Aero W&B: A Jim Dandy, Nifty iPhone/iPad Weight and Balance ApplicationWritten by Charles Lloyd
There are many weight and balance applications to wade through, and you need to be careful. I recently discovered AeroW&B, an aircraft weight and balance application available at the Apple App Store for $2.99. The app was developed for use with iPhones and iPads.
Key factors for a good weight and balance program include data entry for the passengers, fuel and baggage, and a graph that shows whether or not you are within the weight and center of gravity (CG) parameters for the entire flight. AeroW&B shines in meeting these requirements, and the app has filled a hole in my electronic flight bag.
The online manual/documentation is nonexistent, and if you like to install an app and then just poke around until you get it right, you may become frustrated—at least, that’s what happened to me.
Then I discovered a website with video tutorials walking you through all the inputs and menus for both platforms. (See the second entry under Resources for this link. —Ed.)
After you download and install the app on your device, you can fairly quickly configure it and calculate your first weight and balance using the video tutorials. There are separate tutorials for the iPhone and iPad. (The apps are slightly different as far as the buttons displayed when saving some of the data.)
Following along with the steps in the video tutorials, first you will create an aircraft model. In step two, you’ll create a specific aircraft and enter the data for empty weight and arm. Refer to the tutorial for help inputting data for your specific aircraft.