mawingho From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2012, 41 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5087 times:

I am not quite understand the Load System Charlie calculation.

Given
Aircraft empty weight = 689 kg
Empty aircraft index units = 19,522
Oil = 7 kg
Row 1: pilot and passenger = 110 kg
Baggage (baggage compartment) = 75 kg
Fuel = 140 litres

What is the maximum passenger weight, in kg, that may be carried in row 2 at take-off?

Ballast to add forumla:

GW (kg) x distance to move CG (mm) / new STA - current STA

GW = 980
Distance to move = AFT limit - current STA = 3,004 - 2,930 = 74 mm
New STA = 3600
Current STA = 2930
Therefore, ballast to add = 980 x 74 / (3,600 - 2,930) = 108 kg

So, 108 kg is max. passenger weight for row 2 with ZFW and take-off limits checked.
Finally, the key to loading an aircraft is not to exceed any limit. You are advised to check-plot weight moment or weight arm at both ZFW and TOW to ensure compliance.

Reference: Robson, David. "Chapter 10: Loading." Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK). Darra: Aviation Theory Centre Pty, 2009. 329. Print.

Why it's related to AFT limit and moving the STA?

But finally we got the max. passenger weight rather than the distance that the CG need to be moved.

If the AFT limit is 3,004, then why the New STA can be 3,600?

I am just a bit confusing why this formula need to be used and why we always consider the Arm (mm)?

tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12710 posts, RR: 81
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 2 days ago) and read 5018 times:

Quoting mawingho (Thread starter): I am just a bit confusing why this formula need to be used and why we always consider the Arm (mm)?

I can't answer the specific question about the station vs. aft limit because I agree it's not clear in the calculation, but the reason you always consider the moment arm is because the change in the CG depends on *both* the weight and where you put it (the moment arm). 100kg placed near the CG may be no problem while that same 100kg placed at the extreme ends may put you way outside the CG limits.

zeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9990 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4989 times:

The stations used for W&B calculations on aircraft depend on where the datum is defined, on this aircraft it appears to be at the spinner. So measuring from the front of the aircraft back, you will have the arms increasing,

The 3600 mm arm for row 2 just means the seats are located 3600 mm behind the spinner.

Need to check to see what limits you hit first, just looking at weight, the MTOW is 1115 kg, so we could add 1115-980 = 135 kg and be at MTOW. Adding 135 kg at 3600 mm would add 4860 IU to the existing TOW, the TOW would then be 1115 kg, and 28711.1 + 4860 = 33571.1 IU. 33571.1 *100/115 = 3011 mm (i.e. 7 mm aft of the limit). So you cannot carry 135 kg in row 2.

To work out the load to add is found by

Load to add = (GW x change of CG)/(distance between new CG and where you add the weight)
GW=980 kg
Change of CG - Aft limit - current CG = 3004 - 2930 = 74 mm
Adding weight to row 2, that is 3600 mm, and the new Cg is the aft limit = 3004 mm

Load to add = (GW x change of CG)/(distance between new CG and where you add the weight)
=980x74/(3600-3004)=121 kg

I have plotted this visually for you to look at.

The original TOW of 980 kg and 2930 is in green, then you can also see the MTOW (115kg) and 3011 mm, if we connect these two points up, that is the influence of adding weight in row 2. Looking at where the 3004 mm aft limit crosses that line, the red line taken across comes to 1101 kg. 1101-980 is 121 kg.

The answer 108 kg is wrong.

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mawingho From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2012, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4825 times:

Quoting zeke (Reply 2): Adding 135 kg at 3600 mm would add 4860 IU to the existing TOW, the TOW would then be 1115 kg, and 28711.1 + 4860 = 33571.1 IU. 33571.1 *100/115 = 3011 mm (i.e. 7 mm aft of the limit). So you cannot carry 135 kg in row 2.

Thank you for your reply. Hmm..however, I do not quite understand why taking off 135kg from MTOW and then add 135kg at 3600 mm would add 4860 IU to TOW?

I think I am lost... would you mind to explain a bit here? Coz I am new to this stuff..

zeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9990 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 4733 times:

Quoting mawingho (Reply 3): Hmm..however, I do not quite understand why taking off 135kg from MTOW and then add 135kg at 3600 mm would add 4860 IU to TOW?

