Dec. 27, 2021

As the business aviation industry adjusted to a “new normal” brought about by COVID-19, NBAA served as the authoritative source for information about pandemic-era operations, new federal and local policies and much more.

Here’s a look back at some of the most popular NBAA articles of 2021, as measured by reader engagement.

NBAA Members: New Pilot Records Database Resource Guide Now Available

Association members trying to decipher and comply with the FAA’s new Pilot Records Database (PRD) regulations may find assistance from NBAA’s Pilot Records Database Resource Guide. The PRD regulations – made more workable through NBAA advocacy – went into effect Aug. 9, with rolling compliance dates through Sept. 9, 2024. The agency transferred to the new system on Dec. 7.

FAA, NBAA Secure New, Specialized Departure Options for Bizav Flights From NYC Area

In July, the FAA began implementing new routes specifically designed to assist business aircraft operators departing from New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB) and New York’s Westchester County Airport (HPN), during times of high traffic congestion or severe weather. The new routes are part of the FAA’s Northeast Corridor initiatives under the NextGen Advisory Committee, upon which NBAA serves.

EASA Environmental Registration Deadline Fast Approaching

By Dec. 31, operators of certain aircraft must register on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s new environmental portal. The mandate is applicable to all civil fixed-wing aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff mass of 34,000 kg or more, or with a certificated maximum internal accommodation for the aircraft type in question consisting of 19 passenger seats or more, excluding any seats for crew only.

Communications Procedures Revised in Latest NAT Ops and Airspace Procedures Manual

The North Atlantic (NAT) Operations and Airspace Procedures Manual was revised, with significant changes to communications mandates. The entire NAT now requires two long-range communications capabilities, one of which must be based on fully functioning high frequency (HF) technology. HF may serve as a backup to Controller Pilot Data Link Capabilities (CPDLC).

CDC Updates Guidance for Transporting Individuals with COVID-19, or Virus Exposure

As the pandemic continued into 2021, NBAA kept members updated on the constantly changing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In January, the CDC said individuals with COVID-19, or exposed persons who meet the definition of a close contact, are prohibited from traveling on flights.