Dec. 28, 2018

The FAA recently published a final rule – use of ADS-B Out in support of RVSM operations – which eliminates the requirement for operators to apply for an RVSM authorization if the aircraft is equipped with a qualified ADS-B Out system, and the aircraft meets specific altitude keeping equipment requirements for operations in U.S. domestic RVSM airspace.

The rule largely followed the recommendations of the RVSM Process Enhancement Team, an agency/industry working group.

The FAA estimates the final rule, which is effective Jan. 22, will result in a total savings of approximately $34 million during the first five years of implementation. Review the final rule.

The rule, which includes minor editorial changes from the original notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), seeks to reduce the burden and expense of operator applications and to allow operations at RVSM fuel-efficient altitudes sooner without degrading safety. The final rule also will reduce FAA workload.

NBAA responded favorably to the related NPRM in 2017, and participated in the RVSM Process Enhancement Team.

“NBAA welcomes this final rule, which is a logical response to technology developments in the aviation industry,” said Brian Koester, NBAA’s senior manager of flight operations and regulations. “Eliminating the need for RVSM LOAs and Operations Specifications for qualified aircraft will reduce paperwork burdens and related expenses for aircraft operators. We appreciate the efforts of the FAA and other members of the RVSM Process Enhancement Team to produce this broad-reaching rule, which applies to operations conducted under Parts 91, 121, 125 and 135.”