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Special Conditions: Learjet Model 35 Series; High-Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF)

Action

Final Special Conditions; Request For Comments.

Summary

These special conditions are issued for Learjet Model 35 series airplanes modified by Avcon Industries Inc. These modified airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature when compared to the state of technology envisioned in the airworthiness standards for transport category airplanes. The modification incorporates the installation of new Kollsman 24771 Air data computers and Thommen AD30 displays. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for the protection of these systems from the effects of high-intensity radiated fields (HIRF). These special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

The effective date of these special conditions is October 4, 2005. Comments must be received on or before November 14, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Comments on these special conditions may be mailed in duplicate to: Federal Aviation Administration, Transport Airplane Directorate, Attention: Rules Docket (ANM-113), Docket No. NM331 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98055-4056; or delivered in duplicate to the Transport Airplane Directorate at the above address. All comments must be marked Docket No. NM331.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Greg Dunn, FAA, Airplane and Flight Crew Interface Branch, ANM-111, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98055-4056; telephone (425) 227-2799; facsimile (425) 227-1320.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Comments Invited Back to Top

The FAA has determined that notice and opportunity for prior public comment is impracticable because these procedures would significantly delay certification of the airplane and thus delivery of the affected aircraft. In addition, the substance of these special conditions has been subject to the public comment process in several prior instances with no substantive comments received. The FAA therefore finds that good cause exists for making these special conditions effective upon issuance; however, we invite interested persons to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written comments, data, or views. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the special conditions, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. We ask that you send us two copies of written comments.

We will file in the docket all comments we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerning these special conditions. The docket is available for public inspection before and after the comment closing date. If you wish to review the docket in person, go to the address in the ADDRESSES section of this preamble between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

We will consider all comments we receive on or before the closing date for comments. We will consider comments filed late if it is possible to do so without incurring expense or delay. We may change these special conditions based on the comments we receive.

If you want the FAA to acknowledge receipt of your comments on these special conditions, include with your comments a pre-addressed, stamped postcard on which the docket number appears. We will stamp the date on the postcard and mail it back to you.

Background Back to Top

On August 5, 2005, Avcon Industries, Inc., P.O. Box 748, Newton, Kansas, 67114, applied for a supplemental type certificate (STC) to modify Learjet Model 35 series airplanes currently approved under Type Certificate No. A10CE. The Learjet Model 35 airplanes are small transport category airplanes powered by two turbojet engines, with maximum takeoff weight of up to 18,000 lbs. These airplanes operate with 2-person crew and can seat up to 8 passengers. The proposed modification incorporates the installation of Kollsman 24771 Air Data Computers and Thommen AD30 displays. The avionics/electronics and electrical systems installed in this airplane are flight critical and have the potential to be vulnerable to high-intensity radiated fields (HIRF) external to the airplane.

Type Certification Basis Back to Top

Under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.101, Avcon Industries, Inc., must show that the Learjet Model 35 series airplanes, as changed, continue to meet the applicable provisions of the regulations incorporated by reference in Type Certificate No. A10CE, or the applicable regulations in effect on the date of application for the change. The regulations incorporated by reference in the type certificate are commonly referred to as the “original type certification basis.” The certification basis for the Learjet Model 35 series airplanes includes 14 CFR part 25 effective February 1, 1965, as amended by Amendments 25-1, 25-2, 25-4, 25-7, 25-18, and § 25.571(d) of Amendment 25-10, Special Conditions set forth in FAA letter to Learjet dated March 1, 1967, and Special Conditions No. 25-50-CE-6 dated April 18, 1973, and Amendment 1 dated September 18, 1973. The certification basis for Models 35A also includes Special Conditions No. 25-72-CE-8 dated November 3, 1976, and Amendment 1 dated March 14, 1978. The certification basis for Model 35A (C-21A), in addition to the basis listed above, includes Special Conditions 25-ANM-28 dated May 3, 1989. In addition, the certification basis includes certain later amended sections of the applicable part 25 regulations that are not relevant to these special conditions.

If the Administrator finds that the applicable airworthiness regulations (i.e., part 25, as amended) do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for the Learjet Model 35 series airplanes because of a novel or unusual design feature, special conditions are prescribed under the provisions of § 21.16.

In addition to the applicable airworthiness regulations and special conditions, the Learjet Model 35 series airplanes must comply with the fuel vent and exhaust emission requirements of 14 CFR part 34 and the noise certification requirements of 14 CFR part 36.

Special conditions, as defined in 14 CFR 11.19, are issued in accordance with § 11.38 and become part of the type certification basis in accordance with § 21.101.

Special conditions are initially applicable to the model for which they are issued. Should Avcon Industries Inc., apply at a later date for a supplemental type certificate to modify any other model included on Type Certificate No. A10CE to incorporate the same or similar novel or unusual design feature, these special conditions would also apply to the other model under the provisions of § 21.101.

