Weight and Balance
Center of lift (CL): is the center of area.
Reference datum: is an imaginary vertical plane from which all distances are measured for balance purposes.
Station: is a location along the hovercraft hull given in terms of the distance from the reference datum.
Empty weight: is standard weight plus weight of optional equipment
Maximum weight: is the maximum weight approved for general operation.
Maximum flight weight: is the maximum weight the craft will fly in ground effect.
Tail heavy: When the rear of the craft is excessively loaded. The rear of the craft squats in the water causing excess drag and hindered maneuverability.
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