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How does aircraft weight affect its performance?

Weight and Balance is one of the most important topics taught during the early stages of the aviation career, but why is it so important? Basically, the weight and balance of the airplane will directly affect its performance until at some point, the airplane won’t be able to fly.

Moreover, if the airplane is loaded over its limits it won’t be possible to calculate its performance characteristics (fuel consumption, rate of climb, true airspeed, etc). Airplane manufacturers provide performance charts and aerodynamic characteristics in the Pilot Operating Handbook (POH). Those performance charts are…

Ivan Parra

My name is Ivan Parra, from Argentina. I am a Flight Instructor (CFII) in Argentina and The United States. I’m also the founder of thinkingaviation.com

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