Date: 01 Jul 98 02:42:37 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordmkair) Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com References: 1 Followups: 1
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>Technically, I don't know if you could load the aircraft to MTOW without >filling the wing tanks because the floor beams probably couldn't handle >all the weight that would be loaded onto them to get to MTOW, I'm pretty sure you CAN'T load a large airplane to MTOW without fuel in the wings. I'm no engineer either, but I recall this concept from my ATP study. Most large airplanes have what's called a Zero Fuel Weight, a weight beyond which you cannot add more passengers or cargo - you can only add fuel. I imagine it's based on the bending forces that will be present where the wings (lift) meet the fuselage (non-fuel load).