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Questions about various types of payload that aircraft carry

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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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Which are more efficient in putting out wildfires: planes or helicopters?

A lake is near where both helicopter and plane can access the water and fire. Which aircraft (if you had access to only one) is more efficient in putting out wildfires? Which aircraft is preferred to ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why can't Centre of pressure and Centre of Gravity coincide?

I understand that normally CG is placed ahead of COP so that a tail down force can make the aircraft stable. But why can't the COP and CG be placed in the same position so that there needn't be a tail ...
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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 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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Why can Boeing V-22 Osprey carry more cargo internally than externally?

According to the Wikipedia, V-22 Osprey can lift 20,000lb of internal cargo, whereas it is able to carry only 15,000lb externally by dual hook. I wonder why there is a difference between external and ...
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How does a variable-sweep-wing aircraft keep wing-mounted payloads straight?

So, a variable-sweep wing is an interesting design, but I am wondering: if the aircraft wing moves back or forward, then the payload's angle will also change. Is there a another rotating mechanism in ...
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Comparison: e-aircraft vs. ground EV modes (car, coach, rail)

I'm looking for (and struggling to find) a comparison for any e-aircraft vs. ground EV modes (car, coach, rail) carrying an equivalent payload, an equivalent distance. So basically, if you fly from ...
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How can I modify a fuselage to increase the payload?

I'm designing a regional turboprop for a university assignment. The design requirements are very similar to the Dash 8 Q400 in terms of passenger capacity (90 pax), speed, range, runway length ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How to calculate and check if a/c can carry additional reserve fuel without affecting payload and if so how much?

Find payload and state if a/c can carry additional reserve fuel without affecting payload and if so how much? Max take off weight= 45000 lbs. Max landing weight= 40000 lbs. Flight fuel= 4000 lbs. ...
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Calculating the horizontal distance the payload would travel with a parachute (horizontal drift)?

When you release a payload with the help of a circular parachute, and you want to find out the range in which it would land. And how would you find the descent gradient of the parachute?
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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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Is engine shp directly correlated with its payload capacity?

For a turboshaft engine, does increasing its shp also increase its payload capacity? What are the other factors determining the payload capacity of a helicopter?
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What is the largest and heaviest payload ever flown?

Not counting the plane what is the largest or heaviest payload ever flown?
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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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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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How to increase payload capacity of plane?

Keeping thrust, wing span, weight (of plane) constant, can we increase the payload capacity (nearly 50% more)? Adding payload to plane, it decreases thrust/weight ratio, how does it affect the control ...
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Calculating the horizontal drift for parachute, is it okay to assume the "starting speed" to be terminal velocity?

Plus in the worst case of the maximum range, can we assume we are already at the terminal velocity when we're deployed at 600m? If we assume that we are deployed at 600m, we "freefall" for a ...
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Was this 'load-balancing' seat change refusal real? [duplicate]

On Sunday, I was on a flight in Greece, on a A320. I was sat just forward of the wings. Someone sat in the isle seat opposite me, asked if she could move to the back to sit with her friend, since the ...