• RVSM approval allows aircraft to fly with a vertical separation of 1000 feet reduced from 2000 feet between FL290 and FL410 inclusive.

    The Air Navigation Order & Regulations states that a UK registered aircraft "shall not fly in reduced vertical separation minimum airspace... unless it is equipped with height keeping systems which enable the aircraft to maintain the prescribed height keeping performance capability".

    Applying for RVSM Approval- AOC Holders

    • Complete CAA Form CA 4040
    • At present, no charge is made for RVSM Approval for AOC Holders. Applicants should inform their assigned Flight Operations Inspector

    Applying for RVSM Approval- Non-AOC Holders

    • Complete CAA Form CA 4040 and submit with the appropriate fee.
    • Details of costs can be found in the CAA Scheme of Charges - General Aviation.

    CAA Gateway Contact

    Shared Service Centre (Navigation)
    Telephone +44(0) 1293 768374
    Email: navapprovals@caa.co.uk

    Declaration of RVSM Capability for Certificate of Airworthiness Issue, Subsequent Issue or Renewal

    Complete CAA Form AD1011.

    Additional considerations

    RVSM approval is non-transferable between operators, a new application must be submitted if the operator of an aircraft changes.

    The CAA is required by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to maintain a database of all RVSM approved UK registered aircraft. Operators are therefore required to inform the CAA Flight Operations Policy Department in the event of an RVSM approved aircraft being added to or removed from their fleet.

    Further information

    ICAO References

    EASA and EuroControl References

    UK references

    US References