I was reading this article on Netscape about a pilot who lost his job and wrote a book called "Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel." Anyway one of the questions is:
Q. If a large commercial jet loses total engine power, can it glide to a landing, or is it all over?
A. Complete engine loss "is about as probable as a flight attendant volunteering to give you a shoe shine." He says that a large jet that has no power actually performs better than a light Piper or Cessna without power since it has a glide ratio that is almost double that of small planes.
I know the glide ratio for the Cessna 172 I fly is 9:1 which is for every 1,000 feet of altitude I will cover about 9,000 feet which is 1.7 miles. so let's say a 737 has a glide ratio of almost double 9:1 like 17:1, if it's 10,000 feet in the air and 32 miles away from LAX
, it will actually glide right onto a runway, I find that hard to believe. Are there any pilots out there who can confirm the glide ratio of any commercial jet?
BTW I got that calculation by 10,000X17/5280