Guide to Propulsion
Range and Fuel Consumption
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the explanation given below, use the Beginner's
Guide to Propulsion and the Internet to complete the activity on
determining a plane's range and/or fuel consumption given a variety
Many aspects of flight are extremely important, two of which are knowing
your aircraft's range and fuel consumption. Knowing these two pieces
of information is similar to knowing how many miles you and your parents
can travel in your automobile on one tank of gasoline. However, running
out of fuel in a car is much less dangerous than running out of fuel in
an airplane (for obvious reasons!).
Guide to Propulsion is a Web site of information prepared by the NASA Glenn
Research Center to help you better understand aircraft engine propulsion.
In the Propulsion
Index, under Aircraft Motion open the slide entitled Range
- Constant Velocity and review the information. Next, locate Fundamentals
in the Propulsion Index. Open
the slide entitled Newton's
First Law, and review the information provided. Use the material
in the slides as background information to help you complete the activity.
In the activity, you will be answering questions based on the range and
fuel consumption of the airplanes available to you in Microsoft Flight
To begin the activity,
click on Range and Fuel Consumption.
you and your partner(s), will be evaluated on the accuracy and/or feasibility
of your answers.
demonstrate the ability to determine the range and fuel consumption
of various airplanes, given a variety of clues.
Devon Williams, J. P. McConnell Middle School, Loganville, Georgia