Airbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2776 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.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 69
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2666 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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Jumppilot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2583 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.
Warszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2567 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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57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2514 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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JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3174 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2497 times:
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.
AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 750 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2489 times:
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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