18 February 2007

A flight across Canada and back in an old C172

While hunting for information comparing the energy efficiency of the different transport modes, I came across the homepages of a Canadian, James Strickland. He has a wonderful collection of photographs and a detailed description of flying his 1962 GPS-equipped Cessna 172 aircraft from Victoria, BC, to Ottawa in 20 hours flying time and back in 23 hours during the summer of 2003. The weather conditions on the return legs turned it into quite an adventure.

My longest cross-country flying effort was Wellington to Whangarei and back which took me just over three hours each way piloting a Piper Arrow (ZK-EIF).

And yes, James does have an interesting page of energy efficiency comparisons for passenger transport modes. Unfortunately it is information on modal comparisons for energy efficiency in freight transport that I am currently trying to track down.

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