Old 28th Dec 2014, 10:34
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NigelOnDraft
 
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Nothing wrong with educated speculation, but not nonsense like "requested climb from FL320 to FL380".
FL320 is way below "Econ Cruise FL" IMHO... there was a reason for FL320 e.g. Flt Planning (Level CAP), head/tailwind, MEL. The FL380 request "for weather" might even have been "tactical" So I see not issue with that request, and indeed have made it myself for genuine weather reasons.

"Outclimbing a CB", as stated, is not usually a great idea - however, climbing may well make navigating a multitude of CBs easier. The PF on AF447 also had a repeated desire to "climb" for weather avoidance...
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