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DOT/FAA RIN: 2120-AK87 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: Use of ADS-B in Support of Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Operations (RVSM ADS-B) 

This rulemaking would revise the FAA's requirements for an application to operate in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) airspace. This proposal would eliminate the requirement for operators to apply for a Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) authorization when their aircraft: 1) meet current altitude-keeping performance requirements for operations in RVSM airspace and 2) are equipped with qualified Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) systems. Currently, operators must apply for and receive authorization from the FAA prior to operating in RVSM airspace by submitting detailed information on its compliance with RVSM operations.  Aircraft equipped with qualified ADS-B Out systems, however, transmit the necessary altitude information to allow the FAA to perform continual monitoring of aircraft height-keeping performance necessary for safe operations.  This proposal responds to requests to eliminate the burden and expense of the current RVSM application process for operators of aircraft equipped with qualified ADS-B Out systems.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 14 CFR 91   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106    49 U.S.C. 40113    49 U.S.C. 44701   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/07/2017  82 FR 36697   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/06/2017 
Analyzing Comments  12/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Madison Walton
Aviation Safety Inspector
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
490 L'Enfant Plaza SW; Suite 4102,
Washington, DC 20024