Application and guidance information associated with Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM)

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 2009 (Article 122) 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

CAA Form CA 4040 should be sent to the Flight Operations Policy Department. 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

CAA Form CA 4040, together with the appropriate fee, should be sent to the Flight Operations Policy Department. Details of costs can be found in the CAA Scheme of Charges - General Aviation.

CAA Gateway Contact

Flight Operations Policy (Navigation)
Telephone: +44 (0) 1293 573508

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

CAA Form AD1011 should be sent to the Applications and Approvals Department.

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