Drone Airspace?

I ran across the following article about Amazon proposing a thin slice of airspace to be dedicated to drones.  Providing the obvious limits on drone flights, regardless of the altitude, are in place near airports (incl. seaplane bases) and other crucial manned flight areas, it seems like the concept should be explored further.  There may be an issue in Alaska where it’s common for folks to fly very low to the ground, potentially in the slice of airspace that Amazon proposes.  Still, it’s hard to imagine a lot of drones flying in the Alaska backcountry.

http://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-proposes-slice-of-sky-designated-for-commercial-drones/

It’s inevitable that drones will be flying so the real question is how to keep them from dangerously interfering with us.  I believe it’s already been stated that drones would have to carry ADS-B Out transmitters so it’s also yet another reason to get ADS-B Out in your plane (besides the January 1, 2020 FAA mandate, of course).

Thoughts?

Steve

July 2015 ChartData Released

Live from Oshkosh …

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 this week or 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:

DTC DUAT Out, Lockheed Martin In

As you may know, the FAA has used two competing services to provide flight briefings and flight plan filing for many years.  Those two services have been DTC DUAT and CSC DUATS.  All Seattle Avionics products have supported both services for quite a while.  Then, several years ago, the FAA awarded a major contract to Lockheed Martin to modernize most aspects of flight services.  Change was in the air.  A few months ago, the last shoe dropped and DTC DUAT did not get their contract renewed and, as of July 15, DTC DUAT could no longer providing briefings or file flight plans.

In the meantime, we’ve been working with our new friends at Lockheed Martin about integrating their next-generation flight services.  Lockheed Martin has been very responsive, helpful, and easy to work with.  The result is that we’ve now integrated Lockheed Martin’s services into our backend processing system.

This integration benefits you today as we’ve wired things up so FlyQ EFB, FlyQ Pocket, and FlyQ Web now automatically use Lockheed Martin’s services whenever a request is made for a DTC DUAT briefing or filing.  In other words, it just magically works as it did before.  The only difference is that the briefings and plans are now processed by Lockheed Martin, which FlyQ clearly notes.  Of course, you can also still brief and file with CSC DUATS, too.

Important!  There is no Lockheed Martin switch, per se, in FlyQ EFB or any of our other products yet.  To use Lockheed Martin, select DTC DUATas your weather provider in your pilot settings (Settings button, Pilotsyour name).  If you don’t already have DUAT credentials in, you’ll need to add them (although they will not be used) or the app will not save the changes.

Oshkosh!

We’ll have our A-Team at Oshkosh again this year. The team will be giving seminars, answering questions, demonstrating our apps, and, of course, offering exceptional deals on subscriptions and ADS-B systems. In fact, this year, we’ll have something that should appeal to many pilots:

A portable, inexpensive ADS-B system with both In and Out.

Yep, that’s right .. an ADS-B In and Out system that does not require installation or a second mortgage. Stop by to have a look!

On a personal note, please be kind if you see a nervous 14 year old boy handing out literature in our booth as he’s my son, Sasha. It’s his first trade show and he’ll see what dad does for a living. John Rutter (President of Seattle Avionics) will also have his son TJ there. TJ’s a bit older (going off to college next year) and already a trade show veteran who sometimes outsells his dad!

Seminar Schedule

Date/Time Topic Room
Monday, July 20
8:30 AM
Comparing Portable ADS-B Receivers for iPad and Android Forum 6
Thursday, July 23 8:30 AM iPads in the Cockpit Forum 5
Saturday, July 25 11:30 AM Intro to FlyQ EFB Forum 4

FlyQ EFB: 4 Hour Live Training by PilotSafety.org

FlyQ EFB 4-Hour Live Training Webinar by PilotSafety.org

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PilotSafety.org is hosting a 4 Hour Step-by-Step Training. This is not a lecture!

This is a live webinar with Master Instructor Gary Reeves who performs every necessary step slowly as you follow along on your iPad! And if you get stuck get your questions get answered live right