Federal Aviation
Administration

MMEL Policy Letter 89, Revision 2

Date:

January 31, 2009

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:

FASTEN SEAT BELT WHILE SEATED Signs or Placards

MMEL CODE:

25 (EQUIPMENT & FURNISHINGS)

REFERENCE:

PL- 89, Revision 1, dated November 19, 2001

PL-89,Original dated August 15, 1997

Previous PL-08 (Item 1), dated July 12,1982

PURPOSE:

This policy letter provides guidance regarding "Fasten Seat Belt While Seated" signs or placards.

DISCUSSION:

Revision 2 standardizes the format with other Policy Letters with no change to policy.

Revision 1 corrects Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) reference from 14 CFR Section 121.317(b) to 14 CFR Section 121.317(d). The original PL-89 restated an earlier Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) policy that was previously contained in PL-08 (Item 1) dated July 12, 1982, which covered multiple issues.

14 CFR section 121.317(d) requires, in part, that no person may operate a passenger carrying airplane under 14 CFR Part 121 unless at least one legible sign or placard that reads "Fasten Seat Belt While Seated" is visible from each passenger seat.

POLICY:  

Flight Operations Evaluation Board chairmen should adopt the following wording for "FASTEN SEAT BELT WHILE SEATED" signs or placards.


 

 

25 (EQUIPMENT & FURNISHINGS)

 

 

 

 

XX-X

“FASTEN SEAT BELT WHILE SEATED" Sign or Placard                             

C

-

-

One or more signs or placards may be illegible or missing provided a legible sign or placard is visible from each occupied passenger seat.

 

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

 

Matthew J. Schack, Manager,

Air Transportation Division, AFS-200

 

PL-89, R 1 reformatted 01/20/2010 with no change in content.