Pikachu From Bhutan, joined Feb 2002, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2295 times:
The airplane cabin is broken down into sections (ie. A,B,C) and the passengers are seated accordingly to keep the weight and balance ok. Standard passenger weights are used depending on summer or winter. So it would look something like 32M and 29F in A, 75M and 62F in B, etc. Bags and freight are weighed and placed in cans and the cans are loaded according to the load detail.
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L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30262 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2246 times:
Boy I wish I had one of the old Reeve 727 or Electra Load sheets to scan and show you. I used to have to fill them out every day.
Basicly it all has allready been explained. The aircraft is divided into sections and you know how much weight you can put into each section.
You just have to make sure that you put less weight then the max in each secton. As far as load sheets and where loads go, that varies depending on aircraft. For example we tried to put more weight forward on those 727's since they where tail heavy to begin with. The Electras we tried to put the heavier load farther back, nearer to the wing spar and the C or G.
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KAL_LM From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 497 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2232 times:
How you decide on where the load goes is really dependent on the aircraft type and the structural limitations, you also have to consider fuel burn as well.
When I'm doing my plans I like to think of a pyramid centered over the wings. That's where the heaviest stuff tends to go because you have the strongest strucuture underneath. Then you work out from there.
For the MD-11F we plan them nose heavy because our MDs have tail tanks which exerts a substantial aft moment, but then it does go away because it's all fuel. For the 747s I do it just the opposite and have them slightly tail heavy because the fuel loaded exerts a forward moment.
The whole point is to get the aircraft as balanced as possible for several reasons but these 2 really come to mind: if the load plan is very balanced if something breaks loose the effect of the movement is minimized. Also, the closer to balance you are you fuel burn seems to be better and the aircraft is easier to control.
Just my two bits.
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