RVSM was implemented to reduce the vertical separation above flight level (FL) 290 from 2000-ft minimum to 1000-ft minimum. It allows aircraft to safely fly more optimum profiles, gain fuel savings and increase airspace capacity. The process of safely changing the separation standard required a study to assess the actual performance of airspace users under the old vertical separation standard of 2000-ft and potential performance under the new standard 1000-ft. In 1988, the ICAO Review of General Concept of Separation Panel (RGCSP) completed this study and concluded that safe implementation of the 1000-ft separation standard was technically feasible. RVSM was subsequently implemented and today RVSM represents a global standard for 1000-ft vertical separation.
Operations in RVSM airspace requires 3 elements, an RVSM capable aircraft, an FAA approved RVSM maintenance program, and training in RVSM operational procedures. The FAA RVSM website details the application process and provides certain guidance for developing the necessary elements to obtain the approval.
Once the elements are developed, an operator must submit a formal request in the form of an approval package to the local Flight Standards Disctrict Office (FSDO). The FSDO will review the package and possibly interview the operator to evaluate the operators knowledge prior to issuing the Letter of Authorization (LOA).
VERTEX Aero LLC can provide you with an RVSM Maintenance Manual customized for your aircraft, RVSM Operations Manual, Letter of request, and complete the application package for your submittal. We will meet with you to collect the specific aircraft information, review the manuals with you, and assist you in filing the package.