Linked Questions

10
votes
1answer
19k views

How can I calculate the fuel consumption of an Airbus 320-200 at various loads?

I want to know: What is the fuel consumption of an Airbus A320-200 - 180 Seats, at 100% load factor for a distance of 2000 km? What is the fuel consumption of an Airbus A320-200 - 180 Seats, at 80% ...
12
votes
3answers
14k views

How does turbojet thrust change with altitude?

I am studying the rate of climb of turbojets, I don't know how the thrust varies with altitude and in particular which are the differences between necessary thrust and effective thrust. Hope being ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Why do airliners on autopilot climb during cruise?

Several years ago I was a passenger on a near cross-country flight when the pilot came on the PA and announced that we were climbing towards our cruise altitude, on autopilot, and as our fuel load was ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Is the induced drag independent of wing span?

I am a new aviation student and I was reading about induced drag the other day. I know that it is produced as a result of the tip vortices and that the greater the aspect ratio of an airplane the less ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

How can you find the best altitude for range or speed?

How can you select best cruise altitude (altitude for best range velocity) and maximum speed altitude? The specific case is a turboprop aircraft of gross weight 8000 lb.
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Where can the highest air density be found on Earth? [closed]

I would like to see if there is any possibility of testing, validating and actually demonstrating a potential design for drag-mediated rapid braking of an ultralight plane - possibly a solar plane. In ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

How can we design a wing for cruising at very low speeds?

I was thinking about a simple super-light aircraft powered with a little low-power piston engine. Is there any way that we can design a wing so the aircraft flies very slow (like 25 km/h as minimum ...
3
votes
4answers
270 views

How much of an airplane's forward energy is lost to lift?

An airplane needs to move forward to generate lift, and because energy isn't created from nothing, all the kinetic energy of lift comes in the form of drag, where air (air resistance) turns forward ...
0
votes
1answer
524 views

Do wingtip vortices cause a decrease in the lift component of aerodynamic force, and do planes need to pull more AoA to compensate?

So, from what I know about wingtip vortices, they shift the angle of the relative airflow to where the effective angle of attack of the airfoil is lowered. Since the aerodynamic force is always ...
3
votes
1answer
218 views

Why is the thrust/drag increase much lower at a lower FL with weight the only variable?

From and related to: What is the relation between drag and weight? Friction drag is not affected by the angle of attack change. The [induced] drag will increase with the square of the mass ...