App Quick Start
Q: What does the CloudAhoy app do?
A: Your CloudAhoy iPhone/iPad app collects flight data while you fly the aircraft, and automatically sends it to the CloudAhoy server. Back on the ground, you can login to the server from any Windows or Macintosh computer and debrief your flight.
Q: How do I start using the CloudAhoy app?
A: Before using the app for the first time, you must create a CloudAhoy account. CloudAhoy will send you an email with login information and further information. Use the link in the email to enable your new account and to change your password. While at the account, enter the tail number of the one or more aircraft you'll be using (in Settings->Aircraft). Then install the app on your iPhone/iPad, start it and enter your account's email and password. Now you're in, ready to log your first flight with CloudAhoy.
Q: How much does is cost?
A: Both the app and the service are completely free!
Your First Flight
Q: How can I select a aircraft's tail number from the app?
A: Select the Flight tab if not already selected. Click the blue arrow next to the Tail Number, and either enter a new aircraft's tail number, or select one of the aircraft from the account.
Q: How do I log data and debrief a flight?
A: Start the CloudAhoy app, enter the aircraft's tail number and the pilot name(s), and before starting the aircraft's engine click START. On your first flight, verify that the GPS Strength lights are in the green (it may take a minute or so), showing a good GPS lock. Place the iPhone so it can "see" the sky (see below) and secure it. Then, start the engine, taxi, takeoff and fly. After landing and engine shut-down, the CloudAhoy app will automatically stop logging (you can also manually stop the logging by clicking STOP). Keep the app running so it can automatically transmit the data to the CloudAhoy server.
Later, login to the CloudAhoy server (using the login link at the top of this page, or http://www.cloudahoy.com/login). Your flight will be listed together with all your previous flights. Click Debrief and analyze the flight.
Q: Where should I locate the iPhone in flight?
A: Unless you use an external Bluetooth GPS device (in which case you can put the iPhone/iPad anywhere in the cockpit), the iPhone should be located such that it can "see" as much of the sky as possible. For example, you can put it on the glare shield, farthest from you. In sunny days, we recommend covering it with paper, (e.g., an aviation map, or inside a paper folder, or inside an envelop) so it is not exposed to direct sun's radiation. You can use a glare shield mount, or prevent it from moving in other ways to maintain safety.
If you use an external Bluetooth GPS, we recommend using suction cups (like those that come with the GNS 5870) and mounting it a couple of inches below the top of the front window. In this way, it stays cool and it has a good view of the sky.
Q: What are the App's settings?
A: To view/modify the settings, click the Settings tab on the app.
Auto Logging Stop will automatically stop data logging after your aircraft landed and came to a complete stop. We recommend ON setting.
No Broadcast in Flight disables any communication while you are taking off, airborne, or landing. It should normally be ON.
Auto Screen Lock allows you to enable or disable the iPhone's auto screen lock (auto display dimming) while the app is logging data. It is available only in iPhone 3GS and above. It should normally be ON, thus saving battery time. We recommend OFF only if you use an external GPS which is physically connected to the iPhone/iPad, such as Bad Elf.
Registration Status allows you to unregister and re-register your iPhone/iPad. When you unregister from the app, you should also delete the device from the account. To do the later, login to the CloudAhoy server, go to the Devices tab (from Settings or from Administration) and delete the device. Note that by doing so, all the flights logged by the device will be deleted.
Server allows you to use a CloudAhoy server other than the default. Normally you would not use this control.
Q: Can you tell me more about flight debriefing?
A: Sure. Read the information in your registration email.
We are always delighted to answer your questions via email, and hear any comment and suggestion you may have. Talk to us: support@CloudAhoy.com .