We’re happy to announce that we have partnered with SkyVector to provide aeronautical charts for our users worldwide. SkyVector’s charts are well known by pilots around the globe for their accuracy, quality and speed.
It would be the first AirVenture in which I will not have to go “umm, no international charts yet” to our Canadian users, European users or our pilot friends from down under. Next week in Oshkosh we will be showing the charts in our booth! They are now in beta, and will be released soon.
The VFR, IF-Lo, IFR-Hi charts are available in 2D-track, 3D-track and 3D-cockpit modes.
What’s in it: U.S. Pilots
Higher quality, faster,
Addition of IFR-Hi
Covers the entire globe, not only your flight path.
What’s in it: non-U.S. Pilots
VFR, IFR-Lo, IFR-Hi for your country,
Updated and accurate.
VFR flight near Vancouver, Canada
IFR flight over the Swiss Alps from Nuremberg to Rome
You can now edit aircraft information, including manufacturer and model. Useful if your aircraft is not automatically found in a registry.
To edit the aircraft information, click or tap the Make & Type button in the My Aircraft section of the Account tab. You can type the manufacturer and model information, and if desired let the system auto-complete the typing.
In several countries including the US we look up the data automatically based on the tail number. This new feature is important in countries in which we do not yet access the local registry. If your aircraft’s tail number is not found in one of the registries that we support, it’s a good idea to enter its data. Doing so will display the type in your Flights list. Also, if the make/type is associated with a system-wide V-Speed, the flight analysis will be more accurate (obviously, you can always enter the V-Speed manually). And another important reason: by editing the type you can change the way CloudAhoy analyzes the flight – fixed wing vs. rotorcraft vs. glider.
Make/Type of a given tail number is crowdsourced; your editing will also help other pilots flying the same aircraft.
This new feature is one of many to come, to make flight debriefing more effective worldwide.
We added a new profile: Altitude + IAS displayed together (with IAS in dashed line), which provides a good insight in many situations. Here are a couple of examples.
– The picture below shows one loop around the traffic pattern on a gusty day, with a large airspeed and altitude variance.
– The beautiful picture below, sent to us by Don Honabach (thanks, Don!) shows his debriefing of a steep turn of 3×360°, flown in a Zodiac 601HDS. Don clicked the steep turn’s segment info button, and got the Info window below. Note the beautiful inverse relation between the airspeed and the altitude, resulting from the conservation of energy: you lose one and gain the other.
For several years you’ve been able to debrief from the web and from our iPad app. With today’s iPhone screen sizes and capabilities, it was time to add debriefing to our iPhone app – which we did!
The iPhone6 or 6s’s screen is just big enough for a decent debrief. It has a remarkable processing power, and our 3D visualization works very well on it.
After a flight, tap the D tab on the bottom, and debrief.
CloudAhoy 3.9 is available in the Apple Store.
Last week Sporty’s iPad Pilot News published an article about our recent features.
We always find iPad Pilot News highly accurate and informative. This was no exception 🙂
The newly added Moving Map feature does exactly what you’d expect: when the timeline changes, the aircraft symbol stays centered, and the background (2D map or satellite photos) moves under it.
Click the picture to see it in action ▶
Click/tap the icon on the upper-right of the 2D Track View to toggles Moving Map mode on/off. You can also use this mode to “find” the aircraft after zooming/panning which leaves it outside the view.