FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4681 times:
So I've been hearing from a lot of people in my CFI groundschool how they are now using electronic E6B's. They say it makes flight planning go by much quicker. I've done hundreds of flight plans using the good 'ole whiz wheel and was thinking I might try out an electronic one. Of course, I'd keep the whiz wheel in my flight bag should the batteries crap out on me and what have you not...
I have an electronic E6B, but its really not worth much. I prefer to use flight planning software (much easier and faster) and use an old fashioned whiz-wheel in the cockpit. Only time I really use it is for flight planning without a computer, normally for a checkride if the examiner requests it.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3148 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4640 times:
If the whiz wheel is working for you, stick with it. Ever try changing batteries in one of the electronic ones in flight? The only student I ever had fail a checkride failed because this happened to him, and he had a total loss of SA.
I never used one when instructing. Some of my students liked them, but I made them responsible for learning the features.
Northwest727 From United States of America, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 491 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4630 times:
I am using the Sporty's flat E6B. Features are good, but it guzzles batteries down fast, and it just so happens to use those expensive CR-2032 lithium batteries. But as stated, I always have to old whiz wheel with me, it makes a great backup.