Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM) are coming to domestic U.S. airspace and could be operational by December 2004, according to the FAA. RVSM decreases the separation from 2,000 ft. to 1,000 ft. between suitably equipped aircraft flying at 29,000-41,000 ft. (Flight Level 290 and FL410). That change has already been implemented in Europe, Canada and oceanic airspace in the Northern Atlantic and Pacific (see p. 40). The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) just released by the FAA ...


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