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.

Screenshot 2014.01.03 17.07.57

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.



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.


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 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.



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.


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.

CloudAhoy in Apple’s Keynote Address

On October 22, 2013 Apple had a media event announcing exciting new hardware and software. The media event was 80 minutes long. 62:20 minutes into the keynote Tim Cook said: “To celebrate our customers’ creativity and genius of using the iPad, we prepared a short video that I’d like to run for you this morning.”

In this video, a cool looking motorized hang glider had CloudAhoy logging the flight.



Apple Special Event. October 22, 2013. watch video :  https://youtu.be/4FunXnJQxYU?t=3826


CloudAhoy on YouTube

There’s a good number of YouTube flight videos incorporating CloudAhoy debriefs.

Here is one that came to our attention recently.   I bring it here not only because it features CloudAhoy…  Through this video I got introduced to the YouTube FSX404 channel which contains more than 100 aviation videos created by the same guy.  Recommended.

Pilots’ Names in CloudAhoy 3

Several pilots had questions about the conversion of pilot / co-pilot names during the switch from CloudAhoy 2.x to CloudAhoy 3.

In CloudAhoy 3 we require that the person who logged the flight must be listed as either the pilot or the co-pilot of the flight.   CloudAhoy 2.x did not enforce this rule.  We apply this rule during the automatic conversion from 2.x to 3, and in most cases the result is what you’d expect.  You can always edit the names if the automatic conversion did not do it right.

For more information, see this.