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Proposed Rules Federal Register


Vol. 70, No. 152

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER Directorate at the above address. All Authorities (JAA) of Europe had been
contains notices to the public of the proposed comments must be marked: Docket No. made on January 16, 1998, reference AI/
issuance of rules and regulations. The NM318. Comments may be inspected in L 810.0019/98. In its letter to the FAA,
purpose of these notices is to give interested the Rules Docket weekdays, except Airbus requested an extension to the 5-
persons an opportunity to participate in the Federal holidays, between 7:30 a.m. and year period for type certification in
rule making prior to the adoption of the final
4 p.m. accordance with 14 CFR 21.17(c). The
rules.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: request was for an extension to a 7-year
Holly Thorson, FAA, International period, using the date of the initial
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane application letter to the JAA as the
Directorate, Aircraft Certification reference date. The reason given by
Federal Aviation Administration Service, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Airbus for the request for extension is
Renton, Washington 98055–4056; related to the technical challenges,
14 CFR Part 25 telephone (425) 227–1357; facsimile complexity, and the number of new and
(425) 227–1149. novel features on the airplane. On
[Docket No. NM318; Notice No. 25–05–13–
November 12, 1998, the Manager,
SC] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Aircraft Engineering Division, AIR–100,
Special Conditions: Airbus Model Comments Invited granted Airbus’ request for the 7-year
A380–800 Airplane, Escape Systems The FAA invites interested persons to period, based on the date of application
Installed in Non-Pressurized participate in this rulemaking by to the JAA.
Compartments In its letter AI/LE–A 828.0040/99
submitting written comments, data, or
Issue 3, dated July 20, 2001, Airbus
views. The most helpful comments
AGENCY: Federal Aviation stated that its target date for type
reference a specific portion of the
Administration (FAA), DOT. certification of the Model A380–800 has
special conditions, explain the reason
ACTION: Notice of proposed special been moved from May 2005, to January
for any recommended change, and
conditions. 2006, to match the delivery date of the
include supporting data. We ask that
first production airplane. In accordance
SUMMARY: This notice proposes special
you send us two copies of written
with 14 CFR 21.17(d)(2), Airbus chose a
conditions for the Airbus A380–800 comments. new application date of April 20, 1999,
airplane. This airplane will have novel We will file in the docket all
and requested that the 7-year
or unusual design features when comments we receive as well as a report
certification period which had already
compared to the state of technology summarizing each substantive public been approved be continued. The part
envisioned in the airworthiness contact with FAA personnel concerning 25 certification basis for the Model
standards for transport category these proposed special conditions. The A380–800 airplane was adjusted to
airplanes. Many of these novel or docket is available for public inspection reflect the new application date.
unusual design features are associated before and after the comment closing The Model A380–800 airplane will be
with the complex systems and the date. If you wish to review the docket an all-new, four-engine jet transport
configuration of the airplane, including in person, go to the address in the airplane with a full double-deck, two-
ADDRESSES section of this notice aisle cabin. The maximum takeoff
its full-length double deck. For these
design features, the applicable between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday weight will be 1.235 million pounds
airworthiness regulations do not contain through Friday, except Federal holidays. with a typical three-class layout of 555
We will consider all comments we passengers.
adequate or appropriate safety standards
receive on or before the closing date for
regarding escape systems installed in Type Certification Basis
comments. We will consider comments
non-pressurized compartments. These
filed late, if it is possible to do so Under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.17,
proposed special conditions contain the
without incurring expense or delay. We Airbus must show that the Model A380–
additional safety standards that the
may change the proposed special 800 airplane meets the applicable
Administrator considers necessary to
conditions in light of the comments we provisions of 14 CFR part 25, as
establish a level of safety equivalent to
receive. amended by Amendments 25–1 through
that established by the existing
If you want the FAA to acknowledge 25–98. If the Administrator finds that
airworthiness standards. Additional
receipt of your comments on this the applicable airworthiness regulations
special conditions will be issued for
proposal, include with your comments do not contain adequate or appropriate
other novel or unusual design features
a pre-addressed, stamped postcard on safety standards for the Airbus A380–
of the Airbus Model A380–800 airplane.
which the docket number appears. We 800 airplane because of novel or
DATES: Comments must be received on will stamp the date on the postcard and unusual design features, special
or before September 23, 2005. mail it back to you. conditions are prescribed under the
ADDRESSES: Comments on this proposal provisions of 14 CFR 21.16.
may be mailed in duplicate to: Federal Background In addition to the applicable
Aviation Administration, Transport Airbus applied for FAA certification/ airworthiness regulations and special
Airplane Directorate, Attention: Rules validation of the provisionally- conditions, the Airbus Model A380–800
Docket (ANM–113), Docket No. NM318, designated Model A3XX–100 in its airplane must comply with the fuel vent
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, letter AI/L 810.0223/98, dated August and exhaust emission requirements of
Washington 98055–4056; or delivered in 12, 1998, to the FAA. Application for 14 CFR part 34 and the noise
duplicate to the Transport Airplane certification by the Joint Aviation certification requirements of 14 CFR

