AeroW&B Version 5

icon320 Thank you for choosing my App, AeroW&B. This app is an aviation weight and balance calculator. It has been designed primarily with an aircraft renter, or flight school student in mind. It is however an extremely versatile, and powerful app that will serve an aircraft owner well. If you are already using an earlier version of AeroW&B, your saved data will automatically import into V5. In AeroW&B, your weight and balance calculations will be presented to you in both a tabular format, as well as in a graphic view. You can instantly visualize the weight and balance solution for your aircraft load. This is aided by colour coding of key calculations to highlight overweight conditions.

New for Version 5

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Version 5 of AeroW&B features several new functions making it even more powerful than previous versions. The most obvious is the colour coding of key weight and balance calculations. Is your aircraft load over gross weight? Over maximum zero fuel weight? maximum landing weight? AeroW&B will colour that calculation in red to instantly bring that situation to your attention.

In AeroW&B you can now set maximum station weight values. If you set a station weight above your pre-defined maximum, that station data in the tabular view is coloured to indicate this to you. Maximum weight for fuel stations is calculated based on a fuel type you have entered. Additionally, when setting the fuel station weight in the main tabular view, you have the option to set the weigh directly, or simply enter the fuel volume you have put in your aircraft, and AeroW&B will set the weight for you.

Recently I began flying an aircraft that uses a TKS fluid type anti-ice system. Version 5 of AeroW&B now supports the changing weight of station values by introducing ‘consumable’ stations. In previous versions, you were able to set fuel station weight and consumption via the ‘Trip Fuel’ stations. You can now also set a ‘Consumable Station’. Enter the weight of your deice fluid in one of these stations, and the consumption weight for that station. AeroW&B will show you both landing weigh with that stations consumables depleted, as well as landing weight without it used.

For those of you using aircraft of European origin, you can now quickly switch views and data input values between metric and imperial values.

App Overview

Data in AeroW&B is saved as “Aircraft Type” information, and “Aircraft” information. When you put your data into the app, the first thing you will do is create an “Aircraft Type”. This type will store all the information that is common to all aircraft of a particular type. When this is complete, you will create one or more “Aircraft” and link to a type.

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Schools and aircraft rental outfits will typically have a number of aircraft of a similar type. This data scheme means that you only will need to create weight and balance information for say a C-172M once, then create a number of aircraft each with their own registration, weight, arm, and moment data. If you are renting, and at the last minute need to do an aircraft switch, simply select the new aircraft, all your weight and balance information for that load will follow.

Fuel Estimate Utility

FuelEstimateDoing a long trip, with a heavy load and need a quick fuel estimation. How many people can you carry with you if you plan to fly a given trip? You need to know if a trip you have in mind is ‘doable’ from a weigh and balance perspective. AeroW&B features a fuel estimation utility to help out. This utility is not intended to, and does not replace proper fuel planning, and you are still responsible to do so. What it does do is give you a quick look at a trip to see if it is possible. Once you have done your estimate, you can quickly send your fuel results to the weight and balance calculations to assess to feasibility of your trip.

Sharing

weightandbalancereportWant to print your results? No problem. AeroW&B supports Apple’s AirPrint format. You can directly print to an AirPrint compatible printer from your iPhone or iPad device. Additionally, you can email or use Apple’s AirDrop feature to share your weight and balance calculations. Have a new renter needing W&B information for your fleet? Again no problem you can share your aircraft data, again using email or AirDrop, with new customers allowing them to quickly do weight and balance calculations for their trip.

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Problems?

If you are having problems getting AeroW&B set up for your aircraft, please feel free to email me at ms.app.programming@gmail.com and I will do what I can to get you fixed up. If you can send me the relevant information from your aircraft’s POH or AFM, I will create the W&B files for you and send it back to you as an email attachment if you wish. When viewing the email on the device your copy of AeroW&B is installed, tap on the attachment to load it into AeroW&B.

At the bottom left of most views in the AeroW&B interface are “Help” buttons. You can tap on these for an explanation of the interface function for that view.

In the main menu is a function labeled “Create Example Aircraft”. Tap on this to create an example of C-172 “Aircraft” and “Aircraft Type”. You can examine this data to see how things should look, or even modify and use it for your aircraft.

Thank you once again for choosing my app AeroW&B. For more help, check out the video demonstrations for a step by step walk through on how to use AeroW&B. Currently these videos feature previous versions of AeroW&B, however keep checking back for new updated videos highlighting the exciting new features of version 5.

AeroXWind

icon1024AeroXWind is a quick and easy to use cross wind calculator. This is a universal app that will function on iPad and iPhone devices.

Simply select your runway and set the wind in the selector dial. You can also set the wind using the interactive virtual windsock. You will instantly get an indication of crosswind headwind/tailwind. You will also get an indication of Canadian Runway Friction Index (CRFI) required for a safe landing.

AeroXWind now features a recommended runway length utility based on Canadian Aviation Regulation data.

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AeroW&B 5 Video Tutorials

3 Part Video Tutorial

Part 1: Overview

Part 2: Enter Aircraft Data

Part 3: Advanced Aircraft

AeroTimer

_IconImage512Aero time is a simple aviation timer with some powerful features. It is designed to record and store engine start and stop times as well as takeoff and landing times. It was born out of my experiences flying a UAV. As advanced as that machine was, the on thing it was missing was a flight timer. I though to my self – there has got to be an app for that!

Since most pilots don’t fly UAV’s, I have included some features more useful to the average general aviation pilot. AeroTimer will auto detect takeoff and landing using the iPhone GPS. Of course if you are using an iPod without a GPS, then most of the more advanced features will not be useable by you.

The iPhone GPS is somewhat of a battery hog. I have included the ability to quickly turn off and on the GPS when it is not in use, and included some other battery saving functions, but I would still recommend you plug your iPhone into a power source when using this app.

Main timer interface

Main timer interface

The Timer

At its core, AeroTimer is a flight timer designed to record times for engine start, takeoff, landing and Engine shutdown. Each is recored with a quick tap of a button. Additionally, takeoff and landing can be automatically detected using the iPhone GPS.

The Log

A logging feature is included to keep track of your flights for a short while, until you can update your logbook. There is also an auto logging feature. If you do a number of takeoffs and landings during the day, you can turn on auto-logging to keep track of them for you.

GPS

AeroTimer detects takeoff and landing based on a speed threshold that you enter in the app settings. When the GPS detects that speed is above the threshold a takeoff event will be automatically be created. When the app is ‘airborne’, the GPS will register a landing when the speed falls below this threshold.

Contact

You can contact me via email ms.app.programming@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for choosing AeroTimer.