Ability to achieve efficient range and endurance performance can mean the difference between an uneventful flight and one which ends in anxiety or even tragedy. Beyond the economics of fuel costs, the presence of unexpectedly strong headwinds, navigational error, or deteriorating weather may test the pilot's cruise management capability. The prudent pilot will be prepared by thoroughly understanding the principles underlying cruise performance.
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Byington, M. R.
Piston Airplane Cruise Performance.
Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, 4(1).