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.
Transport Canada has approved the Piaggio Avanti to operate in reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace in Canada. FAA approval for operating in U.S. domestic RVSM airspace is expected shortly, according to Piaggio America of Greenville, S.C. The airplane previously won JAA RVSM approval.
From now until March 29, 2005, business aircraft operators, including those that fly overseas–even if only occasionally–will be required to have a number of additional, and possibly expensive, avionics and other communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) equipment. This equipment is intended to provide enhanced CNS capabilities for both operators and ATC.
Until the final report is published of the Boeing 757/Tupolev Tu-154 midair collision over Switzerland on July 1, there will probably be continuing speculation about the role that ATC radar played in the accident. Yet there need be no speculation at all about radar’s role in the U.S. National Airspace System. It is, quite simply, the foundation upon which the system has been built.