'Alright, you can go with us, but we'll have to go with half full tanks.' The amount of seats in an airplane can be deceiving. I fly a Cessna 172, which has four seats, but carrying four people is rarely a reality. To know what I can carry, I have to run some weight and balance calculations.
It's important not only to ensure that the plane isn't loaded with too much weight, but also that the weight is loaded in the right place. Let's look at a scenario and work through the logic. We'll be looking at an iPad app called Gyronimo to help with some visuals.
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