Aircraft Weight & Balance Issues Affecting Aviation SafetyMany small aircraft operations have a recurring safety issue regarding performance of weight and balance activities before each mission. As most of us known the weight of an aircraft and its balance are extremely important for safe aircraft operation. Manufacturers design aircraft with specifications identifying aircraft maximum weight and the limits within which they must balance.
Weight and balance is a safety issue. For aircraft operations with multiple aircraft and many pilots, how does management ensure that weight and balance is calculated before each mission? How is this documented? How can management see which pilots are operating without performing their required weight and balance checks?
Integrated Weight & Balance in Your Aviation SMS Program
SMS Pro has a configurable Aircraft Weight & Balance module that works on an iPhone or iPad (or other smartphone). This module works even when connectivity to the Internet is lost. Administrators can configure all their aircraft with multiple configurations. As pilots perform their weight and balance exercise, visual cues indicate whether weight and balance are within the specified envelope.
Weight & Balance Can Be Performed in Offline Mode
Once weight and balance has been entered (PAX, cargo, fuel), the user submits the form. If the user has no Internet connectivity, the form is saved on the device. When Internet connectivity returns, the saved items are pushed to the server.
iPhone Aircraft Weight & Balance App in action, see this link.
Test Drive the Aircraft Weight & Balance App
Additional Resources for Aircraft Weight & BalanceAircraft Weight & Balance Chapter 4
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About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at and www.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™.