Compliance Countdown

Within 6 Months

 January 24, 2022
U.S.: Airworthiness Directives Address 5G Band

The FAA on Dec. 9, 2021 issued new airworthiness directives (ADs) for all transport and commuter category airplanes and helicopters equipped with radar altimeters. These ADs were prompted by a determination that radio altimeters cannot be relied upon if they experience interference from the 5G frequency band. The ADs require revising the AFM to prohibit certain operations using radio altimeter data in the presence of known 5G Band interference as identified by notams. Although the ADs were published as a final rule, the FAA is seeking comments by Jan. 24, 2022 on recommended changes.

 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.

 February 25, 2022
U.S.: Airport Noise Control

The FAA is inviting comments on a planned update to AC 150/5020-1. This advisory circular provides airport sponsors with guidance on how to conduct an airport noise and land-use compatibility study under FAR Part 150. The regulation provides a structured process to evaluate the compatibility of property surrounding airports with aircraft noise and to develop mitigation measures. Participants in the Part 150 process may be eligible to apply for airport improvement funding to mitigate noise impacts. Comments are due by February 25, 2022.

 March 21, 2022
Europe: Electric/Hybrid Engines

EASA has issued a notice of proposed amendment (NPA) that aims to close the certification gaps that pose compliance difficulties for crewed aircraft that do not use conventional piston or turbine engine power. Currently, regulatory exemptions are needed to obtain approval for pending new aircraft designs intended to be powered by electrical batteries and engines and associated fuel cell elements, solar panels, cables and connectors, mechanical attachments to the aircraft structure, related instrumentation, power output control systems, etc. The NPA would also integrate into the regulations hybrid powerplant systems that transform fossil-fuel energy into electrical energy. Comments on the proposal are due by March 21, 2022.

 March 22, 2022
U.S.: Nashville Area Airspace

The FAA is proposing to modify the airspace over Nashville International Airport in Tennessee. Under the proposal, existing flight paths would not change but the area where pilots are required to interact with ATC would expand. The agency says the “airspace change is to better manage the complexity and volume of aviation activities in the area.” Input from a virtual public meeting, scheduled for February 22 from 6 to 8 p.m., will assist the FAA in drafting an official notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). Although the NPRM won't be published until early 2022, the FAA has already set March 22, 2022, as the comment deadline on the proposal.

 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.

 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.

Within 12 Months

 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.

 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.

Beyond 12 Months

 June 2, 2023
U.S.: Aircraft Fueling

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) is granting a 24-month extension to the compliance deadline of its standards that call for airport fueling vehicle loading racks to be equipped with automatic shutoff devices that are compatible with fueling trucks. This extension to June 2, 2023, applies only to airports that adopted the 2022 revision of NFPA 407. The original compliance date of June 2, 2021, still applies for airports operating under the 2017 revision. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is working with the FAA as to how the extension will affect current enforcement policy at Part 139 certificated airports.

 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.

 June 12, 2023 and September 9, 2024
U.S.: Pilot Records Database

By June 12, 2023, operators under Parts 91, 91K, and 135 must complete submissions of reports to the pilot records database (PRD) of all historical records concerning training, alcohol testing, qualification, proficiency, and disciplinary actions dating on or after Jan. 1, 2015. Final compliance date for reporting historical records that date before Jan. 1, 2015, is Sept. 9, 2024. Also beginning on Sept. 9, 2024, the Pilot Records Improvement Act ceases to be effective and will not be an available alternative to PRD for operators, entities, or trustees to which these regulations apply.

 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.

 June 12, 2023 and September 9, 2024
U.S.: Pilot Records Database

By June 12, 2023, operators under Parts 91, 91K, and 135 must complete submissions of reports to the pilot records database (PRD) of all historical records concerning training, alcohol testing, qualification, proficiency, and disciplinary actions dating on or after Jan. 1, 2015. Final compliance date for reporting historical records that date before Jan. 1, 2015, is Sept. 9, 2024. Also beginning on Sept. 9, 2024, the Pilot Records Improvement Act ceases to be effective and will not be an available alternative to PRD for operators, entities, or trustees to which these regulations apply.

 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.