Re: Service Ceiling (was Re: Passenger cabin pressurization)

Date:         24 Oct 97 04:33:14 
From:         banks.85@spamersgotohell.osu.edu (Dan Banks)
Organization: The Ohio State University
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In article <airliners.1997.2478@ohare.Chicago.COM> ehahn@mitre.org (Edward Hahn) writes:

>To nitpick (this being usenet and all), the Service Ceiling is defined as the
>altitude at which the airline can no longer climb at 500 fpm.  Absolute
>Ceiling is defined as the altitude at which the aircraft can no longer climb
>at all.

>(Unfortunately, I can't find a written reference at this at the moment, but I
>am certain that the Service Ceiling is not defined in terms of cabin pressure,
>as many unpressurized aircraft have service ceilings in excess of 12,500 ft.)

Service ceiling is the altitude at which the maximum rate of climb = 100
ft/min.

Source:

Anderson, John D, Jr.; _Introduction to Flight_; Third Edition; McGraw-Hill,
Inc; 1989; p 298

Dan Banks

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