Importing flights from Garmin G1000

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If your aircraft is equipped with Garmin G1000 avionics, you can now debrief your flights using high-quality flight data from the G1000.G1000-SDCard-3

The G1000 writes flight data into an SD card. To debrief the flight you need to import that data into CloudAhoy. This blog described how to do it.

 

Logging the flight
Important: please consult your aircraft’s G1000 manual for details specific to your aircraft.

  1. Before turning on the G1000 system, insert an SD card into the top slot in the MFD. If you are renting the aircraft, you would usually bring your own SD card. If there’s already an SD card in the slot, consult with the plane’s owner.
  2. During flight, the G1000 automatically writes the flight data into your SD card.
  3. After the flight, remove your SD card from the top slot of the MFD. You now have the flight data in the SD card.

 

Importing to CloudAhoy

  1. Insert the SD card in a card reader connected to your desktop or laptop computer. The SD card’s folder will appear on the desktop.
  2. Open the folder. It would typically contain a data_log folder, and in it the flight file in CSV format.
  3. G1000-SDCard-5Open a web browser and login to your CloudAhoy account.
  4. Click the Flight Import button. An Enter the flight’s pilot names, tail number and optional remarks (you can edit all these later), select the CSV file with the data, then click Import.
  5. The flight now appears in your flight list, and is ready to be debriefed.

A word about the Garmin G1000′s flight data: the CSV file contains rich information including engine data, AHRS and wind. CloudAhoy stores all this information in its database. Currently we only process the GPS data. Stay tuned, we plan use this rich information in the future.

Import flights from ForeFlight to CloudAhoy

It is now possible to import into CloudAhoy flights which were recorded by ForeFlight. As many of you know, ForeFlight 6.3 introduced Track Log, a cloud-enabled flight recorder (see ForeFlight’s blog). We have worked with ForeFlight on integrating this feature with CloudAhoy, and we think you would like the results of this collaboration.

Several CloudAhoy users have asked us about ForeFlight’s new feature, prompting us to write the following Q&A.

 

Q: I am using ForeFlight’s track logs. Do I still need CloudAhoy?
A: Yes. Flight debriefing is what we’re about, and our CloudAhoy Standard is what enables it – with things like auto segmentation and maneuver analysis, airspeed profiles, cockpit view, 3D instrument approaches, video and a lot more.

ForeFlight’s Track Logs are roughly equivalent to CloudAhoy Free, our free flight track storage and display. Both products are free and you can use either one, or both.

Check our CloudAhoy Free vs. CloudAhoy Standard comparison table.

 

Q: I use Stratus. Can I import Stratus data into CloudAhoy?
A: Yes, and this is a big benefit of the integration with ForeFlight. To debrief a flight flown with Stratus on board, create a track log in ForeFlight and import it to CloudAhoy.

We logged flights with Stratus and imported them into CloudAhoy for debrief. Good stuff.

 

Q: I’m already creating track logs with ForeFlight. Should I also log my flights with the CloudAhoy app?
A: If you’re using Stratus, then no. Otherwise it’s a matter of convenience – do you prefer to hit the START button on CloudAhoy before the flight, or to import the flight from ForeFlight afterwards? We have used both ways, and are still undecided which is more convenient (both are very simple).

 

How to import a flight from ForeFlight

  • First you need to record a flight: tap REC in ForeFlight’s Maps tab.
  • In ForeFlight’s More tab, select the flight in Track Logs.
  • Tap the Share button on the upper-right, then tap Open In…
  • Select the CloudAhoy icon.

Note: when importing a flight from ForeFlight, CloudAhoy uses the track data from ForeFlight, and the pilot names, tail number and remarks from the CloudAhoy app. Before the import, you may want to verify that CloudAhoy has the correct pilot names, tail number and remarks. You can always edit this information after the flight was imported.

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Video, Embedded

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A growing number of pilots take videos of their flights. We received many requests to embed a flight’s video in the debrief – and we have developed this capability. This new feature is now in public beta. Thank you our pre-beta testers for your help!

Three steps to embed a video in CloudAhoy’s debrief:

Step 1: Upload the raw video to YouTube. It has to be raw, unedited.

Step 2: Add the video to your Flight

- Debrief the flight in CloudAhoy.

- Open the “Video (beta)” bar, click Set URL,
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- Copy your video’s YouTube URL into the URL field and click OK.
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Step 3: Sync the video with CloudAhoy’s timeline.

- Move either CloudAhoy’s timeline or the video’s, such that both show the same event,

- Click Set Sync Point. Now the video and CloudAhoy are in sync. You would typically set Cockpit mode during the sync process, and set the times so that the video and the cockpit view will show a similar picture.

 

Notes about the synchronization process
The sync process has to be performed only once. CloudAhoy will remember it the next time you debrief the flight, as well as when the flight is shared with someone.

If you started logging the flight before takeoff, CloudAhoy’s debrief automatically sets the time at the beginning of the takeoff roll, and to sync it is usually easy to position the video on that spot as well.

Tip: if the sync point is off by a few seconds, click Unsync, then use CloudAhoy’s +1s or -1s buttons as needed, then click Set Sync Point again.

POV buttonsTip: play cockpit view so both CloudAhoy and the video show a similar picture, then use CloudAhoy’s Point of View buttons to look at different directions. You now have two view points of the same flight. Try for example to have cockpit view look at the aircraft’s 6 o’clock while the video shows the forward view.

This is a beta release of the video integration feature. Please let us know how it works for you – dev@CloudAhoy.com

 

CloudAhoy at AirVenture 2014

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If you are coming to Oshkosh next week, this note is for you!

See you in booth 1094, hangar A
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Presentation: Tues. July 29, 11:30 – 12:45, Forum 3

Personal tutorial: debrief YOUR flight

Nate CFIIWould you like to get a personal tutorial of debriefing your flight with CloudAhoy?

• Log your flight to KOSH with CloudAhoy, then come to our booth and debrief your flight with us.
 or
• Come to our booth, use our X-Plane to fly a 5 minute simulated approach into KOSH (VFR or IFR), and debrief your approach with us.

Nate (CFII/MEI) and Chuck will be in the booth to debrief with you.

 

1-Month Gift Subscription

CloudAhoy BubbleEvery visitor to our booth will receive a gift of one month subscription to CloudAhoy Standard.

  • Have a CloudAhoy Free account?
    You will get a CloudAhoy Standard for a month.
  • Already have a CloudAhoy Standard subscription?
    You will get an extra one month.
  • You are within the 35 days trial of CloudAhoy Standard?
    You will get an extra one month.
  • New to CloudAhoy?
    Get an extra one month on top of the 35-days free trial.

To receive this gift, check in with one of us at our CloudAhoy booth.

 

See you in booth 1094, hangar A

Presentation: Tues. July 29, 11:30 – 12:45

 

CloudAhoy’s Android app – in public beta

CA on SamsungWe are happy to announce that CloudAhoy for Android app is now available for public beta. You can download it from Google’s Play Store.

This comes after several months of testing the limited-beta app by users (thank you! you know who you are…)

Our CloudAhoy Android app looks and feels very much like our iPhone app. As beta software goes, it might have a bug or two. Please let us know how well it works for you, and of course contact us immediately if you encounter a problem.

If you log a flight with both iOS and Android you will get two flights in the Flights tab. Check the Logger Type/OS at the bottom of the page to tell which device was used to log that fight.

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CloudAhoy 3.5: KML & GPX import, Bad Elf Integration

CloudAhoy app version 3.5 is now available for download on Apple’s app store.
New capability:

KML import

Flight data import from other apps – KML and GPX
The CloudAhoy app can now import flight data from other apps, in  KML and GPX format. This allows you to upload flights which were logged by other apps into your CloudAhoy account.
To import, use a “Share” (or equivalent) button in the app that has the data, export in either KML or GPX format, and select CloudAhoy as the receiver of the data.

This new feature is  useful to import GPS flight data from external loggers.

 

BadElfImport from Bad Elf Pro
Until now, you could use your iPhone or iPad with an external GPS devices such as Bad Elf Pro to log flights with the CloudAhoy app. This method has two advantages: it auto-stops the logging, and the upload is fully automatic.

However, we had requests from pilots who wanted to use their Bad Elf Pro’s stand-alone logging capability without using an iPhone or an iPad in the cockpit. With CloudAhoy’s new import feature  you can now use Bad Elf Pro’s stand-alone logging capability. This method requires a few more (simple) manual steps, but it’s advantageous if you don’t have an iPhone or an iPad in the cockpit, or if you want to take advantage of the long battery life of Bad Elf Pro.

Here is a step-by-step description of how to use it:

Important: using the Bad Elf app, tap Configure and set the Data Logger “Smart Filter” to “Disable”. Remember to stop the logging at the end of the flight.

In the cockpit:

  1. Use Bad Elf Pro’s stand-alone logging function to log the flight. No need for an iPhone or an iPad.
  2. At the end of the flight, stop the logging on the Bad Elf Pro device.

After the flight:

  1. SharePair the Bad Elf Pro with your iPhone or iPad, start the Bad Elf app, select the flight from Trips, and tap “Share”.
  2. Select Open in CloudAhoy.
  3. open in CloudAhoyA menu of apps will be displayed. Select CloudAhoy.
  4. CloudAhoy will pop up and ask you to confirm the upload.

The flight will now be uploaded automatically to your CloudAhoy account, ready to be debriefed.

Important: the flight will be imported to CloudAhoy using the current settings of pilot names, tail number and remarks. If the imported flight’s setting is different, you can change it in the CloudAhoy app before the import, and you can also edit the flight afterwards (from the Flights tab).