Compliance Countdown

Within 6 Months

 December 7, 2017 and January 30, 2020
Expansion of Datalink Com in North Atlantic

Phase 2 of the North Atlantic datalink mandate began with Phase 2a in February 2015, at which time flights within the North Atlantic Tracks (NAT) between FL350 and FL390 must be equipped with Fans 1/A controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) and ADS-C systems. The program expands to these altitudes in the entire ICAO NAT region on Dec. 7, 2017, and to all flights in this region above FL290 on Jan. 30, 2020, a month sooner than the previous revised date. 

 February 5, 2020
European Controller-Pilot Datalink Comm

Europe won’t require aircraft operators to equip for controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) until February 2020, due to technical problems. The European Commission expects the entity managing the Single European Sky ATM Research effort will recommend remedial actions for ground infrastructure issues next year. Additionally, European Commission figures showed that only 40 percent of operators would have been ready to use CPDLC by the original deadline of February this year.

 May 18, 2019 and February 18, 2020
EASA: Halon Banned

Under new EASA Part 26.170 and 26.400, operators of large airplanes and large helicopters for which the first individual certificate of airworthiness is issued on or after May 18, 2019, shall ensure that portable fire extinguishers do not use Halon as the extinguishing agent. This ban applies to built-in lavatory extinguishers on aircraft newly certified on or after Feb. 18, 2020. The goal is to gradually mitigate the environmental impact that Halon extinguishing agents in firefighting equipment have on the ozone and climate.                                                          

 March 2, 2020
FAA: UAS Remote ID

An FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will require remote and automatic identification of unmanned aircraft systems that would provide position information to receivers on the ground. The resulting new rules are expected to be fully implemented by the end of 2024. Exceptions will apply to amateur-built UAS, drones operated by the U.S. government, and UAS weighing less than 0.55 pounds. Comments on the NPRM are due on March 2.

 June 7, 2020
European ADS-B out Mandate

The ADS-B Out retrofit requirement in Europe takes effect June 7, 2020. This date is about six months later than the U.S. ADS-B Out mandate. The European ADS-B mandate applies 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, and received its individual certificate of airworthiness before June 8, 2016.

 January 2, 2020 and June 7, 2020
Australia: ADS-B OUT Mandates

Australian-registered aircraft must be equipped with ADS-B avionics starting January 2 and foreign-registered aircraft must be ADS-B equipped by June 7 to be able to fly under IFR in Australia. Operators of some aircraft can apply for a temporary exemption to the mandates until ADS-B avionics are installed.

Within 12 Months

 August 14, 2020
EU: Pilot Mental Fitness

More than three years after the copilot deliberately crashed a Germanwings Airbus A320 into a mountain, the European Union has published revised air operations safety rules to incorporate provisions to better identify, assess and treat the psychological fitness of air crew. The new rules, applicable to commercial air transport operators with airplanes and helicopters, go into effect Aug. 14, 2020. The new requirements include mandatory alcohol testing of flight crews during ramp checks.

 October 1, 2020
Australia: Flight and Duty Times

New fatigue rules apply to holders of commercial air operator certificates (AOCs), including charter, on-demand air taxis, and  Part 141 flight schools. Operators who select the prescribed limits must be in compliance by June 30, 2020. Operators who develop their own fatigue risk management system (FRMS) must be in compliance starting Oct. 1, 2020.

 December 31, 2020
Stage 5 Noise Rules Go Into Effect

A more stringent noise standard for newly certified jet airplanes goes into effect starting Dec. 31, 2020 for applications for new aircraft with an mtow of  less than 121,254 pounds. Last December, the revised requirements began to apply to new applications for aircraft with mtow of 121,254 pounds or more. The agency stressed that the rule, known as Stage 5, is “intended only for new aircraft and is not signaling the start of an action aimed at phasing out the existing noise standards that apply to the production or operation of current models.”  

 January 1, 2021
EASA: Cockpit Voice Recorders

Cockpit voice recorders with a recording duration of at least 25 hours will be required on commercial airplanes with an mtow of 60,000 pounds or more manufactured from Jan. 1, 2021.

Beyond 12 Months

 February 25, 2021 and January 27, 2022
Canada: ADS-B Out Mandate Withdrawn

The implementation date of Feb. 25, 2021, for ADS-B use in Canadian domestic airspace, initially in Class A airspace and the expansion to include Class B airspace above 12,500 feet on Jan. 27, 2022, are no longer mandated. The mandate was lifted in response to stakeholder feedback that “more time is required to prepare for the ADS-B Out mandate.” Non-ADS-B-Out equipped aircraft will be accommodated within the airspace beginning on those dates until a performance requirements mandate can be implemented. 

 March 25, 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 March 25, 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. 

 February 25, 2021 and January 27, 2022
Canada: ADS-B Out Mandate Withdrawn

The implementation date of Feb. 25, 2021, for ADS-B use in Canadian domestic airspace, initially in Class A airspace and the expansion to include Class B airspace above 12,500 feet on Jan. 27, 2022, are no longer mandated. The mandate was lifted in response to stakeholder feedback that “more time is required to prepare for the ADS-B Out mandate.” Non-ADS-B-Out equipped aircraft will be accommodated within the airspace beginning on those dates until a performance requirements mandate can be implemented. 

 January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2023
Aircraft CO2 Emissions Standards Adopted

The first international standards for CO2 aircraft emissions have been enacted by ICAO and initially apply to large subsonic jets, including business jets, for which the application for a type certificate was submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2020. The standard would apply to new deliveries of current in-production large aircraft starting Jan 1, 2023. All covered in-production airplanes must meet the standard by Jan. 1, 2028. Jet airplanes with an mtow under 12,500 pounds, and piston-engine airplanes and turboprops below 19,000 pounds mtow, are exempt.