Flight Plan

Author:
iradcliffe
You are a pilot of an Airbus 320. You must create a report that includes an introduction, diagrams, tables and calculations and a conclusion (Reflection). Imagine you have to show this report to your crew, so make sure it makes sense and is easy to follow, otherwise you might crash! Your flight plan is: Day 1 Leave London Gatwick at 08:00 to Copenhagen, landing at 10:00. Leave Copenhagen at 12:20 landing in Paris at 13:45. Leave Paris at 16:55 landing in Berlin at 17:50. Overnight stay in Berlin. Day 2 Leave Berlin at 09:45 landing in Rome at 12:15. Leave Rome at 16:40 landing in Belgrade at 17:35. Overnight stay in Belgrade. Day 3 Leave Belgrade at 10:20 landing back in London Gatwick at 14:35 Before you leave you need to calculate a few things so that you don’t get lost or run out of fuel. You will use the map provided in Geogebra to do all your measurements. Important information Cost of fuel is $0.59 per litre An Airbus 320 uses 6.25 litres per kilometre. You always need 15% more fuel that needed in case of an emergency 1cm on the map is 206km in real life London is 1 hour behind Europe Introduction Write an introduction of the task and the situation. Calculations Create a table to include the following information: (a) Calculate the flight times for all sections of the journey. (b) Measure the distance for each section of the journey. (c) Measure the bearing you must fly on for each part of the journey. (Click destination, origin, North) (d) Calculate how much fuel you will need for each leg. Remember to add the extra 15%. (e) Calculate the total cost of fuel for each leg. (f) Calculate the total cost of the fuel for the entire journey. (g) Paste the map into your report and add the bearings and the REAL distances in km. Extension Investigate to see if there is a more efficient way to get to all those destinations.
Reflection (a) Why do you need to add 15% extra fuel? (b) Use the leg from Belgrade to London to show how far off the destination you would be if your bearing was out by 1 degree. You should draw a right angled triangle to show this. The angle at Belgrade being 1 degree and the adjacent being the distance from Belgrade to London. If you calculate the opposite this will tell you how far off the destination you would be. (c) Considering that the longest runway at Gatwick airport is 4 km long, is the distance you calculated significant enough that you might miss the airport entirely? (d) How accurate where your measurements? Discuss the limitations of the tools you are using. (e) How accurate where your calculations? (Don't say that you used a calculator, or excel, therefore they are accurate. What the question means is what degree of accuracy did you use when doing the calculations and what degree of accuracy did you use in your final answers. E.g. All angles were measured to 2 d.p.) (f) Do you think that the information you have collected and calculated would be accurate enough in real life? What could be done to improve the accuracy? (Think about the limitations of the map provided, the limitations of geogebra itself and the placement of the points)