Airworthiness Directives; Aviointeriors S.p.A. Centaurus Passenger Seats, 61520-61523 [2019-24512]

Download as PDF 61520 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 13, 2019 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0557; Product Identifier 2019–NE–17–AD; Amendment 39– 19775; AD 2019–21–09] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Aviointeriors S.p.A. Centaurus Passenger Seats Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Aviointeriors S.p.A. (Aviointeriors) Centaurus passenger seats with a specific life vest pouch assembly installed. This AD was prompted by reports of life vest pouches that were installed incorrectly on certain seats. This AD requires inspection of the life vest pouch assembly and, depending on the results of the inspection, replacement of the life vest pouch assembly. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective December 18, 2019. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of December 18, 2019. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Aviointeriors S.p.A., Customer Support, Via Appia Km. 66,4; 04013 Latina, Italy; phone: +39 0773 6891; fax: +39 0773 631546; email: customer-support@ aviointeriors.it; internet: https:// www.aviointeriors.it. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238– 7759. It is also available on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019–0557. SUMMARY: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019– 0557; or in person at Docket Operations VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Nov 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this final rule, the mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dorie Resnik, Aerospace Engineer, Boston ACO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7693; fax: 781–238–7199; email: dorie.resnik@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Aviointeriors S.p.A. (Aviointeriors) Centaurus passenger seats with a specific life vest pouch assembly installed. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 15, 2019 (84 FR 41664). The NPRM was prompted by reports of life vest pouches that were installed incorrectly on certain seats. The NPRM proposed to require inspection of the life vest pouch assembly and, depending on the results of the inspection, replacement of the life vest pouch assembly. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA AD No. 2018–0264R1, dated April 4, 2019 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to address the unsafe condition on these products. The MCAI states: Incorrect installation of the affected pouch was found on certain affected seats. Subsequent investigation determined that those pouches have been (re)installed in service. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could prevent extraction of the life vest from the pouch, leading to evacuation of the aeroplane without a life vest, possibly resulting in injury to passengers. To address this potential unsafe condition, Aviointeriors issued the SB to provide inspection instructions and the modification SB to provide instructions to modify the affected seats. Aviointeriors also revised the Component Maintenance Manuals (CMM) to PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 include updated instructions for installing an affected pouch. For the reason described above, EASA issued AD 2018–0264, requiring inspection of the affected seats and, depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective action(s). Since that [EASA] AD was issued, it was determined that affected seats may have received an additional P/N related to the aircraft modification addressing the installation of the seats. This [EASA] AD is revised to clarify the Applicability by inserting Note 1 into Appendix 1 of this [EASA] AD. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019– 0557. Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Aviointeriors Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. 16/18, Rev. 1, dated October 11, 2018, and Aviointeriors Optional Service Bulletin (OSB) No. 18/18, Rev. 2, dated March 11, 2019. The MSB describes procedures for inspection and horizontal installation of the life vest pouch assembly. The OSB describes procedures for an alternative (vertical) inspection and installation of the life vest pouch assembly. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects an unknown number of passenger seats installed on, but not limited to, Boeing 777–200 and 777–300 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: E:\FR\FM\13NOR1.SGM 13NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 13, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 61521 ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Inspect life vest pouch assembly ................................. Replace life vest pouch assembly ................................ 0.2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $17 .......................... 0.1 work-hours × $85 per hour = $8.50 ....................... 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. The FAA is 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. This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Nov 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 applicable to engines, propellers, and associated appliances to the Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Policy and Innovation Division. Regulatory Findings 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 this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. 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, PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Parts cost $0 172 Cost per product $17 180.50 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 adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2019–21–09 Aviointeriors S.p.A.: Amendment 39–19775; Docket No. FAA–2019–0557; Product Identifier 2019–NE–17–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective December 18, 2019. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability (1) This AD applies to Aviointeriors S.p.A. (Aviointeriors) Centaurus Economy Class 13E, 13H, and 13K passenger seats with a seat part number (P/N) listed in Figure 1 to paragraph (c)(1) of this AD, with life vest pouch, P/N 313907100004, installed. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P E:\FR\FM\13NOR1.SGM 13NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 13, 2019 / Rules and Regulations BILLING CODE 4910–13–C (2) These appliances are installed on, but not limited to, Boeing 777–200 and 777–300 airplanes. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 2561, Life Jacket. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of life vest pouches installed incorrectly on certain seats. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent the life vest from failing to extract from the pouch during an emergency. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in having to evacuate the airplane without a life vest, possibly resulting in injury or death to passengers. