Nearly seven months after domestic RVSM went into effect only four aircraft models have reached 100-percent fleet compliance with RVSM requirements–the Gulfstream G100, Learjet 45 and Citation CJ2 and X.
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Garrett Piedmont Hawthorne is now installing Rockwell Collins avionics upgrades for Citation 501s, including the Williams International FJ44-powered (Eagle II) Citation 501s. Supplemental type certification has been completed for the optional three-LCD system and an STC is in works for the standard two-display system.
The worldwide fleet of approximately 500 Learjet 20-series aircraft is the target for an RVSM solution offered by Olathe, Kan.-based Butler National.
Avcon Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Butler National, and its RVSM project partner BizJet, a Lufthansa Technik Service company, have already upgraded more than 25 airplanes with the Avcon/BizJet RVSM group solution.
The FAA has posted two new documents on its Web site to help business aircraft operators deal with the upcoming January 20 deadline for domestic reduced vertical separation minimums (see page 1). Titled “Basic Operator Information on DRVSM Programs,” the first document provides an overview of DRVSM, including program objectives, background, regulations and guidance, as well as a synopsis of the DRVSM authorization process.
The road to RVSM approval can be as smooth as a ribbon of freshly laid desert highway or as rough as a rock-strewn forest switchback.
Garrett Aviation and D&D Aviation Services (www.danddaviation.com) of Marietta, Ga., have an agreement under which Garrett can provide a complete reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) compliance package, providing the operator all of the required elements to obtain a letter of authorization (LOA).
Just about everything written so far about domestic RVSM seems to be focused on ways operators can comply with the upcoming requirements by next year’s January 20 deadline. But what about business aircraft operators who have no intention–at least not right away–of spending the thousands of dollars for equipment upgrades, Service Bulletins, aircraft skin mapping and DRVSM flight checks?
Avquotes.com recently added RVSM modifications to its online aviation maintenance and refurbishment quote system. The Greer, S.C. company said it currently has 13 service providers on its list with capabilities to perform RVSM modifications on 44 aircraft models. Domestic RVSM airspace is scheduled to go into effect in the U.S. and Canada next January 20.
Dallas-based Business Jet Technologies is teaming with Shadin and AeroMech to develop an RVSM equipment package for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs. The package, said a spokesman, can be installed for about $175,000 at the company’s Tulsa, Okla. maintenance shop with approximate downtime of five to seven days. Gulfstream owners can purchase the kit, tentatively priced at $150,000, for installation locally.
“I’m very pleased this year,” Agustin Melgar, director of Aero ’04, told AIN. “Last year we had 37 vendors and this year we have 63. We’ve filled up our space completely, but most important is which vendors came. We’ve got the big companies like Gulfstream, Embraer, Cessna, Sikorsky and CAE SimuFlite.”