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777 Climbing

Thu Jan 01, 2004 8:53 am

Just a question out of interest. At MTOW how long does the 777 take to reach cruise altitude (distance/time) for optimum altitude (how high's that?).

Let's assume ISA / no wind and standard speed restrictions.
 
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RE: 777 Climbing

Fri Jan 02, 2004 3:57 am

Hi!

I am not sure, but, altough noise restrictions have to be respected, i do not think any aircraft "goes up" as fast as it is capable of, due to fuel savings specially.


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RE: 777 Climbing

Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:38 am

Another factor to take into account is ATC. Planes are frequently unable to climb as quickly as possible due to traffic.

As for "optimum" altitude, it would depend on a variety of factors including winds and weather. Although you mentioned no wind for purposes of calculating the fastest climb, many flights--particularly east-west routes--are planned to take advantage of tailwinds or to avoid headwinds, so that might determine the "optimum" altitude.
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RE: 777 Climbing

Fri Jan 02, 2004 7:18 am

Lugonza,
they try to get to cruise as fast as possible to save fuel. No use loitering about at lower altitudes. Thrust is reduced from take-off to climb to save engine wear - which means slightly worse fuel economy.

Wind won't affect the time to cruise.

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RE: 777 Climbing

Thu Jan 15, 2004 9:33 am

The 777 takes a while to get off the ground, and its climb is gradual probably because of its gigantic size and heaviness, however, it is not incredibly slow. I will say this, the cruising speed can vary, Fred T. They don't try to cruise as fast as possible necessarily all the time. My flight from BOS-LHR had a speed set for 575 mph, and eventually we were cruising at 630 mph. On the way from LHR-JFK, we cruised much more slowly, at 535 mph. That is 20 mph below the typical cruising speed of a 777, 555 mph. Fox Bravo's statement about "optimum altitude" ties into these factors. The speed an airplane cruises at is influenced by weather and wind.
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RE: 777 Climbing

Thu Jan 15, 2004 9:43 am

"I will say this, the cruising speed can vary, Fred T. They don't try to cruise as fast as possible necessarily all the time. My flight from BOS-LHR had a speed set for 575 mph, and eventually we were cruising at 630 mph. On the way from LHR-JFK, we cruised much more slowly, at 535 mph.

The speed an airplane cruises at is influenced by weather and wind."


Ground speed will change becuase of wind. I'm pretty certain that if you had been in the cockpit during the flight, you would have seen on the instruments that airspeed would have been pretty much the same on both the flights.

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RE: 777 Climbing

Fri Jan 16, 2004 10:53 am

On Approach into Narita the other day we had a ground speed of 102kts!!

Time taken to climb to cruise obviously depends on weight, and what your cruise altitude is. Also, the way the pilot programmes the FMC with regard to climb speed will affect this, so it is very hard to give you an answer.
 
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RE: 777 Climbing

Fri Jan 16, 2004 12:31 pm

The FMC Cost Index takes wind into account, as well as temperature, altitude, weight and so on. The cost index can be varied, or a constant mach cruise can be used.

Cx_flyboy, were you flying in these winds: http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=212294?
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RE: 777 Climbing

Fri Jan 16, 2004 5:30 pm

Indeed I was, AJ, but fortunately we didn't have 190kt winds on approach into Narita (We would have been going backwards!) , although it was bumpy with a bit of shear.

Interesting to see your clock there has a decimal point! Our certainly don't. It would be interesting, but is it distracting with that end number always changing? Do you see it out the corner of your eyes?
 
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RE: 777 Climbing

Fri Jan 16, 2004 6:47 pm

I've never been distracted, it changes every 6 seconds, but then again so does the speed so the green trend arrow catches the eye more!
 
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RE: 777 Climbing

Fri Jan 16, 2004 8:31 pm

Come to think of it, I think the 744 might have had it. In cruise the green arrow wouldn't appear much unless it was turbulent, in which case it would catch my eyes and force me to put away my magazine!....whoops, did I say that? I meant flight manual! Big grin
 
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RE: 777 Climbing

Sat Jan 17, 2004 12:46 am

Hi AJ,

Just wondering why does the speed green trend arrow fluctuates now and then?

Thanks!
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AJ
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RE: 777 Climbing

Wed Jan 21, 2004 4:05 pm

Hi Alvin, the 767 is not a very speed stable aircraft, related to the supercritical wing. In turbulence the green arrow fires off all over the place. On a 747-400 you can fly the aircraft based on trend vector information, not on the 767 though!
 
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RE: 777 Climbing

Wed Jan 21, 2004 5:40 pm

Fred T. They don't try to cruise as fast as possible necessarily all the time.

Nor did I say they do. Read again.  Big grin

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Mr.BA
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RE: 777 Climbing

Thu Jan 22, 2004 1:47 pm

Thanks AJ! Sorry for another question.. what do you mean by flying the aircraft based on trend vector information?

Thanks!
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AJ
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RE: 777 Climbing

Thu Jan 22, 2004 2:53 pm

Alvin, when targetting a speed the green trend arrow can be used by placing the tip next to the required speed on the airspeed tape and using power or attitude to reduce the size of the trend arrow to keep the tip on that speed. Very hard to explain!

The VSI needle can be used in the same way on the altitude tape; as long as it points to the required altitude a smooth level off can be achieved.
 
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RE: 777 Climbing

Fri Jan 23, 2004 6:50 am

To answer the original question:

If you look at the equation for R/C, you see that among other things, weight and excess thrust (and in turn total drag, because excess thrust is approximately equal to total thrust minus total drag) play a part. Given that we're talking about a 777 at MTOW, weight obviously remains a constant (if you want to disregard the use of fuel and resulting slight decrease in weight during climb). Thus, the main variable is total drag (or excess thrust). Less drag, better R/C.

Now, the drag depends on many lift-related and atmospheric variables, which can easily change. Drag is also indirectly affected by the various speed restrictions, etc., that you mentioned. Because of the many changing conditions, you can't really calculate R/C with the information you've set out as givens -- total drag depends on a lot! Even the optimum cruise altitude you talked about depends on a multitude of changing figures!

Again, R/C really depends on a lot!!!

Also, all that is the purely aerodynamic stuff. "Real-life" conditions come into play, such as a more economic climb, airline policies, etc.

Alright, I've rambled on enough. Sorry,
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