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2021-20-14 DASSAULT AVIATION: Amendment 39-21752; Docket No. FAA-2021-0569; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-01692-T.
(a) EFFECTIVE DATE

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective November 18, 2021.

(b) AFFECTED ADS

    None.

(c) APPLICABILITY

    This  AD  applies  to  all  Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X,  FALCON
    900EX, and FALCON 2000EX airplanes, certificated in any category.

(d) SUBJECT

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 25, Equipment/Furnish-
    ings.

(e) REASON

    This AD was  prompted by a  report of a  manufacturing issue involving
    misalignment of  a seat  pin and  plate that  can prevent  the recline
    locking mechanism  from properly  engaging when  the seat  is in taxi,
    take-off, or landing position. The  FAA is issuing this AD  to address
    cabin seats having  improper or no  engagement of the  recline locking
    mechanism during  taxi, take-off,  or landing,  which could  result in
    reduced seat performance under crash loads and possible injury to seat
    occupants.

(f) COMPLIANCE

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

(g) REQUIREMENTS

    Except as specified in paragraph (h)  of this AD:  Comply with all re-
    quired actions and compliance times specified in,  and  in  accordance
    with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020-0284, dated
    December 18, 2020 (EASA AD 2020-0284).

(h) EXCEPTIONS TO EASA AD 2020-0284

(1) Where EASA AD 2020-0284 refers to its effective date, this AD requires
    using the effective date of this AD.

(2) This AD does not mandate compliance with the "Remarks" section of EASA
    AD 2020-0284.

(3) Where paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020-0284 specifies action if "any dis-
    crepancy" is detected for this AD,  a discrepancy is a gap between the
    seat pin and plate.

(i) NO REPORTING REQUIREMENT

    Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020-0284 spec-
    ifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer,  this AD does
    not include that requirement.

(j) ADDITIONAL AD PROVISIONS

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:

(1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Large Aircraft
    Section, International  Validation 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 39.19, send your request to  your
    principal  inspector  or  responsible  Flight  Standards  Office,   as
    appropriate. If  sending information  directly to  the Large  Aircraft
    Section, International Validation Branch, send it to the attention  of
    the person identified in paragraph (k) of this AD. Information may  be
    emailed to 9-AVS-AIR-730-AMOC@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC,
    notify your appropriate principal inspector,  or  lacking  a principal
    inspector, the manager of the responsible Flight Standards 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, Large  Aircraft
    Section, International  Validation Branch,  FAA; or  EASA; or Dassault
    Aviation's EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the
    DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.

(k) RELATED INFORMATION

    For more information about this AD,  contact Tom Rodriguez,  Aerospace
    Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, FAA, International Validation Branch
    2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206-231-
    3226; email tom.rodriguez@faa.gov.

(l) MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

(1) The Director of the Federal Register  approved  the  incorporation  by
    reference 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.

(i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020-0284 dated Decem-
    ber 18, 2020.

(ii) [Reserved]

(3) For EASA AD 2020-0284,  contact  EASA,  Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3,  50668
    Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu
    internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this EASA AD on the EASA web
    site at https://ad.easa.europa.eu.

(4) You may view this material at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section,
    Operational Safety Branch,  2200 South 216th St.,  Des Moines, WA. For
    information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206-
    231-3195.

(5) You may view this material  that is incorporated  by reference  at the
    National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  For  information
    on the availability of this material at NARA, email fr.inspection@nara
    .gov,  or  go  to:  https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-
    locations.html.

Issued on September 21, 2021.  Gaetano A. Sciortino,  Deputy Director  for
Strategic Initiatives,  Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Cer-
tification Service.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, Large
Aircraft Section,  FAA,  International Validation Branch, 2200 South 216th
St., Des Moines, WA 98198;  telephone  and  fax  206-231-3226;  email tom.
rodriguez@faa.gov.
PREAMBLE 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0569; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-01692-T;
Amendment 39-21752; AD 2021-20-14]
RIN 2120-AA64

Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all
Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X, FALCON 900EX, and FALCON 2000EX
airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a manufacturing issue
involving misalignment of a cabin seat pin and plate that can prevent
the recline locking mechanism from properly engaging when the seat is
in taxi, take-off, or landing position. This AD requires an inspection
of certain cabin seats for discrepancies and corrective action, as
specified in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is
incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the
unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective November 18, 2021.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 18, 2021.

ADDRESSES: For material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD,
contact EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone
+49 221 8999 000; 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 material at the FAA,
Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety 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 at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating
Docket No. FAA-2021-0569.

Examining the AD Docket

You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0569; 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), 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,
Large Aircraft Section, FAA, International Validation Branch, 2200
South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206-231-3226;
email tom.rodriguez@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020-0284, dated December 18, 2020
(EASA AD 2020-0284) (also referred to as the MCAI), to correct an
unsafe condition for Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X, FALCON 900EX,
and FALCON 2000EX airplanes.
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to Dassault Aviation Model
FALCON 7X, FALCON 900EX, and FALCON 2000EX airplanes. The NPRM
published in the Federal Register on July 15, 2021 (86 FR 37255). The
NPRM was prompted by a report of a manufacturing issue involving
misalignment of a cabin seat pin and plate that can prevent the recline
locking mechanism from properly engaging when the seat is in taxi,
take-off, or landing position. The NPRM proposed to require an
inspection of certain cabin seats for discrepancies and corrective
action, as specified in EASA AD 2020-0284.
The FAA is issuing this AD to address cabin seats having improper
or no engagement of the recline locking mechanism during taxi, take-
off, or landing, which could result in reduced seat performance under
crash loads and possible injury to seat occupants. See the MCAI for
additional background information.

Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive

Comments

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
requires adopting this AD as proposed. Except for minor editorial
changes, this AD is adopted as proposed in the NPRM. None of the
changes will increase the economic burden on any operator. Accordingly,
the FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these
products.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

EASA AD 2020-0284 specifies procedures for an inspection of certain
cabin seats for discrepancies (a gap between the seat pin and plate),
and corrective action (adjustment, deactivation, or repair), as
applicable. EASA AD 2020-0284 also prohibits installation of certain
cabin seats. 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.

Costs of Compliance

The FAA estimates that this AD affects 565 airplanes of U.S.
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

Estimated Costs for Required Actions

Labor cost
Parts cost
Cost per product
Cost on U.S. operators
1 work-hour x $85 per hour = $85
None
$85
$48,025

The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary on-
condition adjustments or deactivations that would be required based on
the results of any required actions. The FAA has no way of determining
the number of aircraft that might need these on-condition actions:

Estimated Costs of On-Condition Actions

Labor cost
Parts cost
Cost per product
1 work-hour x $85 per hour = $85
$0
$85

The FAA has received no definitive data on which to base the cost
estimates for the on-condition repairs specified in this AD.
According to the manufacturer, some or all of the costs of this AD
may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on
affected operators. The FAA does not control warranty coverage for
affected operators. As a result, the FAA has included all known costs
in the cost estimate.

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.

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 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.

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: