Maintenance Matters

June 1998 Issue

Maintenance Matters

How much does your airplane really weigh? Our bet is that the last POH weight is wrong and probably not in your favor.

When was the last time your airplane got weighed?

Back when Ike was golfing, when it left Lock Haven or Wichita, right? Meanwhile radios have come and gone, engines have been overhauled, changed and re-accessorized, seats have been replaced—or maybe removed entirely. It’s probably been painted two or three times, at least.

Perhaps you’ve had a couple of things 337’d aboard with some quick arithmetic to recalculate weight and balance. Who knows what your airplane really weighs in 1998? Certainly not you.

Surprise, Surprise
I didn’t know either, it turns out, although my homemade Falco was “carefully” weighed as recently as 1991, just after I finished building it....

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