Aircraft Weight and Balance

This section begins with the basic principle of aircraft weight and balance control, emphasizing its importance and including examples of documentation furnished by the aircraft manufacturer and by the FAA…

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Commuter Category and Large Aircraft Weight and Balance Control

This section discusses general guidelines and procedures for weighing large fixed-wing aircraft exceeding a takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds. Several examples of center of gravity (CG) determination for various operational…

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Use of Computer for Weight and Balance Computations

Almost all weight and balance problems involve only simple math. This allows slide rules and hand-held electronic calculators to relieve much of the tedium involved with these problems. This section…

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Dedicated Electronic Flight Computer | Aircraft Weight and Balance

Dedicated electronic flight computers, like the one in Figure 1, are programmed to solve many flight problems such as wind correction, heading and ground speed, endurance, and true airspeed (TAS),…

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E6-B Flight Computer

The E6-B uses a special kind of slide rule. Instead of its scales going from 1 to 10, as on a normal slide rule, both scales go from 10 to…

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Electronic Calculator

Determining the CG of an airplane in inches for the main-wheel weighing points can be done with any simple electronic calculator that has addition (+), subtraction (–), multiplication (×), and…

Determining CG Changes Caused by Modifying the Cargo (Part 3)

Determining Changes in Weight and CG When the Aircraft Is Operated in Its Cargo Configuration To determine changes in weight and CG when the aircraft is operated in its cargo…

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Determining CG Changes Caused by Modifying the Cargo (Part 2)

Determining the Maximum Amount of Payload That Can Be Carried The primary function of a transport or cargo aircraft is to carry payload, which is the portion of the useful…

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Determining CG Changes Caused by Modifying the Cargo (Part 1)

Since large aircraft can carry substantial cargo, adding, subtracting, or moving any of the cargo from one hold to another can cause large shifts in the CG. Effects of Loading…

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Operational Empty Weight (OEW)

Operational empty weight (OEW) is the basic empty weight or fleet empty weight plus operational items. The operator has two choices for maintaining OEW. The loading schedule may be utilized…

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