Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today, I was flying and I noticed something that seems to constantly re-appear every time I take to the Infinite Flight skies. This is the concept of cruising altitude and how you should decide your cruising altitude when planning a flight.
Many people on Infinite Flight seem to choose to fly at any altitude they want, which is acceptable.
But, on the expert server, of all servers, I would expect pilots to have a little bit more common sense and follow this very simple guideline!
If you are flying at a heading between 0 and 179 degrees, you should be cruising at an odd flight level (ex. 15,000 feet, FL330, FL290, etc). If you are flying at a heading between 180 and 359 degrees, you should be cruising at an even flight level (ex. 16,000 feet, FL340, FL 360, etc.)
Today while I was flying between Auckland and Sydney at a heading of 260 degrees and a cruising altitude of FL360, I noticed there was another pilot heading directly at me from in front! I immediately began to descend and they passed over the top of me with about 500’ to spare. This just goes to show how important it is to follow the “altitude based on heading” rule!
If you are flying a heading of 0-179 degrees, cruise at an...
ODD altitude (FL330, FL310, 19,000 feet, etc.)
If you are flying a heading of 180-359 degrees, cruise at an...
EVEN altitude (FL320, FL380, 16,000 feet, etc)
I hope everyone can learn a little something from this post and remembers it for the future!