Well, maybe not a rant. More of a tip for future and low time pilots out there.
I was looking at the flight track for a turbo-prop just to check out the performance and because I was bored. The airplane climbed to FL 290, but I noticed it took 7 minutes to climb the last 2000 ft., and 4 minutes the last 1000. Unless there was some overriding reason to climb straight to 290 they just wasted time and fuel.
As a loose rule of thumb, when you get a high performance airplane down to 500 fpm it’s time to level off, let it accelerate and get the power back to cruise settings. Later on after burning of some fuel you can continue the climb. Remember climb ends and cruise begins when you not only level off, but have accelerated to cruise speed and set cruise power. If you can’t do all three in a reasonable amount of time you’ve gone to high.
Anyway, I’m off on vacation in a couple of days, you guys can follow us bringing the airplane to VNY for maintenance on Friday. Reg: HZHA1, planning to depart EGSS (London Stansted) around 1030Z with a couple of stops yet to be finalized.