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part 36. In addition, the FAA must issue required for these systems. On the A380, altitude and a 25-knot wind from the
a finding of regulatory adequacy however, one-half of the escape systems critical angle.
pursuant to section 611 of Public Law are installed in non-pressurized Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 19,
93–574, the ‘‘Noise Control Act of compartments. Therefore, the adverse 2005.
1972.’’ effects of a failure of the escape Ali Bahrami,
Special conditions, as defined in 14 system—due to the combination of Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate,
CFR 11.19, are issued in accordance extremely cold temperatures and strong Aircraft Certification Service.
with 14 CFR 11.38 and become part of wind—would be much more severe. [FR Doc. 05–15647 Filed 8–8–05; 8:45 am]
the type certification basis in The regulations do not adequately
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P
accordance with 14 CFR 21.17(a)(2), address escape systems installed in non-
Amendment 21–69, effective September pressurized compartments; therefore,
16, 1991. the FAA is proposing a special
Special conditions are initially DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
condition to require the applicant to
applicable to the model for which they demonstrate that escape systems in non- Federal Aviation Administration
are issued. Should the type certificate pressurized compartments function
for that model be amended later to properly when exposed to both 14 CFR Part 25
include any other model that extremely cold temperatures and strong
incorporates the same novel or unusual [Docket No. NM320; Notice No. 25–05–15–
winds. SC]
design feature, or should any other
model already included on the same Applicability
type certificate be modified to Special Conditions: Airbus Model
As discussed above, these special A380–800 Airplane, Escape Systems
incorporate the same novel or unusual conditions are applicable to the Airbus
design features, the special conditions Inflation Systems
A380–800 airplane. Should Airbus
would also apply to the other model apply at a later date for a change to the AGENCY: Federal Aviation
under the provisions of 14 CFR type certificate to include another Administration (FAA), DOT.
21.101(a)(1), Amendment 21–69, model incorporating the same novel or ACTION: Notice of proposed special
effective September 16, 1991. unusual design features, these special conditions.
Discussion of Novel or Unusual Design conditions would apply to that model as
Features well under the provisions of SUMMARY: This notice proposes special
§ 21.101(a)(1), Amendment 21–69, conditions for the Airbus A380–800
All of the escape systems on the airplane. This airplane will have novel
upper deck and one pair of the escape effective September 16, 1991.
or unusual design features when
systems on the main deck of this Conclusion compared to the state of technology
airplane are installed in non-pressurized envisioned in the airworthiness
compartments. These non-pressurized This action affects only certain novel
or unusual design features of the Airbus standards for transport category
compartments will be exposed to airplanes. Many of these novel or
extremely cold temperatures on every A380–800 airplane. It is not a rule of
general applicability, and it affects only unusual design features are associated
flight. with the complex systems and the
When the certification testing was the applicant which applied to the FAA
for approval of these features on the configuration of the airplane, including
conducted for previous airplane
airplane. its full-length double deck. For these
programs, the FAA considered that the
design features, the applicable
extreme environmental conditions to List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 25 airworthiness regulations do not contain
which the escape systems can be
Aircraft, Aviation safety, Reporting adequate or appropriate safety standards
exposed would be independent of other
and recordkeeping requirements. regarding escape system reliability.
certification criteria. For example, the
The authority citation for these These proposed special conditions
escape system would be tested under
special conditions is as follows: contain the additional safety standards
conditions of extreme cold in one test
that the Administrator considers
and exposed to 25-knot winds at Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701,
44702, 44704. necessary to establish a level of safety
ambient temperature in a separate test.
equivalent to that established by the
On the Model A380–800 airplane, The Proposed Special Conditions existing airworthiness standards.
however, all the upper deck escape
Accordingly, pursuant to the Additional special conditions will be
systems and one pair of the main deck
authority delegated to me by the issued for other novel or unusual design
escape systems are located in non-
Administrator, the Federal Aviation features of the Airbus Model A380–800
pressurized compartments. As a result,
Administration (FAA) proposes the airplane.
these escape systems will be exposed to
extremely cold temperatures on every following special conditions as part of DATES: Comments must be received on
flight. Therefore, the escape systems the type certification basis for the or before September 23, 2005.
must be tested under conditions of both Airbus A380–800 airplane. ADDRESSES: Comments on this proposal
extremely cold temperatures and strong In addition to the requirements of may be mailed in duplicate to: Federal
winds. §§ 25.810, 25.1301 and 25.1309, the Aviation Administration, Transport
In the past, several airplanes have had following special condition applies: Airplane Directorate, Attention: Rules
a pair of escape systems installed in For the escape systems on the Model Docket (ANM–113), Docket No. NM320,
non-pressurized compartments. These A380 airplane that are installed in non- 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton,
escape systems were off-wing systems pressurized compartments and thus are Washington 98055–4056; or delivered in
that are less affected by wind than are exposed to extremely cold temperatures duplicate to the Transport Airplane
other escape systems, and only one pair on every flight, it must be demonstrated Directorate at the above address. All
of exits was affected. Testing the that the escape systems function comments must be marked: Docket
combined effects of extremely cold properly in the combination of the cold No.NM 320. Comments may be
temperature and strong winds was not soak associated with long flight at inspected in the Rules Docket

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