Compliance Countdown

Within 6 Months

 December 5, 2022
U.S.: Fleet-wide Use of Unleaded Avgas

The FAA has issued a draft policy statement that officially authorizes the use of unleaded aviation gasoline in the fleet of piston engine airplanes and helicopters “in a manner that ensures safety via the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI).” Essentially, draft PSAIR–20–2000 provides the process for approving the piston aircraft fleet as a whole in lieu of obtaining individual aircraft model STCs. Public comments on PSAIR–20–2000–DRAFT must be submitted by Dec. 5, 2022.

 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 16, 2022
U.S.: Remote ID of Unmanned Aircraft

Previously, new FAR Part 89 had required that after Sept. 16, 2022, no unmanned aircraft system (UAS) can be produced without FAA-approved remote identification capability. But that date was pushed to Dec. 16, 2022, because the agency acknowledges that not all UAS manufacturers have had sufficient time to adequately design, develop, test their aircraft, and file a declaration of compliance on or before September 16, 2022.

 December 30, 2022
U.S.: ELT Battery Special Conditions

Special conditions have been issued by the FAA for a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install non-rechargeable lithium batteries and battery systems for emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) on certain transport category airplanes. Because applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature, these special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the FAA considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards. Comments are due by Dec. 30, 2022.

 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
U.S.: Aircraft CO2 Emissions Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's CO2 aircraft emissions standards apply to new design applications made on or after Jan. 1, 2023 for jets with a mtow of 133,000 pounds or less and have 19 or fewer passenger seats. 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.

 January 1, 2023
U.S. Large Jet Engine Emissions

In a final rule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is replacing the existing smoke standard on civil subsonic jet airplanes with engine outputs rated greater than 26.7 kilonewtons (more than 6,609 pounds thrust) with particle matter (PM) standards. The standards for in-production engines apply to those that are manufactured on or after January 1, 2023. The standards for new type designs apply to those whose initial type certification application is submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2023. However, the EPA is maintaining smoke number standards for engines not covered by the PM mass concentration standard (e.g., in-production aircraft turbofan and turbojet engines with rated output less than or equal to 26.7 kN).

 January 13, 2023
Europe: Drone Noise Levels

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has proposed guidelines for establishing maximum noise levels for drone aircraft that weigh below 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds). These guidelines are to be used on a voluntary basis and do not constitute requirements for the certification of drones. The guidelines aim to offer a consistent measurement method to help set expectations for manufacturers, national aviation authorities, and other authorities. It is recommended that the resulting noise levels be reported to EASA, which later intends to build an online public repository available to operators and authorities. Comments on the proposed guidelines are due by Jan. 13, 2023.

 January 23, 2023
U.S. Aircraft Registration Duration

The FAA is extending the duration of aircraft registration certificates from three years to seven years. Initial Certificates of Aircraft Registration will expire seven years from the month issued. In addition, the FAA is applying this amendment to all aircraft currently registered so owners won’t have to reregister until reaching the seven-year mark. This rulemaking also makes other minor revisions to rules related to internal FAA registration processes. The rule becomes effective Jan. 23, 2023.

 February 13, 2023
EASA: Heli Crash-Resistant Fuel Systems

This notice of proposed amendment (NPA) seeks to mandate the installation of crash-resistant fuel systems (CRFS) into existing rotorcraft designs that are still in production and the retrofit of existing rotorcraft that are operated in EASA member states. The objective of the NPA is to mitigate the risks linked to a post-crash fire involving rotorcraft. Comments are due by Feb. 13, 2023.

 April 10, 2023
U.S.: Final Phase of Northeast Route Update

The FAA has postponed the implementation date for the final phase of its multi-year Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Routes (ACR) project from the previously scheduled Nov. 3, 2022 to April 20, 2023. The FAA said the push back is to avoid making numerous route changes during the busy summer and winter peaks. The main change of the ACR project is that 150 new or modified routes using performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures are replacing the existing high-altitude route structure. PBN decreases reliance on ground-based navaids.

