Compliance Countdown

Within 6 Months

 June 10, 2022
U.S.: Pilot Records Database Reporting

Reporting information to the FAR Part 111 Pilot Records Database about individuals employed as pilots is required starting June 10, 2022, for existing operations. Entities beginning commercial operations after June 10, 2022 (including Part 135 air taxi and Part 91 air tour operators) have 30 days in which to comply. Required information includes drug and alcohol testing results; training, qualification, and proficiency records; final disciplinary action records; records concerning separation of employment; verification of a motor vehicle driving records search; and historical records.

 June 12, 2022
Australia: Medical Certification

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority is seeking input on its review of Part 67 general aviation pilot medical policies. The aim of the review is to simplify and modernize CASA's approach to medical certification. CASA has identified six broad areas for the review, including an overall examination of Part 67 to ensure it is up to date and eliminates confusion that has resulted from previous updates. Comments on the proposal are due by June 12, 2022.

 June 17, 2022
Europe: Rotorcraft Safety Update

EASA has extended the comment deadline by one month to June 17, 2022, on a notice of proposed amendment to address three safety recommendations stemming from the investigation of an accident involving an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 LP on April 29, 2016, in Norway. All 13 persons aboard perished in the crash. The accident was a result of a fatigue fracture in a second stage planet gear in the epicyclic module of the main rotor gearbox. Cracks initiated from a micro-pit at the surface and developed subsurface to a catastrophic failure without being detected.

 June 23, 2022 and September 21, 2022 and August 1, 2023
U.S.: Maintenance Schools

As part of an interim final rule overhauling aviation maintenance technician schools regulations (Parts 65 and 147), the FAA is transitioning from using the mechanic practical test standards (PTS) as the testing standard to obtaining a mechanic certificate. As a part of this transition, the FAA developed the mechanic airman certification standards (ACS), which adds task-specific knowledge and risk management elements, “resulting in a comprehensive presentation that integrates the standards for what an applicant must demonstrate to pass the written, oral, and practical tests for a certificate or rating,” said the agency. To allow for each school to train its students under the curriculum aligned with the ACS, the FAA will use the PTS as the testing standard until July 31, 2023. Starting Aug. 1, 2023, the FAA will use the ACS to conduct mechanic certification tests. With the exception of the PTS to ACS transition period, this rule is effective on September 21, 2022.  Comments on the interim rule are being elicited through June 23, 2022.

 July 25, 2022
EASA: SST Environmental Rules

This advance notice of proposed amendment (A-NPA) provides initial concepts for the development of environmental protection requirements for the new generation of supersonic transports (SST) being developed for business jet and airline applications. These aircraft are expected to become operational in the late 2020s. The objective of the rulemaking is to ensure that landing and takeoff noise limits correspond to existing requirements for subsonic jet airplanes. Requirements for CO2 limits for SSTs are also being proposed. Comments on the A-NPA are due July 25, 2022.

 August 8, 2022
Europe: Remote Airport ATS

This Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) from EASA addresses the evolving technological, procedural, and operational aspects of remote airport air traffic services, with the aim of facilitating its safe and uniform implementation by EASA member states and promoting the development and deployment of new digital technologies. Remote provision of air traffic services, referred to as digital towers, enables ATS from airports where direct visual observation is not available. Instead, the view of the entire airport is through digital technology. Comments on the NPA are due Aug. 8, 2022.

 August 11, 2022
EASA: Rotorcraft Health Monitoring

This Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) will enable the use of vibration health monitoring (VHM) systems to be a more integral part of the continued airworthiness regime of Part 29 large rotorcraft. The NPA will also ensure that better and updated guidance is provided for the design as well as the routine and effective in-service use of these systems. This will allow VHM systems to aid in reducing the risk for errors or oversights in the maintenance of rotor and rotor drive units. “Current acceptable means of compliance are not sufficient to ensure that VHM systems can be used to optimize maintenance interventions for certain rotorcraft,” EASA said. Comments are due by Aug. 11, 2022.

 September 16, 2022
U.S.: Remote ID of Unmanned Aircraft

New FAR Part 89 requires that after Sept. 16, 2022, no unmanned aircraft can be produced without FAA-approved remote identification capability. After Sept. 16, 2023, no unmanned aircraft can be operated unless it is equipped with remote ID capability as described in Part 89 or is transmitting ADS-B Out under Part 91. A person operating an unmanned aircraft without remote identification must always operate within visual line of sight and in an approved FAA-recognized identification area. On Sept. 16, 2022, the FAA will begin accepting applications from listed types of organizations for FAA-recognized identification areas.

