Wind Star Calculator

Pilot's Flight Log
Pilot’s Flight Log with a Wind star

As a student pilot  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 or 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 built using PHP, jQuery and Ajax technologies. Try it out!