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We recently added a new feature -  Flight Path Vector (FPV), also known as Flight Path Marker, or Velocity Vector. This display of the FPV in the HUD view is an important addition to debriefing a stabilized approach, cross wind correction, and more. 

Also in this newsletter - iPad Pilot News shows you how to debrief a circling approach, Cruise Checklists to help you remain vigilant, and some fun flying (and debriefing) from Flight Chops.

Read on!


New: Flight Path Vector in HUD View

We’ve released a new feature in 3D HUD view – a Flight Path Vector (FPV) display. 

The Flight Path Vector can be found in most modern primary flight displays (PFD) and as a key feature of glass cockpit synthetic vision. The Flight Path Vector provides situational awareness for professional, military, and general aviation pilots. It shows the path the plane is flying, which may be different from the heading.

The FPV as shown in CloudAhoy mimics the display of an aircraft’s avionics to enhance your post flight debrief. 



The Flight Path Vector is a powerful tool for debriefing:

  • Approach / aiming point: was my aiming point on the runway where I wanted it?
  • Wind correction e.g. crabbing: did I over correct or not put in enough correction?
  • Straight and level flight: how well did I maintain altitude?
  • Level turns: did I climb/descend during the turn?
And more.

Correction for a crosswind.


Flight Path Vector showing a slight climb.

How does CloudAhoy create the Flight Path Vector?

CloudAhoy creates the Flight Path Vector  using GPS position data. To compute the FPV during animation, CloudAhoy connects a line between a previous and current position of the aircraft, and extends it forward. Extending it all the way to the ground shows where the aircraft would be if it continued its current trajectory, and that point is where the FPV symbol is placed. If the aircraft is climbing, we place the FPV symbol above the horizon at an imaginary point where the aircraft would be if its trajectory continues.

F-18 pilots, landing on an aircraft carrier, depend on their Flight Path Vector. Yet, it is a powerful debriefing tool even for $100 hamburger sorties, even if you fly a 6-pack avionics aircraft. 

The Flight Path Vector was added as part of working with Embry-Riddle faculty, per their suggestion and request. It is available for Standard and Pro users. Read more here.


Good read: iPad Pilot News Debriefs a Circling Approach 

“A circling approach is not a part of regular flying, so it’s definitely worth practicing,” John Zimmerman from Sporty’s Pilot Shop writes. “To get the most out of that practice session we like to record our flights with a data logger and then use an app like CloudAhoy for a detailed debriefing”. 

In his article from iPad Pilot News, Zimmerman walks through the steps to easily and efficiently debrief a circling approach from an iPad. Read it here!



Pilots tip: Cruise Checklists: What If, Why, and When

All of us who do frequent long cross-country flying sit in the airplane, comfortably, being carried to our destination, with the engine humming along nicely, and lots of complex machinery doing its part in getting us there. Yet sometimes that small voice in your head starts to ask, “What if?”. After some pondering and experimenting, pilots Markus and Heidi Rex decided to adapt the airlines’ idea of regular structured instrument checks during cruise for GA flying. In this blog, they share their Cruise Checklist and thoughts for its use to help them stay vigilant, combat complacency, and keep that mental agility during long flights. Read on. 


First Attempt to Fly a Sportsman Aerobatic Sequence 


Flight Chops (Canadian filmmaker and pilot, Steve Thorne) has us holding our breath as he completes his first attempt to fly the sportsman aerobatic sequence. During this flight, Steve also tests out an early version of some aerobatic debriefing features that are now a working prototype for the US Air Force. Watch the video and learn more here. 

 

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