I don't believe FL410 is open for flights... It's not valid cruising altitude I the United States/ most of the world. RVSM stops at FL410 eastbound and then the next jump is FL430 westbound and so on upwards alternating directions every 2000 feet.
daviation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5563 times:
I'm not sure if my memory is correct. DL 757 from PBI - ATL, 43000 feet. My children were toddlers then, so I was very preoccupied, but I do recall saying holy s__t, that's the highest I've ever been! I was particularly struck because it was such a short flight.
flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7508 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5560 times:
Quoting Citationjet (Reply 10): My highest altitude was FL410 in a Citation Mustang. My highest altitude occurred in the smallest jet I have flown in.
Same here. For people who have flow in Biz Jets this is probably fairly common given they almost always fly higher than the airliners.
Quoting daviation (Reply 14): I'm not sure if my memory is correct. DL 757 from PBI - ATL, 43000 feet. My children were toddlers then, so I was very preoccupied, but I do recall saying holy s__t, that's the highest I've ever been! I was particularly struck because it was such a short flight.
Is it possible?
42,000ft is the max altitude for a 757. So maybe it was FL420.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 28152 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5557 times:
Quoting AR385 (Reply 13): I seem to recall going up to 45,000 one time on an AR 747SP on the LIM-EZE part. I could be wrong. Can the SP fly that high?
Maximum certified operating altitude for all 747 models is 45,100 ft. with only 2 exceptions:
-400LCF (the "Dreamlifter", the 4 heavily-modified -400 freighters used to carry 787 components) - 43,100 ft
-8F freighter - 42,100 ft (not the passenger -8 which is 45,100 ft. like all earlier 747 models)
Which is quite high for said plane. I've only taken her up to 4500, which over here is measured in FL already. From fellow pilots I've heard the Tomahawk can reach 10000, but only in the right conditions and the last 1000 feet will go very slow...
one mile of road leads to nowhere, one mile of runway leads to anywhere
: The highest I've been was 41,000ft in a DJ 737-700 doing SYD-MEL. I was amazed that one would bother getting up so high for such a short sector. View
: I can top that FL410 (albeit very briefly) ROK-BNE DJ 737-700 to avoid storms. I believe it was only 5 minutes between TOC and TOD. I've been at FL41
: In Canada the big issue is what happens in the cockpit. When the aircraft is above FL410, then one pilot must be wearing an oxygen mask, and supplying
: It's also common in Europe. I've been on several KL 737NGs, especially the -700s, at 40,000 or 41,000 ft. even on 1-hr flights like GVA-AMS (13 nm sh
: I remember reading in a performance textbook that the most efficient flight profile is a parabola. Going from climb thrust and climbing right to idle