SK A340 From Sweden, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7032 times:
What is the air pressure in the cabin during flight in, for example, a 767 or A330 at flight level 300? I know for sure that the cabin is pressurized, but it can't be the same pressure as it is at sea level. I've learned that from opening a juice or yoghurt container with the foil raising like a dome
Troubleshooter From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 423 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6804 times:
Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 2): Cabin air pressure is usually set at 8000 feet. The new B787 is supposed to have cabin air pressure set at 6000 feet
This is valid only when operating at max differential pressure. Below that, the cabin altitude is regulated according to the schedule of the cabin pressure controller. At FL300 it will be a bit lower that the mentioned 8.000 ft.
The pressurization system of the ERJ for example maintains a cabin altitude of 8000 ft at FL370. Then you have max. differential pressure of 7.8 PSI.
Loggat From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 666 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6693 times:
Quoting Troubleshooter (Reply 3): The pressurization system of the ERJ for example maintains a cabin altitude of 8000 ft at FL370. Then you have max. differential pressure of 7.8 PSI.
The ERJ will hold a differential pressure near it's maximum value, long before it will hold maximum cabin altitude as Troubleshooter has rightly noted. I typically see 7.4 PSI with cabin altitudes around 4-5 thousand.
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Troubleshooter From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 423 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6665 times:
Quoting Loggat (Reply 5): I typically see 7.4 PSI with cabin altitudes around 4-5 thousand
This improves pax comfort. The ERJ pressurization system (automatic mode) starts to blow up the cabin when the theoretical max. differential pressure is reached or after a time delay of 15 minutes after take off. Whichever comes first. Theres a formula to calculate this in the AMM, but I´m to lazy to search for it at the moment.
Arrow From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 2647 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6662 times:
I wear an altimeter/watch (which I use for route finding on backpacking/mountaineering trips), and every time I fly I watch the cabin altitude. Just did a YVR-JFK trip on Air Canada A319, and the cabin altitude west to east was 7800 feet while the plane was at 37,000 ft. Similar numbers coming back. I've seen the cabin altitudes vary from 6000-8000 feet depending on aircraft and cruise altitude.
Legally, I don't think cabin altitude can ever get near 10,000 feet because at that level flight crew would need to be on oxygen, and the casual wine and beer drinkers in the cabin would all be seriously drunk (not to mention short of breath). Would be easier on the airframe, though.
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Jetlagged From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 2509 posts, RR: 24 Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6508 times:
Quoting PhilSquares (Reply 9): Just to give some idea of cabin pressure. On a recent, yesterday, flight from SIN-SEL we had a cruise altitude of FL370. Our cabin pressure was 4300' the cabin differential was 8.6psi.
At FL370, ambient static pressure is around 3.2 psi. That makes the cabin pressure 11.8 psi, which is around 6,000 ft. A typo perhaps?
Quoting Tod (Reply 10): Thank you to you and your airline for being generous with the air!
It's not a question of the airline being generous. The pressure controller would do the same job on any 744. Boeing's design sets the maximum Pdiff and everything else follows. It doesn't cost much in bleed air terms to maintain a lower cabin altitude. The cost is in the weight of the fuselage structure.
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Bellerophon From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 582 posts, RR: 59 Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6454 times:
Normal max diff pressure on a B747-400 is 8.60 psi, which at FL 370 would give a cabin altitude of around 6,000 ft, so, as you suggested, it appears there is a typo in the figures posted by PhilSquares.
Interestingly however, the typo need not be the cabin altitude, as one might at first glance assume, but is probably in the aircraft altitude, and, just possibly, in the quoted max diff figure.
Substituting a 2 for a 7 in the quoted altitude (thus FL320 not FL370) makes the figures correct:
Max differential pressure......8.60 psi
Ambient pressure FL320......3.98 psi
Cabin pressure at FL320....12.58 psi
Cabin altitude at FL320.......4,300 ft
It is also, just, possible that they were operating at the limiting max diff of 9.4 psi on the B747-400 (can’t think why you would, but never mind) which would again make the figures correct:
Max differential pressure......9.40 psi
Ambient pressure FL370......3.15 psi
Cabin pressure at FL370....12.55 psi
Cabin altitude at FL370........4,300 ft
However, my best guess is that our friend simply typed FL370 instead of FL320.
Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5 Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6140 times:
In an MD11, the ideal DP at cruising is 8.6psid or less. Cabin pressure relief valves open around 8.76psid. If the cabin altitude exceeds 9,500ft, then all three ACC's and an independent aneroid baromemter will issue a Level 3 Alert. Oxygen masks drop from the ceiling at a cabin altitude of 15,000ft. On the Air Synoptic Display screen, the cabin vertical speed indicators are usually white, but turn amber if the cabin climb rate is above 1,500fpm for 1 minute, of if the cabin rate of climb is 3,000fpm for 5 seconds. The alert is issued if the cabin descent rate exceeds 750fpm for one minute, or 1,500fpm for five seconds. The maximum cabin DP for landing is 0.5psi.