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Highest Altitude Flown

Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:18 pm

Fellow Nutters,

What is the highest altitude at which you've flown?

This is question is open to passengers, pilots (comm., military, cargo, etc.), flight attendants, heck, even astronauts.

My record is 42,000 ft, Westjet, TPA-YYZ.

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:53 pm

Dont think ive gone higher than 41,000ft, This was on my flight from ANU-LGW on BA.
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:36 pm

I think in an airliner I've been up to 41,000ft.

Flying OPF-HPN-OPF in a citation soverign we went up to 46,000ft.
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:37 pm

I know for a fact it's been FL410 on several occasions, one of which was on a 757 (ORD-BWI) just a few years ago. In nearly every instance, it was part of an unanticipated effort to avoid weather.

I swear that as a kid (early to mid-80s), we once topped off at FL420 on a ORD-HNL flight (UA 747-200), although technically, I'm not even sure if that was possible.

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:42 pm

As far as I remember it is FL410.
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:44 pm

FL 430 on a QF A380 SYD-LAX.
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:45 pm

FL430 Gulfstream G-IV SP, EGE-SNA....that's my record and I don't expect it to be broken

Quoting airplaneguy (Thread starter):

I don't believe FL410 is open for flights... It's not valid cruising altitude I the United States/ most of the world. RVSM stops at FL410 eastbound and then the next jump is FL430 westbound and so on upwards alternating directions every 2000 feet.
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:24 am

Concorde. I think it was around 55k.
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:37 am

Quoting airplaneguy (Thread starter):
My record is 42,000 ft, Westjet, TPA-YYZ.

The FAA type certificate data sheet shows 41,000 ft. as the maximum operating altitude for all 737NG models.

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 7):
Concorde. I think it was around 55k

I think 60,000 ft. was the maximum operating altitude. In any case, my highest altitude would be my one Concorde flight JFK-LHR in July 1989.
 
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:30 pm

My highest so far was in the MD11F from MEX to DFW, almost empty and we got up to FL430.

Quoting airplaneguy (Thread starter):
My record is 42,000 ft, Westjet, TPA-YYZ.
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8):
The FAA type certificate data sheet shows 41,000 ft. as the maximum operating altitude for all 737NG models.

Yes, max altitiude of the 737 NG is 41,000 feet.

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:13 pm

My highest altitude was FL410 in a Citation Mustang. My highest altitude occurred in the smallest jet I have flown in.

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:05 pm

11,520' in a Piper Archer(me as PIC)....41,000' in a DL 777 just N of Barrow.
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:34 pm

Wow, awesome information. I guess mine wasn't 42,000, but if I do remember correctly, it was somewhere in the 40,000's. Now, 55,000, that's something!!!
 
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:02 am

I seem to recall going up to 45,000 one time on an AR 747SP on the LIM-EZE part. I could be wrong. Can the SP fly that high?
 
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:08 am

I'm not sure if my memory is correct. DL 757 from PBI - ATL, 43000 feet. My children were toddlers then, so I was very preoccupied, but I do recall saying holy s__t, that's the highest I've ever been! I was particularly struck because it was such a short flight.

Is it possible?
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:15 am

Quoting Citationjet (Reply 10):
My highest altitude was FL410 in a Citation Mustang. My highest altitude occurred in the smallest jet I have flown in.

Same here. For people who have flow in Biz Jets this is probably fairly common given they almost always fly higher than the airliners.

Quoting daviation (Reply 14):
I'm not sure if my memory is correct. DL 757 from PBI - ATL, 43000 feet. My children were toddlers then, so I was very preoccupied, but I do recall saying holy s__t, that's the highest I've ever been! I was particularly struck because it was such a short flight.

Is it possible?

42,000ft is the max altitude for a 757. So maybe it was FL420.
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:24 am

Quoting AR385 (Reply 13):
I seem to recall going up to 45,000 one time on an AR 747SP on the LIM-EZE part. I could be wrong. Can the SP fly that high?

Maximum certified operating altitude for all 747 models is 45,100 ft. with only 2 exceptions:

-400LCF (the "Dreamlifter", the 4 heavily-modified -400 freighters used to carry 787 components) - 43,100 ft
-8F freighter - 42,100 ft (not the passenger -8 which is 45,100 ft. like all earlier 747 models)
 
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:31 am

I believe mine was onboard OZ 744 JFK-ICN FL390

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:50 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 16):
Maximum certified operating altitude for all 747 models is 45,100 ft. with only 2 exceptions:

thanks. Then probably my recollection was correct.
 
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:08 pm

Quoting Citationjet (Reply 10):
My highest altitude was FL410 in a Citation Mustang. My highest altitude occurred in the smallest jet I have flown in.
Quoting flymia (Reply 15):
Same here. For people who have flow in Biz Jets this is probably fairly common given they almost always fly higher than the airliners.

I was the only passenger on the 4 pax seat aircraft, and I remember sitting there watching the larger airliners flying below us.
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:51 pm

FL410 on a LH A343 FRA-KUL many years ago...
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:00 am

QF SIN-LHR FL420 from memory. Which I thought was strange as had never gone above 410 before that
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:41 am

I went to 6000 feet in a Tomahawk once.   
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Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:03 am

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:15 am

Quoting AllegiantAir (Reply 22):
I went to 6000 feet in a Tomahawk once.

