Re: Rate of climb and descent

Date:         19 Feb 98 01:34:38 
From:         "Richard Rea" <>
Organization: ArosNet Inc.
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I recall reading an article in Flying magazine several years ago from a
feature on the success of Federal Express.  A DC-10 Captain (young fella, as
I recall) claimed that ferrying the empty cargo jet with light fuel load he
exceeded 8000 fpm.  This article came out probably about 10 years ago, and I
am relying on the same memory that has trouble remembering my own wedding
anniversary ;-) so confirmation would be good.

In general, I don't know of a general restriction on climb rates as long as
the 250 kt (groundspeed) rule isn't violated, not taking other traffic into
account of course.