DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2019-0714; Product Identifier 2019-NM-103-AD; Amendment
39-21021; AD 2019-26-10]
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD)
Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701 &
702) airplanes; Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705) airplanes;
Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes; and Model CL-
600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. This AD was prompted by
a report of incorrectly installed flight compartment door edge
protection plates on both sides of the upper decompression panel. This
AD requires revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as
applicable, to incorporate a functional check of the flight compartment
door decompression latches. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the
unsafe condition on these products.
DATES: This AD is effective March 19, 2020.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of March 19,
ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule,
contact Bombardier, Inc., 400 Cote Vertu Road West, Dorval,
Quebec H4S 1Y9, Canada; Widebody Customer Response Center North
America toll-free telephone 1-866-538-1247 or direct-dial telephone 1-
514-855-2999; fax 514-855-7401; email email@example.com;
internet https://www.bombardier.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 https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating
Docket No. FAA-2019-0714.
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-
0714; 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: Aziz Ahmed, Aerospace Engineer,
Airframe and Propulsion Section, FAA, New York ACO Branch, 1600 Stewart
Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516-228-7329; fax 516-
794-5531; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), which is the aviation
authority for Canada, has issued Canadian AD CF-2019-20R1, dated May
31, 2019 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing
Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe
condition for all Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet
Series 700, 701 & 702) airplanes; Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet
Series 705) airplanes; Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900)
airplanes; and Model CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) 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-
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Bombardier, Inc.,
Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701 & 702) airplanes; Model
CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705) airplanes; Model CL-600-2D24
(Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes; and Model CL-600-2E25 (Regional
Jet Series 1000) airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register
on October 9, 2019 (84 FR 54051). The NPRM was prompted by a report of
incorrectly installed flight compartment door edge protection plates on
both sides of the upper decompression panel. The NPRM proposed to
require revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as
applicable, to incorporate a functional check of the flight compartment
door decompression latches. The FAA is issuing this AD to address
incorrect installation of the flight compartment door edge protection
plates on both sides of the flight compartment door upper decompression
panel. This condition, if not corrected, could result in the inability
of the flight compartment door upper decompression panel to open during
a rapid decompression event. This inability to relieve the pressure in
the flight compartment may compromise the structural integrity of the
bulkhead between the flight compartment and the passenger cabin. See
the MCAI for additional background information.
The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in
developing this final rule. The FAA has considered the comment
received. Victor Oscilowicz indicated his support for the NPRM.
The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment
received, and determined that air safety and the public interest
require adopting this final rule as proposed, except for minor
editorial changes. The FAA has 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
Bombardier, Inc., has issued Task 251700-202, ``Functional Check of
the Flight Compartment Door Decompression Latches,'' of Section 1,
``Systems and Power Plant Program,'' Subject 1-25, ``Equipment and
Furnishings,'' of the Bombardier Model CL-600-2C10, CL-600-2D15, CL-
600-2D24, and CL-600-2E25 Series 700/705/900/1000 Maintenance Review
Board Report, Maintenance Requirements Manual--Part 1, Volume 1, CSP B-
053, Revision 18, dated July 25, 2018. This service information
describes a functional check of the flight compartment door
decompression latches. 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 522 airplanes of U.S.
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:
The FAA has determined that revising the existing maintenance or
inspection program takes an average of 90 workhours per operator,
although the FAA 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. Therefore, the FAA estimates 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.
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
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) 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
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