Re: Singapore Airlines The A340 vs 777 saga continues

Date:         04 Sep 99 11:38:34 
From: (Gerard Foley)
Organization: The Greater Columbus FreeNet
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Pete Mellor ( wrote:
: A few comments on airbus cruise altitudes (I forget exactly who made the
: original comments):-

: > >>Airbus Aircraft are traditionally not 'high flyers'. <snip>
: ...
: > Have you ever been on a high weight Airbus aircraft and checked the
: > cruise altitude?

Yes.  At the beginning of the month I was in a Lufthansa A310-300 from
Frankfurt to Athens.  Courtesy of the captain I was allowed to run my
Garmin GPSII+.  We made most of the flight at 40,600 feet.  After landing
I talked with the captain and found that he was aiming for 39,000 - I
think the difference between standard barometer and true altitude,
together with GPS error, can account for the difference.

By the way, I got some pretty good pictures of the eclipse.