Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM)

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NBAA Webinar Aims to Clear Up RVSM-Approval Questions

NBAA Flight Plan interview about RVSM with NBAA's Mark Larsen

March 5, 2012

Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM) have been around since 2005, safely increasing the efficiency of airspace use by cutting the vertical distancing between aircraft from 2,000 feet to 1,000 between 29,000 feet and 41,000 feet. The setup increases fuel efficiency and reduces time in flight, while accommodating more aircraft in those critical flight levels through the use of new equipment and new cockpit practices.

But seven years after RVSM became a reality in the U.S. airspace, there are still plenty of questions among business aircraft operators about how to obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to take advantage of the program. Failure to do so may cost both time and money, and on March 6, 2012, NBAA will host a special free webinar bringing together operators and FAA officials for a dialogue on RVSM approval requirements and best practices.

“The FAA is certainly going to want to ensure that the aircraft is appropriately equipped, that crews flying in RVSM airspace are appropriately trained and know how to manage any circumstances that require mitigation. And the aircraft has to continue to be maintained in a manner suitable for RVSM operation,” explained NBAA’s Mark Larsen, who will host the webinar.

Among the questions Larsen hopes his panel of experts will answer:

  • When should an operator begin the process of RVSM approval?
  • What does the FAA have to do to process an RVSM application?
  • How can operators facilitate the FAA in the application process?
  • If there’s a disagreement between an operator and the inspecting official, how can it be resolved through the FAA Consistency and Standardization Initiative?

“Do operators have to go to the closest FAA Flight Standards District Office, or can they choose to undertake approval at another office? What about aircraft that operate under both Parts 91 and 135? These are some of the technical and operator issues we hope to help resolve in this webinar,” Larsen said.

The March 6th webinar is free and qualifies for continuing education credit in the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program. Participants must pre-register for the event. Visit the registration page on NBAA’s website. The webinar takes place at 1:00 PM ET and is expected to run about 90 minutes.