Compliance Countdown

Within 6 Months

 February 3, 2023
Canada: Vancouver Airspace Redesign

Nav Canada, in collaboration with Vancouver Airport Authority, has launched a public consultation on a proposal for an airspace modernization program surrounding Vancouver International Airport. Proposed changes include new approach procedures, the addition of required navigation performance (RNP) authorization, and changes to existing arrival routes and procedures. The addition of RNP is designed to provide aircraft with shorter, more direct routes on approach, reducing flight time and some avoidance of residential areas. The consultation period will encompass in-person and online information sessions. Comments are due by Feb. 3, 2023.

 February 6, 2023
U.S.: Powered-lift Aircraft

The FAA proposes to amend the regulatory definitions of certain air carrier and commercial operations by adding powered-lift aircraft to these definitions. This would ensure the appropriate sets of rules apply to air carrier and certain other commercial aircraft operations of aircraft that the FAA defines as powered-lift. The FAA also proposes to apply the rules for commercial air tours to powered-lift aircraft. A powered-lift aircraft takes off and lands vertically but uses a fixed wing for horizontal flight. Like helicopters, these aircraft do not need a runway to take off and land, but they have a speed and performance similar to standard fixed-wing aircraft. Comments on the proposal are due by Feb. 6, 2023.

 March 8, 2023
U.S.: Part 25 System Safety Assessments

The FAA proposes to amend certain Part 25 (transport category airplanes) airworthiness regulations to standardize the criteria for conducting safety assessments for systems, including flight controls and powerplants on newly-certified airplanes. With this action, the FAA seeks to reduce the risk associated with accidents and incidents that have occurred in service, and reduce the risk associated with new technology in flight control systems, such as fly-by-wire. The intended effect of this proposed action is to improve aviation safety by making system safety assessment (SSA) requirements more comprehensive and consistent. Comments are due by March 8, 2023.

 April 10, 2023
U.S.: Final Phase of Northeast Route Update

The FAA has postponed the implementation date for the final phase of its multi-year Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Routes (ACR) project from the previously scheduled Nov. 3, 2022 to April 20, 2023. The FAA said the push back is to avoid making numerous route changes during the busy summer and winter peaks. The main change of the ACR project is that 150 new or modified routes using performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures are replacing the existing high-altitude route structure. PBN decreases reliance on ground-based navaids.

 April 12, 2023
U.S.: Safety Management Systems

The FAA proposes to update and expand the requirements for safety management systems (SMS) to make them applicable to all certificate holders operating under the rules for commuter and on-demand operations, commercial air tour operators, production certificate holders that are holders or licensees of a type certificate (TC) for the same product, and holders of a TC who license out that TC for production. Charter and tour operators would be required to implement an FAA-approved SMS no later than two years after the effective date of the rule. Additionally, the proposed rule would more closely align the United States with ICAO Annex 19 (Safety Management). Comments on the proposal are due by April 12, 2023.

 April 14, 2023
EASA: Heli Crash-Resistant Fuel Systems

This notice of proposed amendment (NPA) seeks to mandate the installation of crash-resistant fuel systems (CRFS) into existing rotorcraft designs that are still in production and the retrofit of existing rotorcraft that are operated in EASA member states. The objective of the NPA is to mitigate the risks linked to a post-crash fire involving rotorcraft. Comments are due by April 14, 2023.

 May 31, 2023
Europe: Passenger Entry Requirements

The European Commission has delayed the onset of new passenger reporting requirements that were previously scheduled to start on Sept. 30, 2022. EES (Entry/Exit System), designed to replace the current system of manual stamping of passports with an electronic record, is now scheduled to start a transitional phase in May 2023. Manual stamping of passports will end in mid-August 2023, and the transitional phase will end in February 2024. ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) is an online pre-travel, and pre-boarding requirement applying to visa-exempt third-country nationals planning to travel to European states. It is expected to be implemented in November 2023.

 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.

 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.

Within 12 Months

 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.

 August 10, 2023 and May 16, 2024
Canada: ADS-B Out Mandate

Due to continued supply chain impacts stemming from the Covid pandemic, the previously announced implementation dates for ADS-B Out in Canada is delayed beyond the original date of Feb. 23, 2023. As a result, the mandate will come into effect as follows: Class A Canadian airspace on Aug. 10, 2023; Class B Canadian airspace on May 16, 2024; and Class C, D, and E airspace to occur no sooner than 2026. The new dates have been developed from stakeholder feedback regarding supply chain limitations and backlogs to acquire and install the appropriate equipment.

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

Amended FAR Part 89 required that after Dec. 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 equipped with remote ID capability as described in Part 89 or transmitting ADS-B Out under Part 91.

Beyond 12 Months

 August 10, 2023 and May 16, 2024
Canada: ADS-B Out Mandate

Due to continued supply chain impacts stemming from the Covid pandemic, the previously announced implementation dates for ADS-B Out in Canada is delayed beyond the original date of Feb. 23, 2023. As a result, the mandate will come into effect as follows: Class A Canadian airspace on Aug. 10, 2023; Class B Canadian airspace on May 16, 2024; and Class C, D, and E airspace to occur no sooner than 2026. The new dates have been developed from stakeholder feedback regarding supply chain limitations and backlogs to acquire and install the appropriate equipment.

 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.

 December 2, 2022 and December 2, 2024
Europe: Part 145 Safety Management Systems

Starting on Dec. 2, 2022 EASA Part 145 maintenance organizations are required to meet revised regulations that were published in November 2021. However, there is a two-year transition period, to Dec. 2, 2024, to allow maintenance organizations to correct any findings of non-compliance with the new Part-145 requirements. The main change introduced in the regulation is the required implementation of a safety management system. SMS requires maintenance organizations to implement hazard identification, risk management and safety assurance processes, and the designation of a safety manager. To support the safety management system processes, several organization requirements have been changed including the safety policy, internal occurrence reporting, competence of staff, and compliance monitoring (replacing quality assurance).