Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
Final special conditions; request for comments.
These special conditions are issued for Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Model 1124 airplanes modified by Alternative Aviation Services. 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 dual Innovative Solutions & Support Air Data Display Units. 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.
The effective date of these special conditions is April 18, 2003.
Comments must be received on or before May 29, 2003.
Comments on these special conditions may be mailed in duplicate to: Federal Aviation Administration, Transport Airplane Directorate, Attn: Rules Docket (ANM-113), Docket No. NM250, 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. NM250.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
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.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
FAA Determination as to Need for Public Process
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 airplane. The FAA therefore finds that good cause exists for making these special conditions effective upon issuance; however the FAA invites 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 document 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 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.
On September 25, 2002, Alternative Aviation Services, 1661 Airport Road, Waterford, MI 48327, applied for a supplemental type certificate (STC) to modify Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Model 1124 airplanes approved under Type Certificate No. A2SW. The Model 1124 is a small transport category airplane powered by two Airesearch Manufacturing Company TFE-731-3-1G turbofan engines and has a maximum takeoff weight of 23,500 pounds. This airplane operates with a 2-pilot crew and can hold up to 10 Start Printed Page 22581passengers. The modification incorporates the installation of Innovative Solutions & Support Air Data Display Units (ADDU). The ADDU replaces the existing analog flight instrumentation and provides additional functional capability and redundancy in the system. The avionics/electronics and electrical systems installed in this airplane have the potential to be vulnerable to high-intensity radiated fields (HIRF) external to the airplane.
Type Certification Basis
Under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.101, Amendment 21-69, effective September 16, 1991, Alternative Aviation Services must show that the Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Model 1124 airplane, as changed, continues to meet the applicable provisions of the regulations incorporated by reference in Type Certificate No. A2SW, or the applicable regulations in effect on the date of application for the change. [Subsequent changes have been made to § 21.101 as part of Amendment 21-77, but those changes do not become effective until June 10, 2003.] The regulations incorporated by reference in the type certificate are commonly referred to as the “original type certification basis.” The original type certification basis for the modified Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Model 1124 airplanes includes 14 CFR part 25 as amended by Amendments 25-1 through 25-20, dated February 1, 1964, except for special conditions and exceptions noted in Type Certificate Data Sheet A2SW.
If the Administrator finds that the applicable airworthiness regulations (that is, part 25, as amended) do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for the Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Model 1124 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 Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Model 1124 airplanes must comply with the fuel vent and exhaust emission requirements of 14 CFR part 34 and the noise certification requirement 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(b)(2), Amendment 21-69, effective September 16, 1991.
Special conditions are initially applicable to the model for which they are issued. Should Alternative Aviation Services apply at a later date for a supplemental type certificate to modify any other model included on Type Certificate No. A2SW 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(a)(1), Amendment 21-69, effective September 16, 1991.
Novel or Unusual Design Features
As noted earlier, Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Model 1124 airplanes modified by Alternative Aviation Services will incorporate systems comprised of dual Innovative Solutions & Support Air Data Display Units that will 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.
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 Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Model 1124 airplanes modified by Alternative Aviation Services. 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)
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)|
|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 field strengths are expressed in terms of peak of the root-mean-square (rms) over the complete modulation period.|
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.
As discussed above, these special conditions are applicable to Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Model 1124 airplanes modified by Alternative Aviation Services. Should Alternative Aviation Services apply at a later date for a supplemental type certificate to modify any other model included on Type Certificate A2SW to incorporate the same or similar novel or unusual design feature, these special conditions would apply to that model as well Start Printed Page 22582under the provisions of § 21.101(a)(1), Amendment 21-69, effective September 16, 1991.
This action affects only certain novel or unusual design features on Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Model 1124 airplanes modified by Alternative Aviation Services. 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 period 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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 25End List of Subjects Start Amendment Part
The authority citation for these special conditions is as follows:End Amendment Part
The Special Conditions
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 Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Model 1124 airplanes modified by Alternative Aviation Services.
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.Start Signature
Issued in Renton, Washington, on April 18, 2003.
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 03-10446 Filed 4-28-03; 8:45 am]
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