Aircraft Weight & Balance Refresher (classroom)



About the course

3-day (24 hours) classroom course

IATA Aircraft Weight & Balance Refresher aviation training course

A focused course for existing professionals in the field of load control. Refresh your formal knowledge on theories and principles of weight and balance as per the standard IATA Design Manual and Automated Load Sheet.

Course Code: TAPP-56

Course format


  • Participants must have at least two years experience in Load Control process and have prior knowledge of airport layouts, operations and facilities
  • Recommended level is Intermediate.
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

In-house training

To arrange in-house training for your company, please complete the in-house training request form or contact the Training Specialist in your region.

Next class

Aircraft Weight & Balance Refresher (classroom)

Netherlands, Amsterdam (IATA)
25 - 27 October, 2023
Register before Apr 25, 2023 to take advantage of the 25% Early Bird discount (only for payment by credit card or ICH)*. The price below includes this discount. *Terms apply
Please register by 04 Oct
Find out more about our Early Bird Terms.
All prices are before tax and include applicable discounts.
Class no: 171923
USD 1,103
USD 1,418
USD 1,579

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Revise the terms used in the field
  • Identify the various weights used in the compilation of a load sheet
  • Review the use of indexes and % Mean Aerodynamic Chord (MAC)
  • Recognize the design of trim and table charts
  • Review the standard IATA manual load sheet and drop line trim chart and the IATA standard electronic data processed load sheet

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • Basic theory of flight
  • Aircraft weights and indexes at different flight stages
  • Initial aircraft weights and indexes
  • Aircraft operating and structural weights
  • Aircraft limiting weights
  • Theory of balance
  • Balance theory applied to aircraft
  • Drop line trim chart and its function
  • The manual load/trim sheet and the standard IATA EDP Load/trim sheet compilation
  • Fuel trim effects
  • Last Minute Changes
  • Load planning effects on ramp handling (e.g. Tailtip risks)
  • Refreshing Load Control processes

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airline and ground service provider staff working in Load Control
  • Airline staff working at an airport
  • Turnaround coordinators

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.

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