Debrief on your iPad

Debriefing directly on the iPad has become increasingly popular.  To adjust to the small size of the screen relative to desktop or laptop, we redesigned the tools and layout of iPad debriefing:  by default there are two views, and the left panel (including the Segment Manager and tools) is initially collapsed to preserve space.

The new iPad interface is available on both CloudAhoy Standard and CloudAhoy Pro.

Select either a single view on the entire screen, or split it into two views. Open or close the  left panel to see the Segment Manager and the Tools – Graphs, Nav, etc.  Below are a few examples:

Default view showing a visual approach:
(Screenshot: landscape, CloudAhoy Pro)

Opened the left panel to declutter and show only one of the three closed traffic patterns:
(Screenshot:  portrait, CloudAhoy Standard)

After tapping the selected traffic pattern in the Segment Manger, the left panel auto-closes:

Select any display mode for each of the two views: tap to select between 2D, 3D, HUD and Info. Tap the Options button to further select overlays including aviation charts and wind vectors.

Sometimes you may want to display one view on the entire screen. If two views are displayed, close one of them and the remaining view will grow to fill the screen:
(Screenshot: CloudAhoy Pro, debriefing an X-Plane sim fight)

Giving CloudAhoy Pro for 30 days to all – Relive Your Past Flights

We are living through difficult times, and everyone is affected in a significant way. Aviation has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Many of us aviators are grounded all around the world. Yes, including myself and all the other pilots in CloudAhoy.

To keep the aviation spirit during this time, we decided to do something special.

We are opening CloudAhoy Pro for everybody for 30 days.
Debrief and relive your past flights!

During this time many of us cannot fly in the sky, but we can be engaged in flying by other ways. One way is to relive past flights- for fun, for learning, or to share.

Coupon: PILOTSFLY
        – 30 days of CloudAhoy Pro –
        – Applies to everybody – 

To relive your past flights  – 
You can debrief any flight already in your CloudAhoy account  – look at the Flights tab.
You can import flights into CloudAhoy from your SD card – G1000/3000, Avidyne, etc.,
You can import  track logs from ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot, and many more.
See https://help.cloudahoy.com/importing-flight-data

The coupon PILOTSFLY can be used by everybody (except organization users) to get 30 days of CloudAhoy Pro. Expiration date of current subscribers will be extended. It will also be applied if you purchase or renew now – and a very special Thank You for doing that!

To use the coupon – 
– Login to your CloudAhoy account on
the web (not from the iOS app!)
– Go to the Account tab
– Scroll down to the “My Subscription”
section
– Click or tap on the “Coupons” button
 a dialog box will appear
– Enter coupon code: PILOTSFLY
– Click the “Submit” button
Detailed instructions in https://help.cloudahoy.com/subscription-coupon

On behalf of the CloudAhoy team I would like to thank everybody who purchased CloudAhoy in the last few weeks, your support is even more important than ever.  Enjoy the extra 30 days with the coupon.

To all our users wherever you are all over the globe – stay safe!  Hope the PILOTSFLY coupon will give you moments of aviation-joy.

See you back in the air soon!

Chuck Shavit
and the CloudAhoy team
cloudahoy.com

Circling Approaches: Identified and Scored

We enhanced the flight analyzer’s -circling approaches now automatically identified.  This is available in both CloudAhoy Standard and CloudAhoy Pro.  If you have CloudAhoy Pro – it will have the additional information like with any instrument approach: waypoints, and scoring by CFI Assistant.

Circling approach – Auto-Segmentation

CloudAhoy now automatically identifies a circling approach and it is added to the segment list.  This is available for CloudAhoy Standard and Pro (Pro users have more details – see below

Example:

Circling Approach, 2D view (Click to enlarge)

Circling approach, 3D view (Click to enlarge)

Circling approaches in CloudAhoy Pro

Like with any Instrument approach, CloudAhoy Pro, an instrument approach is listed in the Segment Manager as an hierarchical segment: initial intercept, and then a subsegment for each waypoint.

Circling approach with waypoint. [Barth, Germany] (Click to enlarge)

Segment Info, Standard vs. Pro and CFI Assistant

As always, you can click or tap on the  icon to get the detailed information.

