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2019-24-11 DASSAULT AVIATION: Amendment 39-19814; Docket No. FAA-2019-0698; Product Identifier 2019-NM-109-AD.
(a) EFFECTIVE DATE

    This AD is effective January 24, 2020.

(b) AFFECTED ADS

(1) This  AD  replaces  AD  2014-16-26,  Amendment 39-17950  (79 FR 51077,
    August 27, 2014) ("AD 2014-16-26");  and AD 2017-19-04,  Amendment 39-
    19034 (82 FR 43163, September 14, 2017) ("AD 2017-19-04").

(2) This  AD  affects  AD  2010-26-05,  Amendment  39-16544  (75 FR 79952,
    December 21, 2010) ("AD 2010-26-05").

(c) APPLICABILITY

    This  AD  applies  to  Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 900EX airplanes,
    certificated  in any category,  serial numbers 1 through 96 inclusive,
    and serial numbers 98 through 119 inclusive.

(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 of the airplane.

(f) COMPLIANCE

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified,  unless al-
    ready done.

(g) RETAINED REVISION OF MAINTENANCE OR INSPECTION PROGRAM WITH NO CHANGES

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g)  of AD 2017-
    19-04,  with  no  changes.  Within 90 days after October 19, 2017 (the
    effective date of AD 2017-19-04),  revise the existing  maintenance or
    inspection  program,  as  applicable,  to incorporate  the information
    specified  in  Chapter 5-40,  Airworthiness Limitations,  Revision 14,
    dated  November  2015,  of  the  FALCON 900EX Maintenance Manual.  The
    initial compliance  time for  accomplishing the  actions specified  in
    Chapter 5-40, Airworthiness Limitations,  Revision 14,  dated November
    2015, of the FALCON 900EX Maintenance Manual, is within the applicable
    times specified in the maintenance manual or 90 days after October 19,
    2017, whichever occurs later,  except as provided by paragraphs (g)(1)
    through (4) of this AD.

(1) The term "LDG" in the "First Inspection"  column of any table  in  the
    service information means total airplane landings.

(2) The term "FH" in the "First Inspection"  column of any  table  in  the
    service information means total flight hours.

(3) The term "FC" in the "First Inspection"  column of any  table  in  the
    service information means total flight cycles.

(4) The term "M" in the "First Inspection"  column of  any  table  in  the
    service information means months.

(h) RETAINED REQUIREMENT FOR NO ALTERNATIVE ACTIONS AND INTERVALS WITH NEW
    EXCEPTION

    This paragraph restates the requirement specified  in paragraph (h) of
    AD 2017-19-04,  with a new exception.  Except as required by paragraph
    (i) of this AD, after accomplishing the revision required by paragraph
    (g) of this AD,  no alternative actions (e.g., inspections)  or inter-
    vals may be used unless the actions  or  intervals are approved  as an
    alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance  with the proce-
    dures specified in paragraph (l)(1) of this AD.

(i) NEW REQUIREMENT OF THIS AD: MAINTENANCE OR INSPECTION PROGRAM REVISION

    Within 90 days after the effective date of this AD,  revise the exist-
    ing maintenance or inspection program,  as applicable,  to incorporate
    the information specified in Chapter 5-40,  Airworthiness Limitations,
    Revision 16,  dated  September 2018,  of  the  Dassault  FALCON  900EX
    Maintenance Manual. The initial compliance times for accomplishing the
    actions are  at  the  times  specified  in Chapter 5-40, Airworthiness
    Limitations, Revision 16,  dated September 2018,  or 90 days after the
    effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later,  except as provided
    by paragraphs (i)(1) through (4) of this AD.

(1) The term "LDG" in the "First Inspection" column of any  table  in  the
    service information means total airplane landings.

(2) The term "FH" in the "First Inspection" column of  any  table  in  the
    service information means total flight hours.

(3) The term "FC" in the "First Inspection" column of  any  table  in  the
    service information means total flight cycles.

(4) The term "M" in the "First Inspection"  column of  any  table  in  the
    service information  means months  since the  date of  issuance of the
    original  airworthiness certificate  or the  date of  issuance of  the
    original export certificate of airworthiness.

(j) NO ALTERNATIVE ACTIONS OR INTERVALS

    After the existing maintenance  or inspection program has been revised
    as required by paragraph (i) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g.,
    inspections) or intervals may be used unless the actions and intervals
    are approved as an AMOC in accordance with the procedures specified in
    paragraph (l)(1) of this AD.

(k) TERMINATING ACTIONS FOR CERTAIN ACTIONS IN AD 2010-26-05

    Accomplishing the actions required by paragraph (g)  or (i) of this AD
    terminates the requirements of paragraph (g)(1) of AD 2010-26-05,  for
    Dassault  Aviation  Model  FALCON  900EX  airplanes,  serial numbers 1
    through 96 inclusive, and serial numbers 98 through 119 inclusive.

