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Hey Pilots: What's Your Highest Altitude  
User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 20
Posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9985 times:

Being that which you have achieved in a vehicle piloted by you (dont havt to be in it) in a sustained horizontal path for a brief while. Parabolic apexies are okay too.

Tell us all what was your experiences like? Was it illegal? What it an emergency [to go up]?

The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9943 times:

14000,ft with supplemental oxygen.

"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineSalim From Lebanon, joined Jun 2001, 303 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9921 times:

A poor 8500ft in a Robin Dr400....but i'm 17 and have only about 68 flt hours logged so i have time to go higher

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9903 times:

11,500 ft. in a C172SP on a dual XC with my CFI from UNV to LOM...it was a fun flight...


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User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2642 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9871 times:

11500ft. for me as weel coming over the mountains from PSP to MYF a couple years ago. We werent there fort much kore than 10min., and it felt pretty muhc normal except for looking at the altimeter showing a real high altitude. Im 16 with about 55hrs., so I too have plenty of time to go higher!

Life is better when you surf.
User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1190 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 9870 times:

I can't believe I'm answering this one...

13,200ft in a PZL-KR03 Krosno glider at Morrisville VT.
11,000ft in a BE-76 Dutchess from Mojave to Montgomery Field
7,000ft in a C172 from Providence RI to Portland ME and from Ontario CA to Montgomery Field.
and a measly 1,800ft in a R-22B helicopter at St Augustine FL.

Woodreau / KMVL

Bonus animus sit, ab experientia. Quod salvatum fuerit de malis usu venit judicium.
User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 4412 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9799 times:

A couple of times I got to climb to 15000 ft on a twin-turboprop commuter to avoid some weather.

I know, nothing unusual here. The thing is the pressurization was kaput and we had no O2...

Boy, were the pax quiet that day! I myself started to feel a bit euphoric after a while...

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9797 times:

13,980 feet...in a 210hp Cessna 172.

User currently offlineArch89U From United States of America, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 188 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9791 times:

One nice thing about flying in the Northeast is you don't have to go high.

My highest was 9000 ft. from Pittsburgh International to Rochester in a Cessna 182, with most of the flight just above the cloud tops.

User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 9776 times:

In the C172R, I made it up to 11,000' on a very cold day on a solo flight. The OAT was something like -15C.


User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 9749 times:

Hot day and a long (part 141 required) x-c. Wanted to cool off, it was 85F at 6500, went up to 13000 for a few minutes, then back down to 12,500. That poor cherokee was dogging it those last few thousand feet. When I got down I ran the numbers; 12500 pressure alt + 60F = Density alt of 150000. No wonder the poor girl was only getting 200 fpm!

Happy contrails - I support B747Skipper and Jetguy
User currently offlineErj-145mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 306 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 9722 times:

I made it to FL 510 once in a 731 Jetstar (L-1329)between Galveston and Corpus Christi on a maintenance test flight.

User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2406 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 9709 times:

42,000' in a Boeing 767 (1,100' below maximum altitude).

User currently offlineIsmangun From Indonesia, joined Jan 2001, 117 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 9695 times:

When I was still flying those reciprocal singles: 10,500ft flying long-range (C172-wise). At night, it was really HARD to make your eyes stayed open. Good experience, though.

If it's an Airbus, I'll take the bus...
User currently offlineDanielbk From Israel, joined Feb 2003, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 9688 times:

11,500 feet, in my commander.. Night cross country in complete IFR conditions BOS-ISP.

it was and still is one of my most interesting flights alone in that plane..


cockpit? it's that little room in the front of the plane where the pilots seat.. but that's not important now
User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9655 times:

14,000 in a Diamond Katana. I was out just goofing off, trying to finish up the last few hours of the needed 250 for the Commercial Certificate. It was a beautiful fall day in the mountains east of SLC. I heard the glider pilots talking about good lift on the local airport's CTAF (36U), and so I decided to see what I could do. I found an area of rising air, backed the power off a bit, and let the bird go upstairs. Had to level at 14,000 because I had no oxygen, but she would have kept going. The view was spectacular, filled with yellows of fall aspens, light snow on the mountains, and columns of virga stretching from the sky to earth.

Actually, this was one of those moments that defy total description. It was one of the most magical experiences I've ever had in an airplane.


User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 9639 times:

We routinely operate at FL410 and higher in our bizjets. The highest for me personally is FL450 and I've been there many times. There are many bizjets certified to FL510 and they are able to operate there. The big problem with those kinds of altitudes is if you loose the cabin you're dead - the time of useful consciousness is just to freaking short to allow any type of response.

My, highest flight in a glider was 17,500 feet - I had the O2, but ATC wouldn't open the window for me to climb any higher. In a normally aspirated aircraft I've "soared" a 65 hp Aeronca 7AC Champ to 14000' a couple of times.


