FlyQ EFB 4.6 Now Available – Resolves iOS 14 Issues

FlyQ EFB 4.6 is now available in the Apple App Store.  This release was focussed on resolving issues with iOS / iPadOS 14 — most notably network changes that disabled FlyQ’s ability to use most ADS-B receivers. It also resolves other minor iOS 14 issues and a few other bugs.

After installing this update, iOS 14 / iPadOS 14 is approved for use with FlyQ EFB.

Unlike other app updates, it’s critical that you restart your iPad/iPhone after installing FlyQ EFB 4.6. This will ensure proper functionality with your ADS-B receiver. Learn how to restart your device from https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210631


How to Get FlyQ EFB 4.6?

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Check to see if you already have it

You may already have FlyQ EFB 4.6. if your device set to automatically update to new app versions.  Check which version you have by:

  1. Start FlyQ EFB
  2. Tap the Settings button (gear icon at the top of the app)
  3. Look at the top right of the Settings screen.  If you see v4.6 you already have it.
  4. If your iPad/iPhone has not been restarted recently, it’s best to restart it per https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210631

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 (it probably has a red number).
  3. Scroll down the screen and look for the Available Updates section.
  4. Find FlyQ EFB.
  5. If you see Open, it’s already downloaded and simply tap Open to fire it up.
  6. If you see Update, tap it to download.
  7. Restart your device as per https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210631
  8. Start FlyQ EFB

If it’s not on your iPad or iPhone:

  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. Click Get or Download.

FlyQ EFB 4.6 requires iOS 11 or later.

FlyQ EFB 4.6 with iOS 14 Fixes Released to Apple

We’ve resolved FlyQ’s iOS 14 ADS-B connectivity issues by releasing FlyQ EFB 4.6 to Apple for review. Please do not look for this version in the App Store as it’s NOT YET AVAILABLE TO USERS but will be once Apple completes their review. We cannot predict how long that will take but hope the wait will be short. We will notify everyone when version 4.6 is approved by Apple.

Thank you for your patience.

TFR Problem

The FAA suddenly shut off a data feed we use to get TFR information for FlyQ. Specifically, the TFRs shown on FlyQ’s Map tab are old and should be ignored. However, FlyQ still provides accurate TFR info from the Leidos official briefing. The briefing is generated whenever you create a flight plan and is available from the Wx Brief subtab within the Plans tab.

We’re working with the FAA to enable our access to a different data feed for the map, but it may take a day or two for the new system to running. In the meantime, the FAA provides a map that shows active TFRs from the following web page: https://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_ims/html/index.html

We apologize for the problem and are working as fast as possible to resolve it.

Sincerely,

Steve Podradchik
Cofounder, Seattle Avionics

October 8, 2020 ChartData Released

Please do not install iOS 14 to your iPad or iPhone if you are using FlyQ EFB. Apple made a major Wi-Fi connectivity change in iOS 14 that keeps FlyQ from communicating with most ADS-B receivers. There are no other major known issues. We are working through the issue with Apple now.

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, October 8, 2020 and the new ChartData is available for download now.  New data is now available for the US, Mexico, and Central America.  European data will be ready shortly. Australian data is unchanged this cycle.  Be sure not to fly with this data until October 8.

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 from Keith R 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 (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.

Do Not Install iOS 14 Yet

As with all major iOS releases, we strongly advise against installing new iOS 14 on any iPad or iPhone which runs FlyQ EFB until we complete testing. In particular, iOS 14 changes the way some fundamental services (such as networking and device connectivity) work so it requires more extensive testing.

Open Letter to Seattle Avionics Customers

Dear Customer,

We’re excited to announce that Seattle Avionics is now part of the AFV Partners group of companies, which includes APG (based in Denver) and RocketRoute (based in the UK). The group has a global reach and serves general aviation, business aviation, air rescue, and helo.

John Rutter and I founded Seattle Avionics more than 17 years ago and we’re ecstatic about this change!  We’re now part of a global company giving us greater resources to accelerate new FlyQ features and to expand the geographic coverage and depth of our ChartData offerings.  We’re both joining AFV Partners in leadership positions.

