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Boeing B727 weight and balance software

June 28, 2009

In 2002 I got introduced to the folks at CCIA, who were at the time having issues with their Boeing 727 weight and balance program. They were using a proprietary VB program that had become difficult to maintain and required a lot of sequential inputs from the crew. Last minute load changes – which are common in the air cargo world – required that the crew start over with much of the inputs.

I showed them a program I had previously used for the Convair 340 and proposed we develop an Excel-based version of their B727 weight and balance program and load manifest.

B727 W&B program

B727 W&B program

I developed the program for them and they’ve been using it on their entire fleet of B727s ever since. The crews carry a laptop with a small IR printer in the planes and run their numbers right from the cockpit. The program includes B727 performance data, B727 takeoff card with V-speeds and the load manifest.

Boeing B727 takeoff card with V-speeds

Boeing B727 takeoff card with V-speeds

The feedback from the crews was excellent, since they no longer had to do all the inputs sequentially and can easily enter last-minute load changes.

Nowadays I would suggest to run the program on a web server and eliminate paper manifests for the trip envelopes, but back then wireless internet wasn’t a good option. Since then I have also developed B757 weight and balance software for CCIA using the same format.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2009 3:02 pm

    Hi my name is Ignacio Zerpa B727 Cap from Venezuela, I have a 727-200 P&W -9A ex Kittyhawk A/C, I am interested in your Boeing B727 weight and balance software, Is it possible a demo of it, fo example SVMC,Maracaibo Venezuela, empty weight 100000 lbs,crew lets say 3000 lbs,OBW 103000 lbs, fuel 33000,cargo 12000 lbs in the Fwd pallets 1, 2, 3 Upper deck and Dwn fwd pallets 1,2, 2000 lbs, ZFW 117000 lbs so far, , I am really interested and we need this software for our Aiport/Rwy analysis , W & B and Take Off data cards Thanx.

  2. July 13, 2009 3:38 pm

    Thanks for your comment. The B727 W&B program I developed was customized to the fleet of my customer, so the empty weights and BOW are hardcoded in the program.

    To use the program for any other operator, we would code the specific requirements of their weight and balance manual and their aircraft fleet into the program. I have sent a few screenshots to your email.

    Best regards,

  3. Irving Silva permalink
    October 9, 2010 6:07 pm

    Hi Ward:
    Interesting, how could I purchase the software , and need to modify it just like our friend from Venezuela, ours are ex DHL 200 -17 engs. Have all the wt/bal information. Right now I need to find availability and cost of a wt/bal program.
    Thanks,
    Irving

    • Crzipilot permalink
      February 23, 2011 7:44 am

      Irving, still looking for software?

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