Ever wish you could play back your flight, either to relive a long trip or debrief a lesson? With CloudAhoy, a free app for the iPad, you can do exactly that–including a moving map and detailed logs of your groundspeed, altitude and more.
Simply download the app from the App Store, create a free account on CloudAhoy’s website and you’re ready to record. On your next flight, open up the app, enter some basic flight information (tail number, pilot’s name, remarks) and hit Start. Using your iPhone or iPad’s GPS, the app will continuously log your position, speed and altitude. It will even automatically determine when you’re taxiing, flying or landing, and stop recording when it senses your flight is over.
To debrief a flight, either open up the iPad app and choose the Debrief tab or visit the CloudAhoy website and sign into your account. Both options allow you to play your flight back over a map and graph your groundspeed, vertical speed, altitude and course. The website debrief includes even more powerful map overlay features, including sectional and en route IFR charts.
There are lots of uses for this app, including:
- Share memorable cross country flights with family and friends
- Review ground reference maneuvers in the quiet of your home
- Overlay your instrument approach path on a chart
- Grade your short field landings
CloudAhoy is also great for flight instructors, many of whom are flying with iPads already. On the iPad version of the app, there is a CFI tab that allows instructors to track specific maneuvers. You can name a flight segment and create flight markers, so you can easily review S-turns and turns around a point separately.
The app works on iPhone and iPad, although the debriefing features are only available on the iPad app. This still makes your iPhone a handy way to record a flight, then play it back on your iPad. Also note that if your iPad does not have a built-in GPS (e.g., WiFi only models), you’ll need to connect to an external GPS like a Dual XGPS150 or Garmin GLO.
Get the free CloudAhoy app here.