DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2022-0873; Project Identifier MCAI-2022-00060-T;
Amendment 39-22183; AD 2022-19-14]
Airworthiness Directives; Embraer S.A. Airplanes
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD)
certain Embraer S.A. Model EMB-545 and EMB-550 airplanes. This AD was
prompted by a report that there is a possibility of the shoulder belt
getting stuck during flight due to a step between the divan shroud
chamfer and the sideledge panel. This AD requires installing, on the
right- and left-hand side divan, a protective fairing covering on the
divan shroud and the sideledge panel, as specified in an Ag[ecirc]ncia
Nacional de Avia[ccedil][atilde]o Civil (ANAC) 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 April 14, 2023.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of April 14,
AD Docket: You may examine the AD docket at regulations.gov under
Docket No. FAA-2022-0873; 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.
Material Incorporated by Reference:
For material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD,
contact ANAC, Aeronautical Products Certification Branch (GGCP), Rua
Dr. Orlando Feirabend Filho, 230--Centro Empresarial Aquarius--Torre
B--Andares 14 a 18, Parque Residencial Aquarius, CEP 12.246-190--
S[atilde]o Jos[eacute] dos Campos--SP, Brazil; telephone 55 (12) 3203-
6600; email firstname.lastname@example.org; website anac.gov.br/en/. You may find this
IBR material on the ANAC website at sistemas.anac.gov.br/certificacao/
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
regulations.gov under Docket No. FAA-2022-0873.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ho-Joon Lim, Aerospace Engineer,
Aircraft Section, FAA, International Validation Branch, 2200 South
216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone 206-231-3405; email email@example.com.
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Embraer S.A.
Model EMB-545 and EMB-550 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal
Register on July 13, 2022 (87 FR 41629). The NPRM was prompted by AD
2021-11-01R1, issued by ANAC, which is the aviation authority for
Brazil (referred to after this as the MCAI). The MCAI states that there
is a possibility of the shoulder belt getting stuck during flight due
to a step between the divan shroud chamfer and the sideledge panel.
This set up may interfere with the correct kinematics of the shoulder
belt during its retraction. This condition, if not addressed, could
affect the shoulder belt release during turbulence or an emergency
landing situation and result in injury to passengers and the
In the NPRM, the FAA proposed to require installing, on the right-
and left-hand side divan, a protective fairing covering on the divan
shroud and the sideledge panel, as specified in ANAC AD 2021-11-01R1.
You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket at regulations.gov under
Docket No. FAA-2022-0873.
Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive
The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of
the cost to the public.
This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another
country and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to
the FAA's bilateral agreement with this State of Design Authority, it
has notified the FAA of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI
referenced above. The FAA reviewed the relevant data and determined
that air safety requires adopting this AD as proposed. Accordingly, the
FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on this product.
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
Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51
ANAC AD 2021-11-01R1 specifies procedures for installing, on the
right- and left-hand side divan, a protective fairing covering on the
divan shroud and the sideledge panel.
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 63 airplanes of U.S.
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:
Estimated Costs for Required Actions
|Up to 14 work-hours x $85 per
hour = Up to $1,190
Up to $1,590
Up to $100,170
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