CloudAhoy’s CFI Assistant Improves Flight Evaluations

CloudAhoy’s Pro version includes a scoring system that grades multiple flight parameters. CloudAhoy

A recently updated version of flight tracking app CloudAhoy–CloudAhoy Pro—aims to streamline flight evaluations for flight instructors. A new feature called "CFI Assistant" evaluates multiple parameters of flight, such as indicated airspeed deviation, altitude deviation, sink rate, descent angle consistency, and centerline deviation, and it provides scores for those parameters as well as an overall score for the flight. Scores are recorded on a scale from 0 to 100, and they are color-coded green for 85-100, yellow for 50-85 and red for below 50.

“The CFI Assistant certainly does not replace a human flight instructor–flight instructors are indispensable–but specific aspects of pilot performance and proficiency are objective and measurable, and that’s where the CFI Assistant comes in,” said CloudAhoy’s founder and CEO, Chuck Shavit. Shavit and his team have been working on the CFI Assistant feature for more than two years and tapped feedback from thousands of flights conducted by military, flight-school and individual pilots.

The update also provides improved instrument-approach performance analysis. The app can automatically detect which approach is being flown, and it compares the flight path track to the horizontal and vertical approach paths. CloudAhoy Pro can also be linked to some avionics systems, such as Garmin’s G3X, G1000 and G3000, to stream primary flight data, power settings, configuration changes and more to the app for evaluation.

In addition to adding features, CloudAhoy has made several interface improvements and added more aircraft performance parameters (the app supports hundreds of aircraft models), to help make the flight analyses more accurate.

There are three levels of annual subscriptions. The Pro version costs $150, while the previous “standard” version remains at $65. There is also a free version, which includes 2D flight tracking and flight logging. Creating an account is easy, and CloudAhoy offers a 35-days free trial for new users.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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