I can't speak directly to the ICON A5 as I neither own nor fly one, but for every aircraft I'm familiar with the manufacturer's "book numbers" are generous theoretical values - for example, they typically assume flying perfectly straight-and-level in a no-wind condition, and getting the best possible fuel economy performance from the powerplant.
The Icon folks are openly honest about this on their specs page:
Performance specifications are estimates only., and range is certainly "Performance" in my book.
Personally I have no doubt that the A5 could manage 300NM under the conditions for which its designers did the math to arrive at that number - it's a slick little plane with a fuel-sipping engine - but they may have done a "to empty tanks" calculation (leaving you to account for the VFR fuel reserves you're legally required to have), and in the real world the 15-knot headwind you run into will substantially reduce your range (or, conversely, you can fly in the other direction and increase it).
As with all aircraft your mileage will, quite literally, vary depending on the day and direction of flight.
Does anyone currently own, or have experience flying, an ICON A5? http://www.iconaircraft.com/ They claim a range of 300 NM (555.6 km); I would like to know whether this is a theoretical calculated range, or a true/actual number.
I'm thinking of building some of physical aspects of a flight simulator, such as the overhead panels and pedestal. Is there a publication available where I could find detailed dimensions of cockpit panel sizes of say Boeing 737 and A320s? I've found some pictures online but they don't quite have the detail I would like. Google images shows a few results with detailed dimensions, so I'm wondering where they got theirs from... actual measurements perhaps? (there are photos of measurements, but i'd like something maybe a little more exact) Is there maybe a standard size of these panels, also
Chemtrail conspiracy theorists believe that there are certain additives being put into jet fuel to spew out [nano-]particles that rain down on us, for means that are being kept secret. The hypothesized reasons behind 'chemtrailing' range anywhere from weather modification, population reduction, and sunlight blocking to reduce the earths temperature hence combatting global warming. Some popular... is the actual catalyst supposedly spraying these things? Sources Chemtrail Planet Collective Evolution Wikipedia
Please note that I'm not asking about getting a certificate good enough for flying a wide-body passenger jet (see related question). Rather, I'm asking about getting from zero flying experience to an actual pilot/co-pilot job at a major US airline (AA/Delta/UA/Southwest). Perhaps some regulatory organization maintains such a statistics? Or even the airlines themselves? I'm well aware that people can have various career paths (from ex-military pilots to guys who paid for 10000 flights hours out of their pockets), but with 40,000+ pilots employed by major airlines there must
miles from a VOR. Therefore, when you're within those 22 miles, there's no practical difference between a MEA and a MOCA, right? If that's true, why is there an 1800 foot difference between
So the other day as I was flying, I started to wonder: All pilots should be familiar with basic VFR cloud clearance requirements in 14 CFR 91.155 (and if not, then go study now!). When flying piston airplanes, we probably spend most of our time in the Class E below 10,000 ft. arena: This is great and all, but how can we actually determine how far away we are (especially vertically)? I thought about using a sextant and some "simple math": Unfortunately, I need to know my actual distance TO the cloud as well as my angle... A quick Google search found one of these, but I'm not so
I noticed on SkyVector that, for example, the Resolute Bay VOR (YRB) and Baker Lake VOR (YBK) seem to be oriented in such a way that the 360 radial is pointing in the direction of true north (and I don't think the variation is anywhere near zero there). I know VORs are supposed to be oriented according to magnetic north, but is it common practice close to the magnetic poles to have them point true instead? If so, is there any way to tell if a particular VOR is doing just that, except looking at the chart and noticing that the small arrow is pointing north rather than off to one side?
In reference to this incident by a certain (in)famous artist, i'm wondering how effective modern aircraft are at clearing smoke for single aisle commercial aircraft such as B737/A320 or a business jet like in the story? Which direction does the airflow in a cabin move? Top to bottom? How far are people effected by secondhand smoke if somebody lights a cigarette? Would it be within a one-meter range or would people notice across the whole cabin?
case, and average case for each location, altitude, and date in the future. I have searched and searched Google to no avail. Where can this wind data be found, and how can it be used in a commercial product? For those of you who don't know what the Boeing winds are, I found this description of their software product on am informal message board (not related to Boeing): PC WindTemp... airplane performance and economic studies. The data may also be used for transport airplane route planning on an annual, seasonal, or monthly basis. Note: Actual winds and temperatures
My experience in aviation is essentially zero, but looking at Wikipedia it seems like the Tu-95 Bear offers high subsonic speed and extreme range. I assume that rotary engines are more fuel efficient than jet engines. If all the above are true then why we do not get to see more rotary engine planes in commercial flights? Is it a noise concern? I see that the TU-95 is apparently the "noisiest military aircraft on Earth".