RVSM MINIMUM MONITORING REQUIREMENTS:
1. UPDATE OF MONITORING REQUIREMENTS TABLE AND WEBSITE. As significant data is obtained, monitoring requirements for specific aircraft types may change. When Table 1 below, is updated, a letter will be distributed by the Regional Monitoring Agencies (RMAs) to the States concerned. The updated table will be posted on the RMA secure website being maintained by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and replicated in each specific RMA website.
2. MONITORING PROGRAM. All operators that operate or intend to operate in airspace where RVSM is applied are required to participate in the regional RVSM monitoring program. Table 1 addresses requirements for monitoring the height-keeping performance of aircraft in order to meet regional safety objectives. In their application to the appropriate State authority for RVSM approval, operators must show a plan for meeting the applicable monitoring requirements. Initial monitoring should be completed as soon as possible but not later than 6 months after the issue of RVSM approval and thereafter as directed by the regional RVSM monitoring program. Note: Recurrent height monitoring in AFI shall take place once every 24 months or 1000 flight hours per nominated aircraft whichever the longer. Ad hoc height monitoring in the interests of RVSM safety due to extra ordinary circumstances can be planned in conjunction with the relevant CAA
3. AIRCRAFT STATUS FOR MONITORING. Aircraft engineering work that is required for the aircraft to receive RVSM airworthiness approval must be completed prior to the aircraft being monitored. Any exception to this rule will be coordinated with the State authority.
4. APPLICABILITY OF MONITORING FROM OTHER REGIONS. Monitoring data obtained in conjunction with RVSM monitoring programs from other regions can be used to meet regional monitoring requirements. The RMAs, which are responsible for administering the monitoring program, have access to monitoring data from other regions and will coordinate with States and operators to inform them on the status of individual operator monitoring requirements.
5. Monitoring prior to the issue of RVSM OPERATIONAL approval is not a requirement. Operators should submit monitoring plans to the responsible civil aviation authority and the RMA that show how they intend to meet the requirements specified in Table1. Monitoring will be carried out in accordance with this table.
6. AIRCRAFT GROUPS NOT LISTED IN TABLE 1. Contact the RMA for clarification if an aircraft group is not listed in Table 1 or for clarification of other monitoring related issues. An aircraft group not listed in Table 1 will probably be subject to Category 2 or Category 3 monitoring requirements.
7. TABLE OF MONITORING GROUPS. Table 2 shows the aircraft types and series that are grouped together for operator monitoring purposes.
8. TRAILING CONE DATA. Altimetry System Error estimations developed using Trailing Cone data collected during RVSM certification flights can be used to fulfill monitoring requirements. It must be documented, however, that aircraft RVSM systems were in the approved RVSM configuration for the flight.
9. MONITORING OF AIRFRAMES THAT ARE RVSM COMPLIANT ON DELIVERY. If an operator adds new RVSM compliant airframes of a type for which it already has RVSM operational approval and has completed monitoring requirements for the type in accordance with the attached table, the new airframes are notNOT previously received RVSM operational approval, then the operator should complete monitoring in accordance with the attached table. required to be monitored. If an operator adds new RVSM compliant airframes of an aircraft type for which it has NOT previously received RVSM operational approval, then the operator should complete monitoring in accordance with the attached table.
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Aircraft that have been manufactured to a nominally identical design and build and for RVSM Airworthiness approval fall into a group established in an RVSM certification document (e.g. Service Bulletin, Supplemental Type Certificate, Type Certificate Data Sheet).
NON- GROUP DEFINITION:
Aircraft that do not fall under the group definition and for RVSM Airworthiness Approval are presented as an individual airframe.