April 2, 2015 ChartData Now Available

The FAA updates data every 28 days (every 4th Thursday) and a new data cycle begins on 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:

12 Months for Free!

Our new FlyQ EFB version 1.5 is getting quite a lot of attention and a many pilots have switched from other apps! FlyQ EFB 1.5 added support for even more portable ADS-B and now certified ADS-B systems (added: Stratus^, FreeFlight Systems, NavWorx) so pilots have a clear upgrade path from today’s portable receivers to tomorrow’s 2020-compliant certified ADS-B In/Out systems.  It also added Southern Canadian and Caribbean maps, Personal Waypoints, and much more.

We’d like to encourage everyone to take a look at FlyQ EFB 1.5 so we’ve done a few things:

1.  This week only, we’re doing a competitive upgrade special:  Buy a FlyQ EFB subscription and we’ll add another 12 months for free with proof of a current subscription to another app.  Purchase receipt or screenshot will do.  See below for details and to purchase:


2.  All records of previous FlyQ EFB 30 day trials have been cleared.  You’re free to try the app again and see why it’s the #1 rated app in the App Store.

3.  We have a new printable Pilot’s Guide that goes into more depth about the app than anything we’ve published before.  We recommend you have a look:

Click to access FlyQEFBGettingStarted.pdf

^ Stratus and Stratus 2 are trademarks of AFS, LLC. Seattle Avionics and AFS have no business agreement or relationship and AFS has not endorsed or approved FlyQ’s support of their products.

March Newsletter – New FlyQ EFB 1.5! More ADS-B, Caribbean & Canada, etc.

The Seattle Avionics March newsletter is now out.  The focus is on new FlyQ EFB version 1.5

Key features are support for more ADS-B systems (Stratus^, FreeFlight, and NavWorx), Canadian and Caribbean support, and Personal Waypoints.

Have a look!


Stratus and Stratus 2 are trademarks of Appareo Systems, LLC. Seattle Avionics and Appareo have no business agreement or relationship and Appareo has not endorsed or approved FlyQ’s support of their products.


It’s away! FlyQ EFB 1.5 Released by Apple

It’s fair to say that I’m a very happy camper today.  FlyQ EFB, version 1.5, was just released by Apple!

You should be able to download from the App Store on your iPad now although it sometimes takes the Apple servers a few hours to synchronize so you may still see version 1.4.3.  If so, check back in a few hours.

Details below but here are the highlights: Even more ADS-B receivers (added Stratus⁺, FreeFlight, and NavWorx), more ChartData regions (Canada, Caribbean, etc.), user-defined waypoints, and much more!  You’re really, really going to like it!  Watch the video below to see what’s new or keep reading:

To download it:

  • Open your iPad
  • Tap on the App Store icon
  • Tap into the Search box at the upper right of the app
  • Enter: FlyQ EFB and hit the Search button on the keyboard
  • Tap the appropriate button to Update, Download, etc.

ADS-B Improvements:

+ Support for Stratus⁺ and Stratus 2 ADS-B receivers
+ Support for FreeFlight Systems ADS-B devices
+ Support for NavWorx ADS-B systems
+ Ability to filter-out ownship by tail number when using ADS-B Out
+ Reset your AHRS with the new gyro icon in the 3D view to set the current yaw, pitch, and roll as ‘straight and level’
+ Ability to turn off pop-up warning about ADS-B traffic accuracy

Ease of Use and Flight Planning Improvements:
+ Personal Waypoints (aka User-Defined Waypoints)
+ Automatic reload of last-used flight plan when the app restarts
+ New Map button in Search for faster ‘jump to map location’
+ Several improvements to flight planning including ability to rename plans, easily change takeoff time, change flight rules (IFR vs. VFR), plane, and pilot. Adding fuel stops is also easier.
+ Enter location in Search by distance/bearing from a navaid or fix or even by VOR/VOR intersection
+ User-updatable fuel prices
+ All-new downloadable Pilot’s Guide
+ Revised Settings page

Safety Improvements:
+ Higher-resolution, more accurate terrain data for dramatically improved accuracy with Terrain X-Ray, TAWS, and the AGL gauge
+ Separated Hazards layer into two layers, TAWS and Obstacles, so they can be enabled independently (helicopter use, for example)
+ Option to hide TAWS when not moving making so no more ‘red map’ when preflight planning

Map Improvements:
+ ChartData (map) downloads for Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Southern Canada, most of Mexico
+ Blue NexRad ‘cold’ display removed for clarity
+ Satellite map layer refreshes every 30 minutes (was 2 hours)
+ Clearer TFR and Winds Aloft display

Plus many more enhancements and bug fixes

⁺ Stratus and Stratus 2 are trademarks of Appareo Systems, LLC. Seattle Avionics and Appareo have no business agreement or relationship and Appareo has not endorsed or approved FlyQ’s support of their products.

FlyQ EFB 1.5 Released to Apple!

It’s away!

FlyQ EFB 1.5 has been released to Apple for their review.  As you may know, it takes Apple some amount of time to review apps to ensure they meet all the Apple guidelines.  Only then can an app be released to the public.  This often takes more than a week but there’s no way to be sure.  Believe me, we’ll let you know when it’s approved.

We’ve been hard at work refining FlyQ EFB version 1.5 for some time.  Due in large part to legions of pilots who volunteered to ‘beta test’ the app, we feel very confident that FlyQ EFB 1.5 is the best FlyQ we’ve ever made and, in my unbiased opinion, the best EFB app on the market.  I’d like to thank all of our beta testers for their efforts.

I won’t get into the features and improvements here but I have said that it will support a number of new ADS-B systems including in-panel certified systems from FreeFlight and NavWorx.

FlyQ EFB 1.5 also has one other feature that is guaranteed to get people talking.  If you ever watched Steve Jobs do an Apple presentation, it’s the unexpected and exciting surprise he’d talk about after saying “And one more thing….”  Most of the beta testers don’t even know about it.

Be sure to click the blue “Follow” button on the right side of the page so you’ll be notified the moment it’s released!

To be continued….


Apple Web site down — App Store and Testflight beta downloads offline

As of this writing, many Apple Web systems are offline.  This means App Store downloads, Testflight beta downloads, and app submission are down or at least very ill.  You may not be able to  download FlyQ EFB, FlyQ Pocket, SmartPlates & Charts, or the latest FlyQ EFB beta release.

We’re sure that Apple is working on the problem and we’ll let you known when they resolve it.

UPDATE: Resolved as of this morning (3/13/2015)

The Seattle Avionics fleet was flying this weekend!

This past weekend was a very good one in Seattle.  Unlike much of the rest of country, the weather was great so folks got out and walked, hiked, biked, ran, etc. (remember, it’s the Pacific Northwest).

But we’re pilots so instead of running or biking, we were out flying with all the of the 13 different ADS-B receivers we support in forthcoming FlyQ EFB version 1.5.  Not only us, actually, but many, many beta testers were drilling holes in the sky with version 1.5.  There is a lot of new ADS-B code in this release and we wanted to validate it all one last time before submitting to Apple.  All tests went perfectly so we’ve wrapped up the ADS-B work and just fixing the last few miscellaneous bugs.  We expect to submit the new version to Apple by tomorrow but it takes Apple some time before they release it to the public.  Stay tuned — you can bet we’ll let you know when FlyQ EFB version 1.5 is ready!