Weight & Balance for N60146

The weight and balance of all aircraft is of considerable importance so let's go through a typical weight and balance exercise as I do before each flight. We'll use actual figures for my plane. We'll take a full load of fuel and you get to go too. I'm assuming you weight 170 lbs.

-------------------------------------------------------------Weight lbs------------- Moment/1000

N60146 weights empty.........................................................1099.35....................... 36.89

Oil 6.5 qts (I added a oil filter)...................................................11.9........................... -.11

Fuel (22.5gal @ 6 lbs.gal)........................................................135.............................. 5.7

Pilot & Passenger(me @ 165, you @ 170)...............................335............................ 13

Baggage(flightbag,water and first aid kit).....................................15...............................1.4


Total (Whew! Under 1600 lbs)...............................................1596.25...................... 56.88

Except for empty weight and oil, the moment figures were taken from the Loading Graph .

The crossing of the loaded aircraft weight line (1596.25) and the loaded aircraft moment line (55.88) fall within the center of gravity moment envelope on the Gravity Moment Chart .

As you can see if you study these figures, there isn't much room to play with. We can add almost 20 lbs of "stuff" and put it behind the seats. We are really on the edge here. Twenty three lbs. for baggage is really marginal as I should carry much more survival equipment and a few tools (which weight a lot). Of course the tanks do not have to be filled, but that can only go so far. Removing the wheelpants reduces the empty weight by 18 lbs. Being choosy about the weight of your passengers is a little unfair, but the fact of the matter is, I won't be taking any NFL football linemen up in my airplane.

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