Published in XC News
The birth of XC Analytics
Xc analytics comes from a shared passion for cross-country flying between Fred, Bruno and me. For years, we looked for a tool that could analyze our flights, and help us progress. As it did not exist, we decided to create one !
The adventure starts in 2017. At the beginning, the idea is to develop an android app available everywhere, all the time, for pilots of all levels who would like to improve their skills. The pillars : igc track logs, the concrete representations of our aerial escapades. Over the months, after having mixed, kneaded, and triturated thousands of files in every concievable way, we managed to extract their essence : a precise and quantified image of each flight, described through the statistics and charts of xc analytics.
The idea then becomes reality. From explanations to definitions, each key component is now described to help you understand its purpose, but also to better understand how to use it in order to progress. Whether you are a beginner in cross-country flying, or at the level of champions, if it is for paragliding, hang gliding, or gliding, the progression involves the same factors. By highlighting them, the avenues for improvement are revealed. It is basically a unique perspective that you will be able to lay on your skills and performances !
As for us, we never tire of discussions with the pilots who helped us refine xc analytics, and we thank them once again. I still remember the recent conf call with Maxime and JC, who, thanks to the comparison interface, were able to pinpoint their differences by debriefing their flying day together. And above all, the new ways that they could contemplate to improve, to progress, on themes they had not previously considered.
Of course, there is still much to be done, but we want to go even further. It is now your interest in xc analytics, your feedback, and the resulting discussions that will guide the app’s evolution. And we have a welcome gift for you: don’t be surprised if you discover an egg on the home page, it is very likely to hatch during your first analysis !
Martin, Fred and Bruno