Exciting Flight Test Software

Starting out the morning at the annual EAA Technical Counselor/Flight Advisor breakfast, I saw a presentation by a Boeing test pilot about a new software package that can record the GPS data from a flight using a companion App, then plot it for debriefing later. This functionality is aimed at the educational market--but what is really interesting is the capability to accept data recorded from EFISs.

Most EFISs record navigation and systems data in a tabular format that can be looked at on a spreadsheet, which is great for data geeks and engineers (aren't they the same thing?), but tedious if you are trying to look at the results of a flight test--say a saw-toothed climb.

The Cloudahoy software takes that raw data (currently it can work with Dynon, Garmin, or GRT EFIS data) and presents it in the form of graphs--with all sorts of interpretation tools to go along with it. For those trying to reduce flight test data, this might just be the ticket! We hope to give this a try in coming months, and will let our readers know how useful we find it in an upcoming article.

Paul Dye

Paul Dye, Kitplanes® Editor in Chief, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the space shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and a Subsonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

5 Replies to “Exciting Flight Test Software”

  1. This has been standard practice in the soaring world for the better part of the last two decades. I have an app on my android phone that logs GPS coordinates for the flight, and I use any of several web-based apps to view the flight superimposed on various types of map.

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