Landing on the Yellow Dot at KOSH – Relived

Converging traffic!

I was on the left base to runway 36 when I saw at my 2 o’clock a Bonanza on a one mile final. Seeing converging traffic almost on a collision course rings all your alarm bells. Normally I would immediately abort my approach and initiate an evasive maneuver, but this was not a normal flight. The tower was fully aware of the situation. 

On that day, the tower had a banner “The World’s Busiest Tower”. It was seven years ago, on July, 30th 2013, and in one minute I would land on the yellow dot on KOSH RWY 36, after flying the Fisk arrival.

Now it’s 2020, the year Oshkosh did not get to be busy.  I took my time to relive that memorable flight. A year later, in 2014, we would have a booth at AirVenture, and, sadly, I could no longer afford to take a few days off to fly my own plane to KOSH. 

Relive

Landing – I was assigned the yellow dot.

End of the turn to Final, with CloudAhoy’s 3D Cockpit view (bottom-right) and embedded video (top-right) .

I did my best to touch down exactly on the yellow dot. How well did I do? Not so great. 

Flying past the yellow dot (3D Cockpit View, looking down)

Landed.

My hand gesture as caught in the video reflects my frustration after touchdown, missing the yellow dot.

Reliving the flight was emotional and fun. Admittedly, I watched the landing more than once.

Watch capture of the landing on CloudAhoy:

Was it a good landing? 

As is well established, a good landing is one you can walk away from. In this case it was an amazingly good landing: not only we could all walk away, but it was on KOSH soil during AirVenture! CloudAhoy was great to relieve the flight.  But there’s some interesting debriefing to do.

Debrief

First I looked at the touch-down and yellow dot.  Indeed, CloudAhoy confirms my frustration. The touchdown was 3586’ from the runway’s threshold. The yellow dot is 3300’ from the threshold, and I missed it by 286’.

Looking at the graph with the 3D Cockpit view :

Then I got curious how stable my approach was.  The automatic scoring did not exist in 2013, but now I could see my score:

I lost most of the points on airspeed. CloudAhoy reported airspeed of 89-96 knots between 500’ AGL and the runway threshold, while for the Warrior the goal was 65-85. In my defense I can say that since I intended to land long, I flew faster over the threshold than I would for normal landing. Still, I should have been slower. 

The other contributor to the low score was the descent angle’s consistency. I was approaching the runway pretty much on the glide path, but then I flew pretty low over the runway.

* * *

Where is the video?

While looking at the flight with CloudAhoy, I had a moment of confusion: I remembered that Etan (CloudAhoy co-founder) took the video of the landing from the back seat.  However, I could not see it in the flight debrief… why?  Then I remembered – the feature to embed a video in CloudAhoy was added a year later!  (blog-2014/08/18/video-embedded/)  So I dug up the video and added it. 

Relieving this flight is a prime example for using this feature 🙂

Turning to final, OSH parking now visible on the left in the video – what a sight!

* * *

The trip

The trip from KBED to KOSK took us 4 days (originally planned for 3, but we added a day due to weather).  A leisure trip, four friends, two airplanes:  Eldar and I alternated left seat flying in a rented Warrior, with Etan in the back. Itay was flying his Beech B-19 Sport. 

We spent the last night before OSH on the beautiful Mackinac Island. In the morning a horse-drawn taxi brought us to the airport. 

Pilots’ briefing in  a horse-drawn taxi

Final leg KISQ to KOSH

 

From KMCD, Eldar flew our first leg, only 9.5 minutes of air time, to 83D where we fueled (no fuel on KMCD).  He then continued to KISQ.

We swapped seats, I took off, and landed 1:59:30 hours later just past the yellow dot.

It was delightful and nostalgic to dig out the old OSH flights, and remember the jokes we exchanged on the radio (we used frequency 123.45 for chatting between the two planes).

 

 

Oshkosh!

We are here.

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The entire crew (and a friend)

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Oshkosh grounds 2013

 

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

More Gauges! with CloudAhoy Pro 6.0

With CloudAhoy Pro we display gauges when available, and the types of gauges which we display keeps growing.  If your favorite gauges are not shown for some reason, let us know and in most cases we can add them very quickly.

Recently added per uses’ requests:

ITT, %NG, and Torque using the Garmin G1000 EFIS data from his Turbo-Caravan:

 

RPM and the trim setting from Garmin G300 EFIS:

Press Release: CloudAhoy 6.0 – CFI Assistant Provide Automatic Scoring

September 24, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CloudAhoy 6.0 – CFI Assistant Provide Automatic Scoring

CloudAhoy introduces a Pro version

Lexington, MA (September 24, 2019) — CloudAhoy announces the release of CFI Assistant, for automatic scoring of pilot performance. The CFI Assistant is included in CloudAhoy Pro, along with additional advanced features for post-flight debriefing. It is released as part CloudAhoy 6.0 which has numerous new capabilities and enhancements.