Which is quite high for said plane. I've only taken her up to 4500, which over here is measured in FL already. From fellow pilots I've heard the Tomahawk can reach 10000, but only in the right conditions and the last 1000 feet will go very slow...
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:27 am

The highest I've been was 41,000ft in a DJ 737-700 doing SYD-MEL. I was amazed that one would bother getting up so high for such a short sector.


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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:35 pm

Quoting jetmech (Reply 25):

I can top that 

FL410 (albeit very briefly) ROK-BNE DJ 737-700 to avoid storms. I believe it was only 5 minutes between TOC and TOD.

I've been at FL410 on other 737NG sectors but only the once on a 279nm sector.

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:57 pm

In Canada the big issue is what happens in the cockpit. When the aircraft is above FL410, then one pilot must be wearing an oxygen mask, and supplying oxygen. So, often even when the aircraft was capable, higher than FL410 was often declined. I have been higher just once, (as a pilot), but only to do it once, we went to FL430.

This is Canadian law though, procedures and requirements are likely different between countries.

AC, has since limited the B767s to FL400, so I will have to wait for the B787 to go higher. Having flown on Concorde a few times, I have been higher than FL430 as a passenger.
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:43 pm

Quoting jetmech (Reply 25):
The highest I've been was 41,000ft in a DJ 737-700 doing SYD-MEL. I was amazed that one would bother getting up so high for such a short sector.

It's also common in Europe. I've been on several KL 737NGs, especially the -700s, at 40,000 or 41,000 ft. even on 1-hr flights like GVA-AMS (13 nm shorter than SYD-MEL).
 
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:57 pm

Quoting jetmech (Reply 25):
The highest I've been was 41,000ft in a DJ 737-700 doing SYD-MEL.
Quoting Vhqpa (Reply 26):
FL410 (albeit very briefly) ROK-BNE DJ 737-700 to avoid storms. I believe it was only 5 minutes between TOC and TOD.
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 28):
I've been on several KL 737NGs, especially the -700s, at 40,000 or 41,000 ft. even on 1-hr flights like GVA-AMS (13 nm shorter than SYD-MEL).

I remember reading in a performance textbook that the most efficient flight profile is a parabola. Going from climb thrust and climbing right to idle thrust and descending. I can only hope it is done smoothly!
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:21 am

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:50 am

Quoting Vhqpa (Reply 26):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 28):

Fair enough. It's obviously very much worth the effort to get high even for such short sectors. I suppose it's no real trouble for a 737-700 to get up and fly at that altitude, given the likely light fuel load and shorter, lighter fuselage. One of my favourite aircraft types too   .

Quoting longhauler (Reply 29):

I seem to remember one of the pilots saying as much as well.

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:15 pm

Quoting AllegiantAir (Reply 22):
I went to 6000 feet in a Tomahawk once.

and me 9500 feet once in a Cessna 152: you feel very 'small' at that altitude in that 2-seater, I tell you !!!
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:50 pm

Interesting note -- a stock DC-8 Series 40 managed to get up to FL520 during the famous test flight where it briefly went supersonic. It would be interesting to know how that was done.. I presume it was very light and those last thousand feet must have taken an eternity. It would be interesting to know how high some of the Boeing, Douglas, and Lockheed test flights have gotten, but I guess that's a topic for another thread.
 
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:37 pm

FL410 on almost every B6 E190 flight I've been on that is longer than 90 minutes....
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Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:47 pm

Quoting rolypolyman (Reply 33):
Interesting note -- a stock DC-8 Series 40 managed to get up to FL520 during the famous test flight where it briefly went supersonic. It would be interesting to know how that was done.. I presume it was very light and those last thousand feet must have taken an eternity.

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:53 am

Concorde - 58 to 60 or slightly more Kft.

No other passenger transport aircraft will ever surpass Concorde - like it or not.

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:24 am

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 36):
Concorde - 58 to 60 or slightly more Kft.

Doubt it was more than 60K as that was the certificated maximum operating altitude.
 
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:58 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 37):
Doubt it was more than 60K as that was the certificated maximum operating altitude

  

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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:35 am

Quoting Citationjet (Reply 38):

See TCDS:
http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Gu...u.pdf

Thank you for posting this. Always been looking for it.

  
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:32 pm

I'm sure I've been to FL410, although I can't say exactly when. It's not something that I log. The highest that I have hiked to is 12,668 feet: Idaho's Borah Peak.
 
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:40 am

Pan Am 747SP FL45000 JFK-NRT toward the latte part of the flight!
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:31 pm

Quoting warren747sp (Reply 41):
FL45000

Either you mean FL450, or you definitely have the record for the highest altitude.....  
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:39 am

Hi, Citation
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RE: Highest Altitude Flown

Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:29 am

FL410 on CX CNS-BNE. I was quite surprised that on a shortish sector (2hrs or so) we got so high!

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