1146. Aircraft Loadability Parameters (Some Results of an Airline Survey)


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N J Carraway: 1146. Aircraft Loadability Parameters (Some Results of an Airline Survey). 1976.



In 1975, the Lockheed-California Company initiated the development of a methodology of optimizing the construction of a design center of gravity envelop for commercial aircraft. Once the initial center of gravity envelop has been established, the degree of loading flexibility of an airplane affected by governmental regulations, passenger seating arrangements, passenger and baggage average weights, cargo requirements, fuel requirements, in-flight movement allowances, use of restricted passenger seating, in-service growth, training and ferry flight requirements, and other operational restrictions are evaluated.
A survey was conducted by means of a questionnaire, Appendix A, mailed in mid 1075 to airlines on a world wide basis. The objective of the survey was to obtain current information from the airlines, regarding those items which affect loading flexibility. The response represented a good cross section of the industry and included airlines from North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East. They operated over intercontinental, transcontinental, regional and local routes.
The purpose of this paper is to present a summary of the data obtained from the airlines to date. Every attempt has been made to eliminate the possible connection of the data to a particular airline.
The author is indebted to the responding airlines for their contribution, and additional data is solicited from the other airlines. Responding airlines will receive copies of the completed report.


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