Wing Loading Calculator – Optimize Aircraft Performance

This tool helps you calculate your wing loading based on your weight and the area of your wing.

Pilot Weight (lbs):
Parachute Weight (lbs):
Gear Weight (lbs):
Canopy Area (sq ft):

How to Use the Wing Loading Calculator

To use this wing loading calculator, you need to input the following values:

  • Pilot Weight – Enter your weight in pounds (lbs).
  • Parachute Weight – Enter the weight of your parachute in pounds (lbs).
  • Gear Weight – Enter the total weight of your additional gear in pounds (lbs).
  • Canopy Area – Enter the area of your canopy in square feet (sq ft).

After entering these values, click the “Calculate” button to get the result of your wing loading, displayed as pounds per square foot (lbs/sq ft).

How It Calculates the Results

The wing loading calculator works by summing up the weights entered (pilot, parachute, and gear) to get the total weight. This total weight is then divided by the canopy area. The formula used is:

Wing Loading = Total Weight / Canopy Area

For example, if the total weight is 200 lbs and the canopy area is 100 sq ft, the wing loading will be:

200 lbs / 100 sq ft = 2.00 lbs/sq ft


While the calculator provides a useful estimate of wing loading, it has some limitations:

  • It assumes a flat, constant canopy area which may not account for variations in canopy shape or design.
  • Weight inputs must be in pounds and canopy area in square feet; conversions from other units are not handled.
  • Ensure accurate and realistic values are entered for precise results; erroneous inputs will lead to incorrect calculations.

Use Cases for This Calculator

Calculate the Wing Loading for a Single-Engine Aircraft

Enter the weight of the aircraft and its wingspan to determine the wing loading, which is crucial for evaluating the aircraft’s performance and efficiency during flight.

Compare Wing Loadings of Different Aircraft

Input the weight and wingspan of two or more aircraft to compare their wing loadings, allowing you to make informed decisions when selecting an aircraft for various purposes.

Optimize Wing Loading for Gliders

Adjust the weight of the glider and its wingspan to find the optimal wing loading for achieving the best glide ratio and overall performance during soaring flights.

Analyze Wing Loading for Aerobatic Planes

Calculate the wing loading of aerobatic planes by inputting their weight and wingspan, enabling you to assess their maneuverability and aerobatic capabilities accurately.

Estimate Wing Loading for RC Model Aircraft

Use the calculator to estimate the wing loading of your RC model aircraft by entering its weight and wingspan, ensuring safe and efficient operation based on the calculated values.

Determine Wing Loading for UAVs

Input the weight and wingspan of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to determine their wing loading, helping you optimize their flight characteristics and operational efficiency.

Calculate Minimum Wing Loading for Safe Flight

Enter the stall speed and maximum weight of an aircraft to calculate the minimum wing loading required for safe flight, ensuring that the aircraft can maintain lift at all times.

Adjust Wing Loading for Light Sport Aircraft

Experiment with different weight and wingspan values to adjust the wing loading of light sport aircraft, optimizing their performance for recreational and training purposes.

Optimize Wing Loading for High-Speed Aircraft

Fine-tune the weight and wingspan parameters to optimize the wing loading of high-speed aircraft, ensuring stable flight characteristics and maximum efficiency during high-speed maneuvers.

Evaluate Wing Loading for Military Jets

Input the weight and wingspan of military jets to evaluate their wing loading, crucial for assessing their combat capabilities, speed, and agility in various mission scenarios.

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