Piston-Powered Airplanes More Fuel Efficient (But Is That Enough?)

September 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Eco, Eco Tech

A recent article from Low-Tech Magazine brings up the interesting note that only the most recent jet planes are as fuel-efficient as propeller planes . Many people believe that jets are very efficient, but, “on a per passenger mile basis, the most efficient modern aircraft, the Airbus A380, has just managed to match that which was achieved by the piston engined Lockheed Constellation series in the 1950’s.” Unfortunately, passenger-mile fuel efficiency isn’t the sole metric that airlines have to consider. Fuel cost is certainly a big chunk of the operating budget for a passenger plane, but so is the cost of crew wages and benefits

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Piston-Powered Airplanes More Fuel Efficient (But Is That Enough?)

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