Correct answer is... 226 km/h. It is equal to 122 kn or 140 mph.
A cruise speed is the speed of a plane in relation to the air masses surrounding it. If we wanted to figure out how fast the plane is moving in relation to earth we would have to take into account the factor of wind. In windless weather the cruise speed equals the speed in relation to earth. However, the higher the plane flies the stronger the wind.
To give an example, the cruise speed of Cessna 172 flying at 300 meters against the wind of 40 km/h will equal 186 km/h. With the wind, it will equal 186 km/h. If there is a side wind, the speed will vary between 186 and 266 km/h, depending on whether it’s more against or with the wind.
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