Jet vs. Plane

What Is the Difference Between a Jet and a Plane? 

When someone is talking about aviation, they might get confused between what a jet and a plane are. These terms are often used interchangeably, but there are some key differences between the two. As one of the top aircraft dispatching schools in the nation, Sheffield School of Aeronautics is here to detail the difference between the two kinds of aircraft. This is valuable information for anyone that is interested in beginning a career in aviation or becoming a professional flight dispatcher. What is the purpose of a jet plane vs. a prop plane? Continue reading below to learn more from our airline dispatcher school. 

Jet vs. Airplane: The Principal Differences 

The key difference between a jet and an airplane is that to be a jet, a plane has to have a jet engine. Essentially, every jet is an airplane but not every airplane is a jet. A jet engine could either be a turbojet or turbofan, while a non-jet engine is usually a turboprop. Turboprop engines, or non-jet engines, are usually found on propeller planes. Propeller planes are usually used for short-haul flights, instructions, and other short flights. Propeller planes are also usually used on shorter flights because they require a shorter runway for takeoff and landing. 

On the other hand, jets are more popular for commercial and longer flights because they fly faster, are more stable, and can fly longer distances more effectively. Below, we go into further detail about the utility of jets and what you can expect from one. 

What Are Jets Used For? 

The main difference between a jet and a plane has to do with what they are used for. Jets are used for fast transportation. Whether this is cargo or passengers, if a flight calls for a long distance between point A and point B, a jet plane is the most effective way to fly. Specifically, turboprop planes can only fly up to 1,500 miles, while a jet plane can fly over 5,000 miles. Aside from being able to reach longer distances, a jet could also handle adverse weather conditions much better than another kind of plane. Since propeller planes are usually smaller, they feel thunderstorms and turbulence way more than a larger plane like a jet. 

However, it could be more practical to use a smaller prop airplane to complete a flight. This is true for airports or destinations that have grass runways. 

More About Our Flight Dispatcher School

Sheffield School of Aeronautics is here to make sure that any prospective flight dispatcher receives the training and resources they need to become an FAA dispatcher. Whether it’s articles like this one that explain the differences between jets and planes, we also offer a wide selection of courses that could help you accelerate your career. Some of our flight dispatcher courses include international flight planning and flight weather planning courses. Contact our flight dispatcher school today to learn more about what we offer.

This entry was posted in Flight Dispatcher Courses and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • Contact Us

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

  • Testimonials

    “As a graduate of Sheffield School of Aeronautics I am a firm believer that I received the most thorough and well thought out aircraft dispatcher training available. I owe my position in the industry to Sheffield School of Aeronautics.” BF Sidebar BF
    “I am a graduate of the Sheffield’s Dispatcher Program. I have been a Captain-Part 121 Airline, Certified Flight/Grnd Instructor, and FAA Designated Check Airman and Sim Instructor (Part 121). From my experience I would rate Sheffield School as outstanding in their field.” PT PT
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is known worldwide for its quality training and has been recommended to me by our national airline Swiss International Airlines. Whenever I mention the name ‘Sheffield’ it rings a bell in people’s ears.” IW IW
    “This school came highly recommended by multiple past students and EVEN OTHERS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS. Reputation is fantastic from multiple companies that I have worked for.” A. – September 2020
    “This was an amazing class! Always interesting! It was like drinking from a fire hose, but I have never enjoyed a course more than this one. Thank you for a great 5 weeks & EWINS!” R.S. R.S. Testimonial – 5-weeks & EWINS
    “My experience at Sheffield and my exposure to other aircraft dispatchers that did not go to Sheffield has resulted in an awareness of the superior depth and quality of the training provided by the Sheffield instructors.” CD Sidebar CD
    “Their reputation of excellence amongst the industry is second to none. Sheffield School of Aeronautics should be seen as the standard of how it can be done and how it should be done. I was hired at a major airline with no dispatch experience.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is a highly recognized and respected organization throughout the airline industry. They only produce the highest quality of graduate…” P.W. Sidebar PW
    “I wanted to tell you I got the job offer from Expressjet, and start next month! I think a couple others from class were hired as well. It just shows the Sheffield reputation when I see graduates from other schools complaining that they can’t get an interview – I wasn’t even back home to Minneapolis […] Dan Gustafson
    “Your school has offered me an incredible advantage in the Dispatcher job market.” D.K. D. Kircher
    “After receiving my certificate, I joined a class of 4 experienced dispatchers for Part 121 initial training. Without experience, my preparation at Sheffield enabled me to become active at the same time after the initial training.” PR PR
    “Being that half my new hire class dropped out over the course of training, I can confidently say that Sheffield helped to prepare me for the real world.” GT – abridged testimonial – school selection matters
    “These men represented the highest caliber of professionalism and integrity. The education I received from these gentleman has afforded me to be gainfully employed while having the opportunity to use the education received, all over this country, and more than a few others.” WG sidebar wg
    “As a graduate of the aircraft dispatcher program at the Sheffield School of Aeronautics…My training was intense and thorough and furnished me with the requisite skills for performing my current job as a Flight Dispatch Supervisor.” N.S. Sidebar NS
    “now that I’ve been in an indoctrination class with students from other schools, I know I made the right choice with Sheffield.”   Kindest regards,  A.R.  All schools are created equal?! yeah…sure ;)
  • Online Catalog

    Sheffield Flight Dispatch Training Catalog

  • Connect