The goal of RVSM is to reduce the vertical separation above flight level (FL) 290 from the current 2000-ft minimum to 1000-ft minimum. This will allow aircraft to safely fly more optimum profiles, gain fuel savings and increase airspace capacity. The process of safely changing this separation standard requires a study to assess the actual performance of airspace users under the current separation (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.
FL 290-390 February 24, 2000
FL 290-410 October 5, 2000
*FL 410 is available for non-RVSM approved flights
February 21, 2002
November 27, 2003
RVSM Aircraft and Operator Approval Documentation — documents and guidance related to RVSM aircraft and operator approval
United States Domestic RVSM
The U.S. Domestic RVSM Program is a key element of the FAA's National Airspace System (NAS) Operational Evolution Plan (OEP).
For additional information on RVSM contact: DRVSM@cssiinc.com
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