FlightChops and CloudAhoy

CloudAhoy is my debriefing tool of choice”

- Steve Thorne, FlightChops


- Take a screenshot of your debrief with a score
- Share it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

What's new

How do you Slow down a Rocket?! Intimidated Flying Solo in the FASTEST Plane I’ve Flown

#CloudAhoyScore = 92 on twitter

Precisely Scoring an ILS Approach - Hand Flying IFR in Gusty Wind

#CloudAhoyScore = 91

Didn’t Score a Zero! Uncut First Attempt to Fly the Sportsman Aerobatic Sequence

FlightChops and CloudAhoy

Debriefing aerobatic flights

CloudAhoy developed the capability to debrief aerobatic flights working with the United State Air Force.

We have been part of the USAF Pilot Training Next since its inception of 2018, working closely with them and with other technology innovation groups in the Air Force and the Navy.

This work includes enhancing the analyzer to automatically identify and score aerobatic maneuvers, and enhancements to the visualization.

Another challenge: how to get high-fidelity flight data for accurate debrief of live aerobatic flights, which are characterized by high-G and unusual attitudes.

FlightChops and CloudAhoy

We need:
- Accurate attitude (AHRS). G-force. GPS.
- all of that at a high sampling rate and without gaps.

For this work CloudAhoy was awarded a grant from the AirForce via SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research). The research work took more than a year, with a lot of experiments and feedback from Air Force pilots. A working prototype was completed in mid 2020 and is currently used by various squadrons.

FlightChops flights were logged with a very early version.

Some videos in which Flight Chops uses CloudAhoy:

Instrument Rated! How I FINALLY passed the Flight Test!

Real Flying VS Home Simulator - Same Flight - what worked, what didn't - IFR status VLOG #9

Most Difficult Plane to Fly? T6 "Pilot Maker" SOLO prep!

They let me LAND a DC-3! + Accidentally blasted a J3 Cub off taxiway - Flight VLOG

Why are Pilots afraid of ATC? Flying IFR with a Controller to find out! - Mooney M20J - VLOG

Owning the Airspace: IFR at uncontrolled airport - California Flight Training VLOG - NorCal ATC

IFR Approaches to Minimums - Marine Layer FOG - California Flight Training VLOG - NorCal ATC audio

Near Flying Disaster Becomes Learning Experience with Proper Debrief - An Idea is Born‬

Steve Thorne
The Man behind FlightChops

Steve Thorne is fun, funny, and artfully combines serious in-depth attitude to flying with having tremendous fun at it. His endless curiosity, willingness, and readiness to immerse himself in whatever experience aviation offers has lead to awesome videos.

Steve is also a long time CloudAhoy user and fan.

This video is Steve discovering CloudAhoy in 2013.