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9590 times:

9,500 in a 172SP heading back from Santa Ynez to Fullerton Muni. I love cruising high, but I s'pose I shouldn't do that too much. I could have done it at 5.5 if I wanted to but...I wanned 9.5. great views.


User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 846 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9585 times:

14200ft in a Piper Arrow (non-turbo), 13800 in a Cessna 172.. natually-aspired breathing!


I seriously think I just creamed my pants without any influence from any outside variables.
User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4300 posts, RR: 34
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9587 times:

FL260 in the King Air 200- and she still definitely wanted to climb higher, what a great airplane.... soon to be topped once I get on the line in the CRJ.  Smile

Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9599 times:

I did about 16,000 feet to cross the Andes from Mendoza, Argentina, to Santiago, Chile... Mountain passes are at or about 13,000 feet, and you fly around the highest peaks of the continent... Aconcagua is 6,960 meters high (22,900 feet) - This is in my little Piper L-21... 150 hp engine.
This is the prettiest mountain scenery I ever saw in my life...
For info, the 747 are certificated to 45,100 feet.
A Learjet 31 I fly occasionally is certificated to 51,000 feet...
Happy contrails  Smile
(s) Skipper

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9542 times:

13,300 in a Katana is my best so far

I fly all the time at around 11,500-12,500 when I go on XCs

Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineSQ325 From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 1473 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9542 times:

35.000ft on the RJ85 = max. certified Altitude!

User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4503 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9514 times:

13,999 in a 260hp Cessna 182  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineSoulman From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9465 times:

They're not records of my own - mearly a couple of topic-related jokes. Hope you enjoy them!

A really rough day at altitude. Various heavy jets are on the frequency asking for higher or lower flight levels to avoid turbulence. Basically, it's as rough as guts up there.

Earwigging is a Navy F/A-18, cruising along at max altitude. He gets on the mike and says "Hornet 26; hey you guys, the ride is real smooth here at FL540."

A moments silence, then an unknown voice replies "How's the pay-cheque, Hornet 26?"

Nothing further heard from the F/A-18.  Crying

And this one:

A USAF SR-71, callsign "Habu 21". He gets on the radio and asks a controller, who obviously doesn't know exactly what aircraft he is dealing with, for clearance to FL680.

"Centre, Habu 21, request flight level six eight zero"

"Habu 21, Centre....sir....if you think you can make it, you're cleared to flight level six eight zero...and please advise when reaching."

"Centre, Habu 21. Roger, descending to flight level six eight zero and will advise."  Smokin cool



