Commercial planes typically cruise at altitudes between 36,000 and 40,000 feet. Most airliners are not allowed to fly higher than 45,000 feet. The highest altitude recorded for a commercial flight was set by the Concorde... More »

NASA states that small planes can fly up to about 350 mph, while subsonic planes, which include the jets that carry the majority of air traffic passengers, fly from about 350 to 750 mph, as of 2014. Supersonic planes can... More »

While technology and automation are essential to modern flying, airplanes cannot automatically fly themselves without a pilot. Automated controls on commercial airliners allow the pilot to do many things, such as taking ... More » Vehicles Airplanes & Helicopters

The greatest certified height reached by a commercial airliner as of February 2014 is 60,000 feet. Although greater heights can be dangerous for equipment as well as passengers, there is little turbulence after an aircra... More » Vehicles Airplanes & Helicopters

The world record for the highest helicopter altitude is 40,820 feet. This record was set on June 21, 1972 by French pilot Jean Boulet, who flew an Aérospatiale SA 315 Lama without a payload. He achieved this feat while f... More » Vehicles Airplanes & Helicopters

In-flight ear popping is caused by a combination of inner ear anatomy and air pressure changes caused by the different altitudes experienced during an airplane flight. Thanks to the inner ear's complex anatomy, it is nor... More » Vehicles Airplanes & Helicopters

Smaller airlines or scrap companies buy commercial aircraft that are no longer used, or the owners put the planes in airplane graveyards for storage until needed. Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico have the larges... More » Vehicles Airplanes & Helicopters