Explain the difference between the engines used on commercial planes, private planes, and helicopters (see background information below).
Have students match the engine styles to the corresponding aircraft and place them on the storyboard with tape (i.e., jet engine with commercial plane, rotors with helicopter, and propellers with small private plane).
Encourage students to think of other types of air travel and how they are powered (i.e., hot air balloons, blimps, and gliders).
Background Information Commercial plane has a large jet engine and is used to transport many passengers over long distances. Passengers must buy a ticket to ride on this type of aircraft.
Private plane has a small propeller-type engine and is used by indi- viduals to transport themselves or their friends on small trips for business or pleasure.
Helicopter has a horizontally rotating pro- peller (rotors) that lifts the craft upward and forward. This type of craft is used for trans- porting just a few individuals over short dis-
tances. Helicopters can be sightseeing trips, life flight trips to
used for hospitals,
FAQ’s Where can I get more information about engine styles? Visit the Web sites listed at the back of this guide.
Assessment Students should correctly match the engines to their corresponding aircraft.
Johnny’s Airport Adventure