The original Piper weight and balance report showed a left main weight of 543 pounds, a right main weight of 549 pounds, and a nose gear weight of 443 pounds for a total of 1,535 pounds. That includes a 19 pound Narco Omnigator and antenna, an 8 pound Narco Superhomer VHT-3, and a 6 pound Narco LFR-3 radio. Subtract this empty weight from Papa’s 2,550 pound max gross takeoff weight to find a useful load of a whopping 1,015 pounds.
The latest weighing revealed a left main weight of 562 (+19 pounds), a right main weight of 576 (+27 pounds), and a nose weight of 454 (+11 pounds) for a total weight gain of 57 pounds. Although Papa has gained weight (who hasn’t?) he will still carry 958 pounds. The changes I’ve made over the last four years would not account for a 57 pound gain so there must be some other answer. I’ve heard that the original factory weight and balance figures were estimated. I know the May 2008 weight is correct. Can anyone sustantiate the rumor about factory weight figures?