December 12, 2023

Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum or RVSM sounds like a complex aviation procedure requiring some sort of superpower training. It isn’t and it doesn’t. RVSM is a way to ensure safety by everyone being on the same page. When you travel over FL 180 or 18,000 feet above sea level everyone sets the barometer of their own aircraft to 29.92. That is an international standard that has been around for a long time because it is roughly equivalent to the mean sea-level atmospheric pressure on Earth.
While variations in atmospheric pressure or air pressure change with weather patterns and such, the elevations are less affected by barometric shifts and all aircraft use the same number so they can be closer together. Usually, when flying under 18,000 feet we have to create 2,000 feet of vertical separation between planes, because there might be a pressure difference traveling from here to there. Hence, when way up on top we all are on the same page and meet a few requirements in terms of altitude reporting, we get more efficient and accurate. Because we are on the same page, we can be 1,000 feet apart and remain very safe.
Wouldn’t it be great if your whole team was on the same page and using the same data points or information. One of the most common themes in struggling teams is the disparity in information available to team members. Just like in aviation, businesses can benefit from getting folks together and singing from the same sheet of music. Your high altitude performance will increase and your team will be in harmony!
December 12, 2023

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