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The maximum distance at which something is effective. This can relate to when an aircraft will run out of fuel, or when an electronic transmission will be too weak to receive.

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How do jet fighters get to war?

Currently Australia is deploying F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to the UAE to fight in Iraq. Obviously the UAE (and Iraq) is a very long way from Australia and well beyond the typical range of one of these ...
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Why do helicopters have such limited range?

Why do rotorcraft like helicopters have such limited range, rarely exceeding 1000 km on a full tank? For example, the range of the Apache is close to 425 km, and MI-26's is 800 km.
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How do airliners get from the factory to the client if the aircraft does not have the required range?

Today I flew on an Embraer 190 of Kenya Airways. Checking in the tech specs this aircraft has a range of roughly 2900 km. Considering it is built in Brasil, I was wondering how do they deliver it to ...
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Could the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft do a transatlantic flight with a Space Shuttle orbiter on its back?

Some of the STS backup landing sites were in Europe. Of course, The STS would actually have to fly there only in case of extreme emergency, so the number one priority was just to save the lives of ...
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Why did flying boats in the '30s and '40s have a longer range than land based aircraft?

I just learned that until shortly after world war 2, flying boats had a longer range than land based aircraft In the 1930s, a flying boat route was the only practical means of transatlantic air ...
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How does wind affect the airspeed that I should fly for maximum range in an airplane?

I have heard that wind affects the actual airspeed that I should fly for maximum range in an aircraft. I understand that wind will not affect the airspeed that I should fly if I am looking for ...
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In an engine failure, should I expect less range than with the engine in idle?

I fly a C172 (fix pitch propeller) and when my instructor and I practice a simulated engine failure, we do not turn off the engine, instead we set the engine to idle. In an actual engine failure, ...
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How can some stretched derivative airplanes have longer range while most have less?

On the one side A321 neo has almost the same range as the A320 neo (250 NM difference), and a LR version of A321 neo will have an even longer range. The same goes for the Dassault Falcon 7x and the ...
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What is the ferry range of an A380?

The Wikipedia entry for the A380 gives the maximum range at design load as 15,700 km. The equivalent entry for a Boeing 747-400 gives around 14,000 km but distances of 18,000 km have been performed in ...
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What is the longest range single-pilot certified (FAA and/or EASA) business jet?

I suspect the single-pilot business jet with the longest range is the SyberJet SJ30x: NBAA IFR Range with 100 nm Alternate M 0.76 (1 pilot + 2 passengers; passenger/pilot at 90 kg each) 2,575 nmi (...
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How far can a 777 fly with just one engine at altitude?

If a 777 pilot wanted to fly further than with both engines running, how many more miles could the plane go with just one engine running, at high altitude?
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Why there is such a strong correlation between the range of an airliner and its passenger capacity?

Why we rarely see an A320 (or equivalent aircraft) on a long route with all premium business seats or an A380 (or equivalent aircraft) with high density seating and on a short route? On top of that, ...
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Why do propellers have less theoretical range (i.e. range ignoring impatient passengers wanting to go fast) than jets, despite greater efficiency?

I was playing around with the breguet range equation recently, and came across a suprising result, that propellers have less range than jets, despite having greater efficiency. The range equation for ...
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Jettisonable wingspan for early long-range airplanes

Reading this question, I was wondering if, at some point early in aviation history there may have been designs or concepts anticipating variable swept wing by "expendable wingspan wing"? For ...
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How can pressure pattern navigation be applied to light airplanes?

I want to attempt max range flights in a single engine piston airplane using pressure pattern navigation. My goal is to achieve greater efficiency than what is published in the POH while still using ...
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How could a twin aisle aircraft (Boeing NMA) ever have a single aisle (A321) economics?

I understand from this discussion about the Boeing 757 and 767 that drag is directly related to the front area of the airframe, hence flight efficiency of the dual aisle aircraft can only be ...
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During an engine failure should I deploy 10° of flap or keep it clean?

