F.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1528 posts, RR: 9 Posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1910 times:
When I fly (Ryanair) from London (Stansted or Luton) I realized one strange thing, that never happens when I take off from other airports:
Usually B738s take off, than climb and after 10 or 11 mins you are at FL 370. When you depart form London, a few minutes after takeoff the airplane stops climbing and the engine power is reduced. After about 10 minutes low altitude low speed, climbing restarts, pilots give full thrust to engines and then you rech your final FL.
Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1903 times:
Yes - the departure (and arrival) procedures are more complicated for several airports in that area due to the close proximity of other airports. Typically they involve climbing to a specific altitude until a certain point is reached, then step climb to the next level, etc. This is not a Ryanair specific thing.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17422 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1783 times:
Quoting F.pier (Thread starter):
Usually B738s take off, than climb and after 10 or 11 mins you are at FL 370. When you depart form London, a few minutes after takeoff the airplane stops climbing and the engine power is reduced.
This has happened to me many times. Sometimes you'll be level until a 747 passes 1000 ft overhead. Then the climb begins anew. London is complicated.
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