DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2018-0643; Product Identifier 2018-NM-084-AD; Amendment
39-19572; AD 2019-03-20]
Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for
Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. This AD was prompted by a
determination that new and more restrictive maintenance requirements
and airworthiness limitations are necessary. This AD 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. We are
issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
DATES: This AD is effective April 2, 2019.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of April 2,
ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule,
contact Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation, Teterboro Airport, P.O. Box
2000, South Hackensack, NJ 07606; phone: 201-440-6700; internet: http://www.dassaultfalcon.com.
You may view this 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 on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov
by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-0643.
Examining the AD Docket
You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov
by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-
0643; 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 (phone: 800-647-
5527) 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: Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer,
International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South
216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206-231-3226.
We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR
part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Dassault Aviation
Model FALCON 7X airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register
on August 10, 2018 (83 FR 39630). The NPRM was prompted by a
determination that new and more restrictive maintenance requirements
and airworthiness limitations are necessary. The NPRM proposed to
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
We issued a supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by
adding an AD that would apply to certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON
7X airplanes. The SNPRM published in the Federal Register on November
15, 2018 (83 FR 57364). We issued the SNPRM to require the
incorporation of revised and more restrictive airworthiness limitations
than those proposed in the NRPM.
We are issuing this AD to address reduced structural integrity and
reduced control of airplanes due to the failure of system components.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD
2018-0101, dated May 3, 2018 (referred to after this as the Mandatory
Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an
unsafe condition for certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X
airplanes. The MCAI states:
The airworthiness limitations and certification maintenance
instructions for Dassault Falcon 7X aeroplanes, which are approved
by EASA, are currently defined and published in Dassault Falcon 7X
AMM [airplane maintenance manual], Chapter 5-40. These instructions
have been identified as mandatory for continued airworthiness.
Failure to accomplish these instructions could result in an
unsafe condition [i.e., reduced structural integrity and reduced
control of these airplanes due to the failure of system components].
Previously, EASA issued AD 2015-0095 [which corresponds to FAA
AD 2016-16-09, Amendment 39-18607 (81 FR 52752, August 10, 2016)
(``AD 2016-16-09'')] to require accomplishment of the maintenance
tasks, and implementation of the airworthiness limitations, as
specified in Dassault Falcon 7X AMM, Chapter 5-40, at Revision 4.
Since that [EASA] AD was issued, Dassault issued the ALS
[airworthiness limitations section], which introduces new and more
restrictive maintenance requirements and/or airworthiness
For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD retains the
requirements of EASA AD 2015-0095, which is superseded, and requires
accomplishment of the actions specified in the ALS.
You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.
regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-0643.
We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing
this final rule. We received no comments on the SNPRM or on the
determination of the cost to the public.
We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and
the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed,
except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor
Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the
SNPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and
Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was
already proposed in the SNPRM.
Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51
Dassault Aviation has issued Chapter 5-40-00, Airworthiness
Limitations, DGT 107838, Revision 7, dated August 24, 2018, of the
Dassault Falcon 7X Maintenance Manual (MM). This service information
introduces new and more restrictive maintenance requirements and
airworthiness limitations for airplane structures and systems. 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
We estimate that this AD affects 67 airplanes of U.S. registry. We
estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:
We have determined that revising the existing maintenance or
inspection program takes an average of 90 work-hours per operator,
although we recognize that this number may vary from operator to
operator. In the past, we have estimated that this action takes 1 work-
hour per airplane. Since operators incorporate maintenance or
inspection program changes for their affected fleet(s), we have
determined that a per-operator estimate is more accurate than a per-
airplane estimate. Therefore, we estimate the total cost per operator
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.
We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ``General
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking
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 transport category airplanes and
associated appliances to the Director of the System Oversight Division.
This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order
13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States,
on the relationship between the national government and the States, or
on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various
levels of government.
For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
(1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive
(2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979),
(3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
(4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by
Adoption of the Amendment
Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the
Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:
PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
Sec. 39.13 [Amended]
2. The FAA amends Sec. 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness