## Range (aeronautics) |

The maximal total **range** is the maximum distance an

**
Ferry range** means the maximum range the aircraft can fly. This usually means maximum

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For most unpowered aircraft, the maximum flight time is variable, limited by available daylight hours, aircraft design (performance), weather conditions, aircraft potential energy, and pilot endurance. Therefore, the range equation can only exactly calculated and will be derived for propeller and jet aircraft. If the total weight of the aircraft at a particular time is

= ,

where is the zero-fuel weight and the weight of the fuel, the fuel consumption rate per unit time is equal to

.

The rate of change of aircraft weight with distance is

,

where is the speed, so that

It follows that the range is obtained from the definite integral below, with and the start and finish times respectively and and the initial and final aircraft weights

.

The term is called the specific range (= range per unit weight of fuel). The specific range can now be determined as though the airplane is in quasi steady state flight. Here, a difference between jet and propeller driven aircraft has to be noticed.

With propeller driven propulsion, the level flight speed at a number of airplane weights from the equilibrium condition has to be noted. To each flight velocity, there corresponds a particular value of propulsive efficiency and

The corresponding fuel weight flow rates can be computed now:

Thrust power, is the speed multiplied by the drag, is obtained from the

The range integral, assuming flight at constant lift to drag ratio, becomes

To obtain an

The range of jet aircraft can be derived likewise. Now, quasi-steady level flight is assumed. The relationship is used. The thrust can now be written as:

Jet engines are characterized by a

Using the

where is the air density, and S the wing area.

the specific range is found equal to:

Therefore, the range becomes:

When cruising at a fixed height, a fixed

where the compressibility on the aerodynamic characteristics of the airplane are neglected as the flight speed reduces during the flight.

For long range jet operating in the

where is the cruise Mach number and the speed of sound. The range equation reduces to:

Or , also known as the *Breguet range equation* after the French aviation pioneer,

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