11. Aircraft Weight Distribution

  1. Mohammad H. Sadraey

Published Online: 19 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118352700.ch11

Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach

Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach

How to Cite

Sadraey, M. H. (2012) Aircraft Weight Distribution, in Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118352700.ch11

Author Information

  1. Daniel Webster College, New Hampshire, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 26 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119953401

Online ISBN: 9781118352700



  • aircraft weight distribution;
  • aircraft weight distribution on airworthiness/aircraft performance;
  • aircraft center of gravity, for aircraft stability/controllability;
  • aircraft weight distribution changes, with cg to new positions;
  • center of gravity range or limit along x-axis;
  • aircraft forward and aft center of gravity determination;
  • aircraft center of gravity, key and concerns for aircraft designers;
  • weight distribution, automatical distribution of aircraft weight;
  • passenger aircraft, stability significance to other design requirements;
  • aircraft mass moment of inertia, weight distribution influence


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Aircraft Center of Gravity Calculation

  • Center of Gravity Range

  • Longitudinal Center of Gravity Location

  • Technique to Determine the Aircraft Forward and Aft Center of Gravity

  • Weight Distribution Technique

  • Aircraft Mass Moment of Inertia

  • Chapter Example

  • Problems

  • References