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Weight & balance of your aircraft
Weight & Balance facts (FAA-H-8083-1A)

There are many factors that lead to efficient and safe operation of aircraft. Among these vital factors is proper weight and balance control. The weight and balance system commonly employed among aircraft consists of three equally important elements: the weighing of the aircraft, the maintaining of the weight and balance records, and the proper loading of the aircraft. An inaccuracy in any one of these elements nullifies the purpose of the whole system.

The pilot in command of the aircraft has the responsibility on every flight to know the maximum allowable weight of the aircraft and its CG (Center of gtavity) limits. This allows the pilot to determine on the preflight inspection that the aircraft is loaded in such a way that the CG is within the allowable limits.

Most modern aircraft are so designed that if all seats are occupied, all baggage allowed by the baggage compartment is carried, and all of the fuel tanks are full, the aircraft will be grossly overloaded. This type of design requires the pilot to give great consideration to the requirements of the trip. If maximum range is required, occupants or baggage must be left behind, or if the maximum load must be carried, the range, dictated by the amount of fuel on board, must be reduced.

The Weight & Balance program

This program is derived from the (french) program Centrage. It has the same purpose to replace all the Excel© spreadsheets devoted to a unique aircraft, by a program capable to take care of all the aircrafts of your flying club. This being said, there is no need of much further explanations. The only thing you have to do is to know where to find each aircraft characteristics so that you will be able to enter all your flying club's aircraft.

The program is a freeware. You can download and install it absolutely freely. If you are satisfied and want to give me a little help, send me a donation via Paypal. This will help me to update my programming tools.

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