Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes, 72251-72254 [2019-27886]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Proposed Rules requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. [FR Doc. 2019–28007 Filed 12–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6325–39–P List of Subjects in 5 CFR Part 532 Administrative practice and procedure, Freedom of information, Government employees, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Wages. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of Personnel Management. Alexys Stanley, Regulatory Affairs. 14 CFR Part 39 Accordingly, OPM is proposing to amend 5 CFR part 532 as follows: RIN 2120–AA64 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0991; Product Identifier 2019–NM–179–AD] Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes PART 532—PREVAILING RATE SYSTEMS 1. The authority citation for part 532 continues to read as follows: Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5343, 5346; § 532.707 also issued under 5 U.S.C. 552. 2. In Appendix D to subpart B amend the table by revising the wage area listing for the State of North Carolina to read as follows: ■ Appendix D to Subpart B of Part 532— Nonappropriated Fund Wage and Survey Areas DEFINITIONS OF WAGE AREAS AND WAGE AREA SURVEY AREAS khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS * * * NORTH CAROLINA Craven Survey Area North Carolina: Craven Area of Application. Survey North Carolina: Carteret Dare Cumberland Survey Area North Carolina: Cumberland Area of Application. Survey North Carolina: Durham Forsyth Rowan Onslow Survey area North Carolina: Onslow Area of Application. Survey North Carolina: New Hanover Wayne Survey area North Carolina: Wayne Area of Application. Survey North Carolina: Halifax Pitt * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 * 16:29 Dec 30, 2019 * area plus: area plus: area plus: area plus: * Jkt 250001 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: ■ * Federal Aviation Administration * The FAA proposes to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016–16–09 and AD 2019–03–20, which apply to Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. Those ADs require revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new and more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations for airplane structures and systems. Since the FAA issued AD 2019–03–20, the FAA has determined that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. This proposed AD would require revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which will be incorporated by reference. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by February 14, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 72251 For the material identified in this proposed AD that will be incorporated by reference (IBR), contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-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 IBR material 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– 0991. 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– 0991; 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 NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations is listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3226. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2019–0991; Product Identifier 2019–NM–179–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. The FAA specifically invites comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. The FAA will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this NPRM based on those comments. The FAA will post all comments, without change, to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. The FAA will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact the agency receives about this NPRM. E:\FR\FM\31DEP1.SGM 31DEP1 72252 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Proposed Rules Discussion The FAA issued AD 2019–03–20, Amendment 39–19572 (84 FR 6059, February 26, 2019) (‘‘AD 2019–03–20’’), which applied to certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. AD 2019–03–20 requires revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new and more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations for airplane structures and systems. The FAA issued AD 2019–03– 20 to address reduced structural integrity and reduced control of airplanes due to the failure of system components. AD 2019–03–20 specifies that accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) of that AD terminates all requirements of AD 2016–16–09, Amendment 39–18607 (81 FR 52752, August 10, 2016). AD 2019–03–20 also specifies that accomplishing the revisions required by paragraph (g) of that AD terminates the requirements of paragraph (q) of AD 2014–16–23, Amendment 39–17947 (79 FR 52545, September 4, 2014); that provision is part of this proposed AD. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Actions Since AD 2019–03–20 Was Issued Since the FAA issued AD 2019–03– 20, the FAA has determined that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2019–0257, dated October 17, 2019 (‘‘EASA AD 2019–0257’’) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. EASA AD 2019– 0257 supersedes EASA AD 2018–0277, dated December 17, 2018, which in turn superseded EASA AD 2018–0101, dated May 3, 2018 (FAA AD 2019–03–20 corresponds to EASA AD 2018–0101). Airplanes with an original airworthiness certificate or original export certificate of airworthiness issued after June 1, 2019, must comply with the airworthiness limitations specified as part of the approved type design and referenced on the type certificate data sheet; this proposed AD therefore does not include those airplanes in the applicability. This proposed AD was prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. The FAA is proposing this AD to address reduced structural integrity and reduced control of VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:29 Dec 30, 2019 Jkt 250001 airplanes due to the failure of system components. See the MCAI for additional background information. approval for an alternative method of compliance according to paragraph (m)(1) of this proposed AD. Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51 EASA AD 2019–0257 describes new or more restrictive maintenance airworthiness limitations for airplane structures and systems. This AD would also require Chapter 5–40–00, Airworthiness Limitations, DGT 107838, Revision 7, dated August 24, 2018, of the Dassault Falcon 7X Maintenance Manual (MM), which the Director of the Federal Register approved for incorporation by reference as of April 2, 2019 (84 FR 6059, February 26, 2019). This material 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. Explanation of Required Compliance Information In the FAA’s ongoing efforts to improve the efficiency of the AD process, the FAA initially worked with Airbus and EASA to develop a process to use certain EASA ADs as the primary source of information for compliance with requirements for corresponding FAA ADs. The FAA has since coordinated with other manufacturers and civil aviation authorities (CAAs) to use this process. As a result, EASA AD 2019–0257 will be incorporated by reference in the FAA final rule. This proposed AD would, therefore, require compliance with EASA AD 2019–0257 in its entirety, through that incorporation, except for any differences identified as exceptions in the regulatory text of this proposed AD. Using common terms that are the same as the heading of a particular section in the EASA AD does not mean that operators need comply only with that section. For example, where the AD requirement refers to ‘‘all required actions and compliance times,’’ compliance with this AD requirement is not limited to the section titled ‘‘Required Action(s) and Compliance Time(s)’’ in the EASA AD. Service information specified in EASA AD 2019–0257 that is required for compliance with EASA AD 2019–0257 will be available on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019–0992 after the FAA final rule is published. