Eurocontrol’s provisional council has given the go-ahead for the implementation of reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) in Europe starting next January 24, subject to final safety checks being satisfied next month.
Ed Boyo, director at Landover Aviation of Lagos, Nigeria, said, “The air transportation industry in Africa was dealt a huge setback after September, with a loss of consumer confidence and the bankruptcy of some airlines. This has meant an increased interest in business aviation.”
The emotional roller coaster created by September 11 has forced many companies to completely rethink their international travel options. These new travel strategies have translated into a significant increase in business aviation flying hours outside the U.S.
A St. Louis-area maintenance facility is finalizing flight-test data required to support a Sabreliner 65 reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) compliance package. Avmats of Chesterfield, Mo., expects to receive group certification in October for Sabre 65s. The RVSM package includes replacement of the jet’s Collins ADC-80K air-data computer with new dual Collins ADC-87A air-data computers.
With the anticipated publication this month of an NPRM in the Federal Register, the FAA is laying the groundwork for implementation of domestic reduced vertical separation minimums (DRVSM) in U.S. airspace between FL 290 and FL 410 in December 2004.
Six additional flight levels will be introduced later this month in northern Canada airspace when Nav Canada implements reduced vertical separation minimum airspace (RVSM) from 57 deg north latitude to the North Pole from FL 290 through FL 410 inclusive (see also page 82). A transition area to and from the 1,000-ft vertical separation routes of RVSM airspace will extend to 52 deg north latitude.
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.
On August 20 and 21 the FAA held meetings at Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA), in Hyannis, Mass., and Nantucket (Mass.) High School, respectively, to discuss plans to implement Class C airspace around Nantucket Municipal Airport (ACK).
Free Flight describes a future air-traffic environment where we will fly unrestricted “trajectories” from departure to destination, based on our choice of route, altitude, speed, ETD and ETA, and with controllers sitting quietly at their screens while they monitor our progress to ensure we don’t get too close to each other.
While the FAA moves forward with its operational evolution plan (OEP) to increase National Airspace System capacity by the end of this decade, a major consideration will be how many aircraft are equipped to take advantage of the resulting improvements in efficiency.