Originally Posted by codprawn
Tell me about it!!!
If planes used so much fuel how come you can fly to Rome for about £10???
Just looking at a new exec jet that has hit the market. It will carry 6 people and all their luggage 1500 miles on the same amount of fuel my RIB will go 400 miles on - and at 470mph!!!
Because 200 people at £10 per person.........buys quite a lot of fuel.
Because aircraft fuel isn't taxed in the same way as the fuel us ground huggers consume is - so it is MUCH cheaper...
And because it isn't the amount of stuff jet engines emit - it's what form it's in. The theory is that when fuel is burned at altitude, a lot of the emissions are ionised (charged) so that they have a much bigger effect on greenhouse gases and ozone destruction. Apparently...
And how much fuel does your RIB use to go 400 miles? The jet aircraft that I used to work with would burn over 3,000l of AvGas in an hour. It took me a whole summer to go through that much diesel...