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Hi, Ive been looking for an easy way to manage the fuel in my Cessna.  I came across the following app on iTunes and read some great reviews on the AOPA, Cessna, and Maule forums today. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fuel-timer/id463956024?mt=8 Has anyone seen any similar apps?  I think this one is pretty good - but also the only out there.

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  1. Earl Kessler on Oct 18, 2011

    This seems tongue and cheek, but the ap that I really use on all flights is the calculator function on my iphone and ipad.

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  2. JamesCFI on Oct 18, 2011

    +1 Eric
     Calculator on the iPhone (dont have a ipad) and my watch and some scratch paper.
     Also remember to confirm your burn numbers.

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  3. MaggotCFII on Oct 19, 2011

    A non-electric, manually operated, shirt pocket sized – Jeppesen CR-2 Computer.
    Which works quicker that “button punching” and “mini-screen squinting”.
    Results go on the kneeboard with a pencil -“whats a pencil?”

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  4. JamesCFI on Oct 19, 2011

    IMHO those whiz wheels are great for teaching private pilot students lessions in frustration, I have never used one in the cockpit.

    It’s easier to use a normal calculator (or cell phone calculator) or even do it manually with a pen and paper.

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  5. Scott on Oct 21, 2011

    James, I’ve found them great while learning to fly. Rather than just recall forumla’s from memory, you have to understand the inputs going in the equation (includes units), what you expect to get out (rough value and units), and then translate this information to your flight. It gives you a much greater understand of what is going on, and what factors affect different aspects of flight.
    It’s also very handy for very quickly changing a single input and seeing how that affects the output. Key example is cross-wind calculations. If METAR is showing wind  of 190-230, the whiz wheel makes the range of cross-wind very easily calculateable.
    You are also setting yourself up to be a battery failure away from being out of luck. Not to mention the possibility your phone can freeze/crash/reboot unexpectedly.

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  6. JamesCFI on Nov 08, 2011

     The issue I have with the whiz wheel is it can be a little tuff to read (or keep steady) while flying (especially in turbulence). 
     From personal experience I teach my guys that the fuel gauges on the plane are just a backup and the primary fuel gauge is a good watch.
     As for the batteries in the phone/calculator dieing, most all the “formulas” you need are basic math that most middle school kids could do, so pen and paper as backup to your calculator.

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