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How to calculate your headwind or tailwind

Posted by on June 8, 2009 1 Comments Category : Flight Instructor Blog Tags : , ,

Here is an easy enough question that came in from Dennis:e6b-wind

How do I calculate a headwind or tailwind?

This calculation is very easy using a mechanical flight computer such as an E-6B . The E-6B is a circular slide rule that has two sides: the computer side and the wind side.  The computer side which contains several scales and windows is used to solve ratio problems such as time-speed-distance, fuel and several other conversions.  The wind side is used to find both a aircraft ground speed and WCA (wind correction angle).

To help guide you through the wind side of the E-6B, I’ve created a short video tutorial showing how to calclate a tail wind or headwind for a particular flight plan.

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  1. Calculating headwind or tailwind | Golf Hotel Whiskey on Jun 11, 2009

    […] receiving a query regarding headwind or tailwind calculation, Paul of Ask a CFI.com has put together a short and very simple tutorial video showing the step by step process to perform […]

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