Flightaware estimated cruising speeds: way off?


#1

I love the site, but was a bit worried to see a plane my mom was on (a 767-300) going an estimated 527 knots, some 40 knots over the maximum cruising speed. Don’t take this the wrong way; I’m currently in love with the site, and will remain so unitl my aviation obsession subsides. I’d just like to know the various readings of cruising speeds people have gotten.

Thanks!


#2

Note the reported speeds are ground speeds, not air speeds, so they include the effect of winds aloft.


#3

Did your mom marry one of the Google founders?


#4

Not unless they’ve upgraded from their 762. :slight_smile:


#5

Ground speeds? That would explain it; thanks.

And, no-- I’m afraid there’s no Google blood in the family. :smiley:


#6

Got me! :blush: