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In science and engineering, the weight of an object is usually taken to be the force on the object due to gravity. Weight is a vector whose magnitude (a scalar quantity), often denoted by an italic letter W, is the product of the mass m of the object and the magnitude of the local gravitational acceleration g; thus: W = mg. The unit of measurement for weight is that of force, which in the International System of Units (SI) is the newton.

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If an aircraft diverts to another airport for mechanical reasons, does the dispatcher create a new flight plan?

Let's say the aircraft is flying from LEJ (Leipzig/Halle Airport, Germany) to DXB (Dubai International). And enroute if the aircraft needs to divert over Turkey to land because of one engine failure, ...
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Why is maximum zero fuel mass used in take off mass calculation?

In calculation we consider maximum takeoff weight , maximum landing weight and maximum zero fuel weight we selected the lowest of below mentioned Maximum Zero fuel weight + Take off fuel Regulated ...
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How much heavier will a fuselage be with a 10% increase in diameter?

Is there some kind of a ratio or a very general rule of thumb that describes fuselage weight increase in relation to the increase of its diameter? (All other things being equal, length etc.) Note: I ...
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Is it possible for the lift force unit vector to be equal to the weight force unit vector?

I know that the drag force is parallel to the direction of flow, thus equal to the unit vector of velocity. But if you consider a vehicle, when its angle of attack is below the velocity vector from a ...
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On what basis is the weight unit of the FQIS selected by airlines of various countries?

On what basis is the weight unit of the FQIS (Fuel Quantity Indicating System) selected by airlines of various countries? Does it depend on the local country for using imperial or metric units?
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What is the lightest powered hang glider?

And how light can it be for foot-launch and climbing on its own power? I know there are stunningly light paragliders, but they are slow, inefficient, the wings wear out quickly, and they are prone to ...
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What are engineers trying to maximize when they design for takeoff at MTOW? (It seems to me the only free variable is the OEW.)

For a commercial flight, the payload it carries is the weight of passengers and their baggage. Therefore fixed by seat configuration. Fuel weight is determined by the range of the flight. MTOW or ...
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Is it possible for an airplane to enter another airplane? [duplicate]

I was making some cool fictional airplane designs and realized that most of my larger airplanes have a bay inside that stores a plane or two. But then I thought, is it even possible to make a plane ...
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What made Concorde so heavy?

The Concorde burnt five times more fuel per passenger mile than the 747. A huge contributor must have been the immense empty weight per seat, three times that of the B747. B747-300 Concorde Empty ...
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How heavy are the folding wingtips of 777x?

To understand the mass penalty that is induced by a folding wingtips, as a first order approximation we can start with just the wingtip's mass without the actuating mechanism. I could not find the ...
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How can I calculate the minimum thrust to weight ratio required for a given takeoff distance?

I am building a plane and I have a take-off distance of 50ft, is there a way for me to estimate the thrust-to-weight ratio required for this constraint (even if it was in terms of say wing loading)?
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Does the center of lift have to be in line with the center of mass?

Imagine 2 theoretical planes, A and B, shown in the image below. The center of mass is yellow, and the center of lift is blue. Would plane A and plane B work as well as an airplane with the center of ...
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What do we mean by taking the lowest of ZFW; TOW and LW to determine the maximum takeoff weight of the day?

Firstly, I understand that the maximum permissible takeoff weight can be limited by landing weight because landing weight plus trip fuel gives us one take off weight. We obviously do not want to be ...
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How much aluminum was used in the Boeing 727?

What is the weight of aluminum used in the Boeing 727 fuselage? Do you know where I can find it? Any manual or site or something like that?
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How fixed air, gas and fixed weights in rigid airships is computed in this book?

I hope I am posting this in the right forum. My current problem is part aviation, part maths. I have been struggling with the following computation ( Burgess, Charles Paine. Airship Design. Honolulu, ...
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Are General Aviation tires filled with Nitrogen?

Long story short, I'm working on a concept for a book. We all know why commercial aircraft have nitrogen tires, but my question is if GA aircraft have nitrogen tires, or are they just filled with ...
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Why does the mass penalty of cantilever vs externally braced wing decrease with aircraft size?

From Wikipedia Cantilever wings require a much heavier spar than would otherwise be needed in cable-stayed designs. However, as the size of an aircraft increases, the additional weight penalty ...
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For electric aircraft, is MTOW = Empty weight + Maximum payload?

Electric aircrafts and most drones have simple powertrains, and their weight does not vary along the flight. After reviewing this thread I assume that: MTOW = Empty weight (batteries incl) + max ...
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Why does increasing a glider's weight using water ballast improve its speed and performance? [duplicate]

I was studying gliders and how they fly. There is a point that's not clear to me: why does using water ballast improve the performance/speed of a glider? If I understand correctly, my glider jumps ...
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How to calculate bending moments and shear forces on a wing?

I am trying to create a MATLAB script to plot the Bending Moment Diagram (BMD) and Shear Force Diagram (SFD) as a function of spanwise distance, x, along a wing from the wing root (x=0) to the wingtip ...
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Are there any airliners capable of vertical climb with engine thrust only by pointing the nose up?

So, sort of inspired by this question, I was wondering if there were any passenger airliners with enough thrust to fly straight up, supported purely through the thrust of their engines rather than the ...
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Average weight of fuel required to carry 1Kg additional cargo weight per hour [duplicate]

I'm looking for an average number here, I know there is not one correct answer as there are many parameters to take into account. Alternatively, I could also use something different, like : how many ...
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Do airline dispatchers pre-block seats for weight and balance on large wide body aircraft?

