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Jet Engine vs. Prop Engine: What's the difference?

Posted by Cirrus Aviation on May 11, 2016 9:04:00 AM

As the largest charter aircraft company in Las Vegas, Cirrus Aviation receives a lot of questions about our aircraft. People are fascinated with airplanes and what makes them tick, such as the differences between jet engines and prop engines.

Jet Engine 101

Jet engines are also frequently referred to as turbo jets and rely on a combination of fuel burning and air compression to turn their compressor blades. There are often several stages of air compression, with each one resulting in an increasing pressure which in turn, increases temperature. This heated air mixes with the gas to spark the combustion and thereby push or force the superheated gas out to rotate the turbine shaft and drive the compressor.


Prop Engine 101

Las Vegas charter aircraft with prop engines differ in how they generate thrust. Instead of burning fuel, they use torque to drive the propeller and thereby the plane forward. This reduced reliance on excess fuel makes them an ideal choice for shorter runways and localized travel.


Choosing the Charter Aircraft to Meet Your Needs

While both of these types of aircraft have their benefits, there are different cases in which one engine might be a better option over another. Your destination and take-off location will play a key role in choosing what type of aircraft is best for your trip. At Cirrus Aviation, we know that all of our guests have their own unique needs. Our team members will recommend a charter aircraft that is perfect for your journey.

To learn more about booking a charter flight, contact Cirrus Aviation today at 702-472-9714 and say goodbye to security lines, lost baggage and multiple connections.

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Topics: Jet Charter Educational