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Aircraft Maximum Payload Capacity

Maximum Payload Capacity – 14 CFR 119.3 defines as:

(1) For an aircraft for which a Maximum Zero Fuel Weight (MZFW) is prescribed in FAA technical specifications, the maximum zero fuel weight, less empty weight, less all justifiable aircraft equipment, and less the operating load (consisting of minimum flightcrew, foods and beverages, and supplies and equipment related to foods and beverages, but not including disposable fuel or oil).

(2) For all other aircraft, the maximum certificated takeoff weight of an aircraft, less the empty weight, less all justifiable aircraft equipment, and less the operating load (consisting of minimum fuel load, oil, and flightcrew). The allowance for the weight of the crew, oil, and fuel is as follows:

Crew For each crewmember required by the Federal aviation regulations

Flight crewmember 190 lb 240 lb

Flight attendant 170 lb 210 lb

Male flight attendant 180 lb 220 lb

Female flight attendant 160 lb 200 lb

Crewmember roller bag 30 lb NA

Pilot flight bag 20 lb NA 

Flight attendant kit 10 lb NA

Oil 350 pounds or the oil capacity as specified on the Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS)

Fuel The minimum weight of fuel required by the applicable Federal aviation regulations for a flight between domestic points 174 nautical miles apart under visual flight rules (VFR) weather conditions that does not involve extended overwater operations

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