The following is a list of steps operators will need to complete to gain RVSM approval.
Aviation International News » July 2003
In spite of the near panic the subject of DRVSM creates in some flight departments, it may come as a surprise that the FAA lists only three things an operator must have to gain access to the future stratum of special-use airspace: an airplane; the telephone number of your local service center; and money.
After completing all the necessary test flights in a late-model Learjet 25D this past spring, Avcon Industries now anticipates receipt this month of an STC for the company’s $149,500 Learjet 20-series RVSM package. Five more airplanes (two Learjet 24s and three 25s) will next join the test program in an endeavor that could lead to RVSM group approval of the series by late summer.
Inmarsat, which last year rolled out its Swift64 airborne satellite Internet service, is seeing its voice and data mix changing as it expands its high-speed data capabilities. And the global mobile satellite communications provider reported there is “significant and continuing demand” for its services arising from global security concerns.
Boeing’s air traffic management (ATM) division has issued its third and final report on future high-level needs for the world’s ATM environment.
Switzerland has the notoriously difficult approach over the mountains into Lugano Airport. In England, it’s London City’s steep 5.5-degree glideslope to touchdown that can really test an aviator’s skills. And of course, the dead-end approach into Greenland’s Kangerlssaq Airport in the Sondrestrom Fjord can be a doozy when the weather turns bad.
It’s a success story borne of utter failure. Iridium, after the bankruptcy of the original company (which meant a write-off by parent Motorola of the $5 billion it cost to field a 66-satellite low-earth-orbit constellation), said it expects to post a small profit this year on the strength of its commercial services.
You’ll have to forgive Geoffrey Cooper if he can’t immediately bring to mind the exact number of companies he is responsible for overseeing. As managing director of the Chelton Group, Cooper in the last several years has become adept at juggling a multitude of duties and obligations.
To serve as a training aid for pilots who are about to strap into Dassault’s new Falcon 900EX with the Primus Epic EASy cockpit, Honeywell and FlightSafety plan to provide PC-based training software. FlightSafety instructors will use the software in the classroom to familiarize aviators with the modern cockpit before hands-on training in a full-flight simulator.
Embraer and Honeywell are facing challenges related to software problems that have forced the Brazilian airplane manufacturer to delay certification and initial delivery of its 170 regional jet until November, several months after the first airplanes were promised to launch customer Alitalia.