How to Conserve Fuel

August, 21, 2020 by

Do you often find yourself running out of fuel on long haul flights? If so, there are a few tactics you can use to maximize range.

The simplest way is to improve range is to reduce unnecessary weight. Do not remove weight from the fuel tanks! More subtle tricks to increase performance include moving the center of gravity slightly aft and minimizing drag. This is why properly trimming the aircraft for cruise is so important.

Another commonly talked about way to increase range is by picking the right altitude. This is usually done by step climbing. Picking the right altitude means more than just step climbing. Higher doesn’t necessarily mean better. Look at winds at altitude to find the most ideal altitude. In the case of a headwind, lower might be better.

Ryan Epps is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is also a commercial pilot, flight instructor, and helps run the Airport Editing Team, currently as an Airport Editing Manager.