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA’s bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, the FAA has been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI referenced above. The FAA is proposing this AD because the FAA evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would require revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations, which are specified in EASA AD 2019–0257, described previously, as incorporated by reference. Any differences with EASA AD 2019–0257 are identified as exceptions in the regulatory text of this proposed AD. This proposed AD would require revisions to certain operator maintenance documents to include new actions (e.g., inspections) and Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCLs). Compliance with these actions and CDCCLs is required by 14 CFR 91.403(c). For airplanes that have been previously modified, altered, or repaired in the areas addressed by this proposed AD, the operator may not be able to accomplish the actions described in the revisions. In this situation, to comply with 14 CFR 91.403(c), the operator must request PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Airworthiness Limitation ADs Using the New Process The FAA’s new process, which uses MCAI ADs as the primary source of information for compliance with corresponding FAA ADs, has been limited to certain MCAI ADs (primarily those with service bulletins as the primary source of information for accomplishing the actions required by the FAA AD). However, the FAA is now expanding the process to include MCAI ADs that specify the incorporation of airworthiness limitation documents. Although the format of the airworthiness limitation ADs using the new process is different than the FAA’s existing format for airworthiness limitation ADs, the FAA requirements are the same: Operators must revise the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate the information specified in the new airworthiness limitation document. E:\FR\FM\31DEP1.SGM 31DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Proposed Rules The previous format of the airworthiness limitation ADs included a paragraph that specified that no alternative actions (e.g., inspections), intervals, or CDCCLs may be used unless the actions, intervals, and CDCCLs are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in the AMOCs paragraph under ‘‘Other FAA Provisions.’’ This new format includes a ‘‘New Provisions for Alternative Actions, Intervals, and CDCCLs’’ paragraph that does not specifically refer to AMOCs, but operators may still request an AMOC to use an alternative action, interval, or CDCCL. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 67 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: The FAA estimates the total cost per operator for the retained actions from AD 2019–03–20 to be $7,650 (90 workhours × $85 per work-hour). The FAA has determined that revising the maintenance or inspection program takes an average of 90 work-hours per operator, although the agency recognizes that this number may vary from operator to operator. In the past, the agency has estimated that this action takes 1 work-hour per airplane. Since operators incorporate maintenance or inspection program changes for their affected fleet(s), the FAA has determined that a per-operator estimate is more accurate than a per-airplane estimate. The FAA estimates the total cost per operator for the new proposed actions to be $7,650 (90 work-hours × $85 per work-hour). khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:29 Dec 30, 2019 Jkt 250001 develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. This proposed 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 transport category airplanes and associated appliances to the Director of the System Oversight Division. Regulatory Findings The FAA determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) 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. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016–16–09, Amendment 39–18607 (81 FR 52752, August 10, 2016), and AD 2019–03–20, Amendment 39–19572 (84 FR 6059, February 26, 2019), and adding the following new AD: ■ Dassault Aviation: Docket No. FAA–2019– 0991; Product Identifier 2019–NM–179– AD. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 72253 (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments by February 14, 2020. (b) Affected ADs (1) This AD replaces AD 2016–16–09, Amendment 39–18607 (81 FR 52752, August 10, 2016) and AD 2019–03–20, Amendment 39–19572 (84 FR 6059, February 26, 2019) (‘‘AD 2019–03–20’’). (2) This AD affects AD 2014–16–23, Amendment 39–17947 (79 FR 52545, September 4, 2014) (‘‘AD 2014–16–23’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes, certificated in any category, with an original airworthiness certificate or original export certificate of airworthiness issued on or before June 1, 2019. Note 1 to paragraph (c): Model FALCON 7X airplanes with modifications M1000 and M1254 incorporated are commonly referred to as ‘‘Model FALCON 8X’’ airplanes as a marketing designation. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Time Limits/Maintenance Checks. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address reduced structural integrity and reduced control of airplanes due to the failure of system components. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Retained Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision, With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2019–03–20, with no changes. Within 90 days after April 2, 2019 (the effective date of AD 2019–03–20), revise the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, by incorporating the information specified in Chapter 5–40–00, Airworthiness Limitations, DGT 107838, Revision 7, dated August 24, 2018, of the Dassault Falcon 7X Maintenance Manual (MM). The initial compliance times for the tasks specified in Chapter 5–40–00, Airworthiness Limitations, DGT 107838, Revision 7, dated August 24, 2018, of the Dassault Falcon 7X MM are at the applicable compliance times specified in Chapter 5–40– 00, Airworthiness Limitations, DGT 107838, Revision 7, dated August 24, 2018, of the Dassault Falcon 7X MM, or within 90 days after April 2, 2019, whichever occurs later. Accomplishing the maintenance or inspection program revision required by paragraph (i) of this AD terminates the requirements of this paragraph. E:\FR\FM\31DEP1.SGM 31DEP1 72254 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 250 / Tuesday, December 31, 2019 / Proposed Rules (h) Retained No Alternative Actions, Intervals, or Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCLs), With a New Exception This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (i) of AD 2019–03–20, with a new exception. Except as required by paragraph (i) of this AD, after the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, has been revised as required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections), intervals, or CDCCLs may be used unless the actions, intervals, and CDCCLs are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (m)(1) of this AD. (i) New Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision Except as specified in paragraph (j) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2019–0257, dated October 17, 2019 (‘‘EASA AD 2019–0257’’). Accomplishing the maintenance or inspection program revision required by this paragraph terminates the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD. (j) Exceptions to EASA AD 2019–0257 (1) The requirements specified in paragraphs (1) and (2) of EASA AD 2019– 0257 do not apply to this AD. (2) Where paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2019– 0257 specifies a compliance time of ‘‘Within 12 months’’ after its effective date to ‘‘revise the approved AMP [Aircraft Maintenance Program],’’ this AD requires ‘‘revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable’’ to incorporate the ‘‘limitations, tasks and associated thresholds and intervals’’ specified in paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2019–0257 within 90 days after the effective date of this AD. (3) The initial compliance time for doing the tasks specified in paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2019–0257 is at the applicable ‘‘associated thresholds’’ specified in paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2019–0257, or within 90 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. (4) The provisions specified in paragraphs (4) and (5) of EASA AD 2019–0257 do not apply to this AD. (5) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2019–0257 does not apply to this AD. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS (k) New Provisions for Alternative Actions, Intervals, and CDCCLs After the maintenance or inspection program has been revised as required by paragraph (i) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections), intervals, and CDCCLs are allowed except as specified in the provisions of the ‘‘Ref. Publications’’ section of EASA AD 2019–0257. (l) Terminating Action for Certain Requirements in AD 2014–16–23 Accomplishing the actions required by paragraph (i) of this AD terminates the requirements of paragraph (q) of AD 2014– 16–23. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:29 Dec 30, 2019 Jkt 250001 (m) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Section, Transport Standards 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 International Section, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (n)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOCREQUESTS@faa.gov. 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. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain instructions from a manufacturer, the instructions must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): For any service information referenced in EASA AD 2019–0257 that contains RC procedures and tests: Except as required by paragraph (m)(2) of this AD, RC procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (n) Related Information (1) For information about EASA AD 2019– 0257, contact the EASA, Konrad-AdenauerUfer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 6017; email ADs@ easa.europa.eu; Internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material 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. This material may be found in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019–0992. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206– 231–3226. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on December 12, 2019. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2019–27886 Filed 12–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2017–0404; Product Identifier 2015–SW–066–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters (Previously Eurocopter France) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: The FAA proposes to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2008–24–04 for Eurocopter France (now Airbus Helicopters) Model AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, and AS355N helicopters. AD 2008–24–04 requires repetitively inspecting the lubricating pump and checking the magnetic chip detector plug (chip detector) and the main gearbox (MGB) oil-sight glass. Since the FAA issued AD 2008–24–04, Airbus Helicopters has developed an alteration of the MGB oil flow distribution that corrects the unsafe condition. This proposed AD would retain the requirements of AD 2008–24–04 and would allow the option of altering the MGB oil flow distribution as a terminating action for the inspections. The actions of this proposed AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products. DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by March 2, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Send comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to the ‘‘Mail’’ address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31DEP1.SGM 31DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 250 (Tuesday, December 31, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 72251-72254]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-27886]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2019-0991; Product Identifier 2019-NM-179-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 
2016-16-09 and AD 2019-03-20, which apply to Dassault Aviation Model 
FALCON 7X airplanes. Those ADs require revising the existing 
maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new 
and more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness 
limitations for airplane structures and systems. Since the FAA issued 
AD 2019-03-20, the FAA has determined that new or more restrictive 
airworthiness limitations are necessary. This proposed AD would require 
revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, 
to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations, as 
specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which 
will be incorporated by reference. The FAA is proposing this AD to 
address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by February 
14, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For the material identified in this proposed AD that will be 
incorporated by reference (IBR), contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 
3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 1000; email 
[email protected]; 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 IBR material 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-2019-0991.

