Coffin Corner

February, 23, 2021 by

Coffin Corner occurs at an aircraft’s Absolute Ceiling, where the aircraft can neither slow down without stalling nor speed up without exceeding the aircraft’s maximum operating speed. In other words, this is where the stall speed is equal to the max operating speed. It is the only speed, at that certain altitude, that allows a steady and level flight.

Luca Caviness is an editor for the IFATC Education Group and an IFATC Supervisor. He is also a real-world student pilot.