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FAA Extends the Compliance Date for Cockpit Voice Recorder, Digital Flight Data Recorder Regulations

DATE: 05/06/2010

REFERENCE: April 5, 2010 Federal Register

SUMMARY: The Federal Aviation Administration has amended the compliance date for certain requirements on certain aircraft as specified in “Cockpit Voice Recorder and Digital Flight Data Recorder Regulations.” In March 2008, the FAA published a final rule titled, “Revisions to Cockpit Voice Recorder and Digital Flight Data Recorder Regulations.”

The rule required certain upgrades of cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data recorder equipment on certain aircraft beginning April 7, 2010. This date has been extended for certain aircraft.

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS: As compared with the final rule adopted in March 2008, this final rule adopts the following flight recorder equipment compliance times:

  1. For the 10-minute backup power source for CVRs, the compliance date for newly manufactured aircraft operating under Part 91 is April 6, 2012.
  2. For increased DFDR sampling rates, the compliance date for newly manufactured aircraft operating under Part 91 is April 6, 2012.
  3. For increased DFDR sampling rates, the compliance date for newly manufactured aircraft operating under Parts 121, 125 or 135 is Dec. 6, 2010.
  4. For recordation of data-link communications, the compliance date after which newly installed data-link systems must include recording capability for aircraft operating under Part 91 is April 6, 2012.
  5. For recordation of data-link communications, the compliance date after which newly installed data-link systems must include recording capability for aircraft operating under Parts 121, 125 or 135 is Dec. 6, 2010.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Ric Peri, vice president of government & industry affairs for AEA, by email at ricp@aea.net or by phone at 202-589-1144.

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