RVSM and TCASII Operational Training

Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM) is an international program that reduces altitude separation from 2,000 feet to 1,000 feet between flight levels 290 and 410. Appendix G of 14 CFR Part 91 and AC 91-85 explains the RVSM program as well as certification requirements for operations, maintenance and training. The certificate you receive upon completion of this course is one method of meeting that requirement.

TCAS II provides traffic advisories and resolution advisories (RA), in the vertical dimension to either increase or maintain the existing vertical separation between aircraft. Commercial operators, including regional airline aircraft with more than 30 seats, and general aviation turbine-powered aircraft use TCAS II equipment. The TCAS concept uses the same radar beacon transponders installed on aircraft to operate with ATC ground-based radars. TCAS II Version 7 is the only version of TCAS II that complies with the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices for ACAS II. As such, Version 7.1 is currently being mandated for carriage in certain countries or regions, e.g., Europe, Australia, and India, and has been mandated for carriage in 2003 by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The FAA requires RVSM operators to be familiar with the procedures and regulations prior to operations in RVSM airspace...worldwide. This approval is issued to the operator in the form of an LOA or OpsSpec. Instaliation verification, pilot/dispatcher academics will be required by the FAA. A proficiency demostration can be expected based on the operator's previous regional experience and performance results. This course will review Air Traffic Management procedures and clearances required of RVSM operations. Specific operational differences to various regions will be covered.

This is a series of 24 units of voice over slides presented via a “Cloud” based system. Each unit is between 9-11mins in duration. A one question quiz after each unit is required to be completed in sequential order to progress. You should be able to use any tablet, laptop or home based computer to access the course. A solid internet connection with moderate speed is all that is really needed. The final stage to completion is the 25 question end-of-course exam, 80% or better to complete. After the exam, please look for the “Trophy” icon and click on it to print/save a PDF of your completion certificate. 3-4 hours for completion is the average time. Below here is a general outline of the subject covered in this course. For more Information on pricing and availiablity,please email us with the contact form on this page.

Reduced Vertical Separation Minima

Definitions and administration of approvals
Non-compliant aircraft operation
Standard Operating Procedures and Contingencies
US Domestic Implementation differences and requirements
AC 91-85 Special Emphasis Items
ICAO Implementation Differences
ICAO Document #9574 and Training Requirements
European Implementation Differences
TGL#6 and SPA.RVSM.105 Training
Wake Turbulence Procedures
Transponder Operation Requirements
China Implementation Differences
Conversion Tables
Transponder Operation Requirements
Russian Implementation Differences
Conversion Tables
Transponder Operation Requirements

ACAS/TCAS II Operations

Basic Design and Operating Principals
Displays, Symbology and Alerting Thresholds
Pilot Operational Responses
Reports and Administration