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Author Topic: ASW15 All Up Weight  (Read 1157 times)

Offline Adrian

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ASW15 All Up Weight
« on: 24 April 2017, 09:08 »
Hello All,

I have not been on the forum for a while. Could anyone answer this weight question;

I have just had the annual inspection of my ASW15 (not B version) done by our local engineer at it was also time to re-weigh the glider. The total mass (empty) was 537 lbs (243.5Kg) and the techincal sheet issued by the British Gliding Association says the maximum all up weight is 700lbs (317Kg)  for aerobatic maneuvers or 721 lbs for non-aerobatic.

That means the maximum pilot weight is 163 lbs (73.9 Kg) for aerobatic or 184lbs (83.4Kg) for non-aerobatic flight.

I weigh 82Kg so with clothes, parachute and lunch I am well over the weight limit and cannot fly the glider any more.

HELP - have we got the all up weight right?

Thanks in advance.

Offline Rick Barber

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Re: ASW15 All Up Weight
« Reply #1 on: 27 April 2017, 20:04 »
Hi Adrian,

I have the B model so I'm not sure. There is a Flight and Operational Manual on the Downloads section of this website for the A model. There it says that the all up weight is indeed 700 lbs and I don't see anything that differentiates between aerobatic and non-aerobatic. The real question I would be asking myself is why the empty is 537 lbs when the manual says 451 lbs. I know that one of my weight and balance checks came in very high. I had a second check done and it was back to where it should be.


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Re: ASW15 All Up Weight
« Reply #2 on: 14 June 2017, 11:08 »

Sometimes, you may have some humidity in the wood that makes your glider heavier.

But in most of the cases, a wrong paint job or a repair increase the global weight...

The only right maximum wheight is the one in the flight manual : 318 kg