Aircraft Weight and Balance

Monday 14th – Tuesday 15th August 2017.
9.00am – 5.00pm

Course Outline

The weight and the balance of an individual aircraft are important parameters, which need to be controlled for that aircraft to fly safely.
Airworthiness Design Standards require aircraft designers to determine and specify limits for the weight and an allowable range for the centre of gravity to ensure that the aircraft, if operated within these limits, can be flown safely.

The weight and balance of an aircraft is constantly varying. Different payloads will cause changes on a flight-to-flight basis. Fuel-burn causes weight and balance changes within a single flight.

Modifications and repairs to the aircraft and even the accumulation of dirt and debris over an extended period of time will change the weight and balance of an aircraft during its service life.

In normal operation, the Pilot in Command is required to ensure that the aircraft is correctly loaded for each mission. The pilot can only do this if provided with accurate information, on the Weight and Balance Limits, together with the current Weight and Balance of the Empty Aircraft, and the effect of the possible loading configurations, which apply to the aircraft.

Provision of this data is the responsibility of an “Aircraft Weight Control Authority” who is person duly authorised under the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations CAO 100.28

This short course on Aircraft Weight and Balance covers the information, which is needed by a Weight Control Authority when exercising his/her duties.

The course covers:

  1. The design aspects, which set the weight and balance limitations for the aircraft. The requirements contained in the Designs Standards for aircraft and helicopters will be introduced and examples given which describe the effects of operating an aircraft with adverse weight and balance conditions
  2. Weight and Balance Theory including the fundamental concepts of a “Equilibrium, and Moment Balance Calculation”. The various computational, graphical and tabular methods, which are commonly used to present Weight and Balance information in Flight Manuals, will be presented and evaluated. Worked examples will be provided and students will be asked to develop such systems for candidate aircraft in student exercises.
  3. The procedures required to weigh an aircraft and to determine its empty weight, and centre of gravity will be covered. The need for correct preparation of the aircraft, together with requirements for scales and the different types of load cells used in electronic scales will be discussed and practical demonstrations and student exercises will be used to demonstrate these techniques.

Course Lecturer

Mr Alan Kerr

Chief Engineer, The Aeronautical Design Service

Alan Kerr graduated from UQ with a BE (Mech, 1st Class Honours) in 1974, and an MSc in Aircraft Design in 1983 from the Cranfield Institute of Technology UK. He served for 12 years in the RAAF as an Engineering Officer with responsibilities for maintenance and structural airworthiness on MIRAGE III, -111, and F/A18 aircraft. After leaving the RAAF, Alan worked in various positions in General Aviation until becoming a CASA Authorised Person for Reg 35 approvals in 1989. Major projects that Alan worked on between 1989 and 1993 include the certification of JABIRU aqnd SKYFOX aircraft, and the development of a full fatigue lifemanagement program for the 26-seat Nord 262/Mohawk, which was a 26-seat turboprop used by a Regional Airline. In 1993 Alan contracted to promote and implement the bonded repair technology developed for the RAAf by AMRL. Between 1993 and 1998 Alan worked in the US where he was involved with the development and application of bonded repairs on C141, C5, F-16, H47, and AH64 aircraft. After returning to Australia in 1998, Alan recommenced working as a CASA authorised person. Currently located on the Sunshine Coast, Alan’s work is primarily involved in the development and certification of the JABIRU range of aircraft and aircraft-engines.

Course Accreditation

All participants will receive a certificate of completion after full attendance of the course.

Course Fees

Fee for this 2 day course is $1,500 plus GST. This includes course notes, morning and afternoon tea/coffee and lunches.

Course fees will be returned less a $50 administration fee, upon receipt of a written cancellation notice before Friday 4th August 2017.

MEMKO Pty Ltd reserves the right to cancel the course, in which case participants will be notified and the course fee will be turned in full.

Places are limited.