25–326–SC from September 11, 2006) require more when com-pared to Special Conditions of IP–C1 Stage 4 Airbus received June 13, 2003. The Federal Register, ref. 25–326–SC reads: a. At least one stairway between decks must meet the following requirements: The stairway accommodates the carriage of an incapacitated person from one deck to the other. The crew member procedures for such carriage must be established. b. There must be at least two stairways between decks that meet the following requirements: The stairways must be designed such that evacuees can achieve an adequate rate for going down or going up under probable emergency conditions, including a condition in which a person falls or is incapacitated while on a stairway. One of the stairways must be the stairway specified in paragraph a. above. For whatever reasons, the consideration of the condition in which a person falls or is incapacitated while on the stairs re-appears. Resulting from the A380 Certification Meeting held in E:\FR\FM\03MYP1.SGM 03MYP1 18998 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 86 / Friday, May 3, 2019 / Proposed Rules amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with PROPOSALS Hamburg this was agreed to be not required by the IP. It was the FAA position that ‘‘this type of demonstration is not required for the main passenger aisle in the airplane and therefore should not be required for the stairways’’. The Stage 4 of the IP–C1 dt. February 25, 2003 received for A380 TC thus reads. A. At least two stairways between decks must meet the following requirements: (1) At least one of the stairways must accommodate the carriage of an incapacitated person from one deck to the other. The crew member procedures for such a carriage must be established. (2) The stairways must be designed such that evacuees can be shown to achieve an adequate rate, for going down or going up, under probable emergency conditions. All further Special Conditions published in the Federal Register (§§ c though e) are identical to the Special Conditions of the IP (§§ B though D), however using a different wording. Since the IP–C1, Stage 4 is the bilateral agreement between FAA and Airbus, and the Federal Register is available to the public, Airbus would appreciate the correction of the SC published in the Federal Register under 25–326–SC. This would avoid any misunderstanding in the A380 future. During initial discussions with Airbus regarding the proposed special conditions, the FAA had included a requirement that the stairways be designed such that evacuees can achieve an adequate rate going down or up under probable emergency conditions, including a condition in which a person falls or is incapacitated while on the stairway. Airbus agreed with the requirement except for the portion pertaining to a person falling or being incapacitated. The FAA documented agreement with Airbus’s position. Unfortunately the special condition was issued with the FAA’s initial proposal rather than the final agreement, and stated that the stairs be designed such that evacuees can achieve an adequate rate going up or down the stairs under probable emergency conditions including a condition in which a person falls or is incapacitated while on the stairway. Type Certification Basis Under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.17, Airbus must show that the Model A380 airplane meets the applicable provisions of 14 CFR part 25, as amended by Amendments 25–1 through 25–98. If the Administrator finds that the applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:06 May 02, 2019 Jkt 247001 adequate or appropriate safety standards for the Airbus Model A380 airplane because of novel or unusual design features, special conditions are prescribed under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.16. In addition to the applicable airworthiness regulations and special conditions, the Airbus Model A380 airplane must comply with the fuel vent and exhaust emission requirements of 14 CFR part 34 and the noise certification requirements of 14 CFR part 36. In addition, the FAA must issue a finding of regulatory adequacy pursuant to section 611 of Public Law 93–574, the ‘‘Noise Control Act of 1972.’’ Special conditions, as defined in 14 CFR 11.19, are issued in accordance with 14 CFR 11.38 and become part of the type certification basis in accordance with 14 CFR 21.17(a)(2). Special conditions are initially applicable to the model for which they are issued. Should the type certificate for that model be amended later to include any other model that incorporates the same novel or unusual design feature, the special conditions would also apply to the other model under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.101. Novel or Unusual Design Features The Airbus Model A380 airplane will incorporate the following novel or unusual design features: This airplane has a full-length double deck. For these design features, the applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards regarding stairways between decks. Discussion The Model A380 airplane incorporates seating on two full-length passenger decks, each of which has the capacity of a typical wide body airplane. Two staircases—one located in the front of the cabin and one located in the rear—allow for the movement of persons between decks. With large seating capacities on the main deck and the upper deck of the Model A380 airplane, the staircases need to be able to support movement between decks in an inflight emergency. In addition, although compliance with the evacuation demonstration requirements of § 25.803 does not depend on the use of stairs, there must be a way for passengers on one deck to move to the other deck during an emergency evacuation. This need must be addressed in the certification of the airplane. The regulations governing the certification of the Model A380 airplane do not adequately address a passenger PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 airplane with two separate full-length decks for passengers. The Boeing Model 747 and the Lockheed Model L–1011 airplanes were certificated with limited seating capacity on two separate decks, and special conditions were issued to certificate those arrangements. When the seating capacity of the upper deck of the Boeing Model 747 airplane exceeded 24 passengers, the FAA issued Special Conditions 25–61–NW–1 for a maximum seating capacity of 32 passengers on the upper deck for takeoff and landing. A second set of Special Conditions, 25–71–NW–3, was issued to cover airplanes with a maximum seating capacity of 45 passengers on the upper deck for take-off and landing. That second set of Special Conditions was later modified to address airplanes with a maximum seating capacity of 110 passengers on the upper deck. These previously issued special conditions provided a starting point for the development of special conditions for the Model A380 airplane. In the case of both the Model L–1011 and the Model 747 airplanes, the special conditions were based on the requirements and associated level of safety in place at the time of application for type certificate. The requirements and the level of safety have improved significantly since that time, and these special conditions reflect those improvements. In addition to the requirements of §§ 25.803 and 25.811 through 25.813, special conditions are needed to address the movement of passengers between the two full-length decks on the Model A380 airplane. These special conditions provide additional requirements for the stairways to ensure the safe passage of occupants between decks during moderate turbulence, an inflight emergency, or an emergency evacuation. These special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards. Applicability As discussed above, these special conditions are applicable to the Airbus Model A380 airplane. Should Airbus apply at a later date for a change to the type certificate to include another model incorporating the same novel or unusual design features, these special conditions would apply to that model as well under the provisions of § 21.101. Conclusion This action affects only certain novel or unusual design features of the Airbus E:\FR\FM\03MYP1.SGM 03MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 86 / Friday, May 3, 2019 / Proposed Rules Model A380 airplane. It is not a rule of general applicability. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 25 Aircraft, Aviation safety, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Authority Citation The authority citation for these special conditions is as follows: Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 40113, 44701, 44702, 44704. amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with PROPOSALS The Proposed Special Conditions Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the following special conditions are issued as part of the type certification basis for the Airbus Model A380 airplane. Airbus Model A380, Stairways Between Decks 1. At least one stairway between decks must meet the following requirements: The stairway accommodates the carriage of an incapacitated person from one deck to the other. The crew member procedures for such carriage must be established. 2. There must be at least two stairways between decks that meet the following requirements: The stairways must be designed such that evacuees can achieve an adequate rate for going down or going up under probable emergency conditions. One of the stairways must be the stairway specified in paragraph I. above. 