“Automatic scoring of pilots’ performance has been in our vision since the very beginning of CloudAhoy.  We believe that data-driven, objective, automated scoring of a pilot’s performance provides valuable feedback to any pilot at any level, for flight training and for proficiency of experienced pilots.” says Chuck Shavit, the founder and CEO of CloudAhoy. “The CFI Assistant certainly does not replace a human flight instructor – flight instructors are indispensable – but specific aspects of pilot performance and proficiency are objective and measurable, and that’s where the CFI Assistant comes in.”

The CFI Assistant leverages the automatic flight segmentation which is part of the core CloudAhoy technology.  It scores individual maneuvers as well as the entire flight. The user interface and visualization enables drilling down and highlighting areas for improvements, using smart graphs and visualization.

“The CFI Assistant is released after more than two years of development.”  says Shavit. “We combed through data from thousands of flights, and received valuable feedback from beta testers in the military, flight schools and individual pilots.”

Additional capabilities of CloudAhoy Pro include detailed analysis of instrument approaches, and advanced display of gauges when data is available – such as power settings, G force, flaps, gear, etc.

CloudAhoy 6.0 has many additional improvements, available in both CloudAhoy Standard and CloudAhoy Pro. Those include a redesign of the iPhone interface, predefined layouts, user-friendly segments info and graphs, and other usability improvements. For more accurate analysis, hundreds of aircraft models and their parameters have been added to the aircraft models database.  For organizations such as flight universities and schools, military units, airlines & business operations and alike, CloudAhoy 6.0 includes an organization manager, with subscription management, organization-wide aircraft parameters, and organization-wide customizable scoring envelopes.

CloudAhoy is running a ‘6.0 Special’ until October-23 2019, giving a one-month free subscription of CloudAhoy Pro to every CloudAhoy user, and an extra month for every purchase (12+1).  “We are reaching out to all users, including early adopters of CloudAhoy” says Shavit, “to use the full Pro capabilities.“.  The subscription price of CloudAhoy Pro is $150/yr, the price of CloudAhoy Standard remains unchanged at $65/yr. NAFI and SAFE members have discounted price.

About CloudAhoy
CloudAhoy builds post-flight debriefing products. It integrates flight data with information from a comprehensive suite of aviation resources, analyzes the flight using rule-based knowledge engine, and presents the analysis via detail-rich interactive display.  CloudAhoy brings technology to post-flight debriefing, adding value to any flight training, enhancing the experience of flying, and helps make better pilots. This applies equally to primary, advanced, and recurrent training, and to day-to-day flight operation for self-improvement, and for fun. To learn more please visit www.CloudAhoy.com .

Contact:
CloudAhoy 6.0
Tani Shavit
VP Products & Strategy
(718) 572-5446tani@CloudAhoy.com

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Image links attached.

Video 6.0 announcement: https://youtu.be/F4wcehDfWjw

More about version 6.0: http://www.cloudahoy.com/cloudahoy6.php

CloudAhoy.com: http://www.cloudahoy.com

NEW: Instrument Approach now Automatically Detected

We released a new version of CloudAhoy with a new feature: automatic detection and display of instrument procedures.

  • The instrument procedures are automatically listed in the Segments Manager in the Debrief tab
  • The published approach overlay is automatically displayed in the Debrief tab
  • The list of instrument approaches is shown in the Flights tab

This feature is available in CloudAhoy Standard.

Here is an example from a practice flight with 3 Instrument Approaches:

CloudAhoy automatically detected the instrument approaches. The detected instrument approaches are displayed on the 2D map in light orange (see also the 3D display below), and in the Segment Manager:

The Segment Manager on the left lists 3 instrument approaches: RNAV, ILS, and another RNAV. The 3 published approaches are visualized (here in 2D, can be also in 3D as shown below).

In the Flights tab, instrument approaches are listed in the “Takeoffs + Approaches, Maneuvers” section:

 

More analysis info about Instrument Approach – the Segment Info

In the Debrief tab, additional information for each approach is available by clicking the Segment Info icon.

Tip:  approaches are noted by a black icon, while other segments have a blue icon.

 

In some cases CloudAhoy might identify the approach incorrectly.  This might happen for example when a visual approach is flown straight-in and follows very closely the ILS path, or when the RNAV and ILS are aligned. In such cases, you can provide CloudAhoy with a “hint”, by clicking the “Modify the Approach Type” button.

Example: Modify the approach type from Instrument Approach to Visual Approach.

Example: Modify the approach type from ILS Instrument Approach to another – RNAV or LOC.

 

Adjust and customize the display of overlays

Note that you can declutter the segments displayed and enable/disable the display of published approaches. You can also display other published approaches. Use the Instrument Approaches section at the bottom of the left panel to make these changes.

 


More tips: using 3D visualization

Visualizing approaches in 3D is often very informative. In the screenshot below, we opened an additional  ”3D Cockpit” view:

 

A “3D Track” view is another useful way to view the approach: