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AIM 

6/17/21 

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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

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8, Pilot/Controller 

Phraseology. 

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

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