You may not be familiar with AFV Partners yet, but you soon will be!  AFV Partners was founded and is led by Tony Aquila. Tony is an inventor with 100+ patents, a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. Prior to AFV Partners,  he founded Solera in his garage in 2005 and established it as a global technology company with over 235,000 customers in the automotive, mobility, fleet, insurance and cybersecurity industries in 90+ countries with over 7,000 employees. Today, AFV Partners champions innovative technologies, software and data-centric businesses led by visionary founders and management teams. One of the verticals where Tony and his team are focused is aviation data & technology. To learn more about AFV Partners and Tony Aquila, visit their website at www.afvpartners.com

We are committed to remaining a leading provider of aviation solutions in the general aviation space with an outstanding value proposition for our customers. We strongly believe that there is significant room to grow, both in North America and in the rest of the world. With Seattle Avionics joining the AFV Partners group of companies, we will play a key role in offering solutions to the relevant audience in the aviation ecosystem and specifically across the lifecycle of a pilot with the different use cases. Our core area of expertise is general aviation and we will stick to that, yet it will be much easier going forward for a pilot to grow with us and have a smooth transition into solutions of APG or RocketRoute when his/her flight mission changes.

Lifetime subscribers to FlyQ EFB will continue to enjoy great value from the ongoing use of our current products.  Lifetime subscribers are our most valuable champions and going forward we will keep that in mind as we develop roadmaps for future products and features.

We want to thank our loyal customer base and we are looking forward to continuing to deliver on our track record of innovative solutions for the general aviation market with a superior value proposition.

Sincerely,
Steve Podradchik

Seattle Avionics joins AFV Partners’ group of aviation companies to accelerate new FlyQ features and to expand the geographic coverage and depth of our ChartData offerings

Argyle, TX/ Woodinville, Wash. – September 14, 2020 – AFV  Partners LLC (“AFV Partners”) has acquired Seattle Avionics (“Seattle Avionics”), a leading provider of general aviation applications, FAA-certified and geo-referenced charts and flight data, and augmented reality (AR) technology, from its founders. Terms of the transaction, which closed on September 3, 2020, were not disclosed.

Seattle Avionics was co-founded in 2002 by John Rutter and Steve Podradchik with the mission to offer an affordable yet technologically advanced and easy-to-use flight application for the general aviation market. Today, Seattle Avionics has established its FlyQ EFB application as the #1 rated iPad aviation app and has a track record of delivering leading innovation to the general aviation space, most recently with the introduction of AR technology for situational awareness, Slingshot for wireless ChartData transfer for in-panel avionics, 3D synthetic vision capabilities, a visual logbook and a unique “4D predictive weather” map with 17 weather layers, including the ability to show past, current and future weather for all altitudes.

Seattle Avionics creates compelling pre-flight and in-flight user experiences with its cloud-based solutions providing direct user access to flight planning, weather, fuel prices and group document management. Rutter and Podradchik will join AFV Partner’s aviation vertical in leadership positions. 

Tony Aquila is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of AFV Partners, which was formed in 2019 as a long-term permanent capital investor. In January 2020, Aquila’s AFV Partners acquired Aircraft Performance Group (“APG”), a leading global provider of proprietary aircraft performance, weight and balance and flight planning software solutions. In March 2020 AFV Partners acquired RocketRoute Limited (“RocketRoute”) a leading global aviation services company that provides flight-planning, fuel, concierge and marketplace services through a single integrated SaaS platform.

On the acquisition of Seattle Avionics, Aquila said, “We are impressed with what Steve and John have built over the past years and making them a part of our aviation vertical will significantly accelerate our offering for the general aviation and data market. We will cross-leverage our platform technologies within our aviation vertical to deliver unprecedented value to the ecosystem while adding critical chart and navigation data capabilities gaining access to a $1B chart data market. The acquisition of SA is the next cornerstone in executing our playbook of additional complimentary acquisitions to support total growth and the evolving product and data needs of our global customer base; and it confirms our strong commitment to continuous innovation across all our verticals.”

“We are extremely excited to be bring our technology, apps, ChartData, and 17-year expertise to AFV Partners,” said Seattle Avionics’ CEO, Steve Podradchik.  “The combined resources will significantly increase the release of innovative feature enhancements for the whole product portfolio, including FlyQ EFB, and rapidly expand the depth and geographic coverage of our ChartData offerings.”

“I have been deeply impressed with the entire AFV Partners team, especially their impressive products, vision for the space and their focus on accelerating our ChartData business” said John Rutter, President of Seattle Avionics. “We’re passionate about bringing our ChartData to even more OEMs globally and enhancing both the depth and breadth of products we offer.”

The law firm of Kirkland & Ellis advised AFV Partners on the transaction. 

About AFV Partners

Founded by serial technology entrepreneur and investor Tony Aquila, and anchored by some of the world’s largest and most experienced investors, AFV Partners is an affirmative low-leverage capital vehicle that invests in long-term mission critical software and data businesses. AFV Partners is headquartered in Argyle, TX with offices in Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Zurich. afvpartners.com

About Seattle Avionics

Seattle Avionics creates compelling pre-flight and in-flight user experiences with its cloud-based solutions providing direct user access to flight planning, weather, fuel prices and group document management for the general aviation market. Their FAA-certified and geo-referenced charts and flight data are proven and used in the leading in-panel avionics systems globally. seattleavionics.com

About RocketRoute  

RocketRoute is a leading aviation services company, helping aviators get airborne, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day. With innovative and smart technology for flight planning, marketplace, and concierge services, RocketRoute is transforming the aviation industry.

RocketRoute works anywhere, on any device and brings together into one system, everything the flight department or pilot needs to operate an aircraft.  Fueled by its passion for aviation the principles of fast, easy to use, direct access are at the heart of RocketRoutes vision. More information can be found at rocketroute.com.

About Aircraft Performance Group 

Aircraft Performance Group (APG) is a leading global provider of proprietary flight operations software solutions into the aftermarket of the aerospace industry. APG operates a SaaS business model focused on the corporate and business aviation segment of the aerospace industry. APG has recently integrated its market leading aircraft performance software solutions, including runway analysis and weight and balance services, with flight planning services into a new software offering and mobile app, iPreFlight Genesis. flyapg.com

For AFV Partners: 

Renato Giger, CFO: renato@afvpartners.com

For Seattle Avionics:

Steve Podradchick: stevep@seattleavionics.com

John Rutter: johnr@seattleavionics.com

September 10, 2020 ChartData Released

Did you hear that FlyQ EFB 4.5.2 was just released with a new easier-to-read Tab Bar, optional radar colors tuned for those with color blindness, and many other improvements?  It builds on the incredible reviews that FlyQ EFB 4.5 got because the new “4D Predictive Weather” system uses a new Timeline and Altitude Slider to show past, current, and future weather at any altitude.  It also adds new ADS-B weather products and 9 new weather layers such as LightningCloud TopsTurbulenceIcingSurface Winds, and more.  Read about it or watch the video.

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, September 10, 2020 and the new ChartData is available for download now.  New data is now available for the US, Mexico, and Central America.  European data will be ready shortly. Australian data is unchanged this cycle.  Be sure not to fly with this data until September 10.

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 from Keith R 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 (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.

August 13, 2020 ChartData Released

Did you hear that FlyQ EFB 4.5.2 was just released with a new easier-to-read Tab Bar, optional radar colors tuned for those with color blindness, and many other improvements?  It builds on the incredible reviews that FlyQ EFB 4.5 got because the new “4D Predictive Weather” system uses a new Timeline and Altitude Slider to show past, current, and future weather at any altitude.  It also adds new ADS-B weather products and 9 new weather layers such as Lightning, Cloud Tops, Turbulence, Icing, Surface Winds, and more.  Read about it or watch the video.

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, August 13, 2020 and the new ChartData is available for download now.  New data is now available for the US, Mexico, and Central America.  European and Australian data will be ready shortly.  Be sure not to fly with this data until August 13.

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 from Keith R 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.