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-
0991; 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 NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other 
information. The street address for Docket Operations is listed above. 
Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 
216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206-231-3226.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2019-0991; 
Product Identifier 2019-NM-179-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. 
The FAA specifically invites comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. The FAA will 
consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this 
NPRM based on those comments.
    The FAA will post all comments, without change, to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. 
The FAA will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal 
contact the agency receives about this NPRM.

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Discussion

    The FAA issued AD 2019-03-20, Amendment 39-19572 (84 FR 6059, 
February 26, 2019) (``AD 2019-03-20''), which applied to certain 
Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. AD 2019-03-20 requires 
revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, 
to incorporate new and more restrictive maintenance requirements and 
airworthiness limitations for airplane structures and systems. The FAA 
issued AD 2019-03-20 to address reduced structural integrity and 
reduced control of airplanes due to the failure of system components.
    AD 2019-03-20 specifies that accomplishing the revision required by 
paragraph (g) of that AD terminates all requirements of AD 2016-16-09, 
Amendment 39-18607 (81 FR 52752, August 10, 2016). AD 2019-03-20 also 
specifies that accomplishing the revisions required by paragraph (g) of 
that AD terminates the requirements of paragraph (q) of AD 2014-16-23, 
Amendment 39-17947 (79 FR 52545, September 4, 2014); that provision is 
part of this proposed AD.

