Compliance Countdown

Within 6 Months

 September 28, 2020
U.S.: Noise Compatibility Program San Carlos Airport

On July 30 the FAA started reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program for San Carlos Airport, a small general aviation reliever facility for San Francisco International Airport. This program was submitted subsequent to a determination by the agency that associated noise exposure maps for the airport were in compliance with applicable requirements. The proposed 2019 noise compatibility program will be approved or disapproved on or before January 2021. The proposal’s public comment period ends September 28.

 September 29, 2020
U.S.: Excise Tax on Aircraft Management

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed rules relating to the excise taxes imposed on air transportation of persons and property. Specifically, the proposed regulations relate to the exemption for amounts paid for certain aircraft management services. The proposed regulations also amend, revise, redesignate, and remove provisions of existing regulations that are out-of-date or obsolete and generally update the existing regulations to incorporate statutory changes, case law, and other published guidance. Comments are due by September 29.

 September 30, 2020
NAT Data Link

International regulators are suspending the North Atlantic datalink mandate until September 30 to provide more flexibility for traffic that flies through the region during the Covid-19 crisis. The mandate, which went into effect January 30, requires aircraft to be equipped with FANS 1/A controller-pilot datalink communications and ADS-C (contract) equipment to transit through the North Atlantic tracks from FL290 to FL410.

 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 7, 2020 and June 7, 2023
European ADS-B out Mandate

The ADS-B Out requirement in Europe has been postponed from June 7, 2020 to 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 June 6, 2020 must 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.

Within 12 Months

 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. 

Beyond 12 Months

 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. 

 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 has been postponed from June 7, 2020 to 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 June 6, 2020 must 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.