Videos: how to use Sporty’s Electronic E6B Flight Computer


A flight computer is an essential tool for student pilots. You’ll use one to calculate all kinds of things, from fuel burn to groundspeed to density altitude. While you can do those calculations with an old school “whiz wheel,” an electronic flight computer is a much faster and easier way to get the right answer. They are also approved for use on FAA knowledge tests, unlike a smartphone app. This series of video tips shows Sporty’s best-selling Electronic E6B in action, with a series of quick tips on commonly used functions.

How to use the heading-groundspeed function:

How to calculate pressure and density altitude:

How to compute crosswind and headwind components:

How to calculate fuel per hour:

How to compute groundspeed:

How to determine cloud bases:

How to compute leg time:

How to calculate fuel required:

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Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. He is an ATP and also holds ratings for multiengine, seaplanes, gliders, and helicopters. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of Air Facts, John is a Vice President at Sporty’s Pilot Shop, responsible for new product development and marketing.