 June 23, 2022 and September 21, 2022 and August 1, 2023
U.S.: Maintenance Schools

As part of an interim final rule overhauling aviation maintenance technician schools regulations (Parts 65 and 147), the FAA is transitioning from using the mechanic practical test standards (PTS) as the testing standard to obtaining a mechanic certificate. As a part of this transition, the FAA developed the mechanic airman certification standards (ACS), which adds task-specific knowledge and risk management elements, “resulting in a comprehensive presentation that integrates the standards for what an applicant must demonstrate to pass the written, oral, and practical tests for a certificate or rating,” said the agency. To allow for each school to train its students under the curriculum aligned with the ACS, the FAA will use the PTS as the testing standard until July 31, 2023. Starting Aug. 1, 2023, the FAA will use the ACS to conduct mechanic certification tests. With the exception of the PTS to ACS transition period, this rule is effective on September 21, 2022.  Comments on the interim rule are being elicited through June 23, 2022.

 September 30, 2022
Europe: Passenger Entry Requirements

New passenger reporting requirements by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency apply to entry into European Union countries of non-EASA charter flights and professional-piloted Part 91 operations, but do not apply to individuals who own and pilot their own aircraft into the EU. The system will register owner-pilot and passenger name, type of travel documents (visa or passport), biometric data (fingerprints and facial images), and the date and place of entry and exit.

 October 31, 2022
EASA: Reduced Fuel Loads

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has published rules that permit operators to reduce the amount of contingency fuel carried, thereby reducing the CO2 emissions and the overall environmental impact of the flight. While the rules recognize that extra fuel needs to be carried to account for unexpected situations that delay or prevent landing at the originally flight planned airport, EASA says that “The amount of additional fuel required can be optimized, while continuing to ensure high safety levels, due to improved risk assessment, calculations based on better data, and better decision making.” The new requirements are scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 31, 2022.

 November 13, 2022
Australia: Airport Certification

Revised Australian airport certification regulations (CASR Part 139) and an accompanying revised manual of standards (MOS) went into effect on Aug. 13, 2020. Under a transition period, operators of certified airports have until Nov. 13, 2022, to comply with the requirements and MOS publications, including developing an airport operations manual.

Within 12 Months

 December 12, 2022
Canada: Duty/Rest Regulations

Revisions to duty time and rest regulations for Canadian-registered commuter and air taxi operators of turbine and non-turbine aircraft (CAR Parts 704 and 703) go into effect on Dec. 12, 2022. Transport Canada said the changes include: prescribed flight and duty time limits that respect modern scientific research and international standards to limit the amount of time a crewmember can be on the job; and fatigue risk-management systems that will require operators to demonstrate that any variance to the prescribed flight and duty time limits will not adversely affect the level of flight crew fatigue or alertness.

 December 31, 2022
New Zealand: ADS-B Out Mandate

Covid-19 pandemic implications have prompted New Zealand to extend its ADS-B Out compliance date for one year from the previous deadline of Dec. 31, 2021. The ADS-B provisions, already mandatory for aircraft flying above 24,500 feet, will apply in the rest of New Zealand’s controlled airspace by Dec. 31, 2022. Financial support to help aircraft owners equip with ADS-B avionics is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with up to $2,500 for ADS-B Out and an additional $500 for ADS-B in.

 December 31, 2022
Mexico: CVRs and FDRs

Cockpit voice and flight data equipment requirements for commercial turbine aircraft operations (including air taxis) that were adopted in 2011 by Mexico’s aviation authority will become effective and go into force incrementally from Dec. 31, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2022, based on the number of aircraft in an operators fleet. Generally, the rules apply to turbine airplanes with 10 or more passenger seats and large turbine helicopters flying in Mexico airspace under an international air operator certificate.

 January 1, 2023
Aircraft CO2 Emissions Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's CO2 aircraft emissions standards apply to new design applications made on or after Jan. 1, 2023 for jets with a mtow of 133,000 pounds or less and have 19 or fewer passenger seats. The standards also apply to new deliveries of in-production large jets starting Jan. 1, 2028. Jets with mtow under 12,566 pounds, turboprops below 19,000 pounds mtow, and piston-engine airplanes are exempt.

 January 1, 2023
U.S.: Aircraft CO2 Emissions Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's CO2 aircraft emissions standards apply to new design applications made on or after Jan. 1, 2023 for jets with a mtow of 133,000 pounds or less and have 19 or fewer passenger seats. The standards also apply to new deliveries of in-production large jets starting Jan. 1, 2028. Jets with mtow under 12,566 pounds, turboprops below 19,000 pounds mtow, and piston-engine airplanes are exempt.

 February 23, 2023
Canada: ADS-B Out Mandate

Compliance with ADS-B Out equipment and operating requirements is planned to become mandatory in the country’s Class A and B airspace beginning Feb. 23, 2023. To demonstrate compliance with the mandate, aircraft must be equipped with an appropriate transponder with ADS-B out capabilities, meet the applicable minimum operational performance standards, and have antenna capability for broadcast toward space-based ADS-B receivers emitting 1090 MHz extended squitter. This latter requirement can be met either through antenna diversity (the use of a top and bottom antenna) or with a single antenna that is capable of transmitting both towards the ground and up towards satellites.

