Ask Your Pilot; Captain Dan! Questions About Flying – Fuel Consumption – June 12, 2011 – Toronto Ontario

Toronto ON – Pilot Dan Baz is answering your flying questions here on the Cornwall Free News.

If you have a question about flying you can email Captain Dan or post below.


The cost of fuel is steadily increasing.  How much fuel does a big jet use?  Asked by Colin.


Of course the bigger the airplane, more fuel it is going to use.  Also the airplane weight has a significant influence on the fuel consumption.  An airplane like a Boeing B767, that can carry 200 to 300 passengers,  will burn approximately  two litres of jet fuel per second.  Imagine a two litter soft drink bottle. The airplane will burn that much jet fuel every second of the flight.  For example, on a five hour flight to a vacation destination in Mexico, that is, 18,000 (5×3,600) seconds times two litres per second, or 36,000 litres of jet fuel.

Have a question for the Captain ?  Send it to Captain Dan Baz Every week a question from the readers will be selected and answer posted in this column.

A bit more about Captain Dan:

“Captain Dan Baz enrolled in Flight School at the age of 16.

He has completed studies in Aircraft Engineering and Master of Business Administration. He has been at the controls of many different types of aircraft, from single engine Cessnas to large intercontinental jets on global routes.

Over the last four decades he has flown thousands of hours up in the blue sky.”


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