It is just the IU for adding that weight

The arms for each station I listed above
Oil 1230
Row 1 2750
Fuel 2950
Row 2 3600
Baggage 4210

The weight at each station is

Oil - 7
Row1 - 110
Row2 - 0
Baggage 75
Fuel - 99

To work out the IU for each station, multiply the weight by the arm
Oil = 1230x 7 = 8610 kg.mm = 86.1 IU (divide by 100 to get IU)
Row 1 = 2750 x 110 = 302500 kg.mm = 3025 IU

So for an empty row 2 the IU is
3600 x 0 = 0 kg.kmm = 0 IU
With 135 kg
3600 x 135 = 486000 kg.mm = 4860 IU.
With 121 kg
3600 x 121 = 435600 kg.mm = 4356 IU.

We see the influence of all three of these on the TOW and IU

With no weight in row 2, we have no change to the TOW or IU

With 135 kg, TOW goes to 980+135 = 1115 kg (i.e. MTOW), the change in IU is 28710 + 4860 = 33570 IU, to work out the CG, first convert the IU to the moment, 33570 x 100 = 3357000 kg.mm.

The CG is then 3357000/1115 = 3011 mm (i.e. aft of the rear limit)

With 121 kg, TOW goes to 980+121 = 1101 kg, the change in IU is 28710 + 4356 = 33066 IU, convert the IU to the moment, 33066 x 100 = 3306600 kg.mm.

The CG is then 3306600/1101 = 3004 mm (i.e. the rear limit)

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mawingho From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2012, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 4666 times:

Quoting zeke (Reply 4): With 135 kg, TOW goes to 980+135 = 1115 kg (i.e. MTOW), the change in IU is 28710 + 4860 = 33570 IU, to work out the CG, first convert the IU to the moment, 33570 x 100 = 3357000 kg.mm.

Thank you for your reply. I just do not know how u get 28710 and 33570 in the above sentence?

zeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9990 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 4600 times:

Quoting mawingho (Reply 5):
Thank you for your reply. I just do not know how u get 28710 and 33570 in the above sentence?

The 28710 comes from your OP
TOW
980 kg
CG arm - 2930 mm
IU - 28710

The 33570 comes about by adding the weight in row 2 where you have it blank
New TOW = 980 + 135 = 1115 kg
New TOW IU = 28710 + 4860 = 33570 IU
New CG arm = IUx100/mass = (33570 * 100) / 1115 = 3011 mm.

[Edited 2012-09-04 12:45:20]

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mawingho From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2012, 41 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4423 times:

Quoting zeke (Reply 2): Load to add = (GW x change of CG)/(distance between new CG and where you add the weight)
GW=980 kg
Change of CG - Aft limit - current CG = 3004 - 2930 = 74 mm
Adding weight to row 2, that is 3600 mm, and the new Cg is the aft limit = 3004 mm

Load to add = (GW x change of CG)/(distance between new CG and where you add the weight)
=980x74/(3600-3004)=121 kg

Thanks for your reply. I think I got it now.
But in your previous reply, you used the formula above to calculate the Load to add.

But the book used (GW x disance to move) / (new STA - current STA)
which is 980 x 74 / (3600 - 2930) = 108kg.
2930 is the curernt STA which is derived from current TOW arm(mm)

zeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9990 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4316 times:

Quoting mawingho (Reply 7):
Why the formula used in the book is wrong?

I do not know, it is basically the same as the one I used, maybe you have used the wrong arms.

I can derive the formula for you without any problems, it is a simply the sum of moments, we are using 3 stations, the current CG arm (CGA), Row 2 arm (R2A), and the Aft Limit Arm (ALA). We are trying to work out the load to add (LTA) at the RTA to the gross weight mass (GWM) so that the (LTA+GWM)xALA is still in balance.

GWMxCGA=[(GWM+LTA)xALA]-(LTAxR2A)

in words this is the the moment of initial gross weight at CG must be equal to the GW plus the load added in row 2 at the aft limit, minus the load added in row 2 by the row 2 arm.

where GWM+LTA is the new aircraft mass after loading.