March 2015 ChartData Now Available

The FAA updates data every 28 days (every 4th Thursday) and a new data cycle begins next Thursday.  We’ve now merged the FAA’s data with our proprietary ChartData and enabled downloads of the ChartData for that new cycle.

We update ChartData several days in advance of each cycle start date so you can download it early.  All US data was made available earlier today.

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) and 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.
  • For apps and devices that use our Data Manager, run the Data 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:

Comparing ADS-B Receivers

On Sunday, I gave a presentation at the Northwest Aviation Show in Puyallup, WA about the differences between various ADS-B systems that connect to an iPad or Android tablet.  Folks seemed to find the presentation useful so I’ve uploaded the PowerPoint so everyone can take a look.  Of course it’s just the slides without the audio commentary so it’s not the same but you may find it useful.

http://seattleavionics.com/documents/ComparingADSB.zip

Steve

Join us at the Northwest Aviation Show this Saturday and Sunday

The weather may not yet say “flying season” but the annual Northwest Aviation Show in Puyallup, WA means flying season is just around the corner.

For each of the past 14 years, Seattle Avionics has been a proud exhibitor at the show and we strongly encourage anyone in the area to attend. There are more than 350 vendors, talks by Mark Baker (AOPA CEO), Rod Machado, Bruce Williams, and (shameless self-promotion) me plus a career forum, and much more.  It’s definitely the best way to spend this Saturday and Sunday!

Seattle Avionics is in booth #108 and will have special show discounts and staff on hand to demo all our products including FlyQ EFB (the #1 rated iPad aviation app) and FlyQ Pocket. We’ll also publicly demo our all-new Web-based system, ATLAS, so come and have a look at the next generation of online aviation systems.

And be sure to join me (Steve Podradchik, CEO) on Sunday afternoon as I give a detailed comparison of all the ADS-B receivers you can you can use with an iPad or Android tablet.  There are major differences between systems so learn before you buy.  Sunday, 1 PM, Room E North.

FlyQ Pocket 2.1 Released!

New version 2.1 of FlyQ Pocket for the iPhone and iPad has just been released.

Version 2.0 was a major release that introduced fuel prices from more than 2,500 US airports and full FAA airport diagrams from more than 700 airports.  That was added to the existing features such as very rapid access to airport information, weather, and flight planning. The product is free to AOPA member and, soon, to all pilots.  More info.

Version 2.1 includes several bug fixes:

  • Corrected a problem finding Nearby Airports on rare occasions.
  • Restored the ability to re-arrange points in a flight plan with drag-and-drop.
  • App will only use Location Services when actually in use not all the time (saves battery life).
  • Fixes a few icon size and line color inconsistencies.

The new version can be downloaded on your iPad or iPhone from the App Store by using the Updates tab of the App Store, by searching the App Store for “FlyQ Pocket” (tip: If you’re on an iPad, be sure to set the switch so show iPhone as well as iPad apps or you won’t find it!), or by clicking the link below.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aopa-flyq-pocket/id511107467?mt=8

FlyQ Pocket 2.1 for Android is still in the works.  The current Android version 1.1 and includes the airport information, weather, and flight planning features but does not yet include fuel prices or FAA airport diagrams.  Download from Google Play at:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.aopa.flyq

RadioShack: R.I.P.

Today is a sad day for me (and this has nothing to do with what was surely the dumbest call in the history of football on Sunday) — RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy.

I’m 47 and grew up, like most of the US population, with a RadioShack store within a few miles of my house.  It was there that I first learned about computers with their incredible TRS-80.  Over the years, I went there less and less but still found them useful when I needed some sort of wacky cable to hook up audio or computer equipment.  I even bought radio-controlled toys there, as recently as this past November.  I could never understand their recent focus on cell phones and I personally never saw anyone buy one there.

Still, today marks the end of an era for me and I’m a bit sad.  Like when R.E.M. broke up.

Apparently some of the stores will live-on as Sprint stores but it surely won’t be the same.  The point, though, is that RadioShack hasn’t been the same for years so they were more like retail zombies than real stores for years.  Disco is dead and now so is RadioShack.

In case you want to reminisce (or learn about) about the TRS-80:

http://www.cnet.com/pictures/radio-shack-and-the-early-days-of-the-pc-pictures/

Steve

February 2015 ChartData Now Available

Just a reminder that the FAA updates data every 28 days (every 4th Thursday) and a new data cycle begin this Thursday.

We update ChartData several days in advance of each cycle start date so you can download it early.  All US data was made available earlier today.

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) and 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.
  • For apps and devices that use our Data Manager, run the Data 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: