iOS / iPad OS 14.8 Approved

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS / iPad OS version 14.8 with current version of FlyQ EFB and FlyQ InSight.

How to find the version number for FlyQ EFB

  1. Open FlyQ EFB app
  2. Go to the Settings screen (gear icon)
  3. The version number is at the top right. Example: v6.0.1 (as of this writing, 6.0.1 is the current version of FlyQ EFB) 

How to find the version number for iOS or iPad iOS

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to General
  3. Go to About
  4. The iOS version number is under Software Version. Example: 14.7

How to update a Seattle Avionics app

  1. Open the App Store app
  2. Tap the Account icon (your image) at the top right of the page.
  3. Scroll down the Account page and look for the icon associated with the app you want to update. Tap Update.
  4. Note: You can enable your iPad or iPhone to automatically update all your apps. We recommend this feature. To do this:
    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Select App Store on the left side of the screen.
    3. In the Automatic Updates section, turn App Updates on (green).

How to update iOS or iPad iOS

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to General
  3. Go to Software Update
  4. Tap on Download and Install

*Please note that beta (aka “test”) versions of iOS and iPad OS are not finished, have not been fully tested, and contains bugs. Seattle Avionics does not support beta versions of these for use with any of its apps.

September 9, 2021 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins on Thursday, September 9, 2021. The new data can be downloaded now for the US, Mexico, and Central America.  European data will be available shortly. Australian data is unchanged this cycle. Be sure not to fly with this data until September 9.

If you’re using another data provider, check with them about availability.

Important notes for FlyQ EFB user:  Please do not download this new data if you plan to fly before Thursday as the app does not currently have any concept of “current” versus “next” data cycle.  However, FlyQ EFB downloads TFRs, fuel prices, and weather automatically so rest assured that this data will always be current even without doing a manual update

Also, read this terrific post if you use our ChartData Manager application for Windows to update your data.  It explains how to automatically download data and even copy data to a card or USB memory stick without any clicks!  No need to sit and wait for data to download or copy.

If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to update your ChartData before you fly.

  • In FlyQ EFB:  Tap the ChartData Manager icon (the “down arrow” icon), review which states you have selected, then tap Update Now.
  • In FlyQ InSight or FlyQ Pocket: Select the Downloads tab on the bottom of the screen and tap Update Now.
  • In FlyQ Online:  Nothing to download.  Just go to https://flyq.seattleavionics.com and the new data is automatically used when the new cycle begins on Thursday (but not before).
  • For apps and devices that use our Data Manager, run the ChartData Manager (or select Settings from the little icon at the lower right corner of your Windows screen) and tap Update Now.

If you need to renew your subscription, click the appropriate link below:

Note that FlyQ Online (our Web-based flight planner) ChartData is enabled automatically on the day the new cycle begins (Thursday) so what you see is always the current, legal data.  Unlike data for our apps and devices, we do not release FlyQ Online ChartData ahead of time since there is nothing to download.

August 12, 2021 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins on Thursday, August 12, 2021. The new data can be downloaded now for the US, Mexico, and Central America.  European data will be available shortly. Australian data is unchanged this cycle. Be sure not to fly with this data until August 12.

If you’re using another data provider, check with them about availability.

Important notes for FlyQ EFB user:  Please do not download this new data if you plan to fly before Thursday as the app does not currently have any concept of “current” versus “next” data cycle.  However, FlyQ EFB downloads TFRs, fuel prices, and weather automatically so rest assured that this data will always be current even without doing a manual update

Also, read this terrific post if you use our ChartData Managerapplication for Windows to update your data.  It explains how to automatically download data and even copy data to a card or USB memory stick without any clicks!  No need to sit and wait for data to download or copy.

If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to update your ChartData before you fly.

  • In FlyQ EFB:  Tap the ChartData Manager icon (the “down arrow” icon), review which states you have selected, then tap Update Now.
  • In FlyQ InSight or FlyQ Pocket: Select the Downloads tab on the bottom of the screen and tap Update Now.
  • In FlyQ Online:  Nothing to download.  Just go to https://flyq.seattleavionics.com and the new data is automatically used when the new cycle begins on Thursday (but not before).
  • For apps and devices that use our Data Manager, run the ChartData Manager (or select Settings from the little icon at the lower right corner of your Windows screen) and tap Update Now.

If you need to renew your subscription, click the appropriate link below:

Note that FlyQ Online (our Web-based flight planner) ChartData is enabled automatically on the day the new cycle begins (Thursday) so what you see is always the current, legal data.  Unlike data for our apps and devices, we do not release FlyQ Online ChartData ahead of time since there is nothing to download.

A/FD Fix for Texas and Other States

The following relates to FlyQ EFB only; the ChartData we produce for other systems such as Dynon, AFS, Aspen, Honeywell, etc. was not impacted by this issue as we do not supply A/FD data for those systems.

The FAA made an error in June when they published the digital A/FD data for Texas and a few other states such that they linked the airports to the wrong pages (in the wrong states, in fact). We immediately alerted them to the problem and they corrected it then uploaded the proper data the next day. But people who had downloaded the A/FD data within a few days of the release still had the wrong data. Since then, we’ve been replying to people who emailed Support with the fix below. Still, it seems that some people who were affected by it never learned about the fix. So here it is:

To get the revised info into FlyQ EFB, you just need to delete the old A/FD data and re-download:

  1. Go to the ChartData Manager part of the app (down-arrow button at the top of the screen)
  2. Tap the blue Delete all AFD data link.
  3. Tap Update.

Of course, with a new A/FD data cycle almost at hand, we’ll be sure to double-check the FAA’s data very closely.

Stratus 3 Problem and the Fix

Appareo recently released a Stratus 3 / 3i firmware version with a subtle bug that prevented weather from being properly updated when connected to FlyQ. Recently purchased devices came pre-installed with it. The bug didn’t affect ForeFlight because ForeFlight uses a different data stream from the device. We found the problem and worked with Appareo to fix it. The fix is now available.

If you are using a Stratus 3 or Stratus 3i, please update the firmware in your unit. Here’s how:

Quick version:

Download and open the free Horizon Pro app from the App Store, turn the Stratus on and connect the iPad/iPhone to the Stratus Wi-Fi, go back to the Horizon Pro app, tap Yes when prompted to update.

Detailed version:

Turn your Stratus 3 OFF if it is on.

Be sure your iPad or iPhone is connected to the Internet, not the Stratus 3. Do not turn on your Stratus 3 until we mention it in the steps below.

Go to the App Store and download the Stratus Horizon Pro app (or click here if you’re reading this on your iPad or iPhone). It’s free.

Open the Horizon Pro app. CRITICAL! Be sure to allow it access to your local network when prompted. It does not need access to your microphone for this task.

Tap the gear icon at the lower left corner of the screen.

Tap Stratus information then tap Firmware Update

Look at the list of updates and confirm that you see Stratus 3 / 1.5.8.203 / 07-26-21 and Stratus 3i / 1.2.2.35 / 07-26-21 (If you don’t see these or newer versions, confirm that your device is connected to the Internet).

Turn on your Status 3 or 3i and wait for 30 seconds for it to power-up.

Go the Settings app on your iPad or iPhone (not the Settings within the Horizon app). This means pressing the home button on your device, if your device has one, or swiping up from the bottom of the screen if it doesn’t.

Be sure that Wi-Fi is on and connect to the Wi-Fi network that has the word Stratus in the name.

Go back to the Horizon app using a swipe-up from the bottom or press the Home button.

If prompted, tap Yes to update your device. If you don’t get prompted, try tapping the Update button at the bottom of the screen.

Confirm by tapping the green Update button.

Wait for the update to complete and follow the on-screen directions.

Your device should be updated now. To test it, turn the Stratus back on and wait 30 seconds.

Ensure that your iPad or iPhone is connected to the Stratus Wi-Fi network. If not, switch to it.

Start FlyQ EFB and wait for the ADS-B Connected message (iPad only) or green ADS-B light on the status indicators at the top right of the screen.

Tap any of the status indicators at the top right.

Select the ADS-B option.

Scroll down the list and check that Software Version is 1.5.8.203 (Stratus 3) or 1.2.2.35 (Stratus 3i) (or later version).

Please email support@seattleavionics.com if you continue to have a problem.

OSH 2021!

New FlyQ 6.0, Slingshot for Dynon, Multiple Presentations

Going to OSH? Catch some of our special presentations (schedule below) and stop by Booth C-3038 to check out what’s new. 

When you do, you’ll see that a lot has changed as Seattle Avionics became part of a larger, global aviation company late last year. We now have access to new technologies, a worldwide perspective, and a much larger development team. 

