Non-stop NY-Sydney flight of 'huge significance' for development of aviation

Much has been said about economy class syndrome and how to combat the physiological effects of long-haul flights.

But what happens when you're in the air for close to 20 hours?

Australia's Qantas Airways has made history with 'Project Sunrise', completing the first non-stop commercial flight from New York to Sydney. It lasts for 19 hours and 16 minutes, covering roughly 16,000 km.

A total of 49 people were on board for the test flight. Researchers monitored the effects of ultra long-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag.

Managing editor of SA Flyer Magazine, Guy Leitch says this long-distance leap is of huge significance for the development of aviation.

What we've actually seen is this incredible leap in performance over the past ten years or so in terms of twin-engined aircraft, being able to fly for nearly 20 hours.

Guy Leitch, Managing editor - SA Flyer Magazine

He says the New York-Sydney flight lays the groundwork for the even longer flight from London to Sydney.

That one will be consistently over 20 hours. At 17,800 km, it's almost halfway around the world.

Guy Leitch, Managing editor - SA Flyer Magazine

Leitch says it's the development in engine technology that has made these super long-haul distance flights possible, with efficiency increasing by 17-20% with every new generation.

These days when an airliner takes off, even a twin-engined airliner, most of the time the pilots actually throttle the engines back, so they never use all the power that is available.

Guy Leitch, Managing editor - SA Flyer Magazine

It requires an enormous amount of investment in energy to get all that fuel (for 20-plus hours) airborne.

Guy Leitch, Managing editor - SA Flyer Magazine

Qantas is set to test the flight from London to Sydney in November.

Listen to the conversation on Weekend Breakfast with Africa Melane:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Non-stop NY-Sydney flight of 'huge significance' for development of aviation


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Truck attacks: 'You can never fully heal a driver who has psychological damage'

Truck attacks: 'You can never fully heal a driver who has psychological damage'

Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly discusses the fall-out of escalating attacks on truck drivers.

Summer roach invasion? Don't use illegal pesticides, warns City of Cape Town

Summer roach invasion? Don't use illegal pesticides, warns City of Cape Town

Health MMC Zahid Badroodien says the City recorded recorded 32 cases of pesticide poisoning from July 2018 to June 2019.

What are SA's best options to resolve refugee crisis?

What are SA's best options to resolve refugee crisis?

Dr Sikanyiso Masuku says there are lessons to be learned from other countries with efficient self-settlement systems.

'The love that goes into Santa Shoeboxes keeps blowing us away'

'The love that goes into Santa Shoeboxes keeps blowing us away'

Lead SA: CEO Debbie Zelezniak on the project that's distributed hundreds of thousands of gift boxes to children at Christmas.

'The dominance with which Springboks won RWC is absolutely mind-blowing'

'The dominance with which Springboks won RWC is absolutely mind-blowing'

Antoinette Muller reflects on SA's extraordinary performance in the tournament, after they thrashed England in the final.

Four ways the new direct CT-NY flight will change the tourism game for Cape Town

Four ways the new direct CT-NY flight will change the tourism game for Cape Town

It's the only non-stop service between the US and Cape Town and is expected to bring new travel and trade opportunities.

Popular articles
Can’t find your phone? Drop everything – thieves can get into your banking app!

Can’t find your phone? Drop everything – thieves can get into your banking app!

Did someone steal your phone? Contact your bank without hesitation warns consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

'Unions are making a mistake. SAA is dying. It’s not Eskom – we don’t need it'

'Unions are making a mistake. SAA is dying. It’s not Eskom – we don’t need it'

SAA is on its knees, cap in hand, asking taxpayers for R2 billion this month. Unions must be careful, warns Guy Leitch (SA Flyer).

[WATCH] Jozi motorist avoids hailstorm with inventive way to cover car

[WATCH] Jozi motorist avoids hailstorm with inventive way to cover car

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

White pupils at posh Kingswood College refer to black scholars as 'snoobab'

White pupils at posh Kingswood College refer to black scholars as 'snoobab'

"This problem is bigger than just a Kingswood problem. The relevant processes will unfold," says College Head Colleen Vassiliou.

Investors need to understand redress and sensitivities, says Eusebius

Investors need to understand redress and sensitivities, says Eusebius

Eusebius engages callers on the Richard Branson tweet that has been widely criticised for lacking diversity.

[WATCH] Pre-school class erupts as boy returns from RWC, goes viral

[WATCH] Pre-school class erupts as boy returns from RWC, goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

The money-pit airline is fighting for its life. Bruce Whitfield interviews Theto Mahlakoana, a senior political reporter at EWN.

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.