Monthly Archives: May 2015

Can Planes Be Brought Down by Sheer Weight

Next time you fly, take note of the other passengers in the boarding area. How many do you think weigh 170 lbs? Now I am in pretty good shape and whenever I fly any simulators for my plane games I’ve never had a single overweight passenger! I am about 6 feet tall and weigh 190 pounds. If you run the BMI (Body Mass Indicator) calculator, you will see the government thinks I am overweight, not obese but overweight. Good grief, they think I need to lose another 30 plus pounds.So why am I bringing my weight in an airliner story? Safety. There are four forces at work when an airplane flies. Thrust versus drag. Gravity versus lift. When all four are in balance, the plane flies.