## Which direction do planes fly faster?

The real reason flights from west to east are quicker is down to jet streams. Jet streams are air pockets high up in the Earth’s atmosphere which move in a wavy pattern from west to east. Should a plane find itself in a jet stream then it will travel at a faster speed with greater ease.

Does it take longer to fly east or west?

The reason it took so much longer to fly back is the jet stream, a river of fast-moving air high up in the sky. Jet streams generally blow from the west to the east around the Earth, often following a meandering, curved path just like a river on land.

### Does flying go faster north or south?

As you move north (or south) from the equator, you are moving closer to the axis of the Earth and so the air which started at the equator and moved north (or south) will be moving faster than the ground it is over (it has the rotation speed of the ground at the equator, not the ground which is is now over).

Is it better to fly east or west?

Because flying west adds hours to the day, we give our bodies the extra time they naturally need to sync up with a circadian cycle, making the adjustment period smoother. Flying east, on the other hand, eats up hours, and forces our circadian rhythms to be cut even further.

#### Do planes only fly in one direction?

The jet stream always blows in the same direction because of the Earth’s rotation. Air from the equator has the same ‘fast’ rotation speed around the planet as the equator, and as this air moves to regions where the ground beneath it rotates slower, it turns into a wind moving from west to east.

Why does it take longer to fly from west to East?

Although the rotation of the earth and weather created by solar energy do affect the air circulation of the planet, and jet streams aloft, the main reason why west to east flights take “longer” is that flying east into new time zones adds an hour to your landing time for each time zone flown through.

## When does an aircraft take off what direction?

Once significant speed is built up and there is enough flow of air over and under the wings, the pilot pulls back on the controls and the aircraft takes off. Pilots always take-off in the direction opposite to the direction of the windflow.

How can I calculate the time it takes to fly from one place to another?

You can enter airports, cities, states, countries, or zip codes to find the flying time between any two points. The database uses the great circle distance and the average airspeed of a commercial airliner to figure out how long a typical flight would take.

### How does the speed of a plane affect time?

That’s called the time dilation principle and so, whichever direction you’re moving in this plane, you’re moving at high speed, and that will mean that the time would dilate slightly and you will age slightly less quickly.

Why does it take longer to fly west than East?

First, as the Earth itself rotates, it takes the air with it (thanks, gravity!). That includes the air through which planes fly. At the equator, the Earth spins about twice as fast as a commercial jet can fly. That rate slows the closer you get to the poles, but regardless, it’s always going to be faster than a plane.

You can enter airports, cities, states, countries, or zip codes to find the flying time between any two points. The database uses the great circle distance and the average airspeed of a commercial airliner to figure out how long a typical flight would take.

#### How are airplanes able to stay in the air?

Airplanes need four forces to fly. Lift is one of them. Image Credit: NASA How do airplanes stay in the air? Four forces keep an airplane in the sky. They are lift, weight, thrust and drag. Lift pushes the airplane up. The way air moves around the wings gives the airplane lift. The shape of the wings helps with lift, too.

How does the shape of an airplane help it to fly?

The way air moves around the wings gives the airplane lift. The shape of the wings helps with lift, too. Weight is the force that pulls the airplane toward Earth. Airplanes are built so that their weight is spread from front to back. This keeps the airplane balanced. Don’t forget the pilot! Image Credit: NASA