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Highest Cruise Altitude?  
User currently offlineOmshanti From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

Hi Friends,
I am interested to know what is the highest cruise altitude you have attained while flying on a commercial airplane and what kind of a/c were you in. One that comes to mind for me is on a LH 744 from AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA to BOS and we were cruising at around 41000 ft. I quite didnt understand the reasoning and didn't know it could actually fly at such an high altitude.

Best Regards

OmShanti

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User currently offlineNWB757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

FL410 was my highest in a 757

User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

I was on a UA 772 from ORD - LHR, and we got up to 43,000. We were at 39,000, but for whatever reason, they (the pilots) got clearance to go a little higher once we got off the east coast of Canada.

[Edited 2004-05-28 18:20:02]

User currently offlineLuisca From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2759 times:

FL410 in a Copa PTY - MIA flight

User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2720 times:

How many people on Concorde at 55000ft?

Andy



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User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2666 times:

FL410 on a UA 772 SFO-DEN

Regards



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User currently offlineGT From Portugal, joined Dec 2003, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

FL390 In a Iberia's 742.
Not bad...



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User currently offlineINNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

I think the Concorde was at FL600, 60.000 ft... right?  Insane


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User currently offlineBILLAMT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

FL510 on a Citation X. Pretty neat to watch the TCAS, and all the symbols a -8, 9, 12 and so on. We were the only ones up there. By the way, it was en route GSO - PHX. Gotta love the biz jets.

User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16345 posts, RR: 86
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

FL600 was certainly possible with concorde, although FL550 was common.

I have been in a 777 at FL430 as well.

N


User currently offlineVS346 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 339 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

Omshanti,

41000 isn't that uncommon, especially for transatlantic routes. Each flight is assigned an altitude before the start. It ranges from like 20,000 something to 40 0r 50,000 feet (someone with more technical knowledge can be more specific. This is done for spacing. Your flight just happened to be assigned 41000

Cheers,
VS346



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User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1117 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

My parents flew the Concorde once. They described how the flight deck called the passengers' attention to the fact that they were "surpassing" the 18km altitude and the curvature of Earth could be clearly seen now. The bird leveled shortly afterwards. That must be somewhere around 60,000 ft.

(sigh for the gone bird)

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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Above FL180, there is spacing of 1000' between each level. Westbound gets even, eastbound odd. This lasts until FL290. At that point, there is 2000' spacing with the even that would have been at FL300 getting the first 2000' jump (over FL290) making it FL310. The next westbound, therefore, would be FL330, even at 350, etc.

Occassionaly, for weather or traffic, you will can be assigned a flight level that is normally for the opposite direction - and usually only temporarily. You will hear the ATC assign "flight level 350, wrong way" just as a comfirmation that they know they are putting you on the opposite direction flight level.



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User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1979 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2147 times:
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I believe highest I've flown is FL450 on Corsair 747SP from PPT to LAX. My brother is a pilot and was traveling with me. They invited us both into the cockpit. I remember when they were discussing altitude, the F/O made a hand gesture as if we were balancing on the head of a pin.


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User currently offlineHirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

FL 390 LH 742

In Europe we have reduced vertical separation minima above FL290 which means that the spacing goes on in 1000 ft steps...


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7927 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2129 times:

FL580 on BA 001, October 15 2003.
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/37028/6/

Concorde rarely, if ever, hit 60,000 feet across the pond. On the equator where it's hotter on the ground, it's colder upstairs so on special charters, Concorde hit FL600 (ie Honolulu-Nadi, Guam-Bangkok) but on the Atlantic run it wasn't possible.



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User currently offlineAFHokie From United States of America, joined May 2004, 224 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2065 times:

Anyone else here recall the story of the SR-71 that asked ATC for FL600? Supposedly, the controller didn't realize he was talking to a high altitude recon plane, and controller snidely remarked "sure, you're cleared FL600 if able" to which the pilot then responded, "roger, descending FL600"

User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

WN Flight 257, ISP-PBI, 737 series 700 with winglets...FL450. BA, JFK-LHR, Concorde, FL600. It sure was high and fast!

User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

57,000ft British Airways Concorde G-BOAC, flight BA001 31st July 2003.

User currently offlineBA97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2046 times:

56,000ft . BA Concorde G-BOAG Oct 1 2003 LHR to YYZ. Doing Mach 2 over Newfoundland and Quebec...yee haa


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User currently offlinePhilsquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

Max altitude for 747 is FL45100. In the military just over FL 500 in an F-15, although you're restricted to FL 500 without a pressure suit.

User currently offlineTubbyboeing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2008 times:

FL450 on a QF B744, flying JNB-SYD in June 2003, can't remember the exact date though. We were avoiding some bad weather, so we climbed from FL390 to FL450, maintained it for about 2 hours, then back down to FL390.

It was pretty exciting, that's the highest I have ever been, must be awesome to fly at 55,000 feet in a Concorde, but sadly I will never get to experience that now  Crying


User currently offlineWarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1994 times:

FL450+ on a 747SP JFK-NRT. It actually feels high walking around at that altitude on the plane.


747SP
User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2451 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1990 times:

FL510 on a Citation X.

That must have been awesome traveling at the max ceiling for the C X.

For those who flew the Concorde from Toronto, did they have to wait to kick it in high gear until they were over the ocean? Or were they allowed Mach speeds in the upper portions of Canada?

XJR



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