# Pilot problem dealing with weight and magnitude of force exerted on pilot's body

• dgibbs
In summary, the problem involves a pilot performing a loop-the-loop maneuver in an airplane with a speed of 300 mi/h at the top and 450 mi/h at the bottom. The radius of the circle is 1200 ft and the pilot's true weight is 160 lb. The questions ask for the pilot's apparent weight at the highest and lowest points of the loop. To solve this problem, a free body diagram is needed and the equation used is Fn = -mg + mv^2/r.

## Homework Statement

The Pilot of an airplane executes a loop-the-loop manuever in a vertical circle. The airplane's speed is 300 mi/h at the top of the loop and 450 mi/h at the bottom. The radius of the circle is 1200 ft. Use American Engineering units in this problem.

A) The pilot's apparent weight is equal to the magnitude of the force exeted by the seat on his body. What is the pilot's weight at the circle's highest point if his true weight is 160 lb?

B) What is the pilot's apparent weight at the circle's lowest point?

## Homework Equations

I know I have to find the some of forces and solve for his weight.

## The Attempt at a Solution

I know the first step is to draw a FBD and label the forces acting on the pilot.
At the top of the look, with the pilot traveling 300 mi/hr the forces acting are...

Gravitational Force = mg = 32 ft/s^2
w/Pilot's weight = 32 x 160lb = - 5120
Normal Force of seat = Fn = Fg = 5120 ??

I know I have to factor in the velocity but I am not sure what the equation is that i have to use...