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Weight
Weight
A measure of the heaviness of an object. The force by which a body is attracted toward the center of the Earth (or another celestial body) by gravity. Weight is equal to the mass of the body times the local value of gravitational acceleration. One of the four main forces acting on an aircraft. Equivalent to the actual weight of the aircraft. It acts downward through the aircraft’s center of gravity toward the center of the Earth. Weight opposes lift.
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source: FAA Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3A)

A measure of the pull of gravity acting on the mass of an object.
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source: FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician General Handbook (FAA-H-8083-30)

One of the four main forces acting on a helicopter. Equivalent to the actual weight of the helicopter. It acts downward toward the center of the earth.
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source: FAA Helicopter Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-21A)

The weight of fabric measured in ounces per square yard.
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source: FAA Parachute Rigger Handbook (FAA-H-8084-17)

Gravitational force on a mass.
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source: FAA Parachute Rigger Handbook (FAA-H-8084-17)

The force exerted by an aircraft from the pull of gravity.
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source: FAA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25A)

A measure of the heaviness of an object. One of the four main forces acting on an aircraft. The force by which a body is attracted downward toward the center of the Earth (or another celestial body) by gravity. Weight is equal to the mass of the body times the local value of gravitational acceleration.
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source: FAA Weight Shift Control Handbook (FAA-H-8083-5)


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