The Middle Eastern and south-west Asian airspace regions are to implement reduced vertical separation minima (RVSM) from 02:00 GMT on 27 November, enabling aircraft to route through Europe to the South-East Asia peninsula in uninterrupted RVSM airspace. The only two countries that remain exceptions are Afghanistan and Iraq. Effectively, Iran, Pakistan and India constitute the northern boundary of the new RVSM region, with the Red Sea forming the western boundary. The system is ready to go, says United Arab Emirates director of air navigation services Riis Johansen, who is also head of the Middle East Central Monitoring Agency, the agency responsible for monitoring RVSM in the region.

Source: Flight International