Course Details

Weight and Balance

This course is designed to partially fulfill the curriculum requirements as set out in Appendix B Part 147 General Curriculum Subjects for Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools established by the Federal Aviation Administration Regulations.

This course will help you learn the importance of weight and balance, the understanding of which is critical to the safety of the people and cargo onboard and to the aircraft itself. You will also learn what to look for when examining weight and balance records. In addition, you will learn how to calculate center of gravity, aircraft weight, and load balance. All of this knowledge is necessary for the technician’s ability to apply the theory of weight and balance of aircraft in the real world and be successful in their future career as aviation maintenance technicians.

Recommended Prerequisites

Basic Reading Comprehension, Basic Computer Skills, Basic Internet Browsing Skills

What You’ll Learn

Course Module Listing


Course Pre-Test

Course Introduction

Module 1: Weight and Balance Control

Module Introduction

Lesson 1: Weight and Balance System

Lesson 2: Need and Requirements for Aircraft Weighing

Lesson 3: Weight and Balance Terminology

Module Summary

Module Assessment

Module 2: Procedures for Weight and Balance

Module Introduction

Lesson 1: General Concepts

Lesson 2: Weight and Balance Data

Lesson 3: Weight and Balance Equipment

Lesson 4: Preparing an Aircraft for Weighing

Lesson 5: Aircraft Jacking

Module Summary

Module Assessment

Module 3: Loading and Extreme Conditions

Module Introduction

Lesson 1: Weighing the Aircraft

Lesson 2: Loading an Aircraft for Flight

Lesson 3: Center of Gravity Range

Lesson 4: Weight and Balance Extreme Conditions

Lesson 5: Lab

Module Summary

Module Assessment

Module 4: Graphs, Records and Other Considerations

Module Introduction

Lesson 1: Equipment Change and Aircraft Alteration

Lesson 2: The Use of Ballast

Lesson 3: Loading Graphs and CG Envelopes

Lesson 4: Helicopter Weight and Balance

Lesson 5: Weight and Balance for Large Airplanes

Lesson 6: Weight and Balance Records

Module Summary

Module Assessment


Course Assessment

Course Survey