Far 91.G.3 RVSM Training
Legal Framework: Training in RVSM procedures is required per FAR 91 Appendix G, Section 3(2)(c) to act as pilot in command in airspace under Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM) between FL290 and FL410. The requirements include demonstrated knowledge of:
- Aircraft equipment requirements, inoperative equipment limitations.
- RVSM operations and authorization.
- Altitude error reporting requirements.
- Domestic and International Airspace Designations.
The RVSM course can be completed separately in 1.5 hrs, or in combination with a High Altitude Endorsement per FAR 61.31(g). Separate RVSM training takes 1.5 hrs while the complete HA course generally takes the better part of a day. Plan on about 2-4 hrs ground instruction for the HA part (1.5 hrs class room w/o RVSM, 2.5 hrs with RVSM, and 1.5 hrs at the aircraft covering systems) and ~3 hrs flight time. It is a good idea to share the flight portion with a partner, which allows for a longer trip (one leg flown by each pilot).
Course training material, checklists, and W&B sheets can be downloaded from a secure website as soon as you have made a commitment for the ground portion. A brief HA syllabus is available here.
The training and endorsements can be credited towards a full insurance checkout (example for C-340/400 Series), and arrangements for block time (10-25 hrs) can be made.
A multi-engine instrument rating is suggested for the ground course only, and is required for the High Altitude (HA) Course. The more MEL and instrument time you have, the easier it will be. It may save time if you are current in basic instrument skills, we suggest a few hrs in a simulator before the (HA) endorsement.
The high altitude endorsement alone does not constitute a full C340 checkout, nor does it automatically include an instrument competency check.