January 24, 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the RVSM (Low Minimum Vertical Staging) program, being one of the most important projects in the field of air traffic management in the history of Europe. The reduced minimum vertical staggering is the result of feasibility studies and technical investigations that lasted several decades, the implementation of the program being achieved in 3 years.
It was first implemented in the airspace above the North Atlantic and then in the much more crowded airspace above Europe.
With the implementation of low minimum vertical staggering in Europe, Europe's upper airspace capacity has increased by 25%, with the addition of six flight levels between 29,000 ft and 41,000 ft, bringing their total to 13. This has led to benefits for airlines and other airspace users, respectively, higher efficiency, reduced delays and savings in fuel costs (€ 3.9 billion respectively). Also, the noxious substances were reduced by 3500 tons / year.
The RVSM program has won both the Jane's ATC and Flight International Aerospace Industry awards for its role in increasing capacity, reducing air traffic congestion and improving safety.