Actions Since AD 2019-03-20 Was Issued

    Since the FAA issued AD 2019-03-20, the FAA has determined that new 
or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary.
    The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2019-0257, dated October 17, 2019 
(``EASA AD 2019-0257'') (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing 
Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe 
condition for all Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. EASA AD 
2019-0257 supersedes EASA AD 2018-0277, dated December 17, 2018, which 
in turn superseded EASA AD 2018-0101, dated May 3, 2018 (FAA AD 2019-
03-20 corresponds to EASA AD 2018-0101).
    Airplanes with an original airworthiness certificate or original 
export certificate of airworthiness issued after June 1, 2019, must 
comply with the airworthiness limitations specified as part of the 
approved type design and referenced on the type certificate data sheet; 
this proposed AD therefore does not include those airplanes in the 
applicability.
    This proposed AD was prompted by a determination that new or more 
restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. The FAA is 
proposing this AD to address reduced structural integrity and reduced 
control of airplanes due to the failure of system components. See the 
MCAI for additional background information.

Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51

    EASA AD 2019-0257 describes new or more restrictive maintenance 
airworthiness limitations for airplane structures and systems.
    This AD would also require Chapter 5-40-00, Airworthiness 
Limitations, DGT 107838, Revision 7, dated August 24, 2018, of the 
Dassault Falcon 7X Maintenance Manual (MM), which the Director of the 
Federal Register approved for incorporation by reference as of April 2, 
2019 (84 FR 6059, February 26, 2019).
    This material 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.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD

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

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require revising the existing maintenance or 
inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or more 
restrictive airworthiness limitations, which are specified in EASA AD 
2019-0257, described previously, as incorporated by reference. Any 
differences with EASA AD 2019-0257 are identified as exceptions in the 
regulatory text of this proposed AD.
    This proposed AD would require revisions to certain operator 
maintenance documents to include new actions (e.g., inspections) and 
Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCLs). Compliance 
with these actions and CDCCLs is required by 14 CFR 91.403(c). For 
airplanes that have been previously modified, altered, or repaired in 
the areas addressed by this proposed AD, the operator may not be able 
to accomplish the actions described in the revisions. In this 
situation, to comply with 14 CFR 91.403(c), the operator must request 
approval for an alternative method of compliance according to paragraph 
(m)(1) of this proposed AD.

Explanation of Required Compliance Information

    In the FAA's ongoing efforts to improve the efficiency of the AD 
process, the FAA initially worked with Airbus and EASA to develop a 
process to use certain EASA ADs as the primary source of information 
for compliance with requirements for corresponding FAA ADs. The FAA has 
since coordinated with other manufacturers and civil aviation 
authorities (CAAs) to use this process. As a result, EASA AD 2019-0257 
will be incorporated by reference in the FAA final rule. This proposed 
AD would, therefore, require compliance with EASA AD 2019-0257 in its 
entirety, through that incorporation, except for any differences 
identified as exceptions in the regulatory text of this proposed AD. 
Using common terms that are the same as the heading of a particular 
section in the EASA AD does not mean that operators need comply only 
with that section. For example, where the AD requirement refers to 
``all required actions and compliance times,'' compliance with this AD 
requirement is not limited to the section titled ``Required Action(s) 
and Compliance Time(s)'' in the EASA AD.
    Service information specified in EASA AD 2019-0257 that is required 
for compliance with EASA AD 2019-0257 will be available on the internet 
at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. 
FAA-2019-0992 after the FAA final rule is published.