3. Each stairway between decks must meet the following requirements: a. It must have an entrance, exit, and gradient characteristics that—with the assistance of a crew member—would allow the passengers of one deck to merge with passengers of the other deck during an evacuation and exit the airplane. These entrance, exit, and gradient characteristics must occur with the airplane in level attitude and in each attitude resulting from the collapse of any one or more legs of the landing gear. These requirements must be demonstrated by tests or analysis. b. The stairway must have a handrail on at least one side in order to allow people to steady themselves during foreseeable conditions, including but not limited to the condition of gear collapse on the ground and moderate turbulence in flight. The handrails must be constructed, so that there will be no obstruction on them which will cause the user to release his/her grip on the handrail or will hinder the continuous movement of the hands along the handrail. Handrails must be terminated in a manner which will not obstruct pedestrian travel or create a hazard. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:06 May 02, 2019 Jkt 247001 Adequacy of the design must be demonstrated by using persons representative of the 5% female and the 95% male. c. The stairway must be designed and located to minimize damage to it during an emergency landing or ditching. d. The stairway must have a wall or the equivalent on each side to minimize the risk of falling and to facilitate use of the stairway under conditions of abnormal airplane attitude. e. Treads and landings must be designed and demonstrated to be free of hazard. The landing area at each deck level must be demonstrated to be adequate in terms of flow rate for the maximum number of people that will be using the stair in an emergency. Treads and risers must be designed to ensure an easy and safe use of the stairway. f. General emergency illumination must be provided so that—when measured along the centerlines of each tread and landing—the illumination is not less than 0.05 foot-candle. g. In normal operation, the general illumination level must not be less than 0.05 foot-candles. The assessment must be done under day light and dark of night conditions. h. Both stairway ends must be indicated by an exit sign visible to passengers when in the stairway. This exit sign must meet the requirements of § 25.812(b)(1)(ii). i. A floor proximity path marking system which meets the requirements of § 25.812(e) must be available to guide passengers in the stairway to the stairway ends. It must not direct the occupants of the cabin to the stair entrance. j. The public address system must be audible in the stairway during all flight phases. k. ‘‘No smoking’’ and ‘‘return to seat’’ signs must be installed and must be visible in the stairway both going up and down and at the stairway entrances. 4. Cabin crew procedures and positions must be established to manage the use of the stairs on the ground and in flight under both normal and emergency situations. This may require that cabin crew members have specific dedicated duties for the management of the stairs during emergency and precautionary evacuations. 5. It should not be hazardous for crew members or passengers who are returning to their seats to use the stairways during moderate turbulence. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 18999 Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on April 11, 2019. Paul Siegmund, Acting Manager, Transport Standards Branch, Policy and Innovation Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2019–09016 Filed 5–2–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service 26 CFR Part 1 [REG–113943–17] RIN 1545–BO01 Certain Transfers of Property to Real Estate Investment Trusts [REITs]; Correction Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Correction to a partial withdrawal of notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: This document contains a correction to a partial withdrawal of notice proposed rulemaking and notice of proposed rulemaking (REG–113943– 17) that was published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2019. If adopted, the withdrawn portion of the notice proposed rulemaking would have provided guidance for transactions in which property of a C corporation becomes the property of a REIT following certain corporate distributions of controlled corporation stock. The notice of proposed rulemaking provided revised guidance on the same subject. DATES: Written or electronic comments and requests for a public hearing are still being accepted and must be received by May 10, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Concerning the proposed regulations, Austin Diamond-Jones, (202) 317–5363; concerning submission of comments or to request a public hearing, Regina Johnson, (202) 317–6901 (not toll-free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background The proposed regulations that are the subject of this correction are under section 337(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. Need for Correction As published, the partial withdrawal of notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of proposed rulemaking (REG– 113943–17) contains errors which may E:\FR\FM\03MYP1.SGM 03MYP1

