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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Beta stage of CloudAhoy 3 is coming to its successful close, and we are getting ready to switch everybody to use CloudAhoy 3.
If you are still using CloudAhoy 2, expect to be switched automatically to 3 starting next week. Of course, you don’t have to wait – you are welcome to switch to 3.0-beta immediately!
At this point we are unaware of problems with 3.0-beta: neither missing features nor bugs. If there’s anything that does not work like you’d expect, please let us know ASAP. The option to switch back to 2.x will be available for a little longer as a safety net.
Many pilots have reported issued related to usage of the Google Earth plugin in specific configurations, which, in the worse case, prevents the debrief. The issues are resolved in CloudAhoy 3.0 by (a) improved hints on how to deal with the problems; and (b) a workaround if the problems persist.
a. CloudAhoy 3.0 provides better hints for dealing with Google Earth plugin issues
If you have receive a Plugin Problem message, you can troubleshoot the problem using our FAQs (and we’re always there to help). Or you can choose to switch to 2D, and address the Google Earth plugin problem at a later time.
b. Switch to 2D mode (Google Maps) when/if the 3D mode (Google Earth) is broken
A new “3D” checkbox lets you switch between 3D and 2D debrief on Windows or Macintosh. Why switch to 2D? Primarily to avoid a frustrating situation in which the Google Earth plugin issue prevents you from doing the debrief. Some pilots have problem getting Google Earth to work in their browser; some pilots could not use CloudAhoy in the office because they are not allowed to install the Google Earth plugin.
In 3.0, whatever issue you have with the plugin, you can always switch to 2D by unchecking the “3D” checkbox. 2D debrief is also faster, which can help if you have a slow internet connection.