Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2615 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9386 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!
Woodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1129 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9385 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.
Illini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 9264 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
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9170 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.
Jetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9154 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.
FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 9105 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.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 9114 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...