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Vertical Speed

Thu Jul 20, 2000 7:47 am

While climbing to the cruising altitude (i.e. FL 350) what is the normal/average rate of climb in feet per minute. And how fast does an airliners descend from its cruising altitude? Thanks.

RE: Vertical Speed

Thu Jul 20, 2000 1:02 pm

The VS varies form aircraft to aircraft. Most airliners climb at about 1000fpm to 2000 fpm. It varies from airline to airline also. To figure out the time it takes to descend, just use simple math. If you descend at 2000 fpm from FL300 to 3000, it'll take 13.5 minutes.

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