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions (1) Within three months or 600 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, inspect the affected seat life vest pouch assembly using Paragraph 2, Life Vest Inspection, of Aviointeriors Mandatory VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Nov 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 Service Bulletin (MSB) No. 16/18, Rev. 1, dated October 11, 2018, or Paragraph 2, Life Vest Pouches Inspection, Aviointeriors Optional SB (OSB) No. 18/18, Rev. 2, dated March 11, 2019. (2) If, during the inspection required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, a life vest pouch velcro strip is found damaged or worn, before further flight, remove the life vest pouch from service and replace it with a part eligible for installation using Paragraphs 3 through 5, inclusive, of Aviointeriors MSB No. 16/18, Rev. 1, dated October 11, 2018, or Aviointeriors OSB No. 18/18, Rev. 2, dated March 11, 2019. (3) If, during the inspection required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, a life vest pouch installation is not found acceptable, as defined in Paragraph 2 of Aviointeriors MSB No. 16/18, Rev. 1, dated October 11, 2018, or Aviointeriors OSB No. 18/18, Rev. 2, dated March 11, 2019, before further flight, remove the life vest pouch from service and replace it with a part eligible for installation using Paragraphs 3 through 5, inclusive, of Aviointeriors MSB No. 16/18, Rev. 1, dated October 11, 2018, or Aviointeriors OSB No. 18/18, Rev. 2, dated March 11, 2019. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (h) Installation Prohibition After the effective date of this AD, do not install an Aviointeriors Centaurus Economy Class passenger seat with a P/N identified in paragraph (c) of this AD unless the affected seat life vest pouch assembly has been inspected in accordance with paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, and depending on the finding, replaced with a part eligible for installation. (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Boston ACO Branch, 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 manager of the ECO Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (j)(1) of this AD. (2) 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. E:\FR\FM\13NOR1.SGM 13NOR1 ER13NO19.001</GPH> 61522 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 13, 2019 / Rules and Regulations (j) Related Information DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (1) For more information about this AD, contact Dorie Resnik, Aerospace Engineer, Boston ACO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781– 238–7693; fax: 781–238–7199; email: dorie.resnik@faa.gov. (2) Refer to European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2018–0264R1, dated April 4, 2019, for more information. You may examine the EASA AD in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2019–0557. (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 the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Aviointeriors Mandatory Service Bulletin No. 16/18, Rev. 1, dated October 11, 2018, and (ii) Aviointeriors Optional Service Bulletin No. 18/18, Rev. 2, dated March 11, 2019. (3) For Aviointeriors service information identified in this AD, contact Aviointeriors S.p.A., Customer Support, Via Appia Km. 66,4; 04013 Latina, Italy; phone: +39 0773 6891; fax: +39 0773 631546; email: customersupport@aviointeriors.it; internet: https:// www.aviointeriors.it. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Engine & Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7759. (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, email: fedreg.legal@nara.gov, or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on October 24, 2019. Karen M. Grant, Acting Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2019–24512 Filed 11–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0439; Product Identifier 2019–NM–037–AD; Amendment 39–19779; AD 2019–21–13] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2012–22– 18, which applied to all Airbus SAS Model A330–243, –243F, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes. AD 2012–22–18 required repetitive inspections of the three inner acoustic panels of both engine air inlet (intake) cowls to detect disbonding, and corrective actions, if necessary. This AD continues to require all actions required by AD 2012–22–18, with a reduced initial compliance time and reduced repetitive inspection intervals. These actions are specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. This AD was prompted by additional reports of engine air inlet cowl collapse. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective December 18, 2019. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of December 18, 2019. ADDRESSES: For the material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, contact the EASA, KonradAdenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 1000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this IBR material on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. It is also available in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019– 0439. SUMMARY: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Nov 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 61523 www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019– 0439; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this final rule, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3229. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2019–0042, dated February 27, 2019 (‘‘EASA AD 2019–0042’’) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus SAS Model A330–243, –243F, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes, certificated in any category. The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2012–22–18, Amendment 39–17256 (77 FR 70366, November 26, 2012) (‘‘AD 2012–22– 18’’). AD 2012–22–18 applied to all Airbus SAS Model A330–243, –243F, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on June 19, 2019 (84 FR 28431). The NPRM was prompted by additional reports of engine air inlet cowl collapse since AD 2012–22–18 was issued. The NPRM proposed to continue to require repetitive inspections of the three inner acoustic panels of both engine air inlet cowls to detect disbonding, and corrective actions if necessary, with a reduced initial compliance time and reduced repetitive inspection intervals. The NPRM also proposed an optional modification that would be terminating action for the repetitive inspections. The FAA is issuing this AD to address disbonding, which could result in detachment of the engine air inlet cowl from the engine, leading to ingestion of parts, which could cause failure of the engine, and possible injury to persons on the ground. See the MCAI for additional background information. Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing E:\FR\FM\13NOR1.SGM 13NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2019-0557; Product Identifier 2019-NE-17-AD; Amendment 
39-19775; AD 2019-21-09]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Aviointeriors S.p.A. Centaurus 
Passenger Seats

