Federal Aviation
Administration

MMEL Policy Letter (PL) 85, Revision 3

Date:

January 1, 2012

To:

All Region Flight Standards Division Managers
All Aircraft Evaluation Group Managers

From:

Manager, Air Transportation Division, AFS-200

Reply to Attn of:

Manager, Technical Programs Branch, AFS-260

SUBJECT:

Lavatory Door Ashtray

MMEL CODE:

25 (EQUIPMENT & FURNISHINGS)

REFERENCE:

PL-85, Revision 2, dated February 7, 2000

PL-85, Revision 1, dated August 15, 1997

PL-85, Revision Original, dated August 27, 1996

PURPOSE:

To establish standardized Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) relief for ashtrays installed on or near the entry side of each lavatory as provided by Airworthiness Directive (AD) 74-08-09 R2 and establish standard provisos for affected Minimum Equipment Lists (MEL).

DISCUSSION:

Revision 3 omits the Global Change (GC) designation for this PL.  If the MMEL used by operators as an MEL, or used to create an MMEL has not been revised since 01/01/2000, operators may continue to use PL-85 Rev 2 in their MEL.

 

Revision 2 revises policy letter 85 to clarify that only ashtrays installed on or near the entry side of each lavatory are affected by this policy (per AD 74-08-09 R2).

Revision 1 reformatted policy letter 85 with no change to policy.

 

The FAA AD 74-08-09 R2 is applicable to all transport category airplanes, certificated in any category, that have one or more lavatories equipped with paper or linen waste receptacles.  This amendment revises an existing AD prompted by fires occurring in lavatories which were caused by smoking materials deposited by passengers or crew.  AD 74-08-09 R2 provides for the airplane to be operated for a period of 10 days with a lavatory door ashtray missing, provided that not more than one such ashtray is missing.  For airplanes on which only one lavatory ashtray is installed, the airplane may be operated for a period of 3 days if the lavatory door ashtray is missing.

 

 


POLICY:

To ensure standardization in administering the provisions of AD 74-08-09 R2, the Flight Operations Policy Board has established the following provisos as appropriate, for the dispatch relief in the MMEL/MELs.

25 (EQUIPMENT & FURNISHINGS)

 

 

 

 

 

XX-X

Exterior Lavatory Door Ashtrays

 

 

 

 

 

 

1)

Airplanes with more than one exterior lavatory door ashtray installed

A

-

-

One may be missing provided it is replaced within 10 calendar days.

 

2)

Airplanes with only one exterior lavatory door ashtray installed

A

1

0

May be missing provided it is replaced within 3 calendar days.

 

 

Each Flight Operations Evaluation Board (FOEB) Chairman should apply this Policy to affected MMELs through the normal FOEB process.

 

 

 

 

            /s/  G Kirkland for

John S. Duncan

Manager, Air Transportation Division,