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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3 comments on “Import flights from ForeFlight to CloudAhoy

  1. This works pretty well – especially since the iPad2 I am using lacks in GPS accuracy when it gets busy, I am achieving much more accuracy with ForeFlight logging via Startus 2. However, there seems to be a glitch:
    Cloudahoy is showing the incorrect time. I flew at 20:00 local time, but after the import, the debrief shows 20:00Z and 1600 EDT. My ipad is set to local time and when I pull up the flight in ForeFlight, it shows the times correctly. Thoughts?
    Thanks!

    • Hi F,

      Both ForeFlight and CloudAhoy store all flight data in zulu time, and so there’s no time conversion needed when importing a flight from ForeFlight. When you view a flight in the iPad app or on the web, the flight’s time is shown both in local and in zulu times. My guess is that the machine you use for viewing the flight is not set to local time. Do other CloudAhoy flights show the correct time?

      If you’re still having a problem, send an email to info@cloudahoy.com and we’ll take it from there.

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