Range & Endurance – Fuel Efficient Flying in Light Aircraft was written for pilots flying light-single or twin piston-engine aircraft at the Student, Private or Commercial Pilot levels. Using the fuel carried on the aircraft in an efficient manner will not only save money but also increase the aircraft’s range (distance flown) or endurance (time remaining airborne). This book, Range & Endurance, discusses various factors in the efficient use of the fuel available, describes fuel technology, light aircraft fuel systems, refuelling procedures, pre-flight planning in regards to fuel use and in-flight use of fuel to increase the aircraft’s range or endurance. The book ends with a final chapter containing fuel calculation formulas for use on the pilot’s E6-B Air Navigation Computer. Flying for range or endurance is an important part of a pilot’s airmanship duties; this book Range & Endurance – Fuel Efficient Flying in Light Aircraft offers a good insight to achieve this on every flight.
Frank Hitchens was born in Birmingham, England. At the age of seventeen years he joined the British Merchant Navy as a ship’s steward and travelled the world. He settled in New Zealand in 1965 and worked on the Inter Island ferries between Wellington and Lyttleton. While working on these ferries he joined the Wellington Aero Club and gained his Private Pilot Licence within six months of learning to fly and, later, his Commercial Licence. He flew charter flights and joy rides for the club and enjoyed the challenges of cross-country flying and air navigation around New Zealand. He flew mostly single-engine light aircraft, including a flight in a rag-wing microlight and a few hours in a Boeing 737-800 flight simulator. Marriage to his wife Deidre in 1981 brought an end to his active flying. However, his love for aircraft and flying never waned. He continued his passion in the form of photographing planes and, later, his technical interest in aeronautical subjects turned to writing. He has written several magazine articles published in New Zealand and also a book, Formulas for the E6-B Air Navigation Computer, and also Range & Endurance - Fuel Efficient Flying in Light Aircraft previously published by Airlife/Crowood Press in 2007.