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stocz2 Trainee

I am flying mostly all smaller AC for now. Still learn the basic of flying. Once in awhile i will fly a 717-200, and getting the hang of it.

If i were to fly the Boeing 717-200, from Gen. Mitchell Intl. (KMKE) to Minneapolis - St. Paul Intl.(KMSP), which is about a 35 min flight. Do i need to be at a certain altitude for my flight? I'm not sure if there is a minimum altitude a AC has to be above, for that short period of time.
I'm pretty sure the people who live in the city or towns wouldn't like a larger AC flying at a very low altitude over head. Due to how loud they are.

thanks,
stocz2

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Drew B (belgeode) Chief Captain

Good rule of thumb for me... when I use flight plan in a commercial jet I pick high altitude airways... generally it gives me Flight levels (from like 18,000 feet and up).

Usually unless I am flying to like KCLE (cleveland), from KPIT (Pittsburgh), which is only a 20 minute flight I usually fly around at 20-25k feet.

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VegasFlyer Chief Captain

Unlike Belgeode I estimate my altitude based on distance. Anything over 220 nm I fly over FL300. It conserves fuel.

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stocz2 Trainee

Thanks for the replies.
I wasn't sure if there was a standard altitude.

Then i just spoke with a freind from work. He told me when our MD11's and DC10's fly from here KORD to KMEM they fly at 35000 ft. And our 727 fly at 30000 ft from KORD to KMKE, about a 20 min flight. By the time the 727 get to 30000 ft., they are starting to descend already.

Thanks again,
stocz2

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VegasFlyer Chief Captain

There is another method for deciding the cruising alt. If you are gonna be flying between 0-179 degrees on the compass than your cruise level should be an odd number, if flying between 180-359 than even flight level.

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Cheeks Chief Captain

VegasFlyer wrote:

There is another method for deciding the cruising alt. If you are gonna be flying between 0-179 degrees on the compass than your cruise level should be an odd number, if flying between 180-359 than even flight level.

Never heard of that before, thanks VF 😉 😀

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