Date: 17 Sep 97 02:49:17 From: email@example.com (Stephen H. Westin) Organization: Program of Computer Graphics -- Cornell University References: 1
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"Ruth or Doug Blue" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > Several of us (non pilots) have been told that a large passenger jet should > not descend below about 10,000 feet at more than about 250 knots air speed > in controlled flight. Should that speed be inadvertently exceeded, what > sort of problems would arise? Really irritated air traffic controllers, and possible discipline from the FAA. I believe the 250-knot limit is just to keep traffic flow smooth, as lots of planes of wildly different performance levels are flying about. I think it's also a U.S.-only restriction. I seem to recall that Concorde would really like to fly a bit faster to save fuel, but slows down to be a good citizen. <snip> -- -Stephen H. Westin Any information or opinions in this message are mine: they do not represent the position of Cornell University or any of its sponsors.