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AI Concorde.... how high?

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For those of you who have AI Concordes, how high do you fly them? I believe I read that FS9 doesn't have the altitude restrictions that previous versions did, but can you fly your Concordes at 60,000 ft??

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Yes and no.It will be generated at that altitude enroute.It is doubtful that it could ever climb to that altitude - but the flight dynamics might be significantly overpowered from the real thing - which climbed at 200-300 FPM when high.The real issue will be landing. Too high cruise altitude is a major reason people see AI aircraft popup at the gate.The Concorde will be initialized about 100 nm from it's destination at FL600. It will be given a descent altitude - and will start descending at 1500 fpm. Approx 50-60 nm from the airport - the initial approach waypoint will be assigned with a target altitude.That target altitude will normally be about 7-10,000 ft AGL and will be 20-25 miles from the airport.Since your Concorde has descended only about 10-12,000 ft - it will now have to descend 38,000 ft in less than 40 nm.As it tries to make the target altitude the descent rates will be very high - 7,000-15,000 fpm. Most AI aircraft flight dynamics fail over 7,000 FPM descent - the aircraft disappears - and is regenerated at the gate.FS really does not handle descents greater than 36,000 ft very well - from cruise altitude to airport elevation.

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