New: Runway info – touchdown & threshold

How precise are your landings?

We released an update to the Segment Info of approach segments.

In the landing screenshots on the right and below we can see at a glance:

  • The runway is depicted as a thick black line.
  • The pilot landed on EPPO RWY 28.
  • The touchdown was at 1506’. Till that point the runway is displayed to-scale.
  • The runway remaining was 6710’.
  • Over the threshold the aircraft (SR22T) was at MSL=346′ and airspeed of 86 KIAS.
  • The short approach was stabilized: on the glidepath, with stable airspeed.

To display the Segment Info of the Final we clicked the icon in the segment list. Note the runway depiction in thick line on the lower-right. Click the picture below for details. To check the airspeed and altitude over the threshold, we dragged the time crosshair to the runway threshold.

Along with the depiction of the runway, Segment Info graphs have been enhanced in these ways:

  • The x-axis along shows the distance from the runway threshold, or in the case of a missed approach the point at which the missed approach started.
  • The touchdown point is labeled with the distance from the threshold to touchdown, as well as the length of runway remaining after the touchdown.
  • The airport and runway number are shown just above the runway.

Important
The accuracy of determining the location of the touchdown point depends on the data quality. An external GPS with good sky visibility will yield better accuracy than logging with your phone or tablet’s internal GPS. For best accuracy, import the flight data from your EFIS. See this.

Flights tab: adjustable layout and time display

We released a revised version of the Flights tab, with two important improvements.


The layout of the Flights tab is now adjustable

The Flights tab consists of two parts: the flight list (left) and the selected flight’s details (right). A new handle, on the vertical border between the two parts, allows you to close or open the selected flight’s details. Click or tap the handle to toggle open/close.

This adjustable layout is especially handy on narrow displays such as the iPad when you want to view the Remarks fields of all the flights in full.
Reminder:  you can always search for flights with specific text in the Remarks (as well as search other flight parameters) using  Search on the upper-left.

This functionality is available on the iPad in CloudAhoy app, or in Safari. It is also available on the iPhone in Safari; it is not yet available in the iPhone’s CloudAhoy app. 

 


Decimal display of air and ground times (in addition to H:M:S)

Useful for logbook entries – the Air and Ground times are now displayed in decimal values as well.

CloudAhoy 5.0 – last day of “5.0 Special”

We released CloudAhoy 5.0 on Valentine’s Day, February 14 2017.

What is “CloudAhoy 5.0 Special” ?
Each and every user gets a FREE MONTH of CloudAhoy Standard. The “5.0 Special” ends today, March 14 2017.

What is CloudAhoy 5.0?
It’s a new generation of our power debrief tool, available to all CloudAhoy users – whether you debrief on the web (Windows, Mac, Android, Linux) or in our iOS apps.

Highlights

  • New Approach analysis: check how stabilized your approach was
    Our enhanced flight analyzer detects, computes and displays approach information.
  • New VFR / IFR charts, worldwide
    We partnered with SkyVector to provide high quality and up to date charts.
  • Redesigned Flights tab
    Including a powerful flight search, thumbnails, and manuever list per flight.

We also released a new version of our iOS app, supporting pilot roles: you can now specify the role of each pilot (e.g., co-pilot, CFI) and whether he or she are the PIC. A new version of our Android app is in the making.

A redesigned decluttering tool

declutteriapDecluttering is useful for focusing on specific segments of a flight. It is especially helpful in training and currency flights, which tend to have multiple maneuvers and complex flight paths. We recently redesigned our declutter tool, integrating it with the tools in the left panel.

More information: watch the short video below, and read step by step instructions here.

Decluttering is a powerful debriefing technique. Examples: focus only one one traffic pattern out of five, one instrument approach out of three, or isolate and view a steep turn manuever.

An external GPS name not displayed in iOS 10

If you already upgraded to iOS 10, and you are using an external bluetooth GPS with the CloudAhoy App to recored your flight, please be aware of —

Issue: The name of the external GPS name is not identified. Instead, the app erroneously displays “External: none” in the GPS field.

Workaround: ignore the misleading display!

If the external bluetooth GPS is paired with your iOS device, CloudAhoy will use the external GPS’s data and not the internal GPS’s, regardless of the GPS name displayed.

Example:

___Display under iOS 10:      noExternalGPS

___Display under iOS 9:        external GPS

 

We are communicating with Apple to resolve this problem.

We recommend holding off before upgrading to iOS 10 until this issue is resolved.