As with any aircraft, compliance with Weight and Balance limits are critical to the safety of sUAS operations. An UA that is loaded out of balance may exhibit unexpected and unsafe flight characteristics.
4 Pre-Flight steps to ensure you are operating in compliance with part 107 weight and balance regulations.
- It is the Remote PIC’s responsibility to ensure that the sUAS is properly loaded by determining the weight and balance condition of the UA.
- It is the Remote PIC’s responsibility to review the Pilots Operating Handbook (POH) and or obtain any manufacturer weight and balance data to assess the weight and balance restrictions and limitations.
- It is the Remote PIC’s responsibility to know the effects that a payload has on an sUAS to make the adequate adjustments to safely operate.
- Landing weight – It is the Remote PIC’s Responsibility to know if the landing weight will differ from take off and what effects this has on the sUAS operation.
If the manufacturer does not provide specific weight and balance schematics it is the Remote PIC’s responsibility to assess and determine the weight and balance limitations.