The job of load control is to ensure that cargo loads are distributed in the aircraft in such a way that the aircraft can be maintained at the correct pitch (angle) for safe and efficient flight. This is done by distributing the load according to specific loading instructions. It is the responsibility of the load control officer to ensure that the cargo pallets or containers are positioned at the correct point in the cargo hold. Another consideration while planning is that the containers that are supposed to be offloaded first have to be loaded last.
The Load Control Officer needs to plan the layout and sequence of cargo loading as well as passengers seating which is especially important for take off and landing to maintain equilibrium. Once the seating and cargo distribution is finalised, then the load officer has to prepare a chart which will tell the pilot how to adjust the aircraft’s settings to accommodate its load.
A Certificate III or IV in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service) can be a requirement along with a background in a number of areas in airport operations.
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