Keep the Skinny Birds Flying Safely
Our CP50/65 G-AFZL is ready to fly following rebuild, trouble is we have a weight problem! It looks like we've gained over 100lbs in empty weight over the factory figure, which will mean that we might only be able to get her certificated as a single seater or have severe restrictions on payload (a good excuse to lose some personal weight maybe).
I find it difficult to see how we could be 100lbs overweight, although I do realise aircraft do gain weight over the years, but not that much, especially as the fabric covering is now lighter.
We will weigh her again to see if any errors have crept in, in the meantime I would be grateful for any of your empty weight figures so I can get my head around a solution - this will probably include removing the wheel spats (pants), the generator and paring down the interior even more than it is already.
Also it would help if we could get the airframe re-classified as a CP65 as the MAUW is about 25lbs higher. My observations over the years are that there is no structural difference between the CP types, can anybody put me right on this? I don't believe that Porterfield would have bothered to beef up the airframe to take the extra 15hp of the A65 engine.
Any help appreciated, otherwise it's going to be a bit lonely in the air in future.