Definition of service ceiling in English:

service ceiling

noun

  • The maximum height at which a particular type of aircraft can sustain a specified rate of climb.

    • ‘The aircraft has a service ceiling of 22,500 metres.’
    • ‘In other words, 25,000 feet is well below the airplane's service ceiling.’
    • ‘The maximum speed is 287 km/h and the service ceiling is 5,280m.’
    • ‘The 41,000-ft service ceiling of the Avanti is 6,000 ft above that of the B200.’
    • ‘Neither its rate of climb nor its service ceiling was as good as that of the lighter MiG - 15.’