Compliance Countdown

Within 6 Months

 December 2, 2021
Australia: Flight Operations

Ten new flight operations regulations will consolidate the operating and flight rules, as well as certification and management requirements, for a variety of aircraft and operations which will apply to all pilots and operators in Australia. They will all commence on Dec. 2, 2021. The regulations covered include general operating and flight rules; certification and management of commercial aircraft operating certificates; and small and large airplanes and rotorcraft. 

 December 2, 2021
U.S.: New Restricted Area

The FAA is proposing to establish restricted area R–2511 in the vicinity of Trona, California, in support of the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake. The agency says R-2511 is necessary to “segregate the testing and evaluation of hazardous weapons systems and other unproven aviation platforms in the early development cycle from non-participating aircraft.” Restricted area R–2511 would replace an existing Controlled Firing Area (CFA) that no longer meets the Navy's requirements. Weapons testing has been conducted within the CFA since 1995 with no reported incidents involving non-participating aircraft. Comments must be received on or before Dec. 2, 2021.

 December 4, 2021 and January 4, 2022
U.S.: Covid Emergency Temporary Standard

An emergency temporary standard (ETS) from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that by Jan. 4, 2022, all private companies with 100 or more full- or part-time employees both on-site and in remote locations be completely vaccinated against Covid-19 or undergo weekly Covid testing. Starting Dec. 4, 2021, unvaccinated workers must wear face coverings when indoors or in vehicles with other employees. The ETS, effective until May 5, 2022, also requires employers to provide paid leave time to get vaccinated and for any sick time to recover after each dose.

 December 7, 2021
U.S.: Pilot Records Database Review

Under the recently established FAR Part 111, Pilot Records Database (PRD), no entity may permit an individual to begin service as a pilot until the entity (including Part 135 air taxi and Part 91 air tour operators) has evaluated all required information, including that from FAA records, by Dec. 7, 2021. However, reviewing entities may allow an individual to begin service as a pilot without first evaluating records if it has made a documented “good faith” attempt to access all necessary information maintained in the PRD and received notice from the FAA that information is missing pertaining to the individual's employment history as a pilot.

 December 17, 2021
Canada: Toronto Pearson Airport

Nav Canada, in collaboration with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, has launched a public consultation period as the next step in a proposal to introduce airspace enhancements around Toronto Pearson International Airport. The proposed changes will introduce required navigation performance (RNP) requirements for two runway ends at Toronto Pearson, Canada’s busiest airport. If enacted, RNP provides for the opportunity to design shorter, more direct routes, enabling aircraft to turn towards the airport sooner. The new standard also supports “safe and efficient integration of traffic in a busy parallel runway environment.” Public consultation will run until Dec. 17, 2021.

 December 31, 2021
Europe: EASA Environmental Portal

By Dec. 31, 2021, operators of certain large aircraft must post certified noise data on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s environmental portal. The mandate is applicable to all civil fixed-wing aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 75,000 pounds or more, or with a maximum passenger accommodation of 19 seats or more, excluding any seats for crew only. It applies to Part 91 and 135 operators, even though Part 135 operators already provide environmental information through the third-country operator (TCO) portal. To request registration applications or for questions, email environmentalportal@easa.europa.eu.

 January 1, 2022
Mexico: ADS-B Mandate

ADS-B Out requirements for Mexico are delayed until Jan. 1, 2022. Originally, the mandate was scheduled to go into effect January 1. According to government officials, when the requirements do take effect, they will apply to operations in Mexico Class A, B, C, E airspace and Class E airspace above 10,000 feet. It is required now in Class E airspace over the Gulf of Mexico, at and above 3,000 feet msl within 12 nm of the Mexican coast.

 January 1, 2022
Canada: Luxury Tax

In addition to yachts and high-end vehicles, business and other general aviation aircraft are included again in the Canadian government’s latest so-called luxury tax proposal. If the tax is adopted, it would go into force on Jan. 1, 2022. The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) is fighting the proposal, telling the government its assumption that a “small plane is an unessential high-end toy totally misrepresents how these aircraft are generally used.” In 2019 a similar luxury tax proposal for aircraft was struck down.

 December 4, 2021 and January 4, 2022
U.S.: Covid Emergency Temporary Standard

An emergency temporary standard (ETS) from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that by Jan. 4, 2022, all private companies with 100 or more full- or part-time employees both on-site and in remote locations be completely vaccinated against Covid-19 or undergo weekly Covid testing. Starting Dec. 4, 2021, unvaccinated workers must wear face coverings when indoors or in vehicles with other employees. The ETS, effective until May 5, 2022, also requires employers to provide paid leave time to get vaccinated and for any sick time to recover after each dose.

 January 18, 2022
U.S.: Space Transportation Accidents

For transparency of the agency’s commercial space safety investigative authority, the NTSB is proposing adding Subpart F for Commercial Space Investigations to supplement and formalize its investigation procedures in this sector. By codifying its role in commercial space transportation, the agency anticipates that Subpart F will enhance safety by enabling it to conduct accident/incident investigations, identify necessary corrective actions, and prevent future space transportation mishaps. The NTSB has exercised this authority, and both led and supported commercial space launch and reentry investigations, for more than 20 years on an ad hoc basis. Comments on the proposal are due by Jan. 18, 2022.

 January 26, 2022
EASA: Helicopter Regulations

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has proposed revising small helicopter certification regulations to provide proportionate and cost-efficient rules to enable the use of the latest technology for equipment, systems, and installations. The proposal aims to modify the application of stringent safety objectives to simpler small rotorcraft, which currently creates a cost barrier to innovation and the installation of state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, the proposed changes will increase harmonization of safety assessment provisions for rotorcraft with FAA equivalents. Also, this notice contains proposals that improve the clarity of the requirements for electrical installations for larger rotorcraft. Comments on the proposal are due Jan. 26, 2022. 

 January 27, 2022
EASA: Airport Flight Information Services

Revised requirements for ATC-provided airport flight information services (AFIS) in Europe go into effect on Jan. 27, 2022. The rules update the elements that are to be included in AFIS live communications or in recorded AFIS broadcasts. Unlike ATIS broadcasts, available only at controlled airports when the ATC tower is in operation, AFIS requirements include transmitting on a 24-hour basis, including at specified non-tower airports.

 April 30, 2022
Colombia: ADS-B Out Mandate

Starting on April 30, 2022, unless specifically authorized by ATC, no person may operate an aircraft within Colombian territory in any controlled airspace or other airspace in which a transponder is required, without ADS-B Out operational capability.

Within 12 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.

 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.

 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.

Beyond 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 all other new jet design applications made on or after Jan, 1, 2023. 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.

 June 7, 2023
European 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.

 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.

 January 1, 2028
Aircraft CO2 Emissions Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's CO2 aircraft emissions standards 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.