Five fuel apps

April 2, 2013

Pilots know all too well one of the big costs of flying is fuel. They also need to know where fuel is available and how to measure and maximize its use. As the cost of fuel continues to rise, everyone also wants to find the best prices. These five apps claim they can do some or all of these tasks. These are not endorsements of any app.

  1. AvGas Now - 100LL Aviation Fuel Finder (free in iTunes)—Use on an iPhone or iPad to locate 100LL and mogas broken down by state, distance, or price. The app can also calculate distance, heading, and estimated time en route to fuel location; offer pilot reviews and ratings; upload prices to the fuel database server; and show updated fuel prices.
  2. AirNav FBO (free in iTunes)—This iPhone/iPad app serves as a reference for fuel prices. Users can check prices up to 50 miles around a destination airport, plot a course complete with fuel stops, update prices using the iPhone, and call or email an FBO with one tap.
  3. FBO Fuel Prices ($3.99 in iTunes)—Created by GlobalAir.com, this iPhone/iPad app searches prices by airport code or city and state. It also allows price searches within a radius of 100 nautical miles, sorting by price or distance, self-serve or full service, weather and airport/FBO information. FBOs update information monthly.
  4. Aviation Fuel Burn Calculator ($0.99 cents in Google Play)—This smartphone app offers users a quick way to calculate how much fuel an aircraft burns in any given amount of time, using two different methods.
  5. Jet Fueling (free in iTunes)—Users of this iPhone/iPad app can do fuel calculations which include remaining fuel on board at the time of computation, fuel consumption, and fuel density. It also does basic conversions.

Your apps recommendations are always welcome, so please submit them here. I thank my Android users for their picks, but still need more! Finally, I’m still taking recommendations from app developers for an upcoming column. The complete list of apps I’ve highlighted since October 2012 is in AOPA’s online archive.