The Debrief Timeline: Redesigned

newTimeline1The Debrief tab’s Timeline has been part of CloudAhoy for a long time; it lets you control the aircraft’s position, view the aircraft parameters at any time during the flight, and control animation.

Until now the Timeline was part of the left panel. Many users have asked to be able to view the Timeline when the left panel is closed. So – we moved it, as seen on the screenshot above; most of it is now permanently at  the bottom of the screen, and the 3D viewing controls are on the top-right.

The functionality is the same as before, and we thought we’d take the opportunity to list the things you can do with the Timeline. You can –

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1 Drag the slider and move the aircraft’s location. As you do that, the flight time is displayed in three different formats: the local time, the time after departure, and the zulu time. If one or more flight profiles are displayed, the slider also moves a crosshair on the profiles.

2 On Windows and Mac computer in 3D display mode, select between Pickets and Cockpit view mode.

3 Select between

“Pause” mode –  the aircraft’s location can be moved manually, using the slider, or using fine control with the -10s, -1s, +1s and +10s buttons.

 “Play” mode –  the aircraft moves at selectable speeds, from 1x to 10x.

4 See the aircraft’s parameters’ display update as the aircraft’s location changes.
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In 3D mode, you have round buttons at the top of the screen for easy control of the point-of-view:

  • look1In “Pause” mode, you can select side or top view, and can rotate 90° right or left. The buttons control the viewing of the currently selected segment. For example, if you selected the takeoff segment, the buttons will show it to you from different angles.
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  • look2In cockpit mode, you can select your viewing angle. You can look  forward (“12 o’clock”), or look to the side at any desirable angle. For example, we think it’s fun to look at your 6 o’clock as you takeoff – give it a try! You can also look at any angle up or down. The “H” button resets your looking straight at the current aircraft’s heading and attitude. The “C” button looks into the aircraft’s course rather than heading.
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As always, your opinion is very important. Let us know what you think of this change!

 

 

CloudAhoy 3.2 in the App Store

CloudAhoy version 3.2 is now released, fixing bugs related to UI and display:

  – iPad Mini: fixed the problem of incorrectly reporting “no internal GPS”.

  – CFI tab: fixed a display issue in the maneuvers table.

  – Other small UI changes.

 
Your app’s version is displayed at the bottom of the Settings tab.

CloudAhoy: one of top-ten in Lithuania

Baltic Aviation AcademyWe recently found that we were included in the TOP 10: BEST APPS FOR PILOTS  list, in an article on the Baltic Aviation Academy’s web site. We were pleasantly surprised, especially given that our app is only available in North America’s app store.

From their web site we learn that

With its headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania, Baltic Aviation Academy currently operates 16 full flight simulators across 10 countries. We are proud to be the Alumni for more than 15 000 trained specialists and the current employer of 140 high-skilled pilot training instructors from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Spain, Sweden and other European countries.

 

3D on the iPad (in Beta)

Here is something that many of you have asked for: being able to view flights on the iPad in 3D using Google Earth. It is now available, as a B (Beta) feature.

A disclaimer: viewing flights in 3D on the iPad, while cool, does not yet have the functionality available when debriefing your flights on the web, using Windows or Mac (more…). Still, we hope you will find it useful. Your feedback is very much appreciated!

If you are not yet familiar with the CloudAhoy 3D debrief on the web, we recommend giving it a try by logging in to your account on a Windows or Mac machine. You may want to check 3D debriefing on the video in this page, e.g., starting 2:50 minutes into the video.

 

Getting started
To use this feature you need
– CloudAhoy app, 3.1, released January  2014. Upgrade if you have not done so already.
– Latest version Google Earth on your iPad.
Note that the Google Earth app works best on iPad 3 and above.

To view flights on the iPad select the “Debrief and More” tab.

 

Your flight track, in 3DGE Button
From the Flights tab, select a flight and tap the Google Earth button. Note the small B, indicating that this is a beta version.

CloudAhoy will popup Google Earth and zoom on a 3D display of the flight track, including the color coding of the flight’s segments.
You can easily zoom, pan, rotate or tilt the view, to see specific aspects of the flight – check this link for more information.
Note: the CloudAhoy display on Google Earth display is cumulative: every tap on the Google Earth button adds the given flight to the display. Should you want to clear the display before displaying the next flight, force the Google Earth app to close (this explains how).

