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FAA Issues Final Special Conditions on Post-Crash Fire Survivability of Composite Fuel Tank Structure for Airbus A350-Series Airplanes

August 22, 2014

by JOANN VISTA Targeted News Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 -- The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a final special condition for Airbus Model A350-900 series airplanes. This special final condition is effective on Sept. 22.

A Federal Register notice (Docket No. FAA-2013-0908) issued by Aircraft Certification Service Transport Airplane Directorate Manager Jeffrey E. Duven stated: "These airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with the post-crash fire survivability of composite fuel tanks. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. 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."

For more information, contact Doug Bryant, Propulsion and Mechanical Systems, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington; 425/227-2384, fax 425/227-1320.

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