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Your Highest Cruising Altitude In Smallest A/C  
User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2876 times:

What has been your highest cruising altitude in the smallest aircraft. Mine was just a few hours ago when we cruised with a 737-700 at 40,000 ft. We were trying to get above all the storms. We still hit turbulence though at that altitude.

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User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2840 times:

I remember flying Bae-146 CPH-RIX and pilot said that we were cruising at an altitude of 10km


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User currently offlineJetAv8r From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2835 times:

I've done 290 in a six seater a few times. That's about the highest height/seat ratio you'll find not including military planes.

User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2826 times:

45,000 Feet in a Lear 35

User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2809 times:
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IAD-GSO on an Independence CRJ. 41,000 feet for the short 50 minute flight-- there were lots of storms around!

The highest I've been, though, is 42,500 feet on a Boeing 777-200 of Continental's LGW-EWR.

JBLU


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

FL320 in this bird...

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Didn't feel like 32,000', until I looked at the altimeter.



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User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2784 times:

FL 60.000 in AF' Concorde (really small  Smile ) back in 1.985 Paris - New York


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User currently offline10MID From Singapore, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2776 times:

Unpressurized PA31 at 17,000ft.

User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2766 times:

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 1):
I remember flying Bae-146 CPH-RIX and pilot said that we were cruising at an altitude of 10km

Well I calculate that to be 32,500 feet. The pilot handbook says that the operational ceiling is only 30,000. Sounds like the pilot might have just thrown out a number for you.

I flew the 146 for a few years and never went above FL280. The fuel flow hardly decreased at all above six or seven thousand feet and the only thing you gained by going higher was an increase in TAS. Most of the time we flew between 20 and 24 thousand.

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This whole discussion reminds me of a similar conversation a bunch of us had while sitting around waiting for an airshow to start. We were all participating, with various aircraft and got into a discussion when one guy said he'd been to sixteen thousand feet in a Bell H-13S helicopter. It went from there until the guy I was paired with stopped it: "Well, I've been to forty five thousand feet and stayed there fifteen hours." Turns out he'd been a B-36 pilot prior to a RIF and joined the Army as a warrant officer to finish out his thirty years.

Personallly, small airplane: 21600' in a turbocharged Helio Courier but there was no rear door or windows so I wasn't interested in going any higher.



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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

I did 36,000 in a Dassault Falcon 2000, but the highest I've ever been was 41.000 in an A320 of GB airways from LGW to the canary islands.

Tom



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User currently offlineJumppilot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

FL400 in a Citation Bravo is the highest I've cruised in a light jet JAN-PHX. As far as airliners go its FL400 in a WN 737-700 BWI-PHX. As far as unpressurized I flew a C-206U LAS-SDL at 16,500 feet. With Oxygen of course! My associates fly Lear 45's, Citation X's and Gulfstreams in the high 40's to low 50's all the time. That's pretty high, but economical for the long hauls.


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User currently offlineWarszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2667 times:

Highest i've ever been in a 'small' plane was:

Dash-8-100 Air Canada Jazz DTW-YYZ = 16000 ft
CRJ-200ER Delta Connection Op. By ASA, CVG-FNT = 26000 ft

Highest i've ever been period was FL370 on Continental LAX-IAH in the 757-200, and also Air Canada CYYZ-EGLL on the A330-300.

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 4):
IAD-GSO on an Independence CRJ. 41,000 feet for the short 50 minute flight-- there were lots of storms around!

Hmm Are you sure it was FL410 in a CRJ-200? Perhaps FL310, but I highly doubt it was FL410 for a 215 mile flight. By the time a CRJ-200 would reach FL410 with a decent amount of passengers and cargo aboard, it'd probably be 60-80 miles from GSO, and would have to do a steep descent. If there were storms in the area, they were probably also in GSO, so climbing would have done nothing since the plane would still descend through the storms... I've never heard of a CRJ/ERJ cruising that high unless they were flying empty and on a 400+ mile flight...



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6039 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2648 times:

12,500 in a C-152. Of course, it was a somewhat cold day (ISA-10 ish) so it was possible.


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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 27
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2643 times:

I just read that the Dassault Falcon 2000 is actually certified to 47,000Ft!

That's pretty damn high!

Tom



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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

Just over 10,000 in a 182.

28,000 in a Citation 5.

40,000 in a 757.


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1691 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2640 times:

Goldenshield,

WOW, I made 9500 feet in a Cessna 152 over California 1 day (from Burbank to Mojave) and thought that was pretty high for such a small airplane  Wow!

My highest ever flight on a commercial flight was 43000 feet on a Lufthansa A340 the other day between FRA-KUL...



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7107 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

In a Piper Cherokee PA28-161. Cruised at 8000 feet

User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2614 times:

FL250 aboard our Cessna 414/S. We had had some problems with a gear indicator switch in cold temperatures and made a test hop to see if mx had managed to identify the problem. Climbed to FL250 and cruised around for half an hour to cool off, then cycled the gear several times at altitude. After testing the gear, we headed back to base and made a high speed descent to landing (2500 fpm is high for the 414). FYI, the 414 is certified for FL300.


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User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2597 times:
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No I'm positive it was 41,000 feet- the captain and the flight attendant announced it. It was a very fast climb- we were at 41,000 within 20-25 minutes, and the service had commenced somewhere around 30,000 feet. Decent was a little steep- but nothing out of the ordinary. We were at cruise for about 10 minutes total.

JBLU


User currently offlineSPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

I did FL240 in a Cessna 210. Not pressurized. Yes, we were on o2.


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User currently offlineAerlingus330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 834 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

I did 6 400 feet in a Cessna 152.
And my highest commercial flight was 39 000 is an Aer lingus A330-300

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User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 757 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2589 times:
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I've also been at FL 410 in a CRJ-200, Comair from ICT-CVG. The pilot said it was because we had to go over storm activity. I was thinking at the time, like WOW, this is the reported ceiling for this aircraft. I never expected to be that high in a CRJ.

I've never been above 410, although I've been AT 410 several times, notably on 767s.



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