Weight and Balance


This Weight and Balance CFI Lesson Plan has come from Chapter Eight of The Complete CFI Binder. It can be purchased a la carte. This chapter is a total of 14 pages and contains a complete lesson for teaching your students and FAA Examiner. This file can be directly downloaded from our server and immediately consumed in any PDF viewing application, on any device that you choose. There are no viewing restrictions or limitations. You will receive instant access to the PDF File immediately after checkout.



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Weight & Balance

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Weight & Balance Terms

ARM (Moment Arm)

Basic Empty Weight (GAMA)

Center of Gravity (CG)

CG Limits

CG Range



Fuel Load

Standard Empty Weight

Licensed Empty Weight

Maximum Ramp/Taxi Weight

Maximum Takeoff Weight

Maximum Landing Weight

Maximum Zero-Fuel Weight



Useful Load


What is Weight

Importance of Weight & Balance

Effects of Excess Weight

Performance Deficiencies of an Overloaded Aircraft

Effects of an Unbalanced Aircraft

Effects of Adverse Balance

Nose-Heavy Condition

Tail-Heavy Condition

Proper Aircraft Loading

Repairs and Modifications

Controlling Weight & Balance

Unbalanced Condition

Overweight Condition

Good Judgement

Calculating Weight & Balance

Basic Weight & Balance Equation 

Weight-Change and/or CG Shift

Supplemental W&B Figures

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