WING LOADING CHARTS FOR MODEL AIRPLANES

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Figure wing area using formulas above by picking the wing shape that best matches your plane.

Wing loadings are figured by dividing the wing area of your plane by 144 to convert square inches to square feet. Then divide the weight of your airplane by your wing area in square feet. Wing area in sq. in./ 144 = wing area in sq. ft. Weight of model in ounces / wing area in sq. ft. = ounces/sq.ft.of wing loading.

The charts below provide a shortcut to figuring wing loading for those competition events that require a minimum wing loading such as those flown in SAM (Society of Antique Modelers).

To figure a mininum weight for a wing area other than those on the chart you divide wing area in square inches / 144 to get wing area in square feet. Multiply wing area in square feet by minimum weight in ounces per square feet desired which equals target minimum weight. Sq in. wing area /144 = ounces/sq ft. ; ounces/sq ft. x min ounces per sq ft desired = target minimum weight.

(example: a plane with 485 sq in of wing area and we want a target mimimum wing loading of 20oz / sq ft. (485 sq.in. / 144 = 3.37sq. ft. x 20 oz. per sq.ft. = 67oz target minimum weight of airplane.)

Minimun Weights At 8 oz/sq ft
Sq. In. Of Wing Area Weight in Oz. and lbs.
144 8 oz. / .5 lbs
288 16 oz / 1 lbs
432 24 oz / 1.5 lbs
576 32 oz / 2 lbs
720 40 oz / 2.5 lbs
864 48 oz / 3 lbs
1008 56 oz / 3.5lbs
1156 64 oz / 4 lbs
1296 72 oz / 4.5lbs
1440 80 oz / 5 lbs
1584 88 oz / 5.5 lbs
1728 96 oz / 6 lbs
1872 104 oz / 6.5 lbs
2016 112 oz / 7 lbs

Minimun Weights At 10 oz/sq ft
Sq. In. Of Wing Area Weight in Oz. and lbs.
116 8 oz. / .5 lbs
231 16 oz / 1 lbs
346 24 oz / 1.5 lbs
462 32 oz / 2 lbs
576 40 oz / 2.5 lbs
692 48 oz / 3 lbs
807 56 oz / 3.5lbs
922 64 oz / 4 lbs
1037 72 oz / 4.5lbs
1152 80 oz / 5 lbs
1268 88 oz / 5.5 lbs
1383 96 oz / 6 lbs
1498 104 oz / 6.5 lbs
1613 112 oz / 7 lbs

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