25 Post contains images Fly727 : FL230 In a Piper Cherokee. In a single engine Cessna... I think it was 9,500 MSL. RM
26 Post contains images SSTjumbo : Triple G, errm... nevermind, that's trumpet The highest I ever got in a Cessna 152 sadly was 6,500'. I tried 8,500' from Lewis University to Whiteside
27 Gabep : 16' off of a high diving board and a rapid descent into a cold pool. (If I only had wings)
28 Cx flyboy : 43,000ft, on a 777-300, which was 100ft below max altitude!
29 FSPilot747 : Fly727, you got FL230 in a Cherokee? That must have been a hell of an experience! Surely you had oxygen.. FSP
30 Post contains images JBirdAV8r : Surely you had oxygen.. And a turbocharger
31 Post contains images Fly727 : Gosh !!!!! I gave wrong information ! It was a Cheyenne !!!!! I have no idea why I put Cherokee instead. You see? Hypoxia occurs also in the ground !
32 Post contains images XFSUgimpLB41X : I was about to say.... didn't think a cherokee could make it above 14,000, much less FL230, haha.
33 Ba299 : FL430 on a 777 to GRU to avoid a divertion.
34 707cmf : FL100 in DR400. Solo flight, it was 6500 ft (DR221) 707
35 Learpilot : 51,000 (FL 510) in a Lear 31 over the Gulf on the way to Cancun. Just for fun. She didn't want to stay up there for very long, though. Woodreau, did y
36 C172Akula : 15,000' in a TBM-700 Other than that been up to 12,500 in a 172sp. And up to 13,000 over the rockies in the Diamondstar.
37 Ben : Hi Jetguy, There are many bizjets certified to FL510 and they are able to operate there. The big problem with those kinds of altitudes is if you loose
38 Jhooper : 17,000 in a C340 flying right seat. 11,000 in a C172RG training for Instrument Rating
39 JBirdAV8r : Jhooper, you nursed an RG up to 11,000???! I have a newfound respect for you. You must have been really bored. LOL
40 Jetguy : Ben... We use the Scott Eros Mask System which uses the inflatable straps. At altitudes above FL430, as far as I'm concerned, it's mandatory to have o
41 Subzero : Ok.. I guess I'll add mine... Piper Archer III (PA/28-181) at 12,500 for a couple minutes between ABQ and PHX. Richard Marriner Never fly in the same
42 Wing : FL 410 with 737-800
43 Night_Flight : 16,000' MSL in a Baron from DEN-SHR WY. There was a forest fire with a TFR up to to 15,000. It was either divert an extra 40nm or climb to 16,000. We
44 Saab2000 : Jetguy, I once saw a videotape of a pressure chamber demonstration. The subjects were fellow students at my flight school and the video was eye-openin
45 Post contains links 707cmf : bit more than 8,000 ft yesterday (still in my taildragger : http://www.airliners.net/open.file/440269/L/ ), though I probably descended a tad too fast
46 Bellerophon : Lehpron Okay, I wasn't going to join in, but Jetguy has added an interesting post, on which I’d like to comment, so here goes. FL600, you guess whic
47 Post contains images Mandala499 : 10,000ft on a Cessna402 with a camera hole. Unfortunately, the instructor had a health restriction and was restricted to below 10,000ft. What was ille
48 Jetguy : Bellerophon: Hmmm... FL600 eh? My guess would be you either flew a souped up Turbo Tripacer or Concorde. Am I right? "...The big problem with those ki
49 Lehpron : I always assumed that one must travel faster at higher altitudes, can a slow plane do it with the right? My friend James went to 13,500 feet in a Cess
50 Ben : I feel that there are far too many pilots out there that approach high-altitude flight with a careless and cavalier attitude Well thanks for saying th
51 ThirtyEcho : When I was a new pilot, I used to like to take the airplanes that I normally flew up near their service ceilings just for grins. (I cheated by having
52 JBirdAV8r : In reality, there has never been (that I am aware of) a castrophic (total, sudden, & complete) pressurization failure with any aircraft certified to o
53 Vc10 : belleropron, Have to go one better 63,000 ft on a test flight on the same ? aircraft. The funniest was at 13,000 ft on an old unpressurized 4 engine p
54 Jetguy : JBird AV8r... I don't believe so. Six weeks ago I returned from my 6-month recurrent training at FlightSafety. During our discussion on pressurization
55 JBirdAV8r : Jetguy, I had not heard that! Thanks for the information...that's really interesting.
56 707cmf : However, I can't find any specific rule that forbids it (in the UK/JAA). I guess the CAA/JAA feel that they don't have to sort out pilots who fly over
57 Post contains links Soulman : Was just quietly thinking to myself - what if Buzz Aldrin was a member of A.net? I think he'd put us to shame rather quickly. What's the altitude on t
58 Post contains images Bellerophon : Jetguy Thanks for your reply. Sadly, high altitude flight is a thing of the past for me, as I'm going to be flying a Boeing from now on. Interesting t
59 Jetguy : Bellerophon... Has the NTSB published a report yet? On the dry ice report? Not that I'm aware of. The ground school instructor indicated that it was "
60 Post contains images Sushka : Until today 13,300 was my highest A couple hours ago I was at 14,300 in a C310Q
61 BR715-A1-30 : I know a pilot who took a 737-7-4 to 43,000 feet.
62 JBLUA320 : FL410, jetBlue A320 JBLU
63 Lyzzard : FL490 in a Learjet 31A over northern Malaysia. Saw overhead traffic, a Malaysian MIG-29 passing overhead at FL 510 or higher... what a sight!
64 Positive rate : The Bristol ATPL manuals suggest wearing the masks hanging around your neck for that very reason. Is that what you do? Or are you just resigned to you
65 Pilothighflyer : 12,500ft in a Cessna 152 in the dead of winter, the Ground temp. was about 5, took a while to climb and it was damn cold up there I've been into the l
66 BMAbound : Hi! This is my first post here on A.net. I have been reading a lot of responds and I couldn't stand not writning anything myself... Anyways, my highes
67 Lehpron : welcome to A.net dude. Hey i was wondering at what point do those pressure gages measuring altitude becomes inaccurate? like how far can they measure
68 Cedarjet : As a passenger: FL560 In the right hand seat: FL110 (Piper Aztec delivery Biggin Hill to Vienna).
69 Continental : JBLUA320? FL410? You weren't the pilot, eh? For me, the best was 9,500. I'm working on the PPL now, I can't wait for future licenses where I can go hi
70 Woodreau : Lephron, Just my thoughts here, but pressure altitude is nothing more than setting your altimeter setting to 29.92, what you get is your pressure alti
71 KBOS : 12,500 in a Cherokee 140 took forever to get there. Was going from AC back to NH over the NY TCA. While we were up there I had a vacuum pump fail and
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