New Patrol Weight & Balance
Having recently completed my Bearhawk Patrol kit, it was time to do the final weight and balance on it. Having worked hard to keep it light, I was pleasantly surprised to have the empty weight come in at 1,061 lbs.
Someone pointed out to me that with the maximum Gross Weight of 2,000 lbs that means my Patrol can carry a payload nearly equal to its own weight. That is amazing when you think about it.
When I was doing the sample W & B figures with max. gross weight and max. aft CG, I really had to keep making the pilot and passenger heavier and heavier to get there. I finally ended up with a 275 lb. pilot, a 250 lb passenger and 100 lbs of baggage plus full tanks (300 lbs) to get close to gross weight and max aft CG.
All I can say is – “What a remarkable airplane.”
Eric Newton – Long Beach, MS