Innovative Solutions & Support continues its aggressive certification schedule for RVSM equipment for business aircraft.
Reduced Vertical Separation Minima
Duncan Aviation, the Lincoln, Neb. company that specializes in avionics STCs and installations, has prepared a free booklet titled Straight Talk About RVSM (reduced vertical separation minimums). The booklet describes how RVSM implementation affects corporate operators and includes an explanation of regulatory requirements, a list of scheduled implementation dates and answers to a series of frequently asked questions.
November 21 marks the start of reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) in China’s airspace from FL291 to FL411. That differs from RVSM in much of the rest of the world, where the airspace stretches from FL290 to FL410. China selected the odd flight levels because its military, which controls the country’s airspace, uses metric flight levels.
DRVSM will commence as proposed on Jan. 20, 2005, according to final rules published on October 27. In adopting the timetable as proposed, the FAA rejected calls for phased implementation from NBAA, GAMA, NATA and AOPA. But Cessna Aircraft, along with Boeing and several airlines, supported the proposal. The new requirements also reverse a proposal to allow RVSM approval of turboprops with only one compliant altimeter.
The surprisingly high number of business aircraft that now comply with reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM)–and the number of service centers that are offering RVSM avionics installations–could mean that most operators will be ready for the new airspace standards by the domestic RVSM (DRVSM) compliance deadline of Jan.
CitationShares, the fractional aircraft ownership venture between Cessna and TAG Aviation USA, claims to be the first fractional operator whose aircraft are all RVSM-compliant. CitationShares currently operates 34 CJ1s, Bravos and Excels for some 300 owners. The Greenwich, Conn.-based company also said all 140 of its pilots are RVSM-qualified. A company spokesman said that all its aircraft are delivered from Cessna with RVSM certification.
UK-based Avionics Mobile expects to complete by the end of the month an RVSM equipment and operational package for the BAC 1-11. In addition to verifying the RVSM capability of the aircraft’s original Elliott autopilot, the package includes air-data displays from IS&S and flight-test evaluations from Aeromech. Meanwhile, Thunder Avionics, a division of the Thunder Aviation FBO at Spirit of St.
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., has received RVSM group certification for the Westwind 1124 and RVSM equipment certification for the Astra series. Basic equipment installation for the Westwind (including air-data computers and IS&S altimeters) costs $160,400, depending on aircraft configuration. A pneumatic standby altimeter is an additional $12,000 (installed).
Garrett Aviation Services approved Northeast Air, a Portland, Ore. service center, to install Garrett’s RVSM avionics packages for the Citation 500 series. The installations include two IS&S air data display units, two modules, two analog/digital interface units and several new wire harnesses. Starting prices are $105,000 for a single flight director and $128,000 for a dual FD installation.
Arinc, best known for its broad-based aviation services in the field of transportation communications and systems engineering, has launched a new effort aimed at specifically providing the same services and more to the business aviation industry.