Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Aircrew Forums > Rotorheads
Reload this Page >

Minimum seat weight

Rotorheads A haven for helicopter professionals to discuss the things that affect them

Minimum seat weight

Old 10th May 2014, 05:12
  #1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 2
Question Minimum seat weight

Can anyone tell me what they put under the seat to meet the minimum seat weight? It needs to look legit if a checkairman inspects it.
Murungu is offline  
Old 10th May 2014, 08:26
  #2 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lost again...
Posts: 560
You don't say what type you're talking about.

One word of warning - check the flight manual carefully - many modern helicopters have crash-worthy, downward-stroking, seats which prohibit placing anything underneath them!!!

If your type is is not subject to such a prohibition then i've seen people use sand-bags, lead ballast-weights (sometimes simple gym weights) etc. It's very important to make sure that they are properly secured otherwise they can easily be a loose article risk to the controls.

OH
OvertHawk is offline  
Old 10th May 2014, 11:13
  #3 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 489
In the R22 I've used both lead dive weights in a scuba weight belt and sand bags. Both work, and for 50lbs worth both leave plenty of crush space under the seat. I like the dive weights on the belt better, though. Easiest to carry to or from the helicopter, takes up the least space and not subject to springing leaks. I'm a lightweight so it's a necessity for me when solo
aa777888 is online now  
Old 10th May 2014, 20:13
  #4 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 2
Thank you

Appreciate the info.
Murungu is offline  
Old 11th May 2014, 13:10
  #5 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Center of the Universe
Posts: 644
For a similar but different purpose, I purchased a roll of lead flashing from a local hardware store and cut it into sheets about 5x7 in, stacked these together and wrapped in a plastic material secured with plastic banding. Made several different weights (10, 15, 25 lbs) to be able to fine tune the total weight. Each about the size of a book with varying thickness. Shape can be adjusted if a rectangular shape doesnt fit.
EN48 is offline  
Old 12th May 2014, 09:36
  #6 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: England & Scotland
Age: 59
Posts: 1,355
Travelling solo, a collapsible camping water container under the opposite seat. Ditch the water and carry the empty container when pax/cargo join. Refill for final empty leg. Prevents loss of payload when needed
John R81 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.