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Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 86 / Friday, May 3, 2019 / Proposed 
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 25

[Docket No. FAA-2019-0283; Notice No. 25-19-04-SC]


Special Conditions: Airbus Model A380; Stairways Between Decks

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed amended special conditions.

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SUMMARY: This action proposes an amendment to special conditions for 
the Airbus A380 airplane. This airplane will have novel or unusual 
design features when compared to the state of technology envisioned in 
the airworthiness standards for transport category airplanes. This 
design feature is associated with the complex systems and the 
configuration of the airplane, including its full-length double deck. 
For these design features, the applicable airworthiness regulations do 
not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards regarding 
stairways between decks. These special conditions contain the 
additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary 
to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the 
existing airworthiness standards.
    By issuance of this amendment to the special condition, the FAA is 
correcting an error that appeared in the Federal Register on August 28, 
2006, for Special Conditions No. 25-326-SC, Docket No. NM314. The 
applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or 
appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These proposed 
special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the 
Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety 
equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.

DATES: Send comments on or before June 17, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Send comments identified by Docket No. FAA-2019-0283 using 
any of the following methods:
     Federal eRegulations Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ and follow the online instructions for sending 
your comments electronically.
     Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30, U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room 
W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket 
Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.
    Privacy: The FAA will post all comments it receives, without 
change, to https://www.regulations.gov/, including any personal 
information the commenter provides. Using the search function of the 
docket website, anyone can find and read the electronic form of all 
comments received into any FAA docket, including the name of the 
individual sending the comment (or signing the comment for an 
association, business, labor union, etc.). DOT's complete Privacy Act 
Statement can be found in the Federal Register published on April 11, 
2000 (65 FR 19477-19478).
    Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at 
https://www.regulations.gov/ at any time. Follow the online instructions 
for accessing the docket or go to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of 
the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Jacquet, Airframe and Cabin Safety 
Section, AIR-675, Transport Standards Branch, Policy and Innovation 
Division, Aircraft Certification Service, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 2200 South 216th Street, Des Moines, Washington 98198; 
telephone and fax 206-231-3208; email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    We invite interested people to take part in this rulemaking by 
sending written comments, data, or views. The most helpful comments 
reference a specific portion of the special conditions, explain the 
reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data.
    We will consider all comments we receive by the closing date for 
comments. We may change these special conditions based on the comments 
we receive.

Background

    Airbus requested an amendment to Special Condition No. 25-326-SC in 
letter (L2578ME1831060) revision 1, dated November 21, 2018. This 
letter states:
    The Special Conditions applicable to the stairways on full-length 
double-deck airplane were extensively discussed in the VLTA conference, 
dt. October 1998 in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands and in the Cabin 
Safety Meeting between FAA, EASA, and Airbus, held in Hamburg, Feb. 25, 
2003. In the latter meeting, the Special Conditions have been aligned. 
Based on that, Airbus has received CRI-D6 and IP-C1 (linked to FAA 
project CP-101) for A380 Type Certification.
    However, Airbus noticed that the Special Conditions for the 
availability of stairs published in the Federal Register (ref. 25-326-
SC from September 11, 2006) require more when com-pared to Special 
Conditions of IP-C1 Stage 4 Airbus received June 13, 2003.
    The Federal Register, ref. 25-326-SC reads:
    a. At least one stairway between decks must meet the following 
requirements: The stairway accommodates the carriage of an 
incapacitated person from one deck to the other. The crew member 
procedures for such carriage must be established.
    b. There must be at least two stairways between decks that meet the 
following requirements:
    The stairways must be designed such that evacuees can achieve an 
adequate rate for going down or going up under probable emergency 
conditions, including a condition in which a person falls or is 
incapacitated while on a stairway. One of the stairways must be the 
stairway specified in paragraph a. above.
    For whatever reasons, the consideration of the condition in which a 
person falls or is incapacitated while on the stairs re-appears. 
Resulting from the A380 Certification Meeting held in

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Hamburg this was agreed to be not required by the IP.
    It was the FAA position that ``this type of demonstration is not 
required for the main passenger aisle in the airplane and therefore 
should not be required for the stairways''.
    The Stage 4 of the IP-C1 dt. February 25, 2003 received for A380 TC 
thus reads.
    A. At least two stairways between decks must meet the following 
requirements:
    (1) At least one of the stairways must accommodate the carriage of 
an incapacitated person from one deck to the other. The crew member 
procedures for such a carriage must be established.
    (2) The stairways must be designed such that evacuees can be shown 
to achieve an adequate rate, for going down or going up, under probable 
emergency conditions.
    All further Special Conditions published in the Federal Register 
(Sec. Sec.  c though e) are identical to the Special Conditions of the 
IP (Sec. Sec.  B though D), however using a different wording.
    Since the IP-C1, Stage 4 is the bilateral agreement between FAA and 
Airbus, and the Federal Register is available to the public, Airbus 
would appreciate the correction of the SC published in the Federal 
Register under 25-326-SC. This would avoid any misunderstanding in the 
A380 future.
    During initial discussions with Airbus regarding the proposed 
special conditions, the FAA had included a requirement that the 
stairways be designed such that evacuees can achieve an adequate rate 
going down or up under probable emergency conditions, including a 
condition in which a person falls or is incapacitated while on the 
stairway. Airbus agreed with the requirement except for the portion 
pertaining to a person falling or being incapacitated. The FAA 
documented agreement with Airbus's position. Unfortunately the special 
condition was issued with the FAA's initial proposal rather than the 
final agreement, and stated that the stairs be designed such that 
evacuees can achieve an adequate rate going up or down the stairs under 
probable emergency conditions including a condition in which a person 
falls or is incapacitated while on the stairway.

