1756. The Criticality of Weight and Balance on Competition Aircraft


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B C Boland: 1756. The Criticality of Weight and Balance on Competition Aircraft. 1987.



The intent of this paper is to illustrate proven principles of weight and balance and to demonstrate the sensitivity of a high performance, short-coupled aircraft to weight change and center of gravity (c.g.) movement. In addition, this presentation is intended to give young weight engineers a respite from today’s complicated, computer-oriented procedures and provide them with a glimpse at ”hands-on” application of weight and balance principles. The subject aircraft, tsunami, is an all metal, low wing monoplane designed and built from scratch for the purpose of racing, record setting and research. The airplane three-view and dimensional data are presented in figures 1, and 2, respectively.


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