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AIM

10/12/17

4

−6−10

Operational Policy/Procedures for Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) in the

Domestic U.S., Alaska, Offshore Airspace and the San Juan FIR

4

−6−11. Non−RVSM Aircraft Requesting

Climb to and Descent from Flight Levels
Above RVSM Airspace Without
Intermediate Level Off

a. File

−and−Fly. Operators of Non−RVSM air-

craft climbing to and descending from RVSM flight
levels should just file a flight plan.

b.

Non

−RVSM aircraft climbing to and descend-

ing from flight levels above RVSM airspace will be
handled on a workload permitting basis. The vertical
separation standard applied in RVSM airspace
between non

−RVSM aircraft and all other aircraft

must be 2,000 feet.

c.

Non

−RVSM aircraft climbing to/descending

from RVSM airspace can only be considered for
accommodation provided:

1.

Aircraft is capable of a continuous climb/de-

scent and does not need to level off at an intermediate
altitude for any operational considerations and

2.

Aircraft is capable of climb/descent at the

normal rate for the aircraft.

d. Required Pilot Calls.

The pilot of non

−RVSM

aircraft will inform the controller of the lack of
RVSM approval in accordance with the direction
provided in Paragraph 4

−6−8, Pilot/Controller

Phraseology.