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Old 01-24-2013, 10:32 AM   #21 (permalink)
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One of the current rides. This was taken at KTEX, the highest commercial airport in the U.S.

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:13 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Also fly a few Twin Cessnas, and a few Single engine tailwheels, but dont have any pictures of them
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:24 PM   #23 (permalink)
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FlyUnity, how do you like flying the Meridian? How much of an issue is useful load?
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:37 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I miss flying the Meridian. Fun little plane.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:58 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Inverted, did you find loading issues to be a major pain, or is that overstated? My understanding is the payload hurts pretty bad when you fill up the tanks.
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:41 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I've found the pay load on many high performace planes to be poor when topped off. But most of the time there's no need to top off as they have pretty long ranges. For example, I can fly my KingAir for about 2:45MIN with IFR reserves, or aprox. 750 miles loaded to minimum fuel weight, which in it self is hard to do as that's 2,200lbs. Or if I top off, Now I can only take 4 adults plus me, but have a range of up to 1,400 miles at the right altitude and stay in the air way longer than anyone wants! The more power you start making, the more fuel you burn, the larger the portions are of fuel vs pay load. On the E-110's every hour of fuel I leave behind is another 700lbs of payload. Make any sence?
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Redguy has a lot of good points. I can offer a view from an airliner. We NEVER top the plane off (5,678 lbs in the Dash). On the 200, rarely can we take 37 PAX and more than about 30 bags in the cargo hold. (PAX=190 or 195 lbs depending on time of year and includes their carry-on bag, unless they gate check it which then adds another bag to the cargo hold. BAG= 30lbs). I know at most regionals a carry-on bag that fits into the overhead is not counted as weight since it is included in the pax weight. If the carry-on is gate checked and put in the cargo hold, that bag is then counted as additional weight. And this is with less than 3,800 lbs of fuel. The 300 is much better payload wise. We can take 50 PAX plus about 45-50 bags and be fine, with about the same 3800 lbs of fuel.

This is why flights (especially regionals) get "weight-restricted". If the PAX/BAG combo is over a certain number, then the flight will be over a weight limit(Zero-fuel weight, Max takeoff weight, max landing weight, etc.). And again this is all at way less than Full fuel.
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