'Balancing the Weight': New DC-3 V2 Development Update from Leading Edge Simulations

Friday, June 19, 2020

In the latest development update from Leading Edge Simulations surrounding their DC-3 V2, Ilias Tselios has explained the method in which they have approached the weight and balance of the aircraft.

An essential part in the flight of an aircraft, the weight and balance of the DC-3 V2 is to be managed using the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of X-Plane 11 and is to be a "clear, simple, easy to use", and at the same time informative.

"The loading page is divided in 2 columns," wrote Tselios with regards to the layout of the loading page. "On the left column is the area of ‘actions’, where you do the loading. On the right column is the area of ‘information’, with a Center of Gravity chart (CG) on the top, displaying the Gross Weight (GW) and Zero Fuel Weight (ZFW). On the bottom is a numerical representation of each weight category, in both kilograms and pounds.

"The passengers section is divided in 3 compartments, B, C, and D. Using the sliders in the top of the seat map, you can adjust the number of passenger, per compartment, as you want. The seat map will display the seat coverage, as you adjust the passenger. Always pay attention to the CG chart! You are the responsible to proper load the aircraft!

"The cargo loading also happens in 3 compartments, 2 in front of the passengers area, and 1 aft. For clarity, the seat are not drawn here. Keep in mind that the aft cargo area (compartment 3) is way back of aircraft’s CG, so adding a lot of cargo there, will move the CG far aft! Load with caution!

"Last (but not least!) is the fuel loading section. On the top of the section is the representation of the 4 tanks (2 main and 2 auxiliary). Left and right of each tank there are buttons to adjust the fuel weight, per tank, in steps of 10 kilograms. Also in the map below, each tank with the relative level of fuel is represented in their actual position on the aircraft. Again, pay special attention on the CG chart!"

Tselios concluded by stating the end-user should load the aircraft with care, ensuring all of the aforementioned are balanced responsibly. Moreover, none of these can be adjusted once the engines are fired up, further adding to the importance of pre-flight preparation.

Further information surrounding their DC-3 is available to view here, where PBR materials was discussed.

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