I was reading a Oman Air flight review and one of the bits intrigued me: I had earlier used ExpertFlyer to monitor both how busy the flight would be and the seat map. I selected a window seat ...
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How is the impact force on the landing gear distributed in fighters?

Upon landing, what percentage of weight is distributed on the main and the nose landing gears of fighters? Upon landing of a fighter aircraft, what would be the approximate time of transfer of the ...
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What adds more weight to a twinjet? Tail-engines or wing-engines?

Let's say we have a large commercial jet, with exactly 2 engines, capable of holding at least 200 passengers. It could be a traditional jet like the Boeing 777, where both engines are in the wing. Or ...
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How can lift be less than thrust that is less than weight? [duplicate]

Physics in schools teaches two contradictory and mutually exclusive things: That the upward lift force on an airplane in flight equal its weight (Lift = Weight = Mass x Gravity). This is based on ...
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Can the removal of a duty-free sales trolley result in a measurable reduction in emissions?

Recently, SAS announced that: Withdrawing tax-free sales will reduce the overall weight of the aircraft, which in turn will reduce fuel consumption and emissions. I could buy that this might be a ...
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Trying to find the vertical acceleration by subtracting weight from lift

I'm trying to determine the vertical acceleration component of a plane with the following specifications: Density of air: 1.29kg/m3 Speed: 33 m/s Wing area: 13.97 m2 Lift Coefficient: 1.5 Mass:560 kg ...
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Why does the DC-8-70 have the same MTOW as the DC-8-60, despite its more powerful engines?

The DC-8-70 is a more-or-less straight reengine of the DC-8-601, replacing the obsolete JT3D-3B low-bypass turbofans of the DC-8-60 with the CFM56-2C1 high-bypass turbofan. According to Wikipedia, ...
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Would knowing the exact weight that has been loaded on a commercial plane and it's distribution be useful? [duplicate]

There's been a bit in the media about weighing passengers in order to get more accurate take off weights for commercial planes. I'm guessing the delta between a heavy set of passengers and a light ...
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What is the weight of the fuselage (only) of the Boeing 747?

I'm wondering about the weight of the Boeing 747's fuselage.
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How long will an aircraft need to fly before it can land without dumping fuel? [closed]

Now, I know perfectly well that the literal and unhelpful answer to the question is long enough to burn sufficient fuel that it is no longer overweight for landing. What I'd like to understand is ...
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How does wind affect takeoff weight limits?

Two days ago I took off from BUR in relatively windy (although dry) conditions. Flightradar showed departure from runway 33, and winds were recorded roughly mid 20s kts from the N-NNE direction. ...
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What are (wing area)/(weight) ratio in birds and airplanes? [closed]

I like to know the usual ratio of wing area over weight in birds and airplanes? I mean if total weight of an airplane is 100 Lbs(Kg), how much should be the least ...
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How do airlines handle their non-standard passengers for the load control process? [duplicate]

How are non-standard passenger weights maintained in the systems? How they do they handle these passenger weights between check in and load control system and etc..
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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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Does Raymer's installed engine equation include the weight of the pylon?

I am currently modelling an aero engine and require the weight breakdown of the individual components, I have the dry weight of the engine and need to verify the pylon and nacelle weight. Raymer has ...
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How to calculate the amount of weight my plane can takeoff with?

This is how I approached this problem- My takeoff run is limited. So, depending on my configuration I calculated the maximum possible velocity I can attain in my groundroll. I assumed that at the end ...
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Where to find information on weight breakdown for helicopters?

I would be interested in information on the weight breakdown for the different components of a helicopter. How much of the maximum gross weight is related to the airframe, engine, gearboxes, ...
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If airliners profit by moving luggage from checked to carry-on, why do some LCC gate-check luggage?

According to this answer, the less luggage is transported as checked luggage, the more "room" (in terms of weight) there is to bring along cargo, and thus more profit. At the same time, some LCCs ...
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How much does basecoat/clearcoat paint cost for an airline?

Suppose an airline with 15-20 A320 wanted to change the paint for the entire fleet, how much would it cost approximately? I need this for my thesis, but unfortunately, paint manufacturers I contacted ...
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Why are airlines so concerned with checked baggage weight?

Why is it that commercial airlines are so concerned with checked baggage weight, such that they charge extra just for the privilege of checking in a suitcase with a limited weight (e.g. 15kg), and ...
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How do I calculate new minimal speed for a glider when I put water into the tank?

Lets say a glider weights 400kg and has a minimal speed of 70km/h. When it has additionally 100l water, so in total 500kg, what is the new minimal speed? I would argue, that in order to reach the ...
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What is the maximum body weight allowed for a pilot?

What is the maximum allowed body weight for a new commercial pilot student? Would someone weighing 130kg be rejected on the basis of health? If so, what should that person weigh to avoid the ...
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How much extra weight is added by strengthening a piston-prop fighter for carrier landings?

To land on a carrier, an aircraft must be strong enough to withstand sudden deceleration by the tail hook catching the arresting wire. I think it also requires strengthening the undercarriage to ...
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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 weight limit for a pilot to eject from an F-100?

What is the maximum weight for a pilot to use the ejection seat in an F-100 fighter?
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Would a lighter aircraft require the same amount of power than a heavier one to fly at the same speed?

I had a question come up: If aircraft A is identical to aircraft B, except that aircraft B weighs 200 kg more. Which of the following statements are true? The answer I selected was wrong: ...
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Why is the thrust/drag increase much lower at a lower FL with weight the only variable?

From and related to: What is the relation between drag and weight? Friction drag is not affected by the angle of attack change. The [induced] drag will increase with the square of the mass ...
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Where do I find the Weight Variants of an Airbus aircraft?

Where do I find the Weight Variants (WV) of an Airbus aircraft?
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