As we have discussed before, Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) will be implemented in Domestic U.S. airspace between FL 290-410 (inclusive) on January 20, 2005. To get ready for this change, effective January 5, 2004, RVSM-compliant operators/aircraft filing an FAA Flight Plan, other than through DUATS and and certain Flight Service Stations, should file /Q or /W, as appropriate, for flight between FL 290-410 (inclusive). This is Phase II of the FAA’s implementation of domestic RVSM.
The FAA will use the Phase II time period to see that operators are filing correctly for flight in RVSM airspace as the implementation date approaches. If you are filing through DUATS or certain flight service stations, you may not file “/Q” until January 20. For more information, review the “Area of Operations Specific Information” section of the FAA web site at:http://www.faa.gov/ats/ato/rvsm_documentation.htm