Imagine I have an engine failure in cruise flight with a Cessna 152 or 172. Should I select 10° flap to increase glide angle? Would it give me more range to reach safety?
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How do ER models store more fuel?

The whole purpose of an ER model is to increase range and by doing that you need to increase the amount of fuel stored in the wings. EX: Boeing 737-900, Boeing 737-900ER. Is the wing area increased or ...
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What is the actual range of ICON A5?

Does anyone currently own or have experience flying an ICON A5 aircraft? They claim a range of 300 NM (555.6 km). I would like to know whether this is a theoretical calculated range, or a true/actual ...
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Which aircraft has the best fuel mileage per person?

I was looking at a BD-5 that got 32 miles to the gallon for one person and wonder: Which plane gets the most fuel mileage if you divide the number of passengers against the mileage of the plane? ...
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What would be the range of a cargo 777 full of usable fuel up to MTOW?

Having read about Rutan's Voyager and more recently about Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer I wondered how would some modern long haul airliner such as a cargo Boeing777 (or other airliner) perform at this ...
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How efficient would an airliner be if it did not have to carry its own fuel?

Hypothetically, if all the fuel was supplied externally or pulled from the atmosphere to where the plane had never to carry any fuel on board, how much more efficient would an airliner be? The plane ...
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How do different RPM–MAP settings affect range?

For a cruise in constant-speed prop aircraft, you can choose different combinations of the manifold pressure and prop rpm to generate the same amount of power. For example, in order to generate 117 ...
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What would have happened when the Concorde's low-pressure emergency system brought it lower mid-flight?

My understanding is that the Concorde was equipped with a system that automatically lowered the aircraft to a safe altitude if cabin pressure was lost. I know such emergency never occurred in its ...
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How are there some Victor airways that exceed the service area of the VORs they are identified by?

As you can see here, V267 has a length of 149nm, is defined by the Craig VOR (CRG) and the Dublin VOR (DBN) and has a MEA of 3000. According to the AIM, the Service volumes of VORs never reach more ...
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How did shortening the 707 increase its range?

According to the Wikipedia entry for the 707-120: The 707-138 was a −120 with a fuselage 10 ft (3.0 m) shorter than the others, with 5 ft (1.5 m) (three frames) removed ahead and behind the wing, ...
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How far can Boeing 777-200LR fly?

The diagram shows the B777-200LR Payload/Range for 0.84 Mach Cruise (P.41 of Source) The maximum payload range is around 7600 nmi, and after that payload have to be reduced in order to increase range....
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How did Airbus fit 6,340 gallons more fuel into the A359?

Bloomberg posted an article that says, among other things, the A350 ULR variant increases range by utilizing "additional space already available in the existing tanks to carry an extra 6,340 gallons ...
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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.
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Which single pilot jet has the largest cabin and longest range?

I'm looking to rent a jet for a trip round the world with my friends but also since I have my license and MEIR, I'll be able to fly myself and don't want to hire another pilot. Which single pilot jet ...
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Airliner sharp wing tip vs elleptical [duplicate]

Now that most airliner manufacturers are using composite materials for wings, making compound curves is much easier to produce, why aren't we seeing elliptical wings, outer panels or wing tips? ...
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How can a designer maximize the glide ratio of an aircraft with low aspect ratio wings, other than by increasing the aspect ratio?

As I understand it, the gliding range is given by a lift to drag ratio—hence to increase the gliding range, I would want to increase the lift and reduce the drag as much as possible. To that end, ...
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Could an executive configured ATR 42-600 get 2000nm range?

Say you wanted to outfit an ATR 42-600 for executive transportation like a smaller version of an Airbus ACJ 220. For example, 2 living areas of 4 rows, 1 sleeping area of 3 rows (a double below and a ...
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What determines a plane's range?

When a planes maximum range is specified, is fuel [capacity] the only constraint or what else is taken into account? Would it always or ever be the case that a greater fuel capacity will increase ...
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What is the correct range of the 787-10?

