Analyzing RVSM Requirements in MNPS Airspace and the Effects on Aircraft Operations 2001-01-2649
In order to safely and efficiently control extremely high air traffic congestion in special navigation areas, reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) requirements were established for aircraft operators using Minimum Navigation Performance Specification (MNPS) airspace. Resultant benefits in operating efficiency came with increased costs to aircraft operators in complying with RVSM required navigation equipment, maintenance, training, and operational procedures. Commercial air carriers – the predominant users of this airspace – were the prime beneficiaries, while business aircraft operators experienced a non-equitable cost burden. Alternate cost sharing methods are presented in an effort to combat the effect of impeded growth in the business aircraft industry.