At which travel distance does flying in a GA aircraft become more practical than driving given the amount of time it will take to get there, the cost of fuel, etc?
For instance, I live in Salt Lake City. It is about a 5 hour drive to Las Vegas. At 150 knots cruise, it would be around a 2.5 hour flight (310 nm). That halves the time, which, to me, would be worth the extra cost of flying vs. driving. (Remember this is for travel sake, not just for fun…Flying to Vegas would ALWAYS be more fun than driving!)
Using the same airplane, what is the minimum distance you could fly (for travel purposes, not just for the fun of it) without it taking longer to fly than it would if you were driving if you include the drive to the airport, prep of the airplane, takeoff, landing, etc?