(l) OTHER FAA AD PROVISIONS

(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 Sec-
    tion,  send it to the attention of the person identified  in paragraph
    (m)(2) of this AD.  Information  may  be  emailed  to  9-ANM-116-AMOC-
    REQUESTS@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:  As of the effective date of this AD, for
    any requirement  in this AD to obtain corrective actions  from a manu-
    facturer,  the action must be accomplished  using a method approved by
    the Manager,  International Section,  Transport Standards Branch, FAA;
    or  the  European  Union  Aviation  Safety  Agency (EASA); or Dassault
    Aviationís EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the
    DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.

(m) RELATED INFORMATION

(1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD
    2019-0133, dated June 11, 2019, for related information. This MCAI may
    be found in the AD docket  on the Internet at https://www.regulations.
    gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2019-0698.

(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.

(n) 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 this AD specifies otherwise.

(3) The following service information was approved  for IBR on January 24,
    2020.

(i) Chapter 5-40, Airworthiness Limitations, Revision 16,  dated September
    2018, of the Dassault FALCON 900EX Maintenance Manual.

(ii) [Reserved]

(4) The following service information was approved for IBR  on October 19,
    2017 (82 FR 43163, September 14, 2017).

(i) Chapter 5-40, Airworthiness Limitations, Revision 14,  dated  November
    2015, of the FALCON 900EX Maintenance Manual.

(ii) [Reserved]

(5) For service information identified in this AD, contact Dassault Falcon
    Jet Corporation, Teterboro Airport, PO Box 2000,  South Hackensack, NJ
    07606; telephone 201-440-6700; Internet https://www.dassaultfalcon.com

(6) 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.

(7) 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 Des Moines, Washington, on November 27, 2019.  Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service

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

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2019-0698; Product Identifier 2019-NM-109-AD; Amendment
39-19814; AD 2019-24-11]
RIN 2120-AA64

Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-16-26
and AD 2017-19-04, which applied to certain Dassault Aviation Model
FALCON 900EX airplanes. Those ADs required revising the existing
maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or
more restrictive maintenance requirements and/or airworthiness
limitations. Since the FAA issued AD 2014-16-26 and AD 2017-19-04, the
FAA determined that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations
are necessary. This AD continues to require those maintenance or
inspection program revisions, and also requires revising the existing
maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate
additional new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations. The FAA
is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective January 24, 2020.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of January 24,
2020.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain other publication listed in this AD as of
October 19, 2017 (82 FR 43163, September 14, 2017).

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule,
contact Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation, Teterboro Airport, P.O. Box
2000, South Hackensack, NJ 07606; telephone 201-440-6700; internet
https://www.dassaultfalcon.com. 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 on the
internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating
Docket No. FAA-2019-0698.

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-
0698; 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: 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:

Discussion

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the
Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued
EASA AD 2019-0133, dated June 11, 2019 (``EASA AD 2019-0133'') (also
referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Dassault
Aviation Model FALCON 900EX airplanes. You may examine the MCAI in the
AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching
for and locating Docket No. FAA-2019-0698.
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2014-16-26, Amendment 39-17950 (79 FR
51077, August 27, 2014) (``AD 2014-16-26''); and AD 2017-19-04,
Amendment 39-19034 (82 FR 43163, September 14, 2017) (``AD 2017-19-
04''). AD 2014-16-26 and AD 2017-19-04 applied to certain Dassault
Aviation Model FALCON 900EX airplanes. The NPRM published in the
Federal Register on September 16, 2019 (84 FR 48569). The NPRM was
prompted by the FAA's determination that new or more restrictive
airworthiness limitations are necessary. The NPRM proposed to continue
to require revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as
applicable; and to require additional revision of the existing
maintenance or inspection program, as applicable; to incorporate new or
more restrictive airworthiness limitations. The FAA is issuing this AD
to address reduced structural integrity of the airplane. See the MCAI
for additional background information.

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,
except for minor editorial changes. The FAA determined that these minor
changes:
Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the
NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and
Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was
already proposed in the NPRM.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

Dassault Aviation has issued Chapter 5-40, Airworthiness
Limitations, Revision 16, dated September 2018, of the Dassault FALCON
900EX Maintenance Manual. This service information describes
procedures, maintenance tasks, and airworthiness limitations specified
in the Airworthiness Limitations section of the Airplane Maintenance
Manual.
This AD also requires Chapter 5-40, Airworthiness Limitations,
Revision 14, dated November 2015, of the FALCON 900EX Maintenance
Manual, which the Director of the Federal Register approved for
incorporation by reference as of October 19, 2017 (82 FR 43163,
September 14, 2017).
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 100 airplanes of U.S.
registry.
The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:
The FAA estimates the total cost per operator for the retained
actions from AD 2017-19-04 to be $7,650 (90 work-hours x $85 per work-
hour).
The FAA has determined that revising the existing 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 FAA 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 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 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 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
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

a. Removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-16-26, Amendment 39-17950
(79 FR 51077, August 27, 2014); and AD 2017-19-04, Amendment 39-19034
(82 FR 43163, September 14, 2017); and

b. Adding the following new AD: