Finetuning the CG
How sensitive are Cessna 172s when it comes to maintaining proper CG*? It’s been a while since I have flown them, but I seem to remember from my past that small helicopters are way more sensitive to maintaining the CG within perimeters than airplanes are. However, I can imagine that the smaller the aircraft, the smaller the CG range will be. And I am open to learn more about it. Any CFIs in here?
I currently fly an aircraft which as an enormous CG range and doesn’t even have a chart for lateral CG. (Most helicopters I know not only worry about longitudinal CG but also lateral balance)
Although, like most aircraft I know, it prefers not to be in a high aft CG situation. Being out of aft CG is always bad from what I’ve seen or read (and experienced with my RC planes, LOL).
It would take A LOT of gum, however, to balance it with gum alone!
Or was Chuck just making excuses?
Not Chuck, I say! That would be a first 😉
*CG … Center of Gravity