The just-released FlyQ 6.0, with Global Maps & Weather and Audible Airspace Alerts, is just the tip of the iceberg.

Introducing Slingshot for Dynon & AFS

Use a Dynon SkyView or AFS 5000 series panel? We have some amazing news for you! The next SkyView and AFS software releases use our Slingshot technology to wirelessly download maps, plates, and airport diagrams from FlyQ EFB!

No more USB sticks, no more downloading data twice (once for your panel, once for your iPad). Instead, download data to FlyQ in the usual way, bring your iPad into the cockpit, hit a few buttons, and watch your data quickly flow from FlyQ to your SkyView or AFS. Easy! 

Watch the video

See Slingshot in action at the Seattle Avionics booth (C-3038) or the Dynon booths (D-4034 / 4035).

Presentation Schedule

Date/TimeTopicRoom
Monday, July 26
11:30 AM
Augmented Reality in the CockpitForum Stage 6
Tuesday, July 27
8:30 AM
Intro to FlyQ EFBForum Stage 9
Wednesday, July 28
1:00 PM
Advanced Flight PlanningForum Stage 9
Friday, July 30
8:30 AM
What’s New in Just Released FlyQ 6.0Forum Stage 5

All the talks are in the Forums area a little away from exhibit hangars. Leave some time to walk there as it’s a bit of a hike.

Presentation Details

Augmented Reality in the Cockpit

Monday, July 26. 11:30 AM. Forum Stage 6

Learn about the most unique feature in the free version of FlyQ called FlyQ InSight augmented reality. Seattle Avionics introduced augmented reality to GA with this first application for portable phones and tablets. Learn how to use it and what’s coming next!


Intro to FlyQ EFB

Tuesday, July 27. 8:30 AM. Forum Stage 9

Quickly learn how to use the most popular features with pilots who own FlyQ and understand why it’s been a top-rated GA app in the Apple App Store for years. Learn about the wind optimizer, fuel-price auto routing, synthetic vision, augmented reality, geo-referenced plates and charts, both raster and vector based maps, 4D weather, and the widest ADS-B support of any EFB. Explore both preflight planning and use in the cockpit.


Advanced Flight Planning

Wednesday, July 28. 1:00 PM. Forum Stage 9

Learn the advanced flight planning features possible across devices with the FlyQ family line of apps. Plan on your desktop or laptop, file and get your weather briefing via your phone, then fly with your iPad or iPhone. Learn about IFR routing, preferred and recently accepted routes, wind and fuel-price optimized routing, vector and raster charts with IAP overlays, and much more.


What’s New in FlyQ 6.0!

Friday, July 30. 8:30 AM. Forum Stage 5

Just released FlyQ 6 is a major new version that adds a Global Digital (vector) map which always keeps text right-side up, Global Weather, Airspace Warnings in both text and spoken format, and more!

New FlyQ 6.0 Released: Global Digital Maps and Audible Airspace Alerts

As you may have heard, Seattle Avionics became part of a larger, global aviation company in late 2020. That gives us access to new technologies, a worldwide perspective, and a larger development organization. 

FlyQ 6.0, with Global Digital Charts and Weather plus Audible Airspace Alerts, is the first release that leverages these strengths. Many more exciting new features are in the works. Watch the What’s New video.

See the bottom of this email to learn how to upgrade to FlyQ 6.0.

Global Digital Charts

The all-new Global Digital Map lets you see airports, navaids, airspace, airways, and waypoints around the world. Unlike a standard Sectional chart, the Digital chart is dynamically generated so offers a number of advantages:


1. Text remains readable no matter how the map is rotated (Track Up mode, for example).

2. The level of detail varies with the zoom level so the map shows you more detail as you zoom in and declutters as you move out.

3. You can select exactly which types of objects you want to see – airports, navaids, waypoints, or airways.

4. Use the new Digital layer over another base layer (Roads, for example) or standalone with a simplified, easy to read new background map.

Watch the video   /   Read the revised Pilot’s Guide (page 35)


Audible Airspace Alerts

FlyQ 6.0 uses your current altitude and course to warn when you’re about to enter (or are already in) a controlled airspace.

FlyQ alerts you with a text pop-up, an audible (spoken) warning, and the airspace highlighted on the map.

Dismiss text pop-ups by tapping the X in the corner of the pop-up. Use the Alerts section in Settings to control which types of warnings you prefer to receive.

Watch the video


Global Weather

FlyQ 6.0 expands on the major weather improvements we made for FlyQ 4.5 by adding weather from all around the world. Most weather available in the US is now also available globally including RadarMETARs/TAFsIcingTurbulenceWinds Aloft and more.

Watch the video


And More…

FlyQ 6.0 includes many other improvements and fixes:

  • Full flight plan synchronization between all your iPads and iPhones as well as FlyQ Online (web) on your PC or Mac.
  • Enter multiple Tail number(s) to ignore in Settings.
  • Much faster map performance. 
  • Other fixes and improvements.

How to Get FlyQ 6.0

If you already have FlyQ EFB on your iPad/iPhone:

1. Go to the App Store on your device.

2. In the upper right corner of the screen, tap your picture (probably with a red number).

3. Scroll down the screen and look for the Available Updates or Upcoming Automatic Updates section.

4. Find FlyQ EFB.

5. If you see Open, it’s already downloaded, simply tap Open to fire it up.

6. If you see Update, tap to download, then tap Open when it appears.

If it’s not on your iPad or iPhone:

This is a great time to use it for 30 days at no charge as we cleared all records of previous trials so you can try it again.

1. If you’re reading this on an iPad or iPhone, just click here to download. Otherwise…

2. Go to the App Store on your iPad or iPhone.

3. Select the Search tab.

4. Type FlyQ EFB in the search field at the top of the screen.

5. Tap FlyQ EFB when it appears as you type. 

6. Tap Get or Download.


FlyQ EFB 6.0 requires iOS 11 or later.

July 15, 2021 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins on Thursday, July 15, 2021. The new data can be downloaded now for the US, Europe, Mexico, and Central America.  Australian data is unchanged this cycle. Be sure not to fly with this data until June 17.

If you’re using another data provider, check with them about availability.

Important notes for FlyQ EFB user:  Please do not download this new data if you plan to fly before Thursday as the app does not currently have any concept of “current” versus “next” data cycle.  However, FlyQ EFB downloads TFRs, fuel prices, and weather automatically so rest assured that this data will always be current even without doing a manual update

Also, read this terrific post if you use our ChartData Managerapplication for Windows to update your data.  It explains how to automatically download data and even copy data to a card or USB memory stick without any clicks!  No need to sit and wait for data to download or copy.

If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to update your ChartData before you fly.

  • In FlyQ EFB:  Tap the ChartData Manager icon (the “down arrow” icon), review which states you have selected, then tap Update Now.
  • In FlyQ InSight or FlyQ Pocket: Select the Downloads tab on the bottom of the screen and tap Update Now.
  • In FlyQ Online:  Nothing to download.  Just go to https://flyq.seattleavionics.com and the new data is automatically used when the new cycle begins next Thursday (but not before).
  • For apps and devices that use our Data Manager, run the ChartData Manager (or select Settings from the little icon at the lower right corner of your Windows screen) and tap Update Now.

If you need to renew your subscription, click the appropriate link below:

Note that FlyQ Online (our Web-based flight planner) ChartData is enabled automatically on the day the new cycle begins (Thursday) so what you see is always the current, legal data.  Unlike data for our apps and devices, we do not release FlyQ Online ChartData ahead of time since there is nothing to download.

iOS / iPad OS 14.6 Approved

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS / iPad OS version 14.6 with current version of FlyQ EFB and FlyQ InSight.

How to find the version number for FlyQ EFB

  1. Open FlyQ EFB app
  2. Go to the Settings screen (gear icon)
  3. The version number is at the top right. Example: v5.0.0 (as of this writing, 5.0.0 is the current version of FlyQ EFB) 

How to find the version number for iOS or iPad iOS

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to General
  3. Go to About
  4. The iOS version number is under Software Version. Example: 14.6

How to update a Seattle Avionics app

  1. Open the App Store app
  2. Tap the Account icon (your image) at the top right of the page.
  3. Scroll down the Account page and look for the icon associated with the app you want to update. Tap Update.
  4. Note: You can enable your iPad or iPhone to automatically update all your apps. We recommend this feature. To do this:
    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Select App Store on the left side of the screen.
    3. In the Automatic Updates section, turn App Updates on (green).

How to update iOS or iPad iOS

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to General
  3. Go to Software Update
  4. Tap on Download and Install

*Please note that beta (aka “test”) versions of iOS and iPad OS are not finished, have not been fully tested, and contains bugs. Seattle Avionics does not support beta versions of these for use with any of its apps.