Cloudahoy: A Review

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my departure off KCMH

I had an opportunity to use a new iOS aviation app last week called Cloudahoy.

I have to say, it’s pretty slick. The idea behind the app came from instrument student and app developer, who wanted a way to track and debrief an instrument flight using the tools that are available, namely the iphone as a tracking device coupled with Google Earth.

This is a marriage made in heaven. Cloudahoy did a great job tracking my repositioning flight from CMH to a private airport.


Here’s how it works:

  • Download the app onto your iOS device via itunes – sorry android users.
  • Create a free account on
  • Start the app before engine start.
  • Use other app as much as you want
  • Stop the app after engine shutdown
  • Log on to and ‘debrief’ your flight.

There are lots of cool features on the website that lets customize the experience and you can actually re-fly your flight using the cockpit view – neat! has all the instructions, faq, and examples available to you.


  • Probably uses some processing power or battery life in flight, but I didn’t notice an issue on my short flight. I did use several other app simultaneous without a problem.
  • It missed a tight overhead approach that I made, so it isn’t perfect. That might have been operator error on my part.
  • You have to remember to turn it on – something that I am bad about. I have lost numerous in-flight videos due to forgetting to turn on the camera prior to launching.


  • Free
  • Easy to use
  • Very visual – us pilots like pictures
  • Can be a great learning tool
  • Did I mention it was free

So I’m a fan. If you’re an Apple person, you owe it to yourself to checkout this app.


Let us know what you think – leave you comments/questions/feedback below.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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