 

Cockpit view animation
While debriefing a specific flight in the Debrief tab, you can tap Cockpit. Note the small B here too – it’s a beta feature.
Cockpit Btn

Tapping will display a cockpit view animation of the flight, starting from the current time (the time shown in the Timeline panel). For performance reasons, we limit the display to 10 minutes from the current time.
Note: when you bring up a flight debrief, CloudAhoy automatically sets the current time to the beginning of the first takeoff segment. Tapping Cockpit will therefore display your takeoff. If, for example, you want to see an animation of your landing,  move the slider to a minute before landing, and tap Cockpit.

CloudAhoy app 3.1 is in the app store

New in CloudAhoy App version 3.1:

Better GPS data acquisition under iOS 7
CloudAhoy have had occasional interruptions in the GPS data acquisition under iOS 7. App version 3.1 fixes this issues and ensures that even if you are running a heavy-lifter app in the foreground (such as an EFB), CloudAhoy will not miss any GPS sample.

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A warning about Background App setting
As we wrote before, to log a flight CloudAhoy must be allowed to run in the background. App version 3.1 issues a warning if Background App Refresh is off, to remind you to turn it on.

Streamlined UI
App version 3.1 now better conforms to Apple’s guidelines for iOS 7.

Ten Minutes About CloudAhoy

We have created a short video to provide an introduction to CloudAhoy. As an existing CloudAhoy user, you are probably familiar with most of what’s in it, but still it might be interesting for you.

The video is based on a talk I gave two months ago at the AOPA Summit, to a crowd of about 150 CFIs and flight school managers.

As always, your feedback is very welcomed: dev@CloudAhoy.com, or leave a comment in the blog or on Facebook.

Enjoy,
Chuck

 

Picture in Picture

Many pilots have asked us to provide a small “picture in picture” window, to show the entire flight track with the current aircraft’s position. This feature is now available both in the iPad’s Debrief tab, and on the web login.

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To display the window, check the PIP option, as seen in the picture on the right. Uncheck the PIP option to hide the window.

When displayed initially, the context window shows the entire flight path. Like the main window, you can zoom and pan the PIP window. To restore the display of the entire flight, click the Entire Flight segment.

In the picture above, the main window displays cockpit-view animation of an instrument approach, and the PIP shows it in 2D, with the plane icon moving in sync with the main window.

As always, let us know (dev@CloudAhoy.com) how useful is this feature for you.

Sectionals in the iPad’s Debrief

VFR sectional charts are now available in the iPad’s Debrief tab.

sectionals

Sectionals have always been available on the web’s CloudAhoy. This functionality is now working identically on the iPad.

The sectionals are server-based, and therefore are slower to load compared to EFB tools.

Recommended: iPad 3 and above.

Enjoy!

 

Flight Logging and iOS 7 Background App Refresh

In general, the transition of CloudAhoy users to iOS 7 has been smooth.

However, there is a setting in iOS 7, called Background App Refresh, which can hurt CloudAhoy’s logging.

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Symptom: you get nice green GPS lights after tapping START, but sometime later during the flight the logging stops.

Reason: For CloudAhoy to log flights while working in the background, Background App Refresh must be enabled for the CloudAhoy app.

Solution: Please check the settings on your iPhone and/or iPad.
In iOS’s Settings , go to
    General > Background App Refresh
To allow CloudAhoy to log your flights in the background, the switch for CloudAhoy must be On (green).

CloudAhoy app 3.0 is in the app store

iPhone5-Flights-3.0Version 3.0 of our iOS app includes:

 

Login on any iOS device

In previous versions, an iOS device was registered to a specific pilot account. It worked well for most users, but was an inconvenience for pilots who wanted to share a device, e.g., for flight schools. In the CloudAhoy 3.0 app you can tap Logout on a given iOS device, and let another pilot login to his or her account. BTW, with 3.0 you can be simultaneously logged-in to any number of iOS devices.

 

Your name is already entered

Your name is always entered as either the pilot or the co-pilot/CFI.  Tap “Swap” to flip between the names in the pilot and co-pilot fields.

 

Sharing a flight with the other pilot

To enter a name of CloudAhoy buddy into the pilot or co-pilot field, tap the blue arrow and select the buddy.  The flight will appear in both your flight lists.  If the other pilot is not a CloudAhoy buddy of yours, you can enter his or her email, and the flight will appear also in his or her CloudAhoy flight list.

 

Easier account creation

CloudAhoy users have asked us to improve the new account sign-up procedure.  In 3.0 we redesigned the sign-up, and we hope that it is much easier than before.