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.

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, 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 SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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