Sisyphus Posted February 18, 2005 Report Share Posted February 18, 2005 The standard passenger weights have been increased. The AIP details the changes. The previous weights were too low, resulting in more than a few overloaded helicopters. Perhaps these new numbers will motivate pilots to actually weigh what goes in their machines. This is the only way to know exactly what the gross weight is. This knowledge is vital to safe and professional operation. Even with the new numbers, overloading is certain to occur on some occassions. For averages to work, the science of statistics requires a minimum sample size of fifteen, far below the capacity of light helicopters. In fact, the use of histograms describing the weights of human beings and a little bit of high school math will allow a statistician to determine what the probability of overloading is. The Owner's Club is up in arms. Their discontent can be viewed in their newsletter of January 14, 2005 wherein they declare that the new weights are for amatuers. This is offensive. The establishment has often labelled those who do not like some the existing regulations (flight duty times) as whiners. Look who is whining now. Their often stated advice is applicable. Deal with it. The change is long overdue Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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