Questions tagged [high-altitude]

Regions on or above the earth's surface located at least 2,400 meters (8,000 ft) above sea level.

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How should I deal with a passenger experiencing hypoxia over the Grand Canyon?

I am taking my mom for a trip over the grand canyon. My mom lives at sea level, whereas I live at 5000ft, and workout at 8000ft daily. The VFR lowest route over the Grand Canyon is 11,500ft MSL. If I ...
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How does an airliner deal with cabin altitude at an airport above 8000 ft?

There are a number of airports above 8000 ft altitude. FAR 25.841 states: Pressurized cabins and compartments to be occupied must be equipped to provide a cabin pressure altitude of not more than ...
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Is there a ceiling on weather patterns?

I know there are winds and other effects at very high altitudes but how high can storms with lightning and rain be? Bottom line, let's say you are flying a craft with the ceiling of a U-2, can't you ...

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