1964. Trends in Standard Passenger Weight


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D R Banes: 1964. Trends in Standard Passenger Weight. 1990.



In May of 1983, the Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) was asked by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for assistance in updating IATA’s guidelines concerning standard passenger and baggage weights. This paper contains a summary of the study performed by SAWE and IATA’s revised guidelines pertaining to standard passenger and baggage weights. The standard passenger weight is the weight assigned to every passenger, regardless of their actual weight, for the purpose of determining the total passenger load on the airplane. The standard passenger weight is derived by statistically analyzing surveys of actual passenger weights. The IATA guidelines provide a standard passenger weight suitable for most carriers and recommended procedures for establishing standard passenger weights for airlines wishing to determine their own standard weight. The SAWE study was conducted at the 1984, 1985, and 1986 SAWE International Conferences in the Government/Industry Session. This paper presents the effects of population weight trends and changes in the ratio of men to women passengers of the standard passenger weight. It will also give some possible reasons for changes in standard passenger weights. Included is an example of the effects a change in the standard passenger weight would have on the loading characteristics of a midsize airliner.


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