If you plan to operate above FL 290, you have just 14 months to comply.
Jan. 20, 2005. Mark that date. It's significant because it's the deadline for compliance with the coming Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums for flight operations in the U.S. National Airspace System from FL 290 to FL 410. A large number of general aviation aircraft operators are complaining about the short, 14-month fuse on this mandate, especially in light of the substantial expense of upgrading older turbine aircraft to RVSM standards. But the FAA's been warning about the new standard ...
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