Payload vs. Flight Time

In an effort to help charter clients understand the payload limitations of our aircraft, we’ve put together the following chart of payload (total passenger and baggage weight) vs. flight time.

To use this chart, follow find the Payload Weight value for the total weight you expect to have on board. If the exact weight amount is not shown, choose the next higher amount. Then follow that line across to the time column. This will tell you the maximum amount of time we can fly with your payload between refueling stops.

Payload Weight Flight Time
510 lbs 2-1/2 hours
560 lbs 2 hours
620 lbs 1-1/2 hours
675 lbs 1 hour
700 lbs 45 minutes
720 lbs 30 minutes

So, for example, if three passengers weigh 150, 180, and 220 and bring along 30 pounds of camera equipment, the total payload is 580. Go to the line for the next higher weight (620) and follow it across to see that the total amount of time between refuelings is 1-1/2 hours.

These calculations assume reserve fuel as required by the FAA and operations in normal conditions. Lower flight times may apply if any of the following are true:

  • the flight is to be conducted hot conditions
  • the flight will depart from or land at a high elevation location
  • the flight requires unusual flight maneuvers or out of ground effect hover operation

Contact us for details if you expect your flight’s total payload to exceed 600 lbs.

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