Frequently Asked Questions
How do I renew my Letter of Authorization (LOA)?
How long does it take to obtain RVSM operational approval?
Jet RVSM can prepare a custom RVSM manual for you within three business days. We then express ship the manual directly to you. As the operator of the aircraft you are required to read, understand, sign and submit the manual to the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) nearest to where the aircraft will actually be based. If outside the United States, then your manual must be submitted to the appropriate International Field Office (IFO).
The FAA’s review process generally takes 60 days. However, the FAA has no official deadline. Part 91 RVSM approvals is one of the lowest priority FAA tasks and the process can extend to several months depending upon the workload and number of available inspectors at your local FSDO. Note: Neither the operator, the aircraft manufacturer, nor any third party can influence the speed of the FAA’s review process.
Will I need to interact with the FAA during the RVSM Approval Process?
What is the scope of the FAA’s review process?
I just bought an RVSM approved aircraft. How can I transfer the LOA from the previous owner?
How do I complete an RVSM height monitoring flight?
Within six month of issuance of your RVSM LOA, you must complete an RVSM height monitoring flight (if one was not already completed by the previous owner). There are two options to accomplish the RVSM height monitoring flight:
- Over fly one of the AGHME (Aircraft Geometric Height Measurement Element) constellations, which is a no cost service. The AGHME system does not require any special monitoring devices be installed on your aircraft in order for it to be monitored. If your aircraft is equipped with a Mode S transponder, the AGHME can simply be flown over. AGHME constellations are currently operational in Wichita, KS, Atlantic City, NJ and Cleveland, OH. Click on the icon below to link to the AGHME website for locations, procedures and a height monitoring application form. North American Approvals Registry and Monitoring Organization.
- Complete a “GMU” (GPS-based Monitoring Unit) flight where Jet RVSM is contracted to meet you at an airport of your choosing. The technician performing the monitoring flight carries onboard a small, portable GPS unit with two antennas which will suction cup to two interior windows. The GMU flight requires you to fly above FL290 and hold LEVEL for 30 minutes while the GPS unit records flight data. A base fee of $1,500 is required, and travel-related expenses must be reimbursed.
Jet RVSM is a qualified and authorized provider of GMU services.
How often do RVSM height monitoring flights need to be conducted on my aircraft?
The FAA is changing their RVSM height monitoring flight requirements in conjunction with ICAO. Initial monitoring of all N-registered aircraft still must be completed within 6 months of issuance of the RVSM Letter of Authorization. After initial monitoring, and after May 18, 2011, operators must accomplish an RVSM height monitoring flight (via AGHME/HMU overflight or GMU flight) at least once every two years or within intervals of 1,000 flight hours per airplane, whichever period is longer.
This new monitoring requirement goes into effect on May 18, 2011 and operators have until November 18, 2012 to comply. If an operator does not comply with the two year or 1,000 hour monitoring requirement, they risk suspension of their RVSM Letter of Authorization until a monitoring flight can be accomplished.