Author Topic: SWA flight can't go higher than FL380  (Read 10797 times)

Offline RonR

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SWA flight can't go higher than FL380
« on: February 25, 2014, 09:55:07 PM »
That must have been a great breakfast buffet  :-D



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Offline Steelrman

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Re: SWA flight can't go higher than FL380
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2014, 11:59:03 AM »
Nice catch

Offline Sonic04GT

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Re: SWA flight can't go higher than FL380
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2014, 08:35:52 PM »
Haha nice

Offline beast

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Re: SWA flight can't go higher than FL380
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2014, 12:32:22 PM »
why can they not go higher? 

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Re: SWA flight can't go higher than FL380
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2014, 12:34:31 AM »
why can they not go higher? 
I think they are too heavy to maintain a higher altitude. The pilot states that they had a buffet breakfast, where you are typically allowed to eat as much food as you like for a fixed price (rather than paying per-item as is usual), jokingly implying that this is why they are too heavy.

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Re: SWA flight can't go higher than FL380
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2014, 07:31:10 AM »
Yes that's right. The total weight of an airplane determines how high it can fly. That total weight includes the plane itself, the number of passengers, the luggage and the fuel. As the plane uses fuel, the total weight starts to go down. The more fuel it burns, the higher it will be able to go. If you listen regularly to ATC communications, you will sometimes hear ATC ask a plane if it can go higher. Sometimes they will answer 'yes' but other times they will say 'no' because they are still too heavy.
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Re: SWA flight can't go higher than FL380
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2014, 05:29:42 PM »
Thanks for spelling out the joke - because I did not get it first time.