A redesigned decluttering tool

declutteriapDecluttering is useful for focusing on specific segments of a flight. It is especially helpful in training and currency flights, which tend to have multiple maneuvers and complex flight paths. We recently redesigned our declutter tool, integrating it with the tools in the left panel.

More information: watch the short video below, and read step by step instructions here.

Decluttering is a powerful debriefing technique. Examples: focus only one one traffic pattern out of five, one instrument approach out of three, or isolate and view a steep turn manuever.

An external GPS name not displayed in iOS 10

If you already upgraded to iOS 10, and you are using an external bluetooth GPS with the CloudAhoy App to recored your flight, please be aware of —

Issue: The name of the external GPS name is not identified. Instead, the app erroneously displays “External: none” in the GPS field.

Workaround: ignore the misleading display!

If the external bluetooth GPS is paired with your iOS device, CloudAhoy will use the external GPS’s data and not the internal GPS’s, regardless of the GPS name displayed.

Example:

___Display under iOS 10:      noExternalGPS

___Display under iOS 9:        external GPS

 

We are communicating with Apple to resolve this problem.

We recommend holding off before upgrading to iOS 10 until this issue is resolved.

SkyVector will provide CloudAhoy charts, worldwide

We’re happy to announce that we have partnered with SkyVector to provide aeronautical charts for our users worldwide. SkyVector’s charts are well known by pilots around the globe for their accuracy, quality and speed.

It would be the first AirVenture in which I will not have to go “umm, no international charts yet” to our Canadian users, European users or our pilot friends from down under. Next week in Oshkosh we will be showing the charts in our booth! They are now in beta, and will be released soon.

The VFR, IF-Lo, IFR-Hi charts are available in 2D-track, 3D-track and 3D-cockpit modes.SkyVector Logo

What’s in it: U.S. Pilots

Higher quality, faster,
Addition of IFR-Hi
Covers the entire globe, not only your flight path.

What’s in it: non-U.S. Pilots

VFR, IFR-Lo, IFR-Hi for your country,
Updated and accurate.

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VFR flight near Vancouver, Canada

 

 

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IFR flight over the Swiss Alps from Nuremberg to Rome 

 

 

 

 

Editing an aircraft’s make/type

You can now edit aircraft information, including manufacturer and model. Useful if your aircraft is not automatically found in a registry.

To edit the aircraft information, click or tap the Make & Type button in the My Aircraft section of the Account tab. You can type the manufacturer and model information, and if desired let the system auto-complete the typing.

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In several countries including the US we look up the data automatically based on the tail number. This new feature is important in countries in which we do not yet access the local registry. If your aircraft’s tail number is not found in one of the registries that we support, it’s a good idea to enter its data. Doing so will display the type in your Flights list. Also, if the make/type is associated with a system-wide V-Speed, the flight analysis will be more accurate (obviously, you can always enter the V-Speed manually). And another important reason: by editing the type you can change the way CloudAhoy analyzes the flight – fixed wing vs. rotorcraft vs. glider.

Make/Type of a given tail number is crowdsourced; your editing will also help other pilots flying the same aircraft.

This new feature is one of many to come, to make flight debriefing more effective worldwide.

Profiles – revisited

We added a new profile: Altitude + IAS displayed together (with IAS in dashed line), which provides a good insight in many situations. Here are a couple of examples.

– The picture below shows one loop around the traffic pattern on a gusty day, with a large airspeed and altitude variance.patt6
– The beautiful picture below, sent to us by Don Honabach (thanks, Don!) shows his debriefing of a steep turn of 3×360°, flown in a Zodiac 601HDS. Don clicked the steep turn’s segment info button, and got the Info window below. Note the beautiful inverse relation between the airspeed and the altitude, resulting from the conservation of energy: you lose one and gain the other.

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Debrief – now also from CloudAhoy’s iPhone app

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For several years you’ve been able to debrief from the web and from our iPad app. With today’s iPhone screen sizes and capabilities, it was time to add debriefing to our iPhone app – which we did!

The iPhone6 or 6s’s screen is just big enough for a decent debrief. It has a remarkable processing power, and our 3D visualization works very well on it.

After a flight, tap the D tab on the bottom, and debrief.

CloudAhoy 3.9 is available in the Apple Store.