Airworthiness Limitation ADs Using the New Process

    The FAA's new process, which uses MCAI ADs as the primary source of 
information for compliance with corresponding FAA ADs, has been limited 
to certain MCAI ADs (primarily those with service bulletins as the 
primary source of information for accomplishing the actions required by 
the FAA AD). However, the FAA is now expanding the process to include 
MCAI ADs that specify the incorporation of airworthiness limitation 
documents.
    Although the format of the airworthiness limitation ADs using the 
new process is different than the FAA's existing format for 
airworthiness limitation ADs, the FAA requirements are the same: 
Operators must revise the existing maintenance or inspection program, 
as applicable, to incorporate the information specified in the new 
airworthiness limitation document.

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    The previous format of the airworthiness limitation ADs included a 
paragraph that specified that no alternative actions (e.g., 
inspections), intervals, or CDCCLs may be used unless the actions, 
intervals, and CDCCLs are approved as an alternative method of 
compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in the 
AMOCs paragraph under ``Other FAA Provisions.'' This new format 
includes a ``New Provisions for Alternative Actions, Intervals, and 
CDCCLs'' paragraph that does not specifically refer to AMOCs, but 
operators may still request an AMOC to use an alternative action, 
interval, or CDCCL.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 67 airplanes of 
U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with 
this proposed AD:
    The FAA estimates the total cost per operator for the retained 
actions from AD 2019-03-20 to be $7,650 (90 work-hours x $85 per work-
hour).
    The FAA has determined that revising the maintenance or inspection 
program takes an average of 90 work-hours per operator, although the 
agency recognizes that this number may vary from operator to operator. 
In the past, the agency has estimated that this action takes 1 work-
hour per airplane. Since operators incorporate maintenance or 
inspection program changes for their affected fleet(s), the FAA has 
determined that a per-operator estimate is more accurate than a per-
airplane estimate. The FAA estimates the total cost per operator for 
the new proposed actions to be $7,650 (90 work-hours x $85 per work-
hour).

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 proposed 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 transport category airplanes and associated appliances to the 
Director of the System Oversight Division.

Regulatory Findings

    The FAA determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not 
have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship 
between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed 
regulation:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866,
    (2) 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.

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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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 removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 
2016-16-09, Amendment 39-18607 (81 FR 52752, August 10, 2016), and AD 
2019-03-20, Amendment 39-19572 (84 FR 6059, February 26, 2019), and 
adding the following new AD:

Dassault Aviation: Docket No. FAA-2019-0991; Product Identifier 
2019-NM-179-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments by February 14, 2020.

(b) Affected ADs

    (1) This AD replaces AD 2016-16-09, Amendment 39-18607 (81 FR 
52752, August 10, 2016) and AD 2019-03-20, Amendment 39-19572 (84 FR 
6059, February 26, 2019) (``AD 2019-03-20'').
    (2) This AD affects AD 2014-16-23, Amendment 39-17947 (79 FR 
52545, September 4, 2014) (``AD 2014-16-23'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes, 
certificated in any category, with an original airworthiness 
certificate or original export certificate of airworthiness issued 
on or before June 1, 2019.

    Note 1 to paragraph (c):  Model FALCON 7X airplanes with 
modifications M1000 and M1254 incorporated are commonly referred to 
as ``Model FALCON 8X'' airplanes as a marketing designation.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Time Limits/
Maintenance Checks.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more 
restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. The FAA is 
issuing this AD to address reduced structural integrity and reduced 
control of airplanes due to the failure of system components.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision, With No 
Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 
2019-03-20, with no changes. Within 90 days after April 2, 2019 (the 
effective date of AD 2019-03-20), revise the existing maintenance or 
inspection program, as applicable, by incorporating the information 
specified in Chapter 5-40-00, Airworthiness Limitations, DGT 107838, 
Revision 7, dated August 24, 2018, of the Dassault Falcon 7X 
Maintenance Manual (MM). The initial compliance times for the tasks 
specified in Chapter 5-40-00, Airworthiness Limitations, DGT 107838, 
Revision 7, dated August 24, 2018, of the Dassault Falcon 7X MM are 
at the applicable compliance times specified in Chapter 5-40-00, 
Airworthiness Limitations, DGT 107838, Revision 7, dated August 24, 
2018, of the Dassault Falcon 7X MM, or within 90 days after April 2, 
2019, whichever occurs later. Accomplishing the maintenance or 
inspection program revision required by paragraph (i) of this AD 
terminates the requirements of this paragraph.

