Weight and Balance Stations
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The fourth tab, labeled "Weight and Balance Stations"
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We have to introduce the weight and balance data, that is the various "stations" configuration of our aircraft. This can also be found in the POH, Section VI.

In our example, corresponding to a Beechcraft Bonanza F33A, the first station is the "basic empty weight". The arm was introduced in inches and mass in pounds, as selected in the "settings" menu. The 2 remaining fields, "deposit" and "capacity" are to be left blank in this case. These fields are used only for fuel stations.

The next station is the fuel, in this case the main tanks (left and right). The arm was put in inches, mass in the case of deposits is not mass, but gallons (or liters) of fuel. In this area we will put the value that we want displayed by default, but can be changed on every flight. Normally you will put here the maximum capacity, in this case 284 liters. The next field "tank" is the number of tank. If we have more than one tank, such as main and auxiliary we will give the number 1 to the one used first, and number 2 the one used second, etc. In our case we only have one type of deposit will give it the number 1. Finally the last field is the maximum capacity of such tank in gallons or liters.

The next station is the pilot's seat. The arm is in inches or cm as selected in "settings". In the mass we will put the value you want to appear by default, our weight if we are the regular pilot. The fields "tank" and "capacity" is not used in this type of station and left as zero.

So we can continue entering the rest of the stations, as passenger seat, rear seats, luggage, other tanks, etc.. All arms and default values. Let's remember that the "mass" in the case of fuel tanks are gallons or liters, that is capacity units, not weight units. The program performs the conversion to weight using the density of the fuel.