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
Completed CAA Form CA 4040 should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. At present, no charge is made for RVSM Approval for AOC holders. Applicants should also inform their assigned Flight Operations Inspector.
Applying for RVSM Approval- Non-AOC Holders
Details of costs can be found in the CAA Scheme of Charges for General Aviation.
CAA Gateway Contact
Shared Service Centre (Navigation)
Telephone +44(0) 330 221 908
Declaration of RVSM Capability for Certificate of Airworthiness Issue, Subsequent Issue or Renewal
Complete CAA Form AD1011.
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 email@example.com and their assigned Flight Operations Inspector in the event of an RVSM approved aircraft being added to or removed from their fleet.
- Eurocontrol Website - RVSM
- UK AIP - GEN 1.5 - Aircraft Instruments, Equipment and Flight Documents
- Federal Aviation Administration Website - RVSM