EAI Pilot Tools Web Application
This WebApp is an addition to our extensive site and focusses on the aviation calculators and weather tools we provide on our pre-flight information, weather and navigation pages but now aimed towards mobile devices.
Running as a WebApp means that these tools are easier to use, device independent (i.e. iOS, Android, Linux and Windows compatible) and some tools even work when you are not connected to the Internet!
The app is also installable on the home screen of your device, your browser will notify you if that is possible. With Apple's Safari you need to tap the share button to add the app to the home screen.
You will need a working Internet connection (LAN, 3/4/5G or Wifi) for these to be able to get current data.
Notices for Airmen (women too) are an important piece of last minute aeronautical information to be obtained during the pre-flight phase. Our tool reads an user supplied comma / space separated list of ICAO airfield codes and retrieves their NOTAMs from the Defense Internet NOTAM Service (DINS).
We have a number of forecast surface analysis maps for several regions available. These maps open in a separate window on your device and are sourced from NAV Canada, Aviation Weather (US), Met Office (UK) and the Bureau of Meteorology of Australia. These charts give you the big picture of weather in these areas.
AVWX METAR / TAF
Current weather through METAR and TAF forecast is sourced from aviationweather.gov and retrieved through Aviation Weather REST API (AVWX) where data is sanitized, translated, error corrected and certain fields added (for example: flight rules). It is restricted to one (1) airport per request to limit the amount of data shown on the page. If a station does not report a TAF, this field will be omitted and a message shown in the grey notification bar. Ideal for a quick check of weather at an airport of interest.
Meteorological data is saved (and timestamped) for use in our other calculators and when you return to this page, pressing 'Clear' will erase those saved values from your browser.
Keep in mind: TAFs are updated every 6 hours (occasionally 3) and are valid up to 24 / 30 hours. METARs are normally generated every hour and, if required by circumstances, every 30 minutes (SPECI). They may also include a forecast TREND valid for 2 hours.
METAR/TAF reports are available in two formats: raw and translated. We also provide the standard color decoding table to assist you with assessing weather. Note that this evaluates cloud base and visibility only.
When winds are 20 kts or higher and/or gusts or windshear is expected, the flight rules tags will be shown with a black border and yellow text. The wind element will also be printed in bold.
We created this unique feature (we are the first with this) to help assessing wind conditions.
The values of these calculators are saved on your device during the session and will be pre-filled in several other calculators, notably in the conversion tools for ease of use.
Pressure / Density Altitude
Most performance calculations start with determining the actual pressure altitude the aircraft is operating. This is referenced against the ISA 1013 hPa pressure level. The current pressure lapse rate is also taken into account for the conversion to density altitude. Should you have requested a METAR beforehand those values will be shown here including the station ID. Tapping that ID brings you back to the METAR/TAF page.
To correct for the mostly non-standard temperature at the current pressure altitude, we apply a correction factor of 120 ft for every degree the OAT deviates from the ISA temp at that altitude.
Runway Cross / Headwind
All aircraft have a published demonstrated maximum crosswind limitation which is determined during the test and or certification flights of the aircraft. Pilots should adhere to this limit. This calculator shows crosswind and headwind component with regards to the selected runway heading and wind speed / direction. The crosswind will show colored warnings above 15 and 20 kts, headwind also shows a colored red warning in case of a tailwind (negative headwind) and when the crosswind angle exceeds 45° and 60° .
Weight / Mass & Balance
For quick W&B assessments we wrote this generic unit-less calculator for two and four seat aircraft. Just fill in the grey fields and use a point (.) for decimals and zero (0) for empty fields. This should work most of the time.
VFR Navigation Tools
These tools helps you with completing the navigation flight log. With calculators for precision True Air Speed, a pre-flight Heading, Wind Correction Angles, Ground Speed and Course Deviation calculator. Complimented with a calculator to obtain the reverse: your Course and Ground Speed during flight.
Our Time, Speed & Distance tool calculates any combination of these. Helpful for fuel and diversion requirements. The Fuel Consumption tool is unit-less and is ideal for calculating fuel required per leg in minutes or hours flight time for your navigation log.
Converting among several speed & distance units, temperature, pressure and dew point vs humidity with wet bulb, cloud bases, freezing level in clouds or fuel and weight conversions are usually done with an aviation calculator, if you are familiar with the formulas and constants. Here we present our own neat little conversion tools.
In winter time, the combination of low temperatures and wind can be very dangerous for our bodies, the Wind Chill calculator and table from NOAA show this clearly. Do take precautions!
On the contrary, during summer time with temperatures above 26 °C / 79 °F and relative humidities above 40 % the warmth felt is more harsh than it really is. The Heat Index calculator demonstrates this very obviously.
The pressure/ density calculators are based on the following formula's and constants:
Pressure Altitude = Altitude + (1013 - QNH) × PLR
Density Altitude = Pressure Altitude + (OAT - ISATpa) × 120
These are based on the approximations used in aviation text books and exams. All calculations use celsius for temperature and hPA (hecto Pascal) for pressure as reference.
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