MGTOWMaximum Gross Takeoff Weight
MGTOWMen Going Their Own Way
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MGTOW has not really caught on in real life, although David is attending a men's rights conference next year.
"MGTOW is not a direct reaction to feminism, it has been a catalyst.
I've heard many pilots admitting to flying over MGTOW, in some cases routinely.
Sometimes maximum operating weight is the same as MGTOW but not always.
The total empty weight of the airplane, plus fuel, oil, luggage, people and your iPad all add up to become MGTOW. Unless we load the air-craft above that weight limit before engine start, we should never actually take off at MGTOW.
An hour or so into our flight, the airplane can be significantly lighter--as a proportion of MGTOW than it was on the ramp.
Even at MGTOW, all Bonanzas--whether of the 33, 35 or 36 series--are certificated in the Utility category and rated to handle 4.4G.
Presume a Normal category airplane (limit load factor of 3.8 G) has a published [V.sub.A] of 135 KIAS at its MGTOW of 3800 1bs.
As the preceding highlights, the maneuvering speed ([V.sub.A]) published for most personal airplanes is only valid at MGTOW. But we never fly at that weight.
To do so, however, we need to know the airplane's [V.sub.S] (clean stalling speed) at various weights lower than MGTOW. Generally, [V.sub.s] is determined by the manufacturer during flight testing and only at MGTOW; we're on our own when trying to come up with Vs at lighter weights.
For the vast majority of the airplanes we fly, the range between [V.sub.S] at MGTOW and what we'll call basic operating weight (airplane, pilot and minimum fuel) is only a few knots.