Mech From Brazil, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2464 times:
When you fly short flights like msp to ord that are only about an hour, how high do planes fly and once your at that flight level how long do you stay there before you start going down again? Do you still fly at 30000 ft ect. or is it much less on shorter flights, and how long does it take to get to cruise altitude on most flights.
Bizclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2370 times:
I am not a pilot but I can give you some general info from my experiences as a passanger on short flights. For example, i quite often fly from Edmonton to Calgary which, to drive it, is only 200 miles. I flew on a CAI F28 last week, our flight was scheduled to leave at 6:00 pm which actually left at 5:55.(Light load, not busy) The sceduled arrival time is 6:40 but we were at the terminal getting off the plane at 6:25 so actual flying time was somewhere just over 22 minutes. We achieved an altitude of 26,000 feet on that flight and attained for only a few minutes before we started back down. The highest altitude I have flown at from Calgary to Edmonton is 29,000 on a Westjet 737. The Dash 8 service on AC and CAI is considerably lower than that, somewhere between 16 and 20 thousand feet.
I have flown on an A340 on AC from Vancouver to Edmonton once, which is the largest plane I have ever travelled on for that short hop. Travel time for that segment can be as long as 1hr 15 minutes and I have been on a plane that did it in 47 minutes with a big tail wind. Usual service on that segment is 737/320/F28/DC9 depending on which airline. Altitudes of up to 38,000 feet are common for even that short segment.
These are just my experiences as a passenger. An experienced airline employee could probably offer a lot more info than me.