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.

Type of Operation Guidance Materials Overview Presentations Approval Mechanism Additional Information
RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum) AC 91-85 RVSM (SWF) OPSPEC/MSPEC/LOA B046 InFO 12001 (PDF)

RVSM Approvals and AGHME Monitoring Status Results

Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM)