Flight Plan Calculator

Flight Plan Calculator


When completed, this program (written in eclipse) will use user input prompted by questions to calculate the following real world requirements for a cross country flight in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. All numbers are based off of the C-172 user manual and are accurate:

  1. Calculate pressure altitude.
  2. Calculate weight and balance of a flight using correct arm measurements.
  3. Calculate the top of climb information required in an initial climb out on a cross country filght.
  4. Calculate the time and direction of all altitude changes.
  5. Calculate the fuel consumption, true course needed, true airspeed, groundspeed, and time necessary to complete a leg of the flight plan.

To make these calculations and more, I will use the java programing language in the eclipse compiler to write out the code needed. A very complex algorithm is necessary to keep the program on course with so many functions and the math involved in the 5th action takes considerable knowledge of vectors and flying information. My knowledge of computer science and flying(I am a licensed pilot) will help me to do these calculations as efficiently as possible.

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Version 1.3 now available

April 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm by CSNERD

Version 1.3 is now perfected and integrates the complex math of vectors to correct coarse bearings for the wind and the speed of the wind and plane. A distance calculator is also now equipped in this version with the waypoint calculator. With distance being prompted for, the time to a waypoint can b...

Version 1.2 now available

January 31, 2009 at 8:43 pm by CSNERD

Version 1.2 is here and can now be used to calculate the weight and balance of a plane given certain circumstatnces. This calculator uses the moments given in the cessna 172 manual to figure the arms of certain weights in specific positions. The center of gravity (cg) returned by this method can be ...

Version 1.1 now available

January 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm by CSNERD

Version 1.1 is the first of my updates and incorporates the altimeter and altitude classes together utilizing the pressure altitude calculated in the altimeter class by automatically inserting the number into the altitude calculation. The pressure altitude is used as the bottom altitude in any top o...

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