Basic weight & balance of an Aircraft



Learn the theories and principles of weight and balance as per the standard IATA Design Manual and Automated Load Sheet. This course prepares you for the Load Controller certification.

What you will learn


Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
  • Summarize the basic principles of flight, related to aircraft weight and balance
  • Recognize the terms used in the field
  • Identify the various weights used in the compilation of a load sheet
  • Analyze the use of indexes and % Mean Aerodynamic Chord (MAC)
  • Recognize the design of trim and table charts
  • Review the standard IATA manual load sheet and drop line trim chart and the IATA standard electronic data processed load sheet

Course contents

  • Basic theory of flight
  • Aircraft weights and indexes at different flight stages
  • Initial aircraft weights and indexes
  • Aircraft operating and structural weights
  • Aircraft limiting weights
  • Theory of balance
  • Balance theory applied to aircraft
  • Drop line trim chart and its function
  • The manual load/trim sheet and the standard IATA EDP Load/trim sheet compilation

Who should attend?

  • Ramp/loading/passengers handling supervisors
  • Ramp/loading/passengers handling agents
  • Airline staff working at an airport
  • Ground handling agents and supervisors
  • Future load controllers