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User currently offlineCYXX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (16 years 8 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 965 times:

The Load Factor, for the last time, is the weight supported by the wings. At level flight it is 1g, 60 degree bank it is at 2g's. It doesnt mean that if the plane MTOW is 250,000 lbs and it ways 125,000 lbs at take off that the load factor is 50%. Thank you for letting me vent. Enjoy the rest of the flight.

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User currently offlineDash8 From New Zealand, joined Aug 2005, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 8 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 886 times:

Load factor is the percentage of actual load carried versus the maximum allowed by the specific airplane.
You read that in many airline articles in aviation magazine. They mention the average load factor on a specific route and also specify the "break even" load factor. This is one of the ways to determine profitability for a route.
What you are refering to is wing loading or wing load factor.


User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (16 years 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 873 times:

Why must we have 2 meanings for the same term?! I'm constantly confused by the Load Factor (for G's) and Load Factor (for pax)...

Can we have a different term for the pax meaning? How's about PaxProff? or maybe PaxSqueeze (for how much $$$ we can squeeze out of them and how we pack them in so tightly)?

- Neil Harrison

User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (16 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 872 times:

Excuse me?

Last time I checked load factor was the number of revenue passenger miles divided by the number of available seat miles.

It has nothing at all to do with aerodynamics or aircraft structure...although I guess capacity is related in that a 137 seat aircrat flying 1000 miles will generate 137,000 available seat miles.

It is basically a measurement of airline operating performance.

User currently offlinePilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (16 years 8 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 861 times:

At the risk of being wrong, but I do believe that Load Factor does have a double meaning...

1.) Ratio of the Load suppported by the airplane's wings to the actual weight of the aircraft and its contents

2.) Number of Revenue Pax Miles divided by the number of available seat miles.

- Neil Harrison

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