Tip: Adding SIDs and STARs to your flight plan

FlyQ EFB has a very quick way for IFR pilots to add SIDs and STARs to their flight plans:

  1. Using any method you like, select the Procedures for your takeoff (SID) or landing (STAR) airport.
  2. Scroll the list down to Arrivals (STAR) or Departure (SID) as appropriate.
  3. Select the SID or STAR you want.  The Procedure is shown on the screen.
  4. Tap +FP to add the procedure to your flight plan.
  5. Choose the Transition, Entry, and Exit points you like and hit +FP again.
  6. If you want to change to a different procedure later, simply repeat the process and select the new procedure.  The previous procedure is automatically removed.




April 30, 2015 ChartData Released

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:

Sun ‘n Fun

Anyone else ready for sun and airplanes?  Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, FL starts on Tuesday and Seattle Avionics is very excited to be back.

We’ll have specials on FlyQ EFB and our other apps, for the ChartData we provide to Bendix-King, Dynon, Aspen, GRT, AFS, and for several ADS-B bundles with FlyQ EFB.  A few of these are available online.  We’ll also preview FlyQ EFB 2.0!

I’ll be giving several talks during Sun ‘n Fun.  The presentation about comparing various ADS-B receivers was (I’m told) the highest-rated presentation given at a recent show in the Pacific Northwest.  iPads in the Cockpit has been very well attended for the past two years at Sun ‘n Fun and it’s been updated for all the new iPad hardware and software.  Of course, if you’re new FlyQ EFB or thinking about making the switch, come to Intro to FlyQ EFB on Friday.

Date/Time Topic Room
Tuesday, April 21
11 AM

Comparing Portable ADS-B Receivers for iPad and Android

Wednesday, April 22
1 PM

iPads in the Cockpit

Friday, April 24
11 AM
Intro to FlyQ EFB 2

iOS 8.3 Problem with Bluetooth GPS and ADS-B Receivers

Apple and various manufactures have confirmed that there is a problem with how iOS 8.3 (released a few days ago) handles GPS data feeds from Bluetooth devices.  These include the Dual XGPS 150/160/170 (ADS-B + GPS) receivers, the Bad Elf GPS, and the Garmin GLO GPS.

This is not a problem with FlyQ EFB, per se, as all apps that use standard iOS methods to get your current location via a Bluetooth receiver are affected.  This includes built-in apps such as Apple Maps.  A similar problem came up with several past iOS releases including iOS 6.x and 7.1.  Apple has noted that they’re aware of the problem and have put a high priority on fixing it but have not announced a specific timeframe.

Until Apple fixes the issue, pilots can get around the problem either by using the iPad’s internal GPS (cellular-enabled iPads only) or by using a Wi-Fi based ADS-B + GPS systems as the issue is strictly limited to Bluetooth; Wi-Fi systems are not affected.

The following URL has a method for downgrading your iOS from 8.3 back to 8.2. I have not tried it myself and cannot verify it but I’ve seen a few posts from people who have said it worked for them. Caveat emptor. We have not received any further news from Apple (nor did we expect to).



FlyQ EFB, Version 2.0

Just back from vacation so I thought I’d begin with a quick and easy blog post…

Although FlyQ EFB version 1.5 was just released three weeks ago and it’s getting amazing reviews (see: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flyq-efb/id915571252?mt=8), we’re very far along with work on FlyQ EFB version 2.0.  As the number may imply, this is a major release.  In fact, we’ll be demoing an early version of it at Sun ‘n Fun next week.

I don’t want to go into any details about it yet, but we’re very, very excited about it and you can be the first pilot on your block to see it in action if you’re going to Sun ‘n Fun.  We’re in booth C-22.