Type Certification Basis

    Under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.17, Airbus must show that the 
Model A380 airplane meets the applicable provisions of 14 CFR part 25, 
as amended by Amendments 25-1 through 25-98. If the Administrator finds 
that the applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate 
or appropriate safety standards for the Airbus Model A380 airplane 
because of novel or unusual design features, special conditions are 
prescribed under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.16.
    In addition to the applicable airworthiness regulations and special 
conditions, the Airbus Model A380 airplane must comply with the fuel 
vent and exhaust emission requirements of 14 CFR part 34 and the noise 
certification requirements of 14 CFR part 36. In addition, the FAA must 
issue a finding of regulatory adequacy pursuant to section 611 of 
Public Law 93-574, the ``Noise Control Act of 1972.''
    Special conditions, as defined in 14 CFR 11.19, are issued in 
accordance with 14 CFR 11.38 and become part of the type certification 
basis in accordance with 14 CFR 21.17(a)(2).
    Special conditions are initially applicable to the model for which 
they are issued. Should the type certificate for that model be amended 
later to include any other model that incorporates the same novel or 
unusual design feature, the special conditions would also apply to the 
other model under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.101.

Novel or Unusual Design Features

    The Airbus Model A380 airplane will incorporate the following novel 
or unusual design features: This airplane has a full-length double 
deck. For these design features, the applicable airworthiness 
regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards 
regarding stairways between decks.

Discussion

    The Model A380 airplane incorporates seating on two full-length 
passenger decks, each of which has the capacity of a typical wide body 
airplane. Two staircases--one located in the front of the cabin and one 
located in the rear--allow for the movement of persons between decks. 
With large seating capacities on the main deck and the upper deck of 
the Model A380 airplane, the staircases need to be able to support 
movement between decks in an inflight emergency. In addition, although 
compliance with the evacuation demonstration requirements of Sec.  
25.803 does not depend on the use of stairs, there must be a way for 
passengers on one deck to move to the other deck during an emergency 
evacuation. This need must be addressed in the certification of the 
airplane.
    The regulations governing the certification of the Model A380 
airplane do not adequately address a passenger airplane with two 
separate full-length decks for passengers. The Boeing Model 747 and the 
Lockheed Model L-1011 airplanes were certificated with limited seating 
capacity on two separate decks, and special conditions were issued to 
certificate those arrangements. When the seating capacity of the upper 
deck of the Boeing Model 747 airplane exceeded 24 passengers, the FAA 
issued Special Conditions 25-61-NW-1 for a maximum seating capacity of 
32 passengers on the upper deck for take-off and landing. A second set 
of Special Conditions, 25-71-NW-3, was issued to cover airplanes with a 
maximum seating capacity of 45 passengers on the upper deck for take-
off and landing. That second set of Special Conditions was later 
modified to address airplanes with a maximum seating capacity of 110 
passengers on the upper deck. These previously issued special 
conditions provided a starting point for the development of special 
conditions for the Model A380 airplane.
    In the case of both the Model L-1011 and the Model 747 airplanes, 
the special conditions were based on the requirements and associated 
level of safety in place at the time of application for type 
certificate. The requirements and the level of safety have improved 
significantly since that time, and these special conditions reflect 
those improvements.
    In addition to the requirements of Sec. Sec.  25.803 and 25.811 
through 25.813, special conditions are needed to address the movement 
of passengers between the two full-length decks on the Model A380 
airplane. These special conditions provide additional requirements for 
the stairways to ensure the safe passage of occupants between decks 
during moderate turbulence, an inflight emergency, or an emergency 
evacuation.
    These special conditions contain the additional safety standards 
that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of 
safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness 
standards.

