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Aircraft Weight and Balance (Classroom, 5 days)

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Did you know that in the past 3 years, 206 participants from 53 countries have taken this course with IATA?


An all-encompassing course for newcomers to the field of load control.

Learn the theories and principles of weight and balance as per the standard IATA Design Manual and Automated Load Sheet. This course prepares you for the Load Controller certification.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-company training.

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 5 days (40 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.


  • Participants should have prior knowledge of airport layouts, operations and facilities.
  • Recommended level is Intermediate and Management
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017 - Switzerland, Geneva (IATA)
4 additional classes are scheduled. See all

What you will learn

  • Understand the basic principles of flight related to aircraft weight and balance
  • Become familiar with terms used in the field
  • Understand and identify the various weights used in the compilation of a load-sheet
  • Construct indexes and understand their use
  • Become familiar with the design of trim charts
  • Review the standard IATA manual load-sheet and drop line trim chart and the IATA standard electronic data processed load-sheet

Course content

  • Basic theory of flight
  • Aircraft weights
  • Basic aircraft weight
  • Aircraft operating weight
  • Aircraft structural and limiting weights
  • Theory of balance
  • Balance theory applied to aircraft
  • Load-sheet compilation
  • Drop line trim chart and its function
  • The manual load/trim sheet and the standard IATA EDP Load/trim sheet

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Who should attend

  • Airline and ground service provider staff working in operations
  • Airline staff working at an airport
  • Ground handling agents & supervisors
  • Future load controllers
  • Ramp and loading supervisors

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

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About IATA Classroom Training
We train more than 10,000 aviation professionals annually through our global network of IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partners, and in private in-company sessions. Our 200+ classroom courses are developed using IATA’s unique industry insight and delivered by IATA Instructors, experts in their fields. More

Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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