Novel or Unusual Design Features Back to Top

As noted earlier, the Learjet Model 35 series airplanes, as modified by Avcon Industries, Inc., will incorporate Kollsman 24771 Air data computers and Thommen AD30 displays. The Thommen displays and air data sensor perform critical functions. These systems may be vulnerable to high intensity radiated fields external to the airplane. The current airworthiness standards of part 25 do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for the protection of this equipment from the adverse effects of HIRF. Accordingly, this system is considered to be a novel or unusual design feature.

Discussion Back to Top

There is no specific regulation that addresses protection requirements for electrical and electronic systems from HIRF. Increased power levels from ground-based radio transmitters and the growing use of sensitive avionics/electronics and electrical systems to command and control airplanes have made it necessary to provide adequate protection.

To ensure that a level of safety is achieved equivalent to that intended by the regulations incorporated by reference, special conditions are needed for the Learjet Model 35 series airplanes as modified by Avcon Industries, Inc. These special conditions require that new avionics/electronics and electrical systems that perform critical functions be designed and installed to preclude component damage and interruption of function due to both the direct and indirect effects of HIRF.

High-Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) Back to Top

With the trend toward increased power levels from ground-based transmitters, and the advent of space and satellite communications, coupled with electronic command and control of the airplane, the immunity of critical avionics/electronics and electrical systems to HIRF must be established.

It is not possible to precisely define the HIRF to which the airplane will be exposed in service. There is also uncertainty concerning the effectiveness of airframe shielding for HIRF. Furthermore, coupling of electromagnetic energy to cockpit-installed equipment through the cockpit window apertures is undefined. Based on surveys and analysis of existing HIRF emitters, an adequate level of protection exists when compliance with the HIRF protection special condition is shown with either paragraph 1 or 2 below:

1. A minimum threat of 100 volts rms (root-mean-square) per meter electric field strength from 10 KHz to 18 GHz.

a. The threat must be applied to the system elements and their associated wiring harnesses without the benefit of airframe shielding.

b. Demonstration of this level of protection is established through system tests and analysis.

2. A threat external to the airframe of the field strengths identified in the table below for the frequency ranges indicated. Both peak and average field strength components from the table are to be demonstrated.

Frequency Field strength (volts per meter)
Peak Average
The field strengths are expressed in terms of peak of the root-mean-square (rms) over the complete modulation period.
10 kHz-100 kHz 50 50
100 kHz-500 kHz 50 50
500 kHz-2 MHz 50 50
2 MHz-30 MHz 100 100
30 MHz-70 MHz 50 50
70 MHz-100 MHz 50 50
100 MHz-200 MHz 100 100
200 MHz-400 MHz 100 100
400 MHz-700 MHz 700 50
700 MHz-1 GHz 700 100
1 GHz-2 GHz 2000 200
2 GHz-4 GHz 3000 200
4 GHz-6 GHz 3000 200
6 GHz-8 GHz 1000 200
8 GHz-12 GHz 3000 300
12 GHz-18 GHz 2000 200
18 GHz-40 GHz 600 200

The threat levels identified above are the result of an FAA review of existing studies on the subject of HIRF, in light of the ongoing work of the Electromagnetic Effects Harmonization Working Group of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.

Applicability Back to Top

As discussed above, these special conditions are applicable to Learjet Model 35 series airplanes modified by Avcon Industries, Inc. Should Avcon Industries, Inc., apply at a later date for a supplemental type certificate to modify any other model included on Type Certificate No. A10CE to incorporate the same or similar novel or unusual design feature, these special conditions would apply to that model as well under the provisions of § 21.101.

Conclusion Back to Top

This action affects only certain novel or unusual design features on Learjet Model 35 series airplanes modified by Avcon Industries, Inc. It is not a rule of general applicability and affects only the applicant who applied to the FAA for approval of these features on the airplane.

The substance of these special conditions has been subjected to the notice and comment procedure in several prior instances and has been derived without substantive change from those previously issued. Because a delay would significantly affect the certification of the airplane, which is imminent, the FAA has determined that prior public notice and comment are unnecessary and impracticable, and good cause exists for adopting these special conditions upon issuance. The FAA is requesting comments to allow interested persons to submit views that may not have been submitted in response to the prior opportunities for comment described above.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 25 Back to Top

The authority citation for these special conditions is as follows:

Authority: Back to Top

49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701, 44702, 44704.

The Special Conditions Back to Top

Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the following special conditions are issued as part of the supplemental type certification basis for Learjet Model 35 series airplanes modified by Avcon Industries, Inc.

1. Protection from Unwanted Effects of High-Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF). Each electrical and electronic system that performs critical functions must be designed and installed to ensure that the operation and operational capability of these systems to perform critical functions are not adversely affected when the airplane is exposed to high-intensity radiated fields.

2. For the purpose of these special conditions, the following definition applies:

Critical Functions: Functions whose failure would contribute to or cause a failure condition that would prevent the continued safe flight and landing of the airplane.

Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 4, 2005.

Ali Bahrami,

Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

[FR Doc. 05-20459 Filed 10-12-05; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 4910-13-P

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