CSSI RVSM Team Receives Recognition for Support to NASA T38 RVSM Program

July 12, 2017

CSSI’s Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Monitoring Team was recently recognized by the NASA Johnson Space Flight Center’s, Aircraft Operations Division, Flight Operations, Directorate, for their continued support of their T-38N RVSM Monitoring Program.

CSSI’s RVSM Team has been supporting the NASA T-38N since 2005, having supported over 175 flights via our Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center, Separation Standards Support contract.

NASAs T-38N aircraft have supported NASA’s Astronaut Training Program for more than 30 years and provide the pilots with the challenges necessary to practice for the rigors of spaceflight.  The T-38N can fly supersonic to Mach 1.6 and can achieve an altitude above 55,000 feet.

The T-38N is a small two-person aircraft requiring a special installation for the monitoring equipment other than our typical commercial and general aviation aircraft data collection effort. 

NASA recently completed some RVSM flight tests of their T-38N using both the FAA’s Enhanced GPS Monitoring Unit (EGMU) and CSSI’s commercial Enhanced 2nd Gneration GPS Monitoring Unit (E2GMU). As a result of the dual data collection method, NASA has chosen to utilize the E2GMU to continue to support the remaining RVSM test flights planned their T-38N fleet.

As recognition and appreciation of the RVSM Team’s continued support, the NASA T-38N Program Manager presented Carol Clarke and Bobby Miller with patches representing the T-38N program which were flown in the T-38N aircraft during an RVSM flight test.

History of CSSI’s RVSM Monitoring Program

CSSI has been supporting the RVSM program since July 1999 when we were first awarded a contract to provide RVSM monitoring services to aircraft operators in the Asia-Pacific Region.  Since that time, CSSI’s RVSM monitoring support has extended worldwide and we are the leading provider of RVSM monitoring services; with 24 RVSM monitoring partners, and having supported almost 10,000 RVSM monitoring flights.

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