Why planes fly at 36000 ft

It has taken 20 years for Ugandan Airlines to wake up from its slumber. And now that Ugandan colors will be up in the skies once again, we were wondering. As you're fastening your seat belt, unwrapping the mandazi your jjajja made for you and then the captain says you'll be flying at 36000 ft. What does that even mean?

Well, Mt Rwenzori is about 16,000 ft, Everest just under 30,000 ft and your father's fence you used to jump to go to Angenoir is about 10 ft. Are you with me? So that's the first reason, at 36,000 ft you'll be above pretty much above everything. 

Other Flying Vehicles

Most helicopter fly at about 10,000 ft and at most 25,000 ft. Single engine jets will also fly at about 36,000 ft but at that height you've avoided a large part of the air traffic.

Fuel Efficiency. Those who cried in O'Level Physics, please move on to the next reason. At this height, which is also called the lower stratosphere, the air is thinner so that means less drag on the plane. And also, there's just enough oxygen for the engines to burn fuel. So its a good balance of oxygen and less friction.

Just in case At this height, it gives the pilots some good time to deal with emergencies before... you know.

Weather Those who have flown before have noticed that it could all be sunny and dry but as soon as the plane starts to descend, they run into storms or rain. Yes, to avoid all this, pilots just fly above those clouds and weather systems. This also helps with reducing turbulence. 

Now that we've dropped all this knowledge on you, go impress neighbor in seat 36D. Of course, you're in Economy. Safe Flight!

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