Test Your AVsavvy: Is a VFR flight permitted in Italy? (Oct. 19)


Here’s another chance to test your “AVsavvy”.

Suppose you have a flight departing from EDDF to LIRA. During this flight you decide to go VFR at F/L 290 when you reach the Italian airspace.

The following are excerpts from the Italian AIP:
For RVSM operations in the EUR-RVSM airspace
Controller/Pilot radiotelephony phraseology and
phraseology used among ATS units, set out in
ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM, is applied.
During operations in/or vertical transit through
RVSM airspace with aircraft not approved for RVSM
operations, pilot shall report non-approved status
as follows:
a) at initial call on any frequency within RVSM
b) in all request for level changes, and
c) in all read-back of level clearance

As specified in ICAO Annex 2, Chapter 4,
paragraph 4.5, authorisation for VFR flights to
operate above FL 290 shall not be granted in areas
where a vertical separation minimum of 300 m
(1000 ft) is applied above FL 290.
Therefore, flights operating as General Air Traffic
(GAT) within or above the overall EUR-RVSM
airspace shall be conducted in accordance with the
Instrument Flight Rules (DOC 7030-EUR).
Current Italian airspace classification is compliant
with the above mentioned ICAO provision.
GAT VFR flights above FL 285, in RVSM
environment, are permitted within reserved
airspace only. RVSM rules are not applicable inside
such reserved airspace.

The EUR RVSM flight planning requirements for the
completion of the ICAO Flight Plan Form and the
Repetitive Flight Plan are contained in Doc 7030-
Furthermore, the following requirement is in
addition to the flight planning requirements
contained in Doc 7030-EUR:
“in addition to military operations, operators of
custom or police aircraft shall insert letter M in
item 8 of the ICAO Flight Plan Form”.

ICAO procedures contained in DOC 4444, PANS-ATM,
Para 15.1.4 and in DOC 7030-EUR, Para 9.1 apply.
In all airspace of ENAV jurisdiction where ATS
surveillance service are provided, information related to
minimum safe altitude will be provided by ATS as a
minimum vectoring altitude in controlled airspace and,
where implemented, as a minimum surveillance altitude
in uncontrolled airspace.
Both minimum surveillance altitudes and minimum
vectoring altitudes are established taking into
consideration obstacle clearance, the provision of
surveillance service and communications.

Based on the above information, which statement below is correct? Answer below and come back next Friday to see if you got the answer right!

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