Compliance Countdown

Within 6 Months

 November 5, 2020
International Contingency Procedures

To coincide with the effective date of Nov. 5, 2020 for amendments to ICAO’s navigation procedures, the FAA has updated its special requirements for in-flight contingencies over oceanic airspace. Several of these procedures were updated in previous international flight information documents, but with a published effective date of Nov. 5, 2020. For example, starting on November 5, the FAA will require flight crews to report any gross navigation error (GNE) more than 10 nm off course—down from 25 nm nowto align with ICAO’s current definition of GNEs. 

 November 9, 2020
U.S.: Aircraft Fueling Fire Standards

FBOs, general aviation airports, and other interested parties have until the end of business on November 9 to comment on a proposed change to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) standards for aircraft fueling that calls for the installation of automatic shutdown systems on fuel trucks and fuel farms. The NFPA standards, typically adopted as requirements by regulatory agencies, would apply to current in-service trucks and fuel farms as well as for new equipment. Under the proposal, in-service equipment would need to be retrofitted by June 2, 2021. The National Air Transportation Association, which represents FBOs, has already requested that the retrofit feature be removed.

 November 20, 2020
U.S: New Procedure at Boston Logan Airport

Comments are due November 20 on the draft of the FAA’s environmental assessment for a proposed new satellite-based approach procedure for Runway 4L at Boston Logan International Airport. The draft assessment indicates that the procedure would have no significant impact in any environmental category including aviation noise. During IMC, flights will be able to land on Runway 4L, helping to reduce delays that result in late-night arrivals. Currently, aircraft can land on the runway only in VMC. The FAA will hold virtual public workshops on October 23 and 28 to brief residents and answer their questions on the environmental assessment and the proposed procedure.

 December 7, 2020 and 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.

 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.”  

 December 31, 2020 and 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, 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.

 January 1, 2021
Saudi Arabia: ADS-B Out Mandate

Saudi Arabia delayed the start of ADS-B requirements in Class A and B airspace by a year from the previously published original date of this past January. According to a recent notam start, the new start date is Jan. 21, 2021.

 January 28, 2021
Australia: Commercial Drone Registration

A registration and accreditation process for commercial drone owners and operators in Australia must be completed by Jan. 28, 2021. The country’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requirement covers all remotely piloted aircraft flown for work, research, training, and community service. Both registration and accreditation must be completed using the myCASA online portal. Registration will be free of charge and valid for 12 months. Accreditation is also free and valid for three years. Drone registration and accreditation for people flying drones for recreation and sport is scheduled to be introduced in 2022.

 February 14, 2021
EU: Pilot Mental Fitness

Due to effects from the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency has postponed for six months, to Feb. 14, 2021, compliance with revised air operations safety rules to incorporate provisions to better identify, assess, and treat the psychological fitness of air crew. Compliance with the new rules, applicable to commercial air transport operators with airplanes and helicopters, also includes mandatory alcohol testing of flight crews during ramp checks.

 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. 

 March 31, 2021
EASA: Simulator and Training Updates

Application of new rules updating flight simulators and training requirements has been postponed to March 31, 2021, because the Covid 19 pandemic and its resulting constraints have led and continue to lead to significant delays in the update process. Enacted in December 2019, the requirements were originally scheduled to apply starting August 20. The new mandate addresses approach-to-stalls; upset prevention and recovery; engine and airframe icing effects; and developing and deploying an instructor operating station feedback tool.  

Within 12 Months

 August 12, 2021
EASA: Landing Performance Criteria

Due to continuing disruptions in the aviation industry from the Covid-19 pandemic, EASA has delayed the effective date of regulations implementing new standards for aircraft landing performance calculations. The new compliance date of the rules, amended on Aug. 1, 2019, and originally set to go into effect on Nov. 5, is now Aug. 12, 2021.   

Beyond 12 Months

 November 4, 2021
Runway Surface Assessment Format

In response to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic and the associated challenges facing the aviation industry, ICAO has delayed for one year the applicability date of the new global reporting format (GRF) for assessing runway conditions to Nov. 4, 2021. Under an EASA notice of proposed rulemaking in 2018, the GRF was scheduled to go into effect Nov. 5, 2020. The agencies, in partnership with key international organizations, will continue to provide support to member states and stakeholders as they emerge from the current crisis and revise their implementation plans. In particular, training resources will be enhanced and awareness-raising activities will be re-launched.

 December 31, 2021
New Zealand ADS-B Out Mandate

New Zealand is expected to adopt its proposal to make ADS-B mandatory for all aircraft in controlled airspace below Flight Level 245 starting on Dec. 31, 2021. Submissions on the country’s ADS-B proposal closed in April 2019.

 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.

 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. 

 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.

 December 31, 2020 and 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, 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. 

 December 7, 2020 and 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.