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Aviointeriors S.p.A. (Aviointeriors) Centaurus passenger seats 
with a specific life vest pouch assembly installed. This AD was 
prompted by reports of life vest pouches that were installed 
incorrectly on certain seats. This AD requires inspection of the life 
vest pouch assembly and, depending on the results of the inspection, 
replacement of the life vest pouch assembly. The FAA is issuing this AD 
to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective December 18, 2019.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of December 18, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Aviointeriors S.p.A., Customer Support, Via Appia Km. 66,4; 
04013 Latina, Italy; phone: +39 0773 6891; fax: +39 0773 631546; email: 
[email protected]; internet: https://www.aviointeriors.it. You may view this service information at the FAA, 
Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, 
Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this 
material at the FAA, call 781-238-7759. It is also available on the 
internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating 
Docket No. FAA-2019-0557.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2019-
0557; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains 
this final rule, the mandatory continuing airworthiness information 
(MCAI), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other 
information. The address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dorie Resnik, Aerospace Engineer, 
Boston ACO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; 
phone: 781-238-7693; fax: 781-238-7199; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Aviointeriors 
S.p.A. (Aviointeriors) Centaurus passenger seats with a specific life 
vest pouch assembly installed. The NPRM published in the Federal 
Register on August 15, 2019 (84 FR 41664). The NPRM was prompted by 
reports of life vest pouches that were installed incorrectly on certain 
seats. The NPRM proposed to require inspection of the life vest pouch 
assembly and, depending on the results of the inspection, replacement 
of the life vest pouch assembly. The FAA is issuing this AD to address 
the unsafe condition on these products.
    The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the 
Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has 
issued EASA AD No. 2018-0264R1, dated April 4, 2019 (referred to after 
this as ``the MCAI''), to address the unsafe condition on these 
products. The MCAI states:

    Incorrect installation of the affected pouch was found on 
certain affected seats. Subsequent investigation determined that 
those pouches have been (re)installed in service. This condition, if 
not detected and corrected, could prevent extraction of the life 
vest from the pouch, leading to evacuation of the aeroplane without 
a life vest, possibly resulting in injury to passengers.
    To address this potential unsafe condition, Aviointeriors issued 
the SB to provide inspection instructions and the modification SB to 
provide instructions to modify the affected seats. Aviointeriors 
also revised the Component Maintenance Manuals (CMM) to include 
updated instructions for installing an affected pouch.
    For the reason described above, EASA issued AD 2018-0264, 
requiring inspection of the affected seats and, depending on 
findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective action(s).
    Since that [EASA] AD was issued, it was determined that affected 
seats may have received an additional P/N related to the aircraft 
modification addressing the installation of the seats. This [EASA] 
AD is revised to clarify the Applicability by inserting Note 1 into 
Appendix 1 of this [EASA] AD.

    You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD 
docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for 
and locating Docket No. FAA-2019-0557.

Comments

    The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in 
developing this final rule. The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or 
on the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    The FAA reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety 
and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Aviointeriors Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. 
16/18, Rev. 1, dated October 11, 2018, and Aviointeriors Optional 
Service Bulletin (OSB) No. 18/18, Rev. 2, dated March 11, 2019. The MSB 
describes procedures for inspection and horizontal installation of the 
life vest pouch assembly. The OSB describes procedures for an 
alternative (vertical) inspection and installation of the life vest 
pouch assembly. This service information is reasonably available 
because the interested parties have access to it through their normal 
course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects an unknown number of 
passenger seats installed on, but not limited to, Boeing 777-200 and 
777-300 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

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                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                                     Cost per
                    Action                                 Labor cost               Parts cost        product
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Inspect life vest pouch assembly..............  0.2 work-hours x $85 per hour =               $0             $17
                                                 $17.
Replace life vest pouch assembly..............  0.1 work-hours x $85 per hour =              172          180.50
                                                 $8.50.
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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.
    The FAA is 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.
    This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the 
Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by 
FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is 
normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but 
during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the 
authority to issue ADs applicable to engines, propellers, and 
associated appliances to the Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards 
Branch, Policy and Innovation Division.

