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  •  Gliders use them a lot. (4+ / 0-)
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    mlharges, Simplify, KenBee, ER Doc

    A great many gliders have either sets of weights that screw in (to handle low-weight pilots) or we put weighted bags down under the pilot seats to keep c/g under control. We also use them on wingtips when parking gliders on the ground for a while.

    The bags are made specifically for this, usually being a bit over a foot square, with 25 pockets or so, each with a lead or steel weight sewn in it.

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