 May 31, 2023
Europe: Passenger Entry Requirements

The European Commission has delayed the onset of new passenger reporting requirements that were previously scheduled to start on Sept. 30, 2022. EES (Entry/Exit System), designed to replace the current system of manual stamping of passports with an electronic record, is now scheduled to start a transitional phase in May 2023. Manual stamping of passports will end in mid-August 2023, and the transitional phase will end in February 2024. ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) is an online pre-travel, and pre-boarding requirement applying to visa-exempt third-country nationals planning to travel to European states. It is expected to be implemented in November 2023.

 June 1, 2023
Africa: ADS-B Mandate

ADS-B will go fully operational on a voluntary basis for one year starting on May 19, 2022 across all six of the flight information regions (FIRs) controlled by the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). Ops Group reports that ADS-B use will become mandatory in these FIRs starting June 1, 2023. Based in Dakar, Senegal, ASECNA has published separate notams for each of the FIRs, that together cover 16.2 million square miles of airspace, but all contain essentially the same information.

 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.

Within 12 Months

 June 7, 2023
Europe: 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.

 August 1, 2023
U.S.: Mechanic Certification Tests

The FAA is transitioning from using the mechanic practical test standards (PTS) as the testing standard to obtaining a mechanic certificate. As a part of this transition, the FAA has developed mechanic airman certification standards (ACS), which add task-specific knowledge and risk management elements, resulting in a comprehensive presentation that integrates the standards for what an applicant must demonstrate to pass the written, oral, and practical tests for a certificate or rating said the agency. To allow time for each school to train its students under the curriculum aligned with the ACS, the FAA will use the PTS as the testing standard until July 31, 2023. Starting Aug. 1, 2023, the FAA will use the ACS to conduct mechanic certification tests.

 August 10, 2023 and May 16, 2024
Canada: ADS-B Out Mandate

Due to continued supply chain impacts stemming from the Covid pandemic, the previously announced implementation dates for ADS-B Out in Canada is delayed beyond the original date of Feb. 23, 2023. As a result, the mandate will come into effect as follows: Class A Canadian airspace on Aug. 10, 2023; Class B Canadian airspace on May 16, 2024; and Class C, D, and E airspace to occur no sooner than 2026. The new dates have been developed from stakeholder feedback regarding supply chain limitations and backlogs to acquire and install the appropriate equipment.

 September 16, 2023
U.S.: Remote ID of Unmanned Aircraft

Amended FAR Part 89 required that after Dec. 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 equipped with remote ID capability as described in Part 89 or transmitting ADS-B Out under Part 91.

Beyond 12 Months

 August 10, 2023 and May 16, 2024
Canada: ADS-B Out Mandate

Due to continued supply chain impacts stemming from the Covid pandemic, the previously announced implementation dates for ADS-B Out in Canada is delayed beyond the original date of Feb. 23, 2023. As a result, the mandate will come into effect as follows: Class A Canadian airspace on Aug. 10, 2023; Class B Canadian airspace on May 16, 2024; and Class C, D, and E airspace to occur no sooner than 2026. The new dates have been developed from stakeholder feedback regarding supply chain limitations and backlogs to acquire and install the appropriate equipment.

 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.

 December 2, 2022 and December 2, 2024
Europe: Part 145 Safety Management Systems

Starting on Dec. 2, 2022 EASA Part 145 maintenance organizations are required to meet revised regulations that were published in November 2021. However, there is a two-year transition period, to Dec. 2, 2024, to allow maintenance organizations to correct any findings of non-compliance with the new Part-145 requirements. The main change introduced in the regulation is the required implementation of a safety management system. SMS requires maintenance organizations to implement hazard identification, risk management and safety assurance processes, and the designation of a safety manager. To support the safety management system processes, several organization requirements have been changed including the safety policy, internal occurrence reporting, competence of staff, and compliance monitoring (replacing quality assurance).