Regulatory Findings

    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 this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866,
    (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

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]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2019-21-09 Aviointeriors S.p.A.: Amendment 39-19775; Docket No. FAA-
2019-0557; Product Identifier 2019-NE-17-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective December 18, 2019.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    (1) This AD applies to Aviointeriors S.p.A. (Aviointeriors) 
Centaurus Economy Class 13E, 13H, and 13K passenger seats with a 
seat part number (P/N) listed in Figure 1 to paragraph (c)(1) of 
this AD, with life vest pouch, P/N 313907100004, installed.
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    (2) These appliances are installed on, but not limited to, 
Boeing 777-200 and 777-300 airplanes.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 2561, Life Jacket.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of life vest pouches installed 
incorrectly on certain seats. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent 
the life vest from failing to extract from the pouch during an 
emergency. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in 
having to evacuate the airplane without a life vest, possibly 
resulting in injury or death to passengers.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Required Actions

    (1) Within three months or 600 flight hours after the effective 
date of this AD, whichever occurs first, inspect the affected seat 
life vest pouch assembly using Paragraph 2, Life Vest Inspection, of 
Aviointeriors Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. 16/18, Rev. 1, 
dated October 11, 2018, or Paragraph 2, Life Vest Pouches 
Inspection, Aviointeriors Optional SB (OSB) No. 18/18, Rev. 2, dated 
March 11, 2019.
    (2) If, during the inspection required by paragraph (g)(1) of 
this AD, a life vest pouch velcro strip is found damaged or worn, 
before further flight, remove the life vest pouch from service and 
replace it with a part eligible for installation using Paragraphs 3 
through 5, inclusive, of Aviointeriors MSB No. 16/18, Rev. 1, dated 
October 11, 2018, or Aviointeriors OSB No. 18/18, Rev. 2, dated 
March 11, 2019.
    (3) If, during the inspection required by paragraph (g)(1) of 
this AD, a life vest pouch installation is not found acceptable, as 
defined in Paragraph 2 of Aviointeriors MSB No. 16/18, Rev. 1, dated 
October 11, 2018, or Aviointeriors OSB No. 18/18, Rev. 2, dated 
March 11, 2019, before further flight, remove the life vest pouch 
from service and replace it with a part eligible for installation 
using Paragraphs 3 through 5, inclusive, of Aviointeriors MSB No. 
16/18, Rev. 1, dated October 11, 2018, or Aviointeriors OSB No. 18/
18, Rev. 2, dated March 11, 2019.

(h) Installation Prohibition

    After the effective date of this AD, do not install an 
Aviointeriors Centaurus Economy Class passenger seat with a P/N 
identified in paragraph (c) of this AD unless the affected seat life 
vest pouch assembly has been inspected in accordance with paragraph 
(g)(1) of this AD, and depending on the finding, replaced with a 
part eligible for installation.

(i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Boston ACO Branch, 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 
manager of the ECO Branch, send it to the attention of the person 
identified in paragraph (j)(1) of this AD.
    (2) 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.

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(j) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Dorie Resnik, 
Aerospace Engineer, Boston ACO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, 
Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7693; fax: 781-238-7199; email: 
[email protected].
    (2) Refer to European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 
2018-0264R1, dated April 4, 2019, for more information. You may 
examine the EASA AD in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. 
FAA-2019-0557.

(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 the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Aviointeriors Mandatory Service Bulletin No. 16/18, Rev. 1, 
dated October 11, 2018, and
    (ii) Aviointeriors Optional Service Bulletin No. 18/18, Rev. 2, 
dated March 11, 2019.
    (3) For Aviointeriors service information identified in this AD, 
contact Aviointeriors S.p.A., Customer Support, Via Appia Km. 66,4; 
04013 Latina, Italy; phone: +39 0773 6891; fax: +39 0773 631546; 
email: [email protected]; internet: https://www.aviointeriors.it.
    (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Engine & 
Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 
01803. For information on the availability of this material at the 
FAA, call 781-238-7759.
    (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, email: [email protected], or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on October 24, 2019.
Karen M. Grant,
Acting Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-24512 Filed 11-12-19; 8:45 am]
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