On 17 July 2019, EASA issued a safety alert Airworthiness Directive for Airbus A321neo over “excessive pitch attitude”
Airbus A321-251N, A321-252N, A321-253N, A321-271N, A321-272N, A321-251NX, A321-252NX, A321-253NX, A321-271NX and A321-272NX aeroplanes, all manufacturer serial numbers.
Analysis of the behaviour of the ELAC L102 installed on A321neo revealed that excessive pitch attitude can occur in certain conditions and during specific manoeuvres.
This condition, if not corrected, could result in reduced control of the aeroplane.
To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued the applicable AFM TR to provide operational limitations.
For the reason described above, this AD requires amendment of the respective AFM, with AFM TR, as applicable.
(1) For Group 1 aeroplanes: Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, amend the applicable AFM to incorporate the applicable AFM TR, inform the flight crews, and, thereafter, operate the aeroplane accordingly.
(2) For Group 2 aeroplanes: From the effective date of this AD, before next flight after modification of an aeroplane to install affected ELAC, amend the applicable AFM to incorporate the applicable AFM TR, inform the flight crews, and, thereafter, operate the aeroplane accordingly.