Taking the High Road

It's amazing how many piston pilots shy away from using the high-altitude capabilities of their airplanes. That's a shame, says AVweb's Mike Busch, because whether you fly a pressurized twin or a humble straight-leg Skylane, up high is almost always the best way to fly eastbound...and often westbound, too! Using actual performance and winds aloft data, Busch makes a compelling case for high-altitude flight, and offers some handy rules-of-thumb for picking an optimum cruise altitude.

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