ARINC has announced a program that will help
corporate aircraft operators assemble the lengthy and detailed
applications required for RVSM operational approvals from the FAA.
RVSM, or Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum airspace, is expected
to go into effect over North America in January, 2005. The FAA is
scheduled to sign the rule this summer. Many business aircraft will
need RVSM instrument modifications and height monitoring flights,
and all aircraft will need operational approvals in order to fly in
the new RVSM airspace at or above 29,000 feet. About 6,000 North
American business aircraft are affected.
recently completed the required FAA approval document packages for
several height monitoring customers. "This is clearly a much-needed
service," states Dave Poltorak, Vice President for ARINC DirectSM
Business Aviation Services. "Along with our six years of RVSM
experience, it means ARINC Direct offers true one-stop shopping for
the RVSM needs of business aviation."
Operational approval for RVSM requires aircraft operators to
supply written answers covering 23 FAA "areas." These areas include
changes to the airframe, changes in the operating procedures, and
re-training of aircrew, maintenance, and line personnel to meet the
new demands of RVSM operation.
Answers must be supplied in the required FAA format, addressed
to inspectors at the customer's local Flight Standards District
Office (FSDO). ARINC personnel attended the FAA's training sessions
along with FSDO staffs to learn about the content and format of the
approval documents. ARINC Direct charges a flat fee to prepare the
document package. "Then we stick with the customer until they
obtain operational approval," says Poltorak. "There is no extra
charge for our ongoing attention and support."
company will also prepare approval packages as an outsource service
for aircraft manufacturers or modification companies. "We're
pricing this important work competitively, as a service to business
aviation," Poltorak adds.
ARINC Direct maintains a state-of-the-art service facility for
business aircraft at Colorado Springs (COS), plus a 24x7 operations
center to support business aviation. The company offers RVSM flight
monitoring from six locations in the U.S. and Canada, and has
performed 3600 RVSM monitoring flights. It also performed RVSM
modifications for the FAA's own aircraft.