Applicability

    As discussed above, these special conditions are applicable to the 
Airbus Model A380 airplane. Should Airbus apply at a later date for a 
change to the type certificate to include another model incorporating 
the same novel or unusual design features, these special conditions 
would apply to that model as well under the provisions of Sec.  21.101.

Conclusion

    This action affects only certain novel or unusual design features 
of the Airbus

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Model A380 airplane. It is not a rule of general applicability.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 25

    Aircraft, Aviation safety, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

Authority Citation

    The authority citation for these special conditions is as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 40113, 44701, 44702, 44704.

The Proposed Special Conditions

    Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the following special conditions are issued as part of 
the type certification basis for the Airbus Model A380 airplane.

Airbus Model A380, Stairways Between Decks

    1. At least one stairway between decks must meet the following 
requirements: The stairway accommodates the carriage of an 
incapacitated person from one deck to the other. The crew member 
procedures for such carriage must be established.
    2. There must be at least two stairways between decks that meet the 
following requirements: The stairways must be designed such that 
evacuees can achieve an adequate rate for going down or going up under 
probable emergency conditions. One of the stairways must be the 
stairway specified in paragraph I. above.
    3. Each stairway between decks must meet the following 
requirements:
    a. It must have an entrance, exit, and gradient characteristics 
that--with the assistance of a crew member--would allow the passengers 
of one deck to merge with passengers of the other deck during an 
evacuation and exit the airplane. These entrance, exit, and gradient 
characteristics must occur with the airplane in level attitude and in 
each attitude resulting from the collapse of any one or more legs of 
the landing gear. These requirements must be demonstrated by tests or 
analysis.
    b. The stairway must have a handrail on at least one side in order 
to allow people to steady themselves during foreseeable conditions, 
including but not limited to the condition of gear collapse on the 
ground and moderate turbulence in flight. The handrails must be 
constructed, so that there will be no obstruction on them which will 
cause the user to release his/her grip on the handrail or will hinder 
the continuous movement of the hands along the handrail. Handrails must 
be terminated in a manner which will not obstruct pedestrian travel or 
create a hazard. Adequacy of the design must be demonstrated by using 
persons representative of the 5% female and the 95% male.
    c. The stairway must be designed and located to minimize damage to 
it during an emergency landing or ditching.
    d. The stairway must have a wall or the equivalent on each side to 
minimize the risk of falling and to facilitate use of the stairway 
under conditions of abnormal airplane attitude.
    e. Treads and landings must be designed and demonstrated to be free 
of hazard. The landing area at each deck level must be demonstrated to 
be adequate in terms of flow rate for the maximum number of people that 
will be using the stair in an emergency. Treads and risers must be 
designed to ensure an easy and safe use of the stairway.
    f. General emergency illumination must be provided so that--when 
measured along the centerlines of each tread and landing--the 
illumination is not less than 0.05 foot-candle.
    g. In normal operation, the general illumination level must not be 
less than 0.05 foot-candles. The assessment must be done under day 
light and dark of night conditions.
    h. Both stairway ends must be indicated by an exit sign visible to 
passengers when in the stairway. This exit sign must meet the 
requirements of Sec.  25.812(b)(1)(ii).
    i. A floor proximity path marking system which meets the 
requirements of Sec.  25.812(e) must be available to guide passengers 
in the stairway to the stairway ends. It must not direct the occupants 
of the cabin to the stair entrance.
    j. The public address system must be audible in the stairway during 
all flight phases.
    k. ``No smoking'' and ``return to seat'' signs must be installed 
and must be visible in the stairway both going up and down and at the 
stairway entrances.
    4. Cabin crew procedures and positions must be established to 
manage the use of the stairs on the ground and in flight under both 
normal and emergency situations. This may require that cabin crew 
members have specific dedicated duties for the management of the stairs 
during emergency and precautionary evacuations.
    5. It should not be hazardous for crew members or passengers who 
are returning to their seats to use the stairways during moderate 
turbulence.

    Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on April 11, 2019.
Paul Siegmund,
Acting Manager, Transport Standards Branch, Policy and Innovation 
Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-09016 Filed 5-2-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-13-P