Re: Rate of climb and descent

Date:         19 Feb 98 01:34:40 
From:         Antoin Daltun <>
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Ideally, the aircraft would climb rapidly to its cruise attitude and would
descend, with the engines at idle and without using airbrakes to touchdown
on the arrival runway.  The energy spent in the climb is largely recovered
in the descent.

On the 122 mile Dublin-Shannon sector in a B747, the pilots would often
climb to 13000-14000 feet and cut the power until the final approach to
Shannon.  Not that this was an ideal sector for a B747..

Antoin Dalltun