Weight & Balance apps

December 4, 2012

App of the week

This week we’re taking a look at apps that help with weight and balance. Those who submitted the apps below felt very strongly about their effectiveness. These are not endorsements of any app.

  1. WnB Pro ($4.99)—Members say this app does one thing, and one thing well: set up and save the information for any aircraft so you can do weight and balance calculations fast. So if you need a calculation and you need it fast, this app is the way to go.
  2. Weight & Balance By NextGenSystems(free)—This app allows you to customize parameters to your heart’s content, covering around 80 percent of the GA fleet. You can create load sheets with a graph and change seat/cargo arm locations.
  3. iFly Weight and Balance for iPad (free)—Users can create weight and balance systems for any aircraft, and it begins with a pre-set starting weight. From there, you just add passengers, baggage, takeoff fuel, and landing fuel, and you’re good to go!
  4. Sporty’s Aviation Weight & Balance iPad/iPhone App ($9.99)—This app allows users to build unique aircraft or make use of a pre-defined template library covering more than 160 aircraft. It handles U.S. and metric measurements and alerts you when you’ve exeeded limitations.
  5. Appventive Weight and Balance Calculator ($9.99)—This one’s only for our friends on the Android platform. It handles U.S. and metric measurements, supports avgas and Jet-A fuel, does load balancing, and allows you to share reports via email.

If you have any iPad/iPhone/Android apps you think I should review in the upcoming months, please pass them along to me here. I’d love to see more from our Android users!

Benét Wilson

Benét J. Wilson | AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor

AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.