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ATC arguing with pilot re a request to turn to avoid

What a pity.

Do you get block altitudes to minimize?


C210_Flyer wrote:

Do you get block altitudes to minimize?

In principle you could I don’t know in practise. But why would you want that? I thought the operational advantage was that ATC didn’t need to separate you from other traffic.

ESKC (Uppsala/Sundbro), Sweden

Well a time I needed a block altitude was crossing the Allegheny mountains of all things. There was such severe up and down drafts that I was not able to maintain
Altitude + or – 2000’ on top of that then there was the turbulence. It went on for 100NM.

Another reason is if you encounter icing (although Ive never had to ask for it) to find an altitude with the least icing. I think in that case it was an expediency situation for the controller. With the limited traffic in Europe that should not be a problem.

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