DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2023-1705; Project Identifier MCAI-2023-00480-T;
Amendment 39-22594; AD 2023-22-10]
Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2020-02-
13, which applied to certain Dassault Aviation Model FAN JET FALCON,
FAN JET FALCON SERIES C, D, E, F, and G airplanes. AD 2020-02-13
required revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as
applicable, to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness
limitations. This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more
restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. This AD continues
to require certain actions in AD 2020-02-13 and requires revising the
existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to
incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations, as
specified in a 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 December 26, 2023.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of December 26,
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain other publication listed in this AD as of March
12, 2020 (85 FR 6744, February 6, 2020).
AD Docket: You may examine the AD docket at regulations.gov under
Docket No. FAA-2023-1705; 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 EASA material incorporated by reference in this AD,
contact EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone
+49 221 8999 000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; website easa.europa.eu. You
may find this material on the EASA website at ad.easa.europa.eu.
For Dassault service information incorporated by reference
in this AD, contact Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation, Teterboro Airport,
P.O. Box 2000, South Hackensack, NJ 07606; telephone 201-440-6700;
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-2023-1705.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Rodriguez, Aviation Safety
Engineer, FAA, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590;
telephone: 206-231-3226; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2020-02-13, Amendment 39-19827 (85 FR 6744,
February 6, 2020) (AD 2020-02-13). AD 2020-02-13 applied to certain
Dassault Aviation Model FAN JET FALCON, FAN JET FALCON SERIES C, D, E,
F, and G. AD 2020-02-13 required revising the existing maintenance or
inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new maintenance
requirements and airworthiness limitations. The FAA issued AD 2020-02-
13 to address, among other things, fatigue cracking and damage in
principal structural elements; such
fatigue cracking and damage could result in reduced structural
integrity of the airplane.
The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2023 (88
FR 54500). The NPRM was prompted by AD 2023-0059, dated March 16, 2023
(EASA AD 2023-0059) (also referred to as the MCAI), issued by EASA,
which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European
Union. The MCAI states that new or more restrictive airworthiness
limitations have been developed.
In the NPRM, the FAA proposed to continue to require certain
actions in AD 2020-02-13 and to require revising the existing
maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or
more restrictive airworthiness limitations, as specified in EASA AD
2023-0059. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition
on these products.
You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket at regulations.gov under
Docket No. FAA-2023-1705.
Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive
The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of
the cost to the public.
Additional Changes Made to This AD
The FAA has added paragraph (l) of this AD to clarify that this AD
terminates the requirements of paragraph (g)(1) of AD 2010-26-05,
Amendment 39-16544 (75 FR 79952, December 21, 2010) (AD 2010-26-05),
for Dassault Aviation Model FAN JET FALCON, FAN JET FALCON SERIES C, D,
E, F, and G airplanes on which the supplemental structural inspection
program (SSIP) has been incorporated into the airplane's maintenance
program only. The FAA has also redesignated subsequent paragraphs
accordingly. The FAA also added paragraph (b)(2) of this AD to specify
that AD 2010-26-05 is affected by this AD. AD 2020-02-13 included this
terminating action, but the FAA inadvertently omitted it from the
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, and any other changes described
previously, this AD is adopted as proposed in the NPRM. None of the
changes will increase the economic burden on any operator.
Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51
The FAA reviewed EASA AD 2023-0059. This service information
specifies new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations for
airplane structures and safe life limits.
This AD also requires Chapter 5-40-01, Airworthiness Limitations,
Revision 10, effective January 1, 2019, of the Dassault Aviation Falcon
20 Maintenance Manual, which the Director of the Federal Register
approved for incorporation by reference as of March 12, 2020 (85 FR
6744, February 6, 2020).
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 61 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 2020-02-13 to be $7,650 (90 work-hours x $85 per work-
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. 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
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 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:
a. Removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2020-02-13, Amendment 39-19827
(85 FR 6744, February 6, 2020); and
b. Adding the following new AD: