March 30, 2017 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins this Thursday, March 30, 2017.  The US data for the next cycle has been activated and is available right now for all apps and devices (it was released last Thursday for Bendix-King 770, AV8OR ACE, Aspen, and Voyager).  European data will be available a little later.  Important! Be aware that ChartData for the next cycle is not legal for use until Thursday (March 30, 2017) at 12:01 AM Eastern time.  If you use an app or device that utilizes our ChartData Manager, you can download the data now and install the data to an SD card or USB stick but do not use that SD card or stick until Thursday.  If you’re using FlyQ EFB, please do not install the data yet if you plan to fly before Thursday.

Recently, we added ChartData for the Bahamas – airport diagrams, approach plates, SIDs, and STARs.  Have a look!  The new Bahamian ChartData is included in our US ChartData set so there is no additional charge for US subscribers.

Also, read this terrific post from Keith R 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 there 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 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 (Dynon, Aspen, Bendix-King, etc.), run the ChartData Manager (or select Settings from the little icon at the lower right corner of your Windows screen) and tap Update Now.
  • In Voyager, select Update Data from the Tools menu then choose the All Monthly ChartData item.

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

Note that new 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.

March 30, 2017 ChartData Partially Released

Update 3/27/2017 7:20 PM Pacific:  All US data for all devices and apps has now been released.

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The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, March 30, 2017.  We try to release ChartData the Friday before the new cycle starts but we’re delaying that until sometime on Monday for some of our ChartData products.

Specifically, on Thursday we released ChartData for our certified devices (KSN 770 and Aspen), the Bendix-King AV8OR ACE, and for our Voyager for Windows application.  However, ChartData for FlyQ, Dynon, AFS, GRT, and all other apps and devices will be released Monday afternoon.

The delay is due to switching a data source used in some of our data products.  The processing, testing, and refinement cycle is taking slightly longer than expected.  It’s almost done now but we are erring on the side of caution and making sure it’s right before we release it.  The products for which we have already released data do not use the new data source.

Important! Be aware that ChartData for the next cycle is not legal for use until next Thursday (March 30, 2017) at 12:01 AM Eastern time.

FlyQ EFB 2.4.5 Released

With this release (and most of the last release, too), the focus was on stability.  New version 2.4.5 squashed the bugs that caused the vast majority of all crashing issues we’ve seen.  Mapping performance has also been substantially increased.  Specific changes:

+ Added: Faster mapping performance
+ Fixed: Frequent startup crashes for some users
+ Fixed: Crash when viewing an airport satellite image in full screen when wind arrows are on
+ Fixed: Crash when switching between 2D and 3D modes in a few cases
+ Fixed: Crash when reversing some flight plans
+ Fixed: Inability to turn fluorescent life jackets off once on
+ Fixed: Minor text size problem in some 3D views

To upgrade FlyQ EFB:

Upgrades to FlyQ EFB are free.

If you’re reading this on your iPad, just click below (won’t work on a PC or Mac):

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flyq-efb/id915571252?mt=8

If you’re reading this on a PC or Mac, go to your iPad then:

1. Open the App Store app on your iPad (usually on the first Home page).
2. Within the App Store, tap the Updates tab at the bottom.
3. Look for FlyQ EFB and tap the Update button next to it.

Tip: You can have the iPad automatically do updates for all apps in the future. This saves a lot of time!  To do that:

1. Go to the Settings app on the iPad
2. Tap the iTunes & App Store item on the left side of the screen (might need to scroll down to see it).
3. Turn the switch next to Updates to ON (green).

 

Note: Turning on automatic updates does not automatically install new OS releases, just apps like FlyQ EFB.

As a reminder, the following was changed in version 2.4.4:

  • ADDED: ICAO flight plan filing
  • FIXED: Crash when switching from 2D to 3D when the Rings or Extended Courseline layer is on.
  • FIXED: Calculation error when editing offline flight plans.
  • FIXED: Cardinal directions on Terrain X-Ray incorrect in one case.
  • FIXED: Original 2D map zoom is not restored when switching from 2D to 3D then back 2D.

And what was new in 2.4:

  • ADDED: Document Management. The all-new Documents tab gives you immediate access to a library of more than 200 FAA publications and charts (Flyway charts, helicopter charts, etc.), weather documents, Seattle Avionics documents, legends, and more. Or easily add your own documents by entering a URL or emailing them to your iPad. Even tap to add photos already on your iPad.
  • ADDED: Support for Avidyne IFD540 and IFD440 wireless data transfer (GPS, AHRS, bi-directional flight plan transfers). Avidyne software release 10.2 required (GPS works with 10.1). More Avidyne support to come.
  • ADDED: Support for ADS-B weather and traffic from the Dynon SkyView. SkyView software release 15 required (GPS, AHRS, bi-directional flight plan transfers already available with SkyView 14).
  • FIXED: An unusual server error state can cause the app to logout and not allow users to log back in.
  • FIXED: Detailed device status information not immediately updated
  • FIXED: NavLog printing results in a clipped document.
  • FIXED: Edits to the FAA Plan form not submitted to Lockheed/DUATS in some cases.
  • FIXED: A few airports with fuel prices do not show the price on the map.
  • FIXED: Takeoff time cannot be set when creating a new flight plan.
  • FIXED: Downloads for Michigan do not include some of the state.
  • FIXED: Last-selected pilot not remembered in New Plan.
  • FIXED: Play/Pause button in sim too small on Retina iPad.
  • FIXED: Editing a flight plan can produce a negative MHdg.
  • FIXED: Tapping the Done button in the ChartData Manager takes so long to respond that it’s often tapped twice.

Service Alert: Problen with Amazon.com affecting SA

Update: 2:20 PM Pacific.  While some Amazon systems are still down, the ones we use appear to be working normally.  We’ll continue to monitor the situation.

Update: 1:00 PM Pacific.  Systems still down.  Issue now getting national press:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/02/28/amazons-cloud-service-goes-down-sites-scramble/98530914/

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A widespread service slowdown/failure on Amazon’s AWS service (used by Seattle Avionics, Netflix, and tens of thousands of companies) is dramatically affecting all of our systems.  This is not unheard of but extremely rare.  Given the prominence of many of Amazon’s customers, these issues generally get resolved extremely rapidly.

We’ll keep you updated.  Services have been affected for about 25 minutes at this point.

March 2, 2017 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, March 2, 2017.  We try to release ChartData the Friday before the new cycle starts.  As that’s today, the US data for the next cycle has been activated and is available right now.  European data will be available a little later.

Important! Be aware that ChartData for the next cycle is not legal for use until next Thursday (March 2, 2017) at 12:01 AM Eastern time.  If you use an app or device that utilizes our ChartData Manager, you can download the data now and install the data to an SD card or USB stick but do not use that SD card or stick until next Thursday.  If you’re using FlyQ EFB, please do not install the data yet if you plan to fly before next Thursday.

We also have a new version of the ChartData Manager.  This new version adds support for Australian ChartData for the Bendix-King KSN 770, improves overall performance, and adds additional validation checks.  The next time you click Update Now, the ChartData Manager will attempt to upgrade itself.  If your Windows security settings block it, you can manually download and install it by clicking here.  The new version is 5.3.6.0536, as shown at the lower left corner of the ChartData Manager.

Recently, we added ChartData for the Bahamas – airport diagrams, approach plates, SIDs, and STARs.  Have a look!  The new Bahamian ChartData is included in our US ChartData set so there is no additional charge for US subscribers.

Also, read this terrific post from Keith R 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 there and wait for data to download or copy.  And keep in mind that we recently made the ChartData Manager faster and more reliable with the release of ChartData Manager 5.2.

Special note for Voyager users:  You must install an update for Voyager before this ChartData can be downloaded if you haven’t already installed the new version of Voyager (version 4.7.3.30473).  Simply start Voyager and, if you haven’t run it yet today, the app should say that an update is available and have a button to download.  If you have used it today, select Update Application from the Tools menu.

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 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.
  • In Voyager, select Update Data from the Tools menu then choose the All Monthly ChartData item.

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

Note that new FlyQ Online (our Web-based flight planner) ChartData is enabled automatically on the day the new cycle begins (next 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.

Current Temps and 7 Day Forecast

Some of you may have noticed that FlyQ’s usual current temps and seven day forecast were offline for a few days that happen to coincide with a new FlyQ EFB release.  It’s back online now but it had nothing to do with the new FlyQ EFB release nor with anything we did wrong.  In case you’re curious…

As it happens, we get that data from the National Weather Service.  When we first noticed the problem with the temps and forecast, we tested the NWS system and indeed found that their system wasn’t working properly.   From doing this for years, we know that their system periodically goes offline for a day or two so we didn’t think much about it.

But today we looked into it further as it’s seldom offline this long.  We found that the service was operational but appeared down but because they apparently changed something about how a developer should access it.  We made some changes to our servers to match their changes and all is well again.