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Got a hypothetical for aircraft pilot's (Small planes).?

Here's the hypothetical that I've been thinking about: Say a pilot of a Cessna Skyhawk 172R, wants to plan a trip from HNL (Honolulu) to LAX (Los Angeles), but knowing the total distance on a fuel tank of fuel can only cover 696 nmi (801 miles) before going empty. Could the pilot make the trip if he or she takes the plane to it's maximum ceiling of 13,500 ft and cutting the engine to glide then starting it up again in order to climb back up to it's original altitude and repeats. Would such a trip be possible if repeatedly doing the same plan (Hitting max ceiling, gliding then repeat)?

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I wouldn’t want to go with you.

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I suspect that the idea of max climb plus glide is not a new one, and that, if it really were cost-effective on fuel, we would know about it.

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