March 2016 Issue

Less Power for More Aircraft Range

Your airplane’s absolute best range or endurance power settings and speeds may not be published. If you need either one, start with the power-off best glide speed.

What if getting to B by burning as little fuel as possible is our objective? Or we want to stay aloft as long as possible? There are speeds to fly to achieve those goals, but we’ll have to slow down, usually a lot. And those exact speeds, for best range and for best endurance, usually aren’t published for personal airplanes. A workaround is to simply use the lowest book power setting. If no limitations prevent it, best range or endurance usually is found at even lower power.

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