I’ve just passed the half way point on my route and have 52% fuel left. As the plane (300ER) is now lighter will it burn less fuel for second half of route?
The plane is lighter and will burn less fuel, also you’re lighter so you may be able to climb higher and burn even less fuel.
Thanks - so hopefully I won’t have to refuel. I’m presently flying at 34,000. What level would you recommend I climb to?
Depends how heavy you are, however one thing I can say is you shouldn’t be at 34,000ft
However way I go on is once below MLW go above 40,000ft
Nice route. I should do it one day (@MishaCamp?)
Its Cape Town to Anchorage. Way points below if you do fancy it. Its about 9000 NM so I’m still wondering whether I’m going to make it without having to refuel. Hopefully there won’t be any delays upon arrival!
Yes the more fuel you burn, the lighter you get and the less fuel you burn. Also cruising at higher altitiudes reduces fuel burn. Winds also play a large part in fuel calculations.
I’ve done 21 hour, nonstop flights in the 77W, at FL320, going west, and still had 2 hours of fuel before I started my descent. 21 hours is around 10000nm. Going east I’ve had almost 4 hours before descent. You’ll be fine I’m sure.
We’re getting a bit of topic here, but 34,000 feet looks like a good altitude to me!
That’s interesting - I thought that it was something along those lines but wasn’t sure.
Anyway, I’m about an hour from Anchorage and it looks like I’m going to make it on my fuel. Cruising at higher altitudes helped a lot
I saw you take off from Cape Town. Monitored your flight on flight tracker. I muself was wondering if you’d make it. But I’m sure you wont need to refuel.
Yes I made it non-stop
You know, I think I might try that Ultra Long Haul out, seems like something to do in my spare time.
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