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).

 

Debriefing “intended” vs. “actual”

Introducing Intended Flight Paths. ifp2It’s a feature which ranked high on our users’ request emails. The Intended Flight feature allows you to draw the planned path (or paths) in 2D or 3D, and compare with the flight actually flown.

The screenshot on the right shows an IFR flight from KBED to KMVY. The flight takes off and intercepts BOS R-312, then proceeds to DUNKK and MVY.

The diagram at the bottom shows an example of a 3D intended flight path on an IFR chart, with the actual flight hidden.

To create a path, click the “+” sign on the Intended Flight Paths banner – a new banner on the left panel of the Debrief tab – and the path editor will open. Type a list of waypoints and optional altitudes in the box, then click “Save”. Use any US fix name, VOR or airport. Numbers such as “5000″ denote altitude, and are optional.

You can have any number of paths per flight, and assign each a color of your choice. You can edit paths, and you can delete them.

Intended Path is available on CloudAhoy Standard.

As usual, your feedback is very important. Let us know what you think.ifp4

 

 

IFR Charts

ifrchartsToday we added low-IFR charts to CloudAhoy, making it easier to debrief  XC IFR flights.

To overlay a flight on an IFR chart, select the IFR option from the debrief’s top bar.

IFR charts are available on CloudAhoy Standard.

 

Lightspeed Aviation summer promotion: CloudAhoy subscription

We at CloudAhoy are honored and delighted to team up with Lightspeed for their summer promotion:

When you purchase any new Lightspeed Aviation headset between today and August 17, 2014, Lightspeed will give you a gift of CloudAhoy Standard annual subscription. And if you are already a CloudAhoy subscriber, you will get an additional year : )  More…

LightspeedHow it works
Lightspeed activationAfter buying a headset and registering it with Lightspeed, you will receive your promotion code. To apply it, login to your CloudAhoy account, and select the Account tab. In the My Subscription box, click Details (see the diagram on the right).

Now enter the coupon code, and you’ve got yourself a year of full CloudAhoy Standard subscription!

 

Debrief tab: new display options bar

topbar2Those of you who debriefed a flight this morning must have noticed new icons on top. Indeed, we implemented a revised design for the Debrief tab’s top bar; it was already getting crowded, and we needed room for growth – expect new features in the near future.

The new icons represent display features. Some selected (black), others unselected (gray). Click or tap anywhere on this bar, and the display options menu will open. Select or unselect options, and close the bar when done.topbar1

As always, we are eager to receive your feedback – please send to dev@CloudAhoy.com.

 

 

LogTen Pro Integration

We are delighted to announce that starting today you can export your CloudAhoy flights to LogTen Pro, one of the leading electronic logbook providers.

stepsLTP1The new feature transfers data from selected CloudAhoy flights to LogTen Pro, saving you manual data entry in LogTen Pro. With one tap on a button in CloudAhoy, LogTen Pro flight logs are automatically created with over 20 fields per flight – including the departure and destination airports, the exact times of rotation and touch-down, the taxi times, the flight crew, and the aircraft’s tail number and type.

 

Supported devices
This feature is available on both the iPad and the Mac. Of course, to use it you will need a LogTen Pro app installed on your device.
Note: this feature is not supported on Windows,

 

How do I export flights  to LogTen Pro?
1. Enable LogTen Pro flights export: go to your CloudAhoy’s Account tab, and switch on “Export to LogTen Pro”. You only need to do this once.

2. Select the flights you want to to export using the checkboxes in the Flights tab. You can select all by checking the box in the header line. Once selected, click or tap the LogTen Pro button.
You can export any flights; it’s as easy to enter today’s flight as it is to enter a flight from last year.

3. LogTen Pro will ask you to confirm. Tap Yes.

4. Your flights are added to LogTen Pro.

 

What if I export the same flight twice?
Suppose for example that you select all the CloudAhoy flights and export them; some of the flights  have already been exported before. It’s safe to do so – no duplicated flights will be created in LogTen Pro. If you have edited a flight in CloudAhoy, for example changed the co-pilot’s name, export it again and the data will be updated in LogTen Pro.

 

 

NEW: CloudAhoy Free – flight track (“breadcrumbs”)

CloudAhoy FreeWe are happy to announce a ​​free version of CloudAhoy.

CloudAhoy Free is a subset of our full-featured debrief product.
The full-featured product, including the debrief and sharing capability, is now called CloudAhoy Standard. Check this for a feature list of the two products.

What’s in CloudAhoy Free?
Flights’ tracks (“breadcrumbs”) is the new free feature – in addition to flight logging, and secure web-based access. And just like CloudAhoy Standard, CloudAhoy Free automatically identifies airports and runways, computes the exact wheels-up/down times, and auto-segments the flight track with color coding.

Track-modeEvery CloudAhoy account becomes automatically a CloudAhoy Free account at the expiration of the free trial, unless of course you buy a subscription for CloudAhoy Standard.

So – if you have a CloudAhoy account and you are not a CloudAhoy subscriber, we invite you to use CloudAhoy Free, and hope that you find it a great way to log and view your flights’ tracks.

Upon upgrading to CloudAhoy Standard, you may debrief and share all your past flights including those logged with CloudAhoy Free.

Enjoy!

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Speed and Altitude Units

We’ve had requests from users, especially pilots of vintage airplanes, to have the ability to change the speed and altitude units. This feature is now available.speed-altitude

You can choose the units to be:
Speeds: knots, mph or km/h.
Altitudes: feet or meters.

The units that you choose will be used in the Debrief tab’s timeline data, as well as in the sidebar profile graphs. The timeline also displays which units are currently in use.

To customize the speed and altitude units, do the following:

  1. Go to the Account tab.
  2. Find the “My Analysis Preferences” section.
  3. Change the Speed Units and Altitude Units fields by clicking the dropdowns that appear to the right and choosing the desired units.

Enjoy!

App 3.3: Debrief Your Simulator Flights

We have released version 3.3 of the CloudAhoy iOS app. With this version you can log your simulator flights just like you’ve been logging your real aircraft flights. No additional hardware is needed – the data is shared via WiFi.

 

X-Plane
Connecting to X-Plane over WiFi

You would need the following setup; if you are familiar with connecting X-Plane to ForeFlight or WingX Pro7, connecting CloudAhoy is identical. 

  1. In X-Plane, select Settings > Net Connections,
  2. Select the iPhone/iPad tab.
  3. Check the last checkbox (“send data to ForeFlight or WingX Pro7 on ALL iPads or iPhones”).
  4. Check the GPS field in the CloudAhoy app. It should display “Simulator”.

Logging a simulator flight is the same as logging a real flight: enter the pilot name (or names), the tail number, and optional remarks, then tap START.

->  IMPORTANT
While CloudAhoy logs a simulator flight, it must be in the foreground. If you switch to  another app, CloudAhoy’s logging will stop. When CloudAhoy logs a simulator flight, it prevents the screen from locking.

 

Connecting to Microsoft Flight Sim X over WiFi

  1. Follow Sporty’s iPad News article about connecting FSX to ForeFlight .
  2. Check the GPS field in the CloudAhoy app. It should display “Simulator”.
  3. As described above, CloudAhoy must run in the foreground.