Last week Sporty’s iPad Pilot News published an article about our recent features.
We always find iPad Pilot News highly accurate and informative. This was no exception 🙂
The newly added Moving Map feature does exactly what you’d expect: when the timeline changes, the aircraft symbol stays centered, and the background (2D map or satellite photos) moves under it.
Click the picture to see it in action ▶
Click/tap the icon on the upper-right of the 2D Track View to toggles Moving Map mode on/off. You can also use this mode to “find” the aircraft after zooming/panning which leaves it outside the view.
We enhanced and improved the process of flights’ import into CloudAhoy:
– Quicker and simpler drag-and-drop form,
– Tips for importing from various apps and systems.
To import a file, click the button, and you get this:
Click any of the items on the drop-down menu to find out how to import flight data from those systems into CloudAhoy – either directly from an iOS app, or by saving a file which you then import into CloudAhoy.
To Import a file – select the top entry in the drop-down menu. The input form look very much like our iOS and Android CloudAhoy apps for logging, including a “swap” button for swapping the pilots’ names. After all, logging with our app or importing flight data from another device are both equivalent ways of adding a Flight to CloudAhoy’s flight list.
Next, enter the flight’s pilot names, tail number and remarks, then drop a file with flight data to be imported (or select the file with ).
After a few seconds the import is complete, and a thumbnail picture is displayed (1). You can now immediately debrief this flight (2). Optionally, you can edit the flight (3) if you want to add/modify pilot/co-pilot, hobbs, etc.
CloudAhoy supports a wide range of data sources, such as from ForeFlight, Garmin G1000 and others. Read more…
To better support every iPad user, our Beta 3D now has two alternative ways to display 3D on the iPad:
To view your flight in the Google Earth app, tap the Google Earth icon on the top bar of CloudAhoy, and select either 3D Track or 3D Cockpit. The Google Earth app will be invoked and display the flight.
Q: When would I use the built-in 3D (Cesium), and when would I use Google Earth?
A: The preferred option is to use the built-in 3D (Cesium), our full-featured integrated 3D. Exceptions:
Q: What is the disadvantage of using Google Earth?
A: Google Earth is a separate application, and is not fully integrated with CloudAhoy – you can see your 3D Track with color coded segments, and cockpit view animation, but none of the other features.
|3D-track on Google Earth
Note the auto color coding of
the PPL maneuvers
|3D-cockpit on Google Earth
Executing 360 turn, the yellow
segment in the 3D-track on the left
Video: 3D-cockpit on the Google Earth app
Landing KACK RWY 24
It is often useful to focus on one maneuver of a flight, and see this maneuver in context. We’ve just added a new feature to make it easy.
Here is a typical example – a single loop from multiple traffic patterns (this screenshot is taken from our new tutorial Debriefing Traffic Patterns):
The screenshot (taken on a Mac) shows cluttered traffic pattern loops in the small view, and a zoom on one specific loop in the main view. To create this
□ On the Flights Segments (left pane) click the “eye” next to Entire Flight, then click the “eye” next to the segment(s) you want to focus on.
To add a “context” view
□ Click New View to create a small view.
□ Click Viewing Options, select “3D Track” and “show hidden segments”.
This technique allows you to view selected parts of the flight in one view, while displaying the entire flight in another to see things in context.
Another example: focus on a student’s left 360 maneuver. The screenshot below (taken on an iPad) shows both the entire flight, and a zoom on the decluttered maneuver. By moving the aircraft symbol , a CFI can highlight the issues in this maneuver.
We are excited to start the public beta of our new 3D Views, based on Cesium.
Why a new 3D? What is Cesium?
The initial trigger for the change was that our existing 3D is based on the Google Earth plugin, which is being phased out by Google (for the curious, read this ). The Google Earth plugin is already unsupported in Chrome, and will be discontinued by Google this December.
We started to look for an alternative, evaluated Cesium we realized that it has many advantages. We have been working on the integration for a few months now, with collaboration from the Cesium people – see our demo page on their website. It’s a great team to work with.
What are the benefits?
