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Questions tagged [payload]

Questions about various types of payload that aircraft carry

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What margin of error should one reasonably allow regarding aircraft performance?

This question generated a lot of discussion around amateur pilots often making the mistake of calculating aircraft performance based on perfect conditions and not allowing for a 'safety factor' (i.e. ...
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What are the B737 MAX 8's OEW and max payload?

I have Googled it, but have not found official info on that.
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How much water does a passenger airliner carry?

How is the amount of water for (a) toilet and (b) drinking to be carried by a flight calculated in the industry? Is there any formula or thumb rule using which we can roughly estimate the amount of ...
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What is the cargo capacity of a Boeing 737-200/-300? [duplicate]

I would like to know the maximum commercial load of a cargo aircraft B737-200 & 300.
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Can this helicopter/wrecking ball combo remain airborne?

I just ran into this meta-answer which includes this image: My initial guess is that the wrecking ball is far too heavy for the helicopter to lift, but I'd be interested in the numbers to see just by ...
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Can an aircraft get certified for different runway lengths through the FAA based on the amount of payload it is carrying during said takeoff?

When certifying a new aircraft through the FAA, will they certify the AC for just one takeoff distance based on the max payload capacity, or can you get the AC certified for multiple runway lengths ...
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How is maximum payload determined in the payload-range diagram?

What determines the maximum payload weight, as seen in the horizontal line of a payload-range diagram? I understand that $ OEW + W_{fuel} + W_{payload} \leq MTOW$ but what's stopping me from just ...
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How do engineers make sure UAV don't land on their front propeller?

Take, for instance, the following UAV: and suppose you have a payload with a very big volume that fits exactly in the fuselage (and there is no more space), but is extremely light. Thus, the heaviest ...
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How would a helicopter deal with auto rotation when it transports a hanging payload?

How would a helicopter deal with auto rotation when it has a payload? Will it deploy it's payload and continue with auto rotation as normal? Can't find much online, this research is for my senior ...
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Can the center of gravity ever fall outside the mean aerodynamic chord?

Can the aircraft center of gravity be outside the mean aerodynamic chord (i.e. %MAC being negative or more than 100%), at least theoretically? I'm not an expert in aviation. All I've heard is the ...
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Is lashing equipment considered part of a ULD?

How should a load controller state additional lashing equipment on a load sheet in the context of ULDs? Should the additional weight equipment be added to the ULD's contents, or added to the ULD tare ...
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How do airlines plan their payload for multiple flights in a day?

Of course, this isn't specific to a single airline or airplane. As a base rule, it is needless to say that airlines want to profit as much as they can and the payload is a strong factor to influence ...
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Where can I find a collection of maximum range at maximum payload values for all aircraft types?

The scope of my Master Thesis is the development of an assignment algorithm of aircraft types to routes with a given distance. As part of violation checks I'm validating the possible range of the AC ...
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Can multiple helicopters be used to lift a heavy load?

If the load is heavier than a single helicopter could lift, how possible is to use multiple helicopters for this task? I have only seen this in some movies. The biggest doubts are If we attach two ...
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What would happen if an airliner had too much fuel for its next flight?

There's an old saying that there's never too much fuel left in your tanks or too much altitude below you. However, in terms of airline fuel planning, could there be a situation where an airliner ...
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How do I calculate aircraft range with these parameters?

The parameters are: MTOW, MLW, MZFW, OEW, maximum fuel weight, fuel flow rate and true airspeed. Measured in lbs and kts. Not given drag so unsure how to apply Breguet equation. Trying to construct a ...
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Is it possible to drop a payload via anchored parachute?

Apologies if this is not the proper forum for this question - Here's my situation: I'm trying to drop a payload via parachute with some accuracy. I'm worried that in the above setup, the line ...
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Are drones used in firefighting, agriculture and pest control?

Well, as the question says I am interested in the use of drones in agriculture. Are there any drones designed to carry a tank of some chemical or water? How large are those tanks? I have seen that ...
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What is the explanation for the different lines in the payload/range diagram for the Airbus A320?

In the A320-200's 'AIRCRAFT CHARACTERISTICS AIRPORT AND MAINTENANCE PLANNING' document. It presents the A320's PL/R capabilities as: Firstly, I would like to know: What are the 3 different MTOW's ...
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Are there any heavy lift jets (like Stargazer) with zoom climb (like Ye-66A MIG-21)?

Are there any intercept jets (that can zoom climb like 1961 April 28 113,891ft Ye-66A Mig-21 Turbojet) built for heavy lift? I see the Stargazer and Stratolaunch as really slow heavy lift vehicles ...
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What does it mean for a payload to be “caged”?

If an aircraft has a movable payload (e.g. camera) attached to it, two of the status modes are caged and stowed. Stowed indicates the payload is retracted and or in a locked position. What is ...