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.

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 –

newTimeline bar

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.