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.