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]
Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD)
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,
ADDRESSES: For material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this
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;
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
The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of
the cost to the public.
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
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
|1 work-hour x $85 per hour =
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
|1 work-hour x $85 per hour =
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.
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
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