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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.

            FIGURE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (C)(1)  PASSENGER SEAT P/NS            
    ______________________________________________________________________
    SEAT TYPE                         PASSENGER SEAT P/NS
    ______________________________________________________________________
    13E               13EA5Z5204JV        13EA9Z5506JV        13EG7Z1204RV
                      13EA5Z5203JV        13EG5Z1204RV        13EG6Z5703RV
                      13EA5Z5304JV        13EG5Z1203RV        13EG6Z5704RV
                      13EA5Z5303JV        13EG5Z5204RV        13EG2Z5203RV
                      13EA6Z5404JV        13EG5Z5203RV        13EG2Z5204RV
                      13EA6Z5403JV        13EG5Z5304RV        13EG9Z5506RV
                      13EA7Z5204JV        13EG5Z5303RV        13EG8Z5704RV
                      13EA7Z5203JV        13EG7Z5204RV        13EG8Z5703RV
                      13EA8Z5404JV        13EG7Z5203RV        13EG5Z5207RV
                      13EA8Z5403JV        13EG4Z5506RV        13EG5Z5208RV
                      13EA4Z5506JV        13EG9Z5610RV        13EG6Z5404RV
                      13EA9Z5610JV        13EF4Z5509RV        13EG6Z5403RV
                      13EC4Z5509JV        13EF3Z5506RV        13EG8Z5404RV
                      13EC3Z5506JV        13EG7Z1203RV        13EG8Z5403RV

    13H               13HR1Z5222JV        13HR5Z1203RV        13HR6Z5203RV
                      13HR1Z5221JV        13HR5Z5222RV        13HR6Z5204RV
                      13HR2Z5123JV        13HR5Z5221RV
                      13HR5Z1204RV        13HR4Z5123RV

    13K               13KA5Z5208JV        13KG5Z5208RV
                      13KA5Z5207JV        13KG5Z5207RV
    ______________________________________________________________________

(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 in-
    correctly 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  Avio-
    interiors Mandatory Service Bulletin  (MSB) No. 16/18,  Rev. 1,  dated
    October 11, 2018, or Paragraph 2,  Life Vest Pouches Inspection, Avio-
    interiors 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 re-
    place 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 in-
    spector, or lacking  a principal inspector,  the manager of  the local
    flight standards district office/certificate holding district office.

(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: 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 customer
    -support@aviointeriors.it; Internet: http://www.aviointeriors.it.

(4) You may view  this service information  at  FAA,  Engine  &  Propeller
    Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA, 01803. For in-
    formation 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 Certifica-
tion Service

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.
PREAMBLE 

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:
customer-support@aviointeriors.it; internet: http://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: 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 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:


Estimated Costs

Action
Labor cost
Parts cost
Cost per product
Inspect life vest pouch assembly 0.2 work-hours x $85 per hour = $17
$0
$17
Replace life vest pouch assembly 0.1 work-hours x $85 per hour = $8.50
172
180.50

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 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

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
directive (AD):