C-182 empty weight

C-182 empty weight

I am the Maintenance co-ordinator for a flying club that has a 1965 C-182H. We have several members who have expressed the feeling that our airplane is "heavy" when it is sitting on the ramp. This is compounded by the fact that the aircraft has the long range tanks, which we usually only fule to a total of 60 gals. usable.

I would like to hear from some other C-182 owners as to what your aircraft weighs BEFORE fuel and cabin load. The H model has a GW of 2800 lbs. and we find that if we put even just 60 gals of fuel on, that it is no longer a 4 place airplane in reality.

Please let me know if this is the case for you or if our airplane is really "heavy" on the ramp. (1860 E.W.)

Thanks!
John Moore

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Re: C-182 empty weight

Hello,
I have a 1962 182E model of Skylane. Without wheel pants,which is the way I fly it, my empty weight is 1707lbs.
It has long-range fuel tanks of 78 gal usable for another 468lbs. This leaves me only 625 for passengers and baggage. So, for me, there are times when I have to consider fuel and weight of passengers when loading. Generally, if I keep 50-60 gals. in the tanks, I can put 4 people in and be under gross weight.
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Re: C-182 empty weight

John,
  Rather than guessing, I recommend you acutally weigh the aircraft in an empty condition.  This weight should correspond closely with the aircraft weight and balance records.  It sounds like there might be some equipment on the aircraft that no one is taking account of.

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