If you are a Pro user you will get the CFI Assistant, and the waypoints are annotated on the graphs.

Circling approach – CFI assistant, waypoints are annotated on the graphs. (Click to enlarge)

In CloudAhoy Standard, the Segment Info will be displayed:

Circling approach, Segment Info – CloudAhoy Standard. Wind vectors are also displayed. (Click to enlarge)

 

AirSync for Automatic Upload G1000 Flight Data

Flight data from the Garmin G1000 is an excellent input for debrief.   To use it you need to import the data from the SD card to CloudAhoy.   Or – you can use AirSync and configure it to upload the data automatically into CloudAhoy.

AirSyncFor details how to configure AirSync to automatically upload flights data to your CloudAhoy account see https://help.cloudahoy.com/importing-flight-data/airsync/

 

Getting the rich data directly from the G1000 EFIS enhances the debrief’s accuracy and quality.  You can see engine data, gauges, fuel, and other parameters, aligned and synched with the flight segments – as seen the screenshot below (click to enlarge):

Tuneup of the CFI Assistant’s Scoring

We tuned the CFI Assistant’s scoring. If you debrief today a flight which you already debriefed before, you may notice that your scores have changed; in most cases the new scores are higher. The changes we made are a result of insightful feedback we received. It affect the scoring of both instrument approaches and visual approaches, as well as of the departure climb. Most of our adjustments were made by changing our default “CloudAhoy Basic” envelope.

Click the screenshots to see them in full size.

Example 1: Visual Approach Scoring

NOW:                                                                       BEFORE:

 

Example 2: Instrument Approach Scoring

NOW                                                                        BEFORE: 

 


Tune-up changes – Details

For those interested in the details –

Scoring of Visual Approach tune-up:
Users told us that our default envelope put too much emphasis on the descent angle’s consistency. We agree.

We modified the weights of the components making up the score. This change emphasizes maintaining stable airspeed and sink-rate, and puts less emphasis on maintaining a consistent descent angle.

Here are the score details from the examples above (revealed by clicking the arrow).

NOW                                                                               BEFORE: 


 

Scoring of instrument approach tune-up:
We made three changes:

  1. We now have two different airspeed goals: one for 1000ft-500ft AGL, and one for 500ft to the runway’s threshold.
  2. We modified the weights of the various components making up the score. This change emphasizes maintaining stable airspeed and sink-rate, and puts less emphasis on maintaining a consistent descent angle.
  3. We give higher weight to the decent angle’s consistency for ILS approaches.

 


Safe Departure Airspeed
Users told us that our altitude ranges for the departure’s scoring are too restrictive. We agree.

 


Summary of Changes


Your Feedback

Please continue sending us feedback!
Click the Feedback button in the segment information view,
or the feedback link on the top-left
,
or
 simply send an email to team@CloudAhoy.com.

 

Zoom-in on VFR & IFR charts – as much as you want

Per users’ requests, we improved the visualization of VFR and IFR charts: it is now possible to zoom-in continually in 2D Track to a very high zoom level (in addition to continuous zoom in 3D which has always been available).

You can zoom-in using the “+” and “-” buttons, using the mouse wheel, or using finger gestures on iPad and other touch devices.

** Available to all users, Standard and Pro **

The following screenshot shows a debrief with close zoom-in of VFR charts:

In this flight, the pilot was concerned whether he busted Class D airspace.  The debrief – with zoom-in of the VFR charts – shows the flight path over the Class D (‘1’ at the top of the screenshot), however class D’s top is at 4199 feet and  ALT 4712 (‘2’ & ‘3’ at the bottom-left of the screenshot),  so – no Class D violation.

. . .

“Did I bust Class D airspace?
I was flying along on a site-seeing flight when my iPad overheated in the Arizona sun. Got distracted trying to cool it down in front of a vent.. looked outside….runways! Oh no! Quick 180. Luckily Stratus 2S continued to record while iPad was off, and I was able to import that flight log into CloudAhoy.
Debrief: I was right on the edge of class D. ALT 4712, class D up to 4199 -> Legal!
Noted: Situational awareness! and I ordered a mount with a fan.”
— told by Chris