Compliance Countdown: February 2014

 - February 5, 2014, 12:35 AM

Feb. 21, 2014:

Documents Required Aboard Private Aircraft

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a Department of Homeland Security agency, has extended its request for comments on its existing collection of information. The commander of a private aircraft arriving in the U.S. must present for inspection by CBP officers a pilot certificate/license; a medical certificate; and a certificate of registration, which is also called a “pink slip” and is a duplicate copy of the Aircraft Registration Application. CBP says its officers use the information on these documents as an essential part of the inspection process for private aircraft arriving from a foreign country. Comments should address (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the CBP, including whether the information shall have practical use; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimates of the collection burden; (c) ways to enhance the quality, use and clarity of the information; (d) ways to minimize the burden, including the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and (e) the annual costs to respondents or record keepers incurred by the collection of information. The comments submitted will be summarized and included in the CBP request for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. [OMB No. 1651-0058]

July 4, 2014:

Taws Equipage for Canadian Aircraft with Six or More Passenger Seats

Transport Canada (TC) announced on July 4, 2012, new regulations that would improve safety for small aircraft that fly into remote wilderness or mountainous areas where the danger of flying into terrain is highest. Under the new regulations, commercial operators will have to install a terrain awareness and warning system (Taws) in turbine-powered airplanes with six or more passenger seats. Operators will have two years from implementation to equip their airplanes with Taws. The regulations comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s standards and bring Canadian regulations close to those of other aviation authorities, including the U.S. and European Union. Canada’s TSB also recommended the wider use of Taws to help pilots assess their proximity to terrain. Operators will have five years to equip with an enhanced altitude accuracy function.

Jan. 1, 2017:

European Union Tcas Version 7.1 Rule

The FAA has published an Information for Operators regarding an EU mandate that certain operators use the latest version 7.1 of the traffic alert and collision avoidance system (Tcas II) software. Although the International Civil Aviation Organization does not require that version 7.1 software be installed for international flights in new and existing aircraft until Jan. 1, 2014, and Jan. 1, 2017, respectively, the EU mandated that all aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of more than 12,500 pounds or with an authorized capacity to carry 19 passengers have the upgrade installed by March 1 this year. However, aircraft with Tcas II version 7.0 that were certified before March 1 this year have an extended deadline of Dec. 1, 2015, to comply with the mandate. The FAA recommends that operators of aircraft with Tcas II installed and that plan on operating in EU airspace need to ensure that version 7.1 software is installed to comply with the EU implementing rule.