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driving hrs vs flying hours

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 84gmcjimmy, Oct 9, 2005.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Generally, how much less minutes/.hours is flying vs. driving?

    E.G. From Cranbrook to Vancouver it is 10 hr. drive. But to Fly it is around 2 hours.

    Is there a way to figure out how many hours it will take to fly to places farther away like cali or something? Without asking someone?????

    researching stuff...
     
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    Just go online to the airlines' websites. They will tell you what time the flight leaves and what time it arrives. Pretty simple.
     
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    You just have too decide if it's worth the price of the ticket.
     
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    Well I went to expedia.ca if thats what you mean, and I had to fill in a bunch of info, and I still couldn't find out.
    suggestions?
     
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    A jet liner does about 800km/h versus whatever you canadians drive on the freeway. Gotta add the hour you sit waiting in the airport. Sacramento to Vancouver would be about 3 hours in the air.
     
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    What about an airplane? Not a jet.
     
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    HUH?:confused:
     
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    Toronto to Pheonix took 36 hrs pretty much on the button (average a hair under 70mph). Thats definately on the quicker side, since most people wouldn't do it straight through. Plane is 4.5hrs from terminal to terminal, just aqbout 4 actually in the air.
     
  9. 84gmcjimmy

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    I've never flown on a jet. I dont think... Just small 20-50 seater planes? Or are they the same?
    I thought jets were 200+ people...

    how fast?
     
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    Jets are anything that dont have propellers sp?
     
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    Flying is about 10 x faster if you're trying to figger it out quick and dirty.

    I tend to figure driving time at 50 mph average speed. It sounds low, but you do have to stop for fuel, bathrooms and the occasional stretch. If you drive a little over the speed limit 50 works out pretty accurate. It took my 46 hours driving time to make Vancouver to just outside Austin TX. That was 2475 miles. It's about a 5 hour flight.

    Rene
     
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    There are other considerations - time from airport to airport is one and you can find that on the airline's website. The other thing to consider are where you will be going from the airport. Some places are just faster to drive to because you have to get a car or taxi at the airport and then drive a pretty good distance. Also figure traffic. If you are going somewhere on the outskirts of a large city, you might waste the extra time in traffic. Its all a trade off. It also takes time to get on/off of a plane depending on how much stuff you have with you.

    For instance (and I have no idea what the actual conditions are) if you fly to Vancouver in 2 hours, waste 2 hours waiting on the plane, get stuck at the airport for an hour getting off and getting a car and take 2 hours to get to your final destination, you have saved only 3 hours. Wiegh that against the ticket price and price of the rental.
     
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    Jets cruise 400 to 600 MPH. A trip that takes me 14 hours to drive took me an hour and a half by jet.
     
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    Probably, I don't know what I was thinking last night...

    Thanks Rene, I will just call it 10x faster and use that to figure it out.

    Thanks neveryone.
     
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    Actually there are lots of jets WITH propellers. Pretty much anything from a King Air (smaller corporate aircraft) to the small airliners have propellers that are driven by jet engines. Propellers have nothing to do with the type engine. Most helicopters, other than light trainers have jet engines. Being a pilot I can tell you that unless you are traveling a long distance you can drive just about as fast as you can fly from door to door. That takes into account all aspects of travel NOT just the time you are in the air or in the car.

    Example: I can drive from my home to Atlanta, GA in about 6 hours. There is no way I could fly and get there that fast. By the time I drive to the airport, go through all that hassle, board, wait for clearance, take off and fly to MEMPHIS, change planes, then fly to Atlanta, I could drive faster and cheaper.

    However, each situation is different though. As far as smaller planes you could expect to get less 200 MPH out of a single engine or light twin, 300+ out of a Turbo-prop (jet w/ propeller), and 400+ out of a turbo-fan (jet)

    One time I had to travel from Akansas to Austin, TX. We flew Southwest Airlines and it took 9 hours from the time we left the office until we reached our hotel. We could have driven and made it in 6 hours.
     
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    Dont forget..

    Road conditions and constuction,traffic jams,and accidents also make most "estimated" road travel times worthless..it says on mapquest I can make it to a casino in CT I often go to for concerts in 1 hour and 30 minites..I have been there at least 20 times--only once did I make it there in that amount of time..RandNcnally dot com showed another route 15 miles longer,but I can go that way and get there quicker,because it avoids going right thru providence RI--best time I've made either way was 1 hr,45 minites--thats on a day with little traffic,and no delays!..

    I drove to Nashville TN twice from here..went the same way both times..took 24 and a half hours! about 1130 miles!..then I flew there twice--took only 2 hrs,15 minites from Warwick RI to Nashville,and we had to stop at another airport(once it was chicago!--the other time washington DC!).. :eek1:

    800 mph is much better than 65- :D -or standing still at a construction zone! :mad:

    I hate flying,but I hated drivng a whole day non-stop a lot more--even 2 -12 hr.days of driving sucks..by the time you get there,you not only wasted a day or more of your vacation,your so exhausetd from driving, you want to sleep all of the next day too!..its nice to get there in 2 hours and a few minites--plus they are on "Central Time",so it appears like it only took ONE hour to get there!..

    I get real anxious on a plane,and the last time I flew we took off in a thunderstorm,and while climbing to cruising altitude the plane dropped suddenly ,like it hit a wind shear pocket--everyone sreamed,I though we were going down and gonna crash. :eek1: :yikes: .I don't know how I managed not to use the "barf" bag--several others near me DID.(and I'm nervous in a plane on a calm sunny day!)--.my stomach was an ulcer when I got off the plane,and I kissed the ground at the airport when we arrived!..I don't plan on flying again --unless absolutely nessasary..I'm like Mr."T" ,B.A. on the "A" Team---knock me out first,THEN I'll fly no problem!..I feel much safer on the ground,thank you.. :rolleyes: :crazy:
     
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    If it's more than 400 miles fly. But if you need to take more than 100 lbs of stuff per person drive.
     

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