Seamus Thomas Carroll writes

Doesnt a plane run out of fuel after a period of time?

Yep.But it depends on winds.If you are flying at 80knots into
a 80knot headwind you are going nowhere.But if you are flying
at 80knots with an 80knot tail wind then your ground speed is
160knots.
This is why small planes run out of fuel because the pilot calculates
his fuel requirment based on the winds he expects on route.If these
winds are much stronger than expected then the pilot may not realize
untill it is to late that he does not have enough fuel to land at an airport.
This is when shopping centre car parks,highways and paddocks become
sudo runways.


Cheers
Innis



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