CYXX 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.
Dash8 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.