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Posted: Thu May 04, 2006 9:12 pm 

I'm cruising along here from Rihyad Saudi Arabia to JFK and was wondering how does everyone else calculate fuel for their flights? I have flown the 747 many times and have it down to a average of how many gallons per mile, etc so I do the math that way. Is there a easier method? I hate getting to my destination with a lot of left over fuel, and it isn't very realistic to take off with a full load on. Once I figured out the math, it is really amazing how far a 747 can fly!!!!
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Posted: Fri May 05, 2006 7:58 am 

I use the default FS route planner and NAV Log, which calcualte the estimated fuel for the journey. I usually double what they recommend becasue its usually way too little Wink

Also, there are downloadable fuel calculators Wink
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Posted: Sun May 14, 2006 4:15 am 

It's incredibly easy if you use a fuel planner.
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Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:59 pm
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Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:02 am 

On very long flights, and if I'm not gonna make it to my destination cause of fuel shortage, I usually calculate by seeing approximately how many percentage of fuel I burn every 100 miles or 1,000 miles or so. Then I subtract the percentage by every 1,000 or 100 miles to see if I can make it there.
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