CSSI RVSM Monitoring Partner, AeroMech Incorporated, Completes 20,000th Flight

July 25, 2018

CSSI RVSM Monitoring Partner, AeroMech Incorporated, Completes 20,000th Flight in Support of the Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Program

On July 16, 2018, the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) recorded its 20,000th GPS Monitoring unit (GMU) flight in support of the Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Program.  The flight took place from DuPage Airport in West Chicago, Illinois, and was performed by AeroMech Incorporated.  AeroMech Incorporated is a CSSI RVSM monitoring partner whose headquarters are located in Everett, Washington.  AeroMech has been an RVSM monitoring partner to CSSI for more than 10 years (www.aeromechinc.com). 

CSSI is proud of its contributions in support of this important program; both in its support as a RVSM monitoring contractor and for its contributions to the design and development of the Enhanced GPS Monitoring Unit (EGMU) and its successor the Enhanced2 GPS Monitoring Unit (E2GMU).   

The first GMU monitoring flight took place on August 26, 1996, and was a test flight conducted on a US Air flight from Paris to Philadelphia.  Since that first flight, aircraft around the globe have been monitored using the portable GPS monitoring unit equipment. 

CSSI has been an RVSM monitoring contractor since July 1999 having supported over 10,000 monitoring flights worldwide. 

RVSM is defined as the reduction of vertical space between aircraft from 2,000 to 1,000 feet at flight levels from 29,000 feet up to 41,000 feet.  RVSM was implemented as a means to increase airspace capacity in optimum fuel-saving flights levels.  The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its member states first mandated the implementation of RVSM in the North Atlantic in March 1997; today RVSM is a global standard with a long-term RVSM monitoring policy requiring aircraft to complete a re-occurring monitoring flight every two years in order to maintain their approval status.

CSSI has played a key role in the RVSM program and as a monitoring contractor, can conduct the RVSM monitoring flight required for an aircraft to maintain its RVSM approval status.  CSSI has also been granted exclusive approval by the FAA to manufacture the E2GMU for commercial sale to be used in support of the RVSM monitoring program.  To schedule an RVSM monitoring flight or for information on the purchase of the E2GMU please contact Carol Clarke, RVSM and E2GU Project Manager at 1-866-468-8111 or email monitor@cssiinc.com.

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