Compliance Countdown

Within 6 Months

 December 7, 2021
U.S.: Pilot Records Database Review

Under the recently established FAR Part 111, Pilot Records Database (PRD), no entity may permit an individual to begin service as a pilot until the entity (including Part 135 air taxi and Part 91 air tour operators) has evaluated all required information, including that from FAA records, by Dec. 7, 2021. However, reviewing entities may allow an individual to begin service as a pilot without first evaluating records if it has made a documented “good faith” attempt to access all necessary information maintained in the PRD and received notice from the FAA that information is missing pertaining to the individual's employment history as a pilot.

 December 17, 2021
Canada: Toronto Pearson Airport

Nav Canada, in collaboration with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, has launched a public consultation period as the next step in a proposal to introduce airspace enhancements around Toronto Pearson International Airport. The proposed changes will introduce required navigation performance (RNP) requirements for two runway ends at Toronto Pearson, Canada’s busiest airport. If enacted, RNP provides for the opportunity to design shorter, more direct routes, enabling aircraft to turn towards the airport sooner. The new standard also supports “safe and efficient integration of traffic in a busy parallel runway environment.” Public consultation will run until Dec. 17, 2021.

 December 31, 2021
Europe: EASA Environmental Portal

By Dec. 31, 2021, operators of certain large aircraft must post certified noise data on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s environmental portal. The mandate is applicable to all civil fixed-wing aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 75,000 pounds or more, or with a maximum passenger accommodation of 19 seats or more, excluding any seats for crew only. It applies to Part 91 and 135 operators, even though Part 135 operators already provide environmental information through the third-country operator (TCO) portal. To request registration applications or for questions, email environmentalportal@easa.europa.eu.

 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.

 January 1, 2022
Canada: Luxury Tax

A luxury tax on the sale of new high-end autos and boats also applies to new general aviation aircraft in Canada or those imported and is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2022. The tax on aircraft is calculated at the lesser of 20 percent of the value above the threshold of $100,000 or 10 percent of the full value of the aircraft, whichever is lesser. “New” aircraft are defined as those manufactured beginning in 2019. The Canadian Business Aviation Association, the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, and other trade groups have been trying to either get the rule to apply to a much greater threshold and to delay its effective date.

 January 18, 2022
U.S.: Space Transportation Accidents

For transparency of the agency’s commercial space safety investigative authority, the NTSB is proposing adding Subpart F for Commercial Space Investigations to supplement and formalize its investigation procedures in this sector. By codifying its role in commercial space transportation, the agency anticipates that Subpart F will enhance safety by enabling it to conduct accident/incident investigations, identify necessary corrective actions, and prevent future space transportation mishaps. The NTSB has exercised this authority, and both led and supported commercial space launch and reentry investigations, for more than 20 years on an ad hoc basis. Comments on the proposal are due by Jan. 18, 2022.

 January 19, 2022
U.S.: Covid Emergency Temporary Standard

The deadline for comments on a proposal to make permanent an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on Covid-19 vaccination and testing has been extended from Jan. 4, 2022 to Jan. 19, 2022. The ETS from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) required that by Jan. 4, 2022, all private companies with 100 or more full- or part-time employees be completely vaccinated against Covid-19 or undergo weekly Covid testing. But on Nov. 12, 2021, a U.S. Court of Appeals granted a motion to stay the ETS and ordered OSHA to “take no steps to implement or enforce” the ETS “until further court order.” The Department of Labor has filed a motion to lift the stay. This litigation is separate from the comment period on the proposal.

 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.

 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.

Within 12 Months

 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.

 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.

Beyond 12 Months

 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.

 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.