Compliance Countdown

Within 6 Months

 January 2, 2020 and June 7, 2020
Australia: ADS-B OUT Mandates

Australian-registered aircraft must be equipped with ADS-B avionics starting January 2 and foreign-registered aircraft must be ADS-B equipped by June 7 to be able to fly under IFR in Australia. Operators of some aircraft can apply for a temporary exemption to the mandates until ADS-B avionics are installed.

 June 19, 2020
FAA: Helicopter IFR Minimums

FAA Notice 8900.534 describes mandatory revisions to helicopter operations specification (OpSpec) H105 and implemented revised IFR weather guidance for rotorcraft operations conducted under FAR Parts 91K and 135. The revisions become effective on June 19.       

 June 26, 2020
EASA: Tire Pressure Minimums

This notice proposes to amend large airplane certification (CS-25) rules to provide a means to ensure that no tire is below its minimum serviceable inflation pressure during operation. This can be achieved either by requiring operators to perform tire pressure checks at suitable time intervals or by installing a tire pressure monitoring system that alerts the flight crew when a tire is at an unsafe pressure. Comments are due June 6.

 June 29, 2020
Pilot Records Database

The FAA is proposing to require the use of an electronic Pilot Records Database (PRD) to facilitate the sharing of pilot records among operators in an electronic data system managed by the FAA. The PRD would replace already mandated data currently filled out on paper forms and sent to the FAA via regular mail.  Covered operators include airlines, air taxi/charters, fractionals, corporate flight departments and, for the first time, air tour operators. Comments are due by June 29. 

 June 30, 2020
NAT Data Link

International regulators are suspending the North Atlantic datalink mandate until June 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 (contact) equipment to transit through the North Atlantic tracks from FL290 to FL410.

 July 13, 2020
FAA: SST Noise Proposal

Under a notice of proposed rule making, the FAA would add supersonic airplanes to the applicability of FAR Part 36 takeoff and landing noise certification regulations. Initially, the proposal would apply to SSTs with a mtow no greater than 150,000 pounds and a maximum cruise speed of Mach 1.8. This category would apply to the SSTs currently being developed for business aviation. Comments on the proposal are due by July 13.

 July 24, 2020
Nav Canada ATC Charges

Nav Canada, the ATC operating organization for Canada, has proposed to increase service charges by 29.5 percent, starting from Sept. 1, 2020. The organization said that this increase is required due to reduced revenue from significantly decreased flying as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The proposal includes provisions to ease the cash flow impact of the increase on its customers through payment-deferral mechanisms. Comments on the proposal are due by July 24.

 July 24, 2020
EASA: eVTOL Certification

EASA has published proposed means of compliance with special conditions for all-electric or hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft in a further step towards establishing a framework for type certification. The envisioned requirements for the eVTOL category cover aircraft of the same size and capacity as existing CS-27 rules for small rotorcraft: nine or fewer passenger seats and a mtow of 7,000 pounds. Comments on the proposal are due by July 24. 

 August 14, 2020
EU: Pilot Mental Fitness

More than three years after the copilot deliberately crashed a Germanwings Airbus A320 into a mountain, the European Union has published revised air operations safety rules to incorporate provisions to better identify, assess and treat the psychological fitness of air crew. The new rules, applicable to commercial air transport operators with airplanes and helicopters, go into effect Aug. 14, 2020. The new requirements include mandatory alcohol testing of flight crews during ramp checks.

 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.

Within 12 Months

 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.”  

 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.

 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. 

 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.