Instrument training flight debriefing


John Ewing is a CFI/CFII in the bay area and the author of the Aviation Mentor blog (

In his own words:


The student’s name is Bruno M.

The goals of this flight were twofold: Help Bruno get a better grasp of the G1000, log a couple of holding patterns, and then an ILS approach, all for currency. I threw Bruno an ad hoc hold at SALAD, then a few steep turns. After that, it was direct TRACY, another hold and then the Livermore ILS 25R. Bruno did a great job, especially since he’s a steam-gauge kinda guy and is not a big fan of the G1000. Next up for Bruno? Starting on his CFI-I, as soon as his day job schedule will allow.

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Primary training flight debriefing

john_ewingJohn Ewing is a CFI/CFII in the bay area and the author of the Aviation Mentor blog (

In his own words:

my student’s: Ariana F.

Evaluating a student’s performance on ground reference maneuvers with CloudAhoy is educational and fun. The goals of this flight was for Ariana to do turns around a point in the vicinity of Honker Bay (just south of Travis Air Force Base) and then return to Oakland for some touch and goes. The strong surface winds made for challenging conditions, but Ariana was having fun. So we also did S-turns and a couple of rectangular patterns, too. My subjective assessment in flight was that she was doing a good job, but I was even more satisfied after seeing the tracks on CloudAhoy. I shared the flight with her and she was happy, too. With CloudAhoy, students can see their performance, which helps them to motivated so they can succeed in their training goals.

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Alaska the Beautiful: best in cockpit view!

Greg Mangione flies in Alaska for SOAR International Ministries (

He shared with us two XC flights (watch in 3D and in cockpit view mode!), and an IPC

In his own words:

Greg Mangione

These three flights were done in a Panther converted Piper Navajo that our ministry operates. Also, these three flights are worth watching in cockpit view…it’s amazing how well that feature works and fun

This flight I fired up cloudahoy a bit late, but we flew the Lake Clark pass from Soldotna into Port Alsworth…You can pretty much figure out our flight path before I started it up, but it’s always impressive flying through the pass. Watch in Cockpit View mode to really appreciate the scenery!

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This flight was a fun flight down to a little strip on Kodiak Island to pick up a couple of missionaries. Did a little sightseeing when we got to the island and a runway inspection before landing. (2200 ft gravel runway) Watch in Cockpit View mode to really appreciate the scenery!

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I did an IPC with a local instructor.

Departed Soldotna, hit the beacon and show the ILS into Kenai via an ARC. We then went missed into a hold and came back on a VOR into Kenai, went missed then did the VOR via the PT into Soldotna…missed, did some unusual attitudes under the hood and then did a no gyro NDB back into Soldotna plus a few patterns…might have been some stalls in there. I greatly appreciated the ability to look back at this flight via CloudAhoy after we were on the ground and see exactly what I did, very helpful!

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Shortest flight ever flown

Bob Wiseman

We at CloudAhoy received over time a good number of links from pilots who had a malfunction and debriefed their handling of the situation after landing.  Bob Wiseman probably had flown the shortest of them.

 In his own words:

Last weekend my wife and I had the unfortunate opportunity to fly the shortest flight of my entire aviation career and/or hobby.  My airborne trip was all of  4900′ on a 5000′ runway.  It was all recorded to the second with Cloud Ahoy!

Flash back about a 2 months or so –

I found Cloud Ahoy via a random aviation app search.  Since I am already spending my kid’s inheritance with aircraft ownership, that search string included the word “free”.


At first, Cloud Ahoy was nothing more than a novelty app to me. I’d replay take-offs and landings with its 3D map engine. “Yep, that pretty much what it looked like. Look! There’s the lake.”


A week later I was flying a GPS approach to my hometown airport. When I explored my flight in debrief mode I found I could load the unique approach parameters into Cloud Ahoy’s approach database (with Chuck’s prompt help) and watch myself fly the T, intercept the glide slope and watch my  deviations in 3D all the way to touchdown. (minimal deviations don’t you know – because this is MY story).   Very cool.


So here I am today thankfully, having survived the aforementioned 4900′ flight – an  emergency landing after take off on the runway remaining having experience loss of RPM due to fuel-water contamination.


In debrief mode, I was able to do the post-flight analysis of the incident comparing the GPS position and altitude and the computed components: speed, vertical speed, and  wind and compare the entire event with that of the real environment conditions and aircraft performance charts.   From ‘take-off’ to ‘needing to replace two tires’ in less than 45 seconds, Cloud Ahoy accurately recorded the entire event.

The taxi back to the FBO was normal. By the time I pulled the mixture, my dear passenger was already in the car.  “We’re driving now!”, she says. At our destination after 2-1/2 grueling hours up the Interstate, I immediately ran to a desktop computer to see the captured data. Wouldn’t you know it – Cloud Ahoy also recorded the entire road trip!

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