Wind Star Calculator

Wind Star Calculator ScreenshotThis is a simple tool I wrote to demonstrate the concept of a ‘wind star’ – an aid for light aircraft pilots navigating by  ‘dead reckoning’, a basic skill in which all student pilots must become proficient. Dead reckoning allows the pilot to navigate solely by reference to compass headings and elapsed time – a potential life saver if  your GPS and other fancy navigation aids decide to fail.

The wind star allows a pilot to quickly estimate any heading corrections required to compensate for the effects of wind, as well as estimate arrival time at the next waypoint.

It’s implemented using PHP, jQuery (including jQuery UI for the sliders) and Ajax technologies

Try the wind star calculator