February 2016 Issue

The Perils Of Forward CG

Loading your airplane with a forward center of gravity has implications on wing loading, lift and induced drag.

Anyone who’s made it through primary training knows the importance of determining an airplane’s weight and balance. From that training, we know there are real limitations on how much it can carry and where that weight—whether in fuel, cargo or passengers—can be. We also know a lighter airplane performs better than a heavy one, and that weight concentrated near the fore or aft limits can affect aircraft performance.

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