15 comments on “Mastering the Mechanical E6B in 20 Minutes

  1. I love my E-6b! The best feature is its lack of batteries. It works even when flying over the Ionian Sea when your iPad says “over heat – shutting off”. Pilotage and this computer is my favorite type of navigation. 🙂

  2. This is awesome. Thanks so much for putting this together. Very clear and to the point. I’m sure many people have benefited from your hard work. My only comment is that in section 2, number 4, where it says “Now slide the metal slider so that the pencil mark you made lines up with your ground speed” — “ground speed” should probably be changed to be “true airspeed”. That would match the graphic and also would be less confusing since you are trying to find your groundspeed using the true airspeed as input.

  3. Sorry, one more – at the end of section 2 where it says “So after all of that, you should arrive at a groundspeed of 141kts and a True Course of 64 degrees.” — “Course” should probably be changed to “Heading”. Hope you don’t mind me nitpicking – it’s only because I found this post to be extremely helpful and will probably refer other people to it.

    • Both great catches! Readers like yourself are my editors. Corrections are applied to the post but the PDFs remained unchanged for the time being incase someone finds something else.

  4. Will add my thanks to the list.

    I am a student pilot just learning the E6-B. Yes I have an electronic E6-B but I think it is important to learn and master the mechanical device. Your work has really helped me achieve that goal.

    Thank you again!

  5. Thank you very much! Very simple to read and understand! Only complaint would’ve been to explain the wind correction, minus for East, plus for West. Otherwise was a very good read!

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