Eurocontrol late last week implemented Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM) in a long-awaited initiative set to increase the European airspace's capacity by an estimated 20%, smooth operations and reduce flight delays (AW&ST July 30, 2001, p. 41). The minimum vertical separation between commercial transports has been lowered to 1,000 ft., from 2,000 ft., between FL290 and FL410 (29,000-41,000 ft.). The new arrangement will gradually create six additional flight levels after a ...

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