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(h) Retained No Alternative Actions, Intervals, or Critical Design 
Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCLs), With a New Exception

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (i) of AD 
2019-03-20, with a new exception. Except as required by paragraph 
(i) of this AD, after the maintenance or inspection program, as 
applicable, has been revised as required by paragraph (g) of this 
AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections), intervals, or CDCCLs 
may be used unless the actions, intervals, and CDCCLs are approved 
as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the 
procedures specified in paragraph (m)(1) of this AD.

(i) New Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision

    Except as specified in paragraph (j) of this AD: Comply with all 
required actions and compliance times specified in, and in 
accordance with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 
2019-0257, dated October 17, 2019 (``EASA AD 2019-0257''). 
Accomplishing the maintenance or inspection program revision 
required by this paragraph terminates the requirements of paragraph 
(g) of this AD.

(j) Exceptions to EASA AD 2019-0257

    (1) The requirements specified in paragraphs (1) and (2) of EASA 
AD 2019-0257 do not apply to this AD.
    (2) Where paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2019-0257 specifies a 
compliance time of ``Within 12 months'' after its effective date to 
``revise the approved AMP [Aircraft Maintenance Program],'' this AD 
requires ``revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, 
as applicable'' to incorporate the ``limitations, tasks and 
associated thresholds and intervals'' specified in paragraph (3) of 
EASA AD 2019-0257 within 90 days after the effective date of this 
AD.
    (3) The initial compliance time for doing the tasks specified in 
paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2019-0257 is at the applicable ``associated 
thresholds'' specified in paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2019-0257, or 
within 90 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs 
later.
    (4) The provisions specified in paragraphs (4) and (5) of EASA 
AD 2019-0257 do not apply to this AD.
    (5) The ``Remarks'' section of EASA AD 2019-0257 does not apply 
to this AD.

(k) New Provisions for Alternative Actions, Intervals, and CDCCLs

    After the maintenance or inspection program has been revised as 
required by paragraph (i) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., 
inspections), intervals, and CDCCLs are allowed except as specified 
in the provisions of the ``Ref. Publications'' section of EASA AD 
2019-0257.

(l) Terminating Action for Certain Requirements in AD 2014-16-23

    Accomplishing the actions required by paragraph (i) of this AD 
terminates the requirements of paragraph (q) of AD 2014-16-23.

(m) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Section, Transport Standards 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 International Section, send it to the attention of 
the person identified in paragraph (n)(2) of this AD. Information 
may be emailed to: [email protected]. 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.
    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD 
to obtain instructions from a manufacturer, the instructions must be 
accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International 
Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS's 
EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the 
approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.
    (3) Required for Compliance (RC): For any service information 
referenced in EASA AD 2019-0257 that contains RC procedures and 
tests: Except as required by paragraph (m)(2) of this AD, RC 
procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any 
procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. 
Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be 
deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the 
operator's maintenance or inspection program without obtaining 
approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as 
RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy 
condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests 
identified as RC require approval of an AMOC.

(n) Related Information

    (1) For information about EASA AD 2019-0257, contact the EASA, 
Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 
89990 6017; email [email protected]; Internet www.easa.europa.eu. 
You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material 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. This material may be found in the AD docket on the 
internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2019-0992.
    (2) For more information about this AD, contact Tom Rodriguez, 
Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards 
Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone 
and fax 206-231-3226.

    Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on December 12, 2019.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
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