A Guide to Step Climbing

@DeerCrusher i know flightaware enough to know that the “gradual” climb is the Flightaware computers filling in the space where the aircraft was not in contact with atc (the white line) and was most likely 2 separate 2k foot climbs. and if you notice the one little spot of atc contact where the aircraft is maintaining altitude to confirm my theory

edit- i just realized the age of this topic.

Guys, I don’t really know but I think it works, the IFA app has the ability to set altitudes at different waypoints of your flight. I have it and it’s good.

Hey @DeerCrusher maybe you could add that you could use your load percentage to calculate your cruise altitude and when you should step climb as well! Here is what I do:

Above 90% : 31000/32000ft
80%-90% : 33000/34000ft
60%-80% : 35000/36000ft
40%-60% : 37000/38000ft
20%-40% : 39000/40000ft (obviously I only go this high in the aircraft that are capable of going this high IRL)
Below 20% : 41000/42000/43000ft (obviously I only go this high in the aircraft that are capable of going this high IRL)

I use this to step climb as well, it works really well

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Very useful guys! Thanks

Thank you very

I’m a little confused. I’ve filed plans bound west on sim brief and received cruising altitudes of FL360 and step climbs that vary by 2000ft at that height.

How is that possible if we take into account correct procedures? Should westerly flights above FL310 not go up by 4000ft intervals? So FL310, FL350, FL390?

Also how do these procedures factor in with cruising altitudes? Why don’t those steps go up by 4000ft intervals? Should they?

Cheers!

Here is a good chart to use for IFR flights

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So do pilots step climb in real life?

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for larger/heavier aircraft and long flights yes.

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Thanks! Isn’t this contradictory to the 4,000ft separation guidelines after FL290 and FL310 though?

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Where did you hear it should be 4000ft vertical separation?

Above FL290 RVSM only requires 1000ft vertical separation. Non RVSM would be 2000ft, although you would have to really go out of your way to find non RVSM airspace these days.

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I read it here.

I meant 4,000ft between odd / even levels.

As in FL290, FL330, FL370, FL410
FL310, FL350, FL390 etc.

So I’m not sure why it’s possible to fly FL360, FL380, FL34 etc.

I see, so 4000ft between levels to ensure 2000ft between traffic going in opposite directions.

I don’t know why it doesn’t take account of RVSM - pretty much all airspace is RVSM now. Perhaps it needs updating? I would suggest you ignore it and use the guidance posted by @Tom_Grollman above. It is entirely possible to fly at FL360/380 etc.

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Ahhh okay cheers for your explanation, that clarifies things!

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Can you help me with Simbrief?

Can someone tell me which Load i shall have when i climb higher!!
I don’t know and i need that.

What aircraft?
What load do you have? Route?

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Boeing 787-9 and the route is:


EKCH DCT CH360 DCT D218E DCT EGABA DCT MITSI DCT VALDI/M085F340 DCT NADMA/N0487F360 DCT YZU DCT YNY DCT FOLDY DCT GLASR DCT SKYKO DCT WOODI DCT WASRA DCT HELZR DCT KARFO DCT CASDA DCT DODVE DCT R0654 R0586 KSEA


Speed: M 0.85/ 320 Knots Airspeed. Cruise Altitude FL370.

If only this could be programmed into AP for those overnight flights…

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In-Flight Assistant by John Goering

Check it out in the App Store. Essential item IMO for long hauls.
http://www.inflightassistant.info/

BUT:

There’s also this feature request

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