There are two conflicting values for the 787-10's range; they are: 6,345 NM (11,750 km) -- boeing.com 7,000 NM (12,975 km) -- on the same website few years ago, as well as flightglobal.com Note: In ...
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How did the two F-35 planes get from Fort Worth to Williamtown?

I am curious as to how the the F-35s that recently arrived in Williamtown, Australia did arrive there. Were they transported at any point, or were they flown the entire way? How many stops did they ...
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What is the maximum (unloaded) range of the Beluga XL?

Airbus states that the range of the Beluga XL is 4000 km at maximum payload. Does anyone have a figure (or estimate) for it's maximum range with no payload?
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Why are the altitudes and distances in the profile view different when calculated with the fpm values in the conversion table on Jeppesen charts?

Why are the altitudes and distances in the profile view different when calculated with the fpm values in the conversion table on Jeppesen charts? To put it more simply, I find the distance between ...
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Does lift coefficient for maximum range change for a glider experiencing headwind?

When a glider or unpropelled aircraft experiences headwind, I understand that the flight velocity and sink velocity for the "new" maximum possible range both increase (see velocity polar from How does ...
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Max Range Relationship to Altitude for Propeller-Driven Aircraft

Chapter 11 of the PHAK states, "If a change in altitude causes identical changes in speed and power required, the proportion of speed to power required would be unchanged. The fact implies that ...
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How far can a Super Hornet fly at max supersonic speed in a clean configuration?

How far can a Super Hornet fly at its top (supersonic) speed, assuming it's in a clean configuration, i.e. no external tanks and no ordnance?
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What is the maximum range of a BAe 146-300? Can auxiliary fuel tanks be added?

What is the maximum range of a BAe 146-300? I saw one on Flightradar24.com which started in western France and is still flying non-stop to Greece (flight in progress at the time of posting). I was ...
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Gliding range if engine is off

The engine was turned off at 1000m above sea level. If you ignore the landing pattern, how long can the runway be within a few kilometers of the landing to safely land? However, the wind is blowing at ...
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How does the A220-300 have lower fuel capacity and longer range than the -100 variant?

The A220-100 and -300 variants have relevant specs of (respectively) fuel capacities of 21,805L and 21,508L MTOW of 63T and 71T Range of 3450 nmi and 3600 nmi How is the bigger, heavier variant ...
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Comparison: e-aircraft vs. ground EV modes (car, coach, rail)

I'm looking for (and struggling to find) a comparison for any e-aircraft vs. ground EV modes (car, coach, rail) carrying an equivalent payload, an equivalent distance. So basically, if you fly from ...
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Which single pilot aircraft had a range of at least 2160nm in the late 90s?

I'm writing a book and looking for an airplane that can handle that distance (2160nm), was available back in the late 90s, and can be operated by a single pilot. Thanks!
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Would it have been feasible to install 'conformal fuel tanks' on the Mercure?

The Dassault Mercure was a short-range twin-jet airliner. It was canceled with sales not reaching the breakeven point. Other similar jetliners like the Boeing 737 had a more convenient longer range. ...
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How far could a KC-10 tanker fly if it consumed all of its internal fuel tanks?

I have read that the KC-10 tanker aircraft carries a maximum load of 356,000 lbs of fuel. It also consumes the same fuel that it carries for refueling other aircraft. So naturally, I am wondering: If ...
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How can I find the type of CRL VOR at LTBU Corlu Ataturk airport? (Terminal,Low,High)

How can I find the type of CRL VOR at LTBU Corlu Ataturk airport? (Terminal, Low, High) Although there are reference documents for the FAA, I could not find a document for ICAO with the types of VOR ...
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How is the range/fuel computed when there is a 3-hour difference for the same route?

I am not a pilot. I recently took a trip SIN-SFO 14 hours (tailwind) and SFO-SIN 17 hours (headwind), flying United. According to the Dreamliner Wikipedia page, the 787 range is 7,635 nmi (14,140 km),...
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