Nov. 26, 2019

The European Commission recently amended Regulation No. 965/2012, which includes requirements for landing performance calculations and runway surface condition assessments, operations without holding an extended range mission approval and certain aircraft safety equipment requirements.

The landing distance requirements apply to Certification Standard (CS-25) or equivalent, and CS-23, level 4 airplanes. The amendment is the result of the FAA Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), which took place in 2008-2009, and of which NBAA was an active member.

“The amended landing distance requirements may be of interest to certain business aircraft operators, as it seeks to harmonize with the existing FAA eligible on-demand allowances,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president of regulatory and international affairs. “The new landing distance requirement essentially allows certain on-demand commercial air transport operators to use an 80% landing factor, similar to the allowance in 135.4 for eligible on-demand operations, instead of the typical 60% landing factor.”

The amendment also allows operators without extended operations authority in certain airplanes with a maximum passenger seating configuration of 19 and two engines to operate a maximum of 120 minutes, or, with approval, up to 180 minutes from an adequate aerodrome.

Finally, the revised rule clarifies definitions related to safety equipment, including flight data recorders and cockpit voice records and outlines specific requirements regarding the preservation, production, protection and use of flight recorder recordings.

Light airplanes (turbine-engine aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 2,250 kg or more), airplanes with maximum passenger seats of 10 or more and light rotorcraft (helicopters with a maximum takeoff weight of 2,250 kg) issued an individual certificate of airworthiness issued on or after Sept. 5, 2022, must be equipped with lightweight flight recorders. This change implements recent ICAO Annex 6 changes.

Learn more about the new regulations.