Beyond 12 Months

 June 1, 2023
Africa: ADS-B Mandate

ADS-B will go fully operational on a voluntary basis for one year starting on May 19, 2022 across all six of the flight information regions (FIRs) controlled by the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). Ops Group reports that ADS-B use will become mandatory in these FIRs starting June 1, 2023. Based in Dakar, Senegal, ASECNA has published separate notams for each of the FIRs, that together cover 16.2 million square miles of airspace, but all contain essentially the same information.

 June 2, 2023
U.S.: Aircraft Fueling

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) is granting a 24-month extension to the compliance deadline of its standards that call for airport fueling vehicle loading racks to be equipped with automatic shutoff devices that are compatible with fueling trucks. This extension to June 2, 2023, applies only to airports that adopted the 2022 revision of NFPA 407. The original compliance date of June 2, 2021, still applies for airports operating under the 2017 revision. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is working with the FAA as to how the extension will affect current enforcement policy at Part 139 certificated airports.

 June 7, 2023
Europe: ADS-B out Mandate

The ADS-B Out requirement in Europe is Dec. 7, 2020, for aircraft receiving their certificate of airworthiness (C of A) on or after December 7. Aircraft that obtained their C of A between June 6, 1995, and Dec. 7, 2020, must arrange for retrofits to meet the ADS-B Out mandate by June 7, 2023. Both deadlines apply only to aircraft with an mtow exceeding 5,700 kg (12,566 pounds) or having a maximum cruising true airspeed capability greater than 250 knots. Aircraft with a C of A dated before June 6, 1995 are exempt from European ADS-B requirements.

 June 12, 2023 and September 9, 2024
U.S.: Pilot Records Database

By June 12, 2023, operators under Parts 91, 91K, and 135 must complete submissions of reports to the pilot records database (PRD) of all historical records concerning training, alcohol testing, qualification, proficiency, and disciplinary actions dating on or after Jan. 1, 2015. Final compliance date for reporting historical records that date before Jan. 1, 2015, is Sept. 9, 2024. Also beginning on Sept. 9, 2024, the Pilot Records Improvement Act ceases to be effective and will not be an available alternative to PRD for operators, entities, or trustees to which these regulations apply.

 June 23, 2022 and September 21, 2022 and August 1, 2023
U.S.: Maintenance Schools

As part of an interim final rule overhauling aviation maintenance technician schools regulations (Parts 65 and 147), the FAA is transitioning from using the mechanic practical test standards (PTS) as the testing standard to obtaining a mechanic certificate. As a part of this transition, the FAA developed the mechanic airman certification standards (ACS), which adds task-specific knowledge and risk management elements, “resulting in a comprehensive presentation that integrates the standards for what an applicant must demonstrate to pass the written, oral, and practical tests for a certificate or rating,” said the agency. To allow for each school to train its students under the curriculum aligned with the ACS, the FAA will use the PTS as the testing standard until July 31, 2023. Starting Aug. 1, 2023, the FAA will use the ACS to conduct mechanic certification tests. With the exception of the PTS to ACS transition period, this rule is effective on September 21, 2022.  Comments on the interim rule are being elicited through June 23, 2022.

 August 1, 2023
U.S.: Mechanic Certification Tests

The FAA is transitioning from using the mechanic practical test standards (PTS) as the testing standard to obtaining a mechanic certificate. As a part of this transition, the FAA has developed mechanic airman certification standards (ACS), which add task-specific knowledge and risk management elements, resulting in a comprehensive presentation that integrates the standards for what an applicant must demonstrate to pass the written, oral, and practical tests for a certificate or rating said the agency. To allow time for each school to train its students under the curriculum aligned with the ACS, the FAA will use the PTS as the testing standard until July 31, 2023. Starting Aug. 1, 2023, the FAA will use the ACS to conduct mechanic certification tests.

 September 16, 2023
U.S.: Remote ID of Unmanned Aircraft

New FAR Part 89 requires that after Sept. 16, 2023, no unmanned aircraft can be operated unless it is equipped with remote identification capability or is transmitting ADS-B Out under Part 91. A person operating an unmanned aircraft without remote identification must always operate within visual line of sight and in an approved FAA-recognized identification area. Part 89 describes the types of organizations that can apply for an FAA-recognized identification area.

 June 12, 2023 and September 9, 2024
U.S.: Pilot Records Database

By June 12, 2023, operators under Parts 91, 91K, and 135 must complete submissions of reports to the pilot records database (PRD) of all historical records concerning training, alcohol testing, qualification, proficiency, and disciplinary actions dating on or after Jan. 1, 2015. Final compliance date for reporting historical records that date before Jan. 1, 2015, is Sept. 9, 2024. Also beginning on Sept. 9, 2024, the Pilot Records Improvement Act ceases to be effective and will not be an available alternative to PRD for operators, entities, or trustees to which these regulations apply.