Flying Citabria N5156X on my First Solo
Cross Country Flight When it came time for my Private Pilot Single Engine Land checkride I decided to make up a simple spreadsheet for the Citabria's Weight and Balance.

It's a requirement that you show the Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) that the aircraft you're planning to fly with not be over its certified gross weight or outside of the center of gravity (CG) range specified by the manufacturer.

Given that the only variable I can tweak in the Citabria is how much fuel I put in the tank, I put together a simple spreadsheet to answer the question "How much fuel can I legally carry?"

n5156x weight and balance

Basically, you enter the weight of the pilot and rear seat passenger in the yellow cells. It will then re-compute the "Fuel (in gallons)" line to show how many gallons of fuel you can carry.

I'm providing this as a simple template for anyone else who may need to do something similar. However, make sure you use the numbers from your aircraft's most recent weight and balance sheet. You can't expect even aircraft of the same make and model (Citabria 7KCAB, in this case) to be the same. The empty weight will depend on any repair work, engine accessories, panel configuration, and so on.

Posted by jzawodn at March 12, 2007 12:10 PM

Reader Comments
# Joe Zawodny said:

At 199, it looks like I'll have to ride in the front seat!

on March 12, 2007 07:37 PM
# Matt said:

Not to be picking on your post, but there is a typo in the 3rd note on the spreadsheet. It should be 'solve' not 'sovle'.

Maybe the time of the posting has something to do with it?

on March 13, 2007 04:36 AM
# Tom Joy said:

Thanks, I had made up my own, which was a lot clumsier.

This is my first comment on your site, but I must say that I've thoroughly enjoyed (and found very useful) all your aviation related posts, both for my glider license, and now, as I work on my power rating.

By the way, I think you must have been the most *prepared* ASEL candidate in the history of checkrides!

on March 13, 2007 08:20 PM
# Joe Duck said:

Ummm - if a *large* person, out of embarrassment, lists their weight incorrectly, does everybody die?

on March 14, 2007 01:32 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

No, there's a surprising amount of safety margin built into a lot of airframe and aircraft limits. But you have to realize that when you push them, (1) you *are* pushing them, and (2) you're flying without insurance and outside the law.

on March 14, 2007 01:34 PM
# Juan Carlos said:

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on April 19, 2008 03:02 AM
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