Section 9 RVSM Authorization
As of January 22, 2019, operators intending to operate in RVSM airspace under the provisions of part 91, appendix G, section 9 (Aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out) are not required to apply for specific RVSM authorization.
The operator must:
- determine the aircraft is RVSM-compliant;
- ensure pilots are knowledgeable of RVSM requirements, policies, and procedures sufficient for the conduct of operations in RVSM airspace for which it intends to operate;
- ensure the aircraft meets RVSM performance standards and has its altitude-keeping performance monitored in accordance with AC 91-85B, paragraph 4.3.
- properly annotate the flight plan in accordance with AC 91-85B, Appendix B, Paragraph B.3.
For full guidance on operating under the new provisions, the operator should refer to AC91-85B (PDF)
For height-monitoring service, operators beginning operations under the provisions of part 91, appendix G, Section 9 should notify NAARMO of their initial flight details by completing the email template at: NAARMO ADS-B Monitoring Request form (PDF)
Note: The changes to appendix G does not provide the option to equip an aircraft with ADS-B Out as an alternative to the aircraft having an RVSM compliant design. In order to operate in RVSM airspace with reduced vertical separation all aircraft must be RVSM compliant.
Section 3 RVSM Authorization
Operators and pilots seeking to operate in RVSM airspace under the provisions of part 91, appendix G, section 3 (Operator Authorization), must obtain an Operations Specification (OpSpec), Management Specification (MSpec) or Letter of Authorization (LOA), as appropriate.
Operators will still make application to the FAA for RVSM authority under section 3 when:
- their aircraft are not equipped with qualified ADS-B Out systems;
- the operator does not operate in RVSM airspace where the FAA can successfully monitor the aircraft’s height-keeping performance; or
- the operator intends to conduct RVSM operations in foreign airspace where the State authority requires a specific RVSM operational authorization.
Aircraft listed on a current B046
Operators with aircraft listed on an active B046 OpSpec, MSpec or LOA should operate under the provisions of section 3 of part 91 appendix G. If an operator wishes to begin operating an aircraft that is listed on their B046 under the provisions of section 9 of part 91 appendix G, the operator should request to have the aircraft be removed from the B046.
Operating outside U.S. controlled airspace
ICAO Annex 6 – Operation of Aircraft, parts I and II, requires specific authorization by the State of the Operator for international commercial air transport aircraft, or the State of Registry for operators of international general aviation aircraft. To meet the provisions of Annex 6, a U.S. operator intending to conduct RVSM operation outside of U.S.-controlled airspace, even if meeting the provisions in appendix G of section 9, must obtain an Operations Specification (OpSpec), Management Specification (MSpec) or Letter of Authorization (LOA) as currently issued under the provisions appendix G. Additionally, foreign operators seeking to operate in U.S.-controlled RVSM airspace still need specific authorization issued by their State Authority or State of Registry, as applicable.
Approvals and Monitoring Status Reports
The ASE estimate and trend of an airframe will be determined by using multiple ASE samples and evaluation of composite performance
NAARMO maintains a database of RVSM airworthiness and operational approval status for section 3 and section 9 approvals.
Approval Status: TRUE means that NAARMO has complete records that you have met the conditions of approval. FALSE indicates a problem with your approval documentation, or an outdated height monitoring.
Contact the NAARMO Coordinator to report errors and omissions
**At this time, NAARMO is not automatically processing ADS-B height monitoring results for all flights. US operators seeking height monitoring and who are unable to utilize an AGHME location can request ADS-B results by providing flight details using the NAARMO ADS-B Monitoring Request form (PDF)