The important advantages of Cesium over the Google Earth Plugin:
The main caveat: it requires a relatively modern hardware. It will run nicely on a 2-year-old PC or Mac and on an iPad Air 2. If you have an old computer or an old iPad – regrettably, the new 3D will probably not run so well; we continue working with Cesium on performance improvements.
Another issue: currently there are no 3D buildings.
Other than that – it works great!
The new 3D works great for us and for our pre-beta testers.
Bear in mind that it’s a new technology, though, not as mature as the Google Earth plugin.
How to join the beta?
To start using the new 3D, click the ꩄbeta3D checkbox on the top-left on the screen.
If it does not work well for you, you can get off the beta and continue using 3D with the Google Earth plugin, or stay on the beta and use the 2D only. And – IMPORTANT – let us know, please!
We are eagerly awaiting your feedback!
Tell us how it works for you – the good, the bad, and the odd.
Use email, or you can use the feedback link on the top-left of the screen. We always reply.
For those of you who share their flights with others – we have a new and improved way to share: quicker, and personalized. It has a thumbnail image of the shared flight – a popular request.
Sending flight share in an email
The other day I flew with non-pilot friends to Nantucket. It was a perfect flying day, and after we left Boston’s class bravo I let my friend in the right seat drive most of the way. He was thrilled.
Back home, I sent him an email with the flight’s share. The new share’s email feature includes a thumbnail of the flight in the email message, like the example on the right. My friend could click the thumbnail or the link in the email and relive the flight.
Receiving a link
We also made it easier to view a flight share, even for non-pilots; this is what my friend saw when he clicked the thumbnail in his email. In this share I was using our new Cesium-based 3D rendering, which, at the time of writing this post, is a sneak preview of the tech to come.
How to share a flight?
When you debrief a flight, note the new button on top.
Clicking the button, you now can:
Details here. BTW, you can also share a flight from the Flights tab.
We collaborated with ForeFlight, and as of today we use the measured AHRS data (pitch & roll) as captured by Stratus 2 and 2S.
How do I import my Stratus AHRS data into CloudAhoy?
You need to download and import the KML file from your ForeFlight account on the web. See 2. Import from ForeFlight on the Web.
Note: if you import your ForeFlight flight track directly from ForeFlight’s iPad app, AHRS data will not be included.
How does it affect my debrief?
When you display cockpit view, and when you display glass gauges, the measured pitch & roll are displayed.
The screenshot on the right shows cockpit view of a taxiing taildragger, with 10° pitch.
What if I don’t have an AHRS?
Then we display the computed pitch and roll, like we always did. It’s very close to the measured pitch & roll in most cases.
I imported data from an EFIS (like Garmin G1000). Which pitch & roll is displayed?
CloudAhoy will use the measured AHRS data from the EFIS. We support CSV file import from the following EFIS; click each link for instructions.
– Garmin G1000,
– Garmin G3X,
– GRT Avionics,
– Dynon Avionics.
Can I use the computed pitch & roll even if my flight data has AHRS data?
Yes: Account tab > Use AHRS Data if Available > Off.
We added four new sources for flight data, which you can import into CloudAhoy using the Flight Import button on the Flights tab:
– CSV from GRT Aviation
– CSV from Dynon Avionics,
– KML file format
– IGC file format
This extends the list of supported devices and file formats (on the right).
While many pilots use our free CloudAhoy apps on iOS and Android to log data, we see a trend towards importing from other sources. For example, our users log data with ForeFlight+Stratus and import it to CloudAhoy, or import rich avionics data from G1000’s data card.
We are excited to start the public beta testing of our new Universal Windows.
To the users who tested the pre-beta versions – a big thank you!
With Universal Windows you can open any number of windows, and display any view in each – 2D or 3D track, cockpit view, video, aviation charts, wind, etc. You can now add the glass gauges to any window, and in any size.
To use the beta software, see this. It’s easy to join the beta program, and if something doesn’t work well it’s easy to revert back to the released software.
Feedback of any kind will be highly appreciated! As usual, send feedback dev@CloudAhoy.com.
Current 3D beta limitations: as of today, the beta software supports 3D only on
– Windows: Firefox browsers
– Mac: Safari and Firefox.
The good news is that we are now in the process of developing full 3D capabilities for every computer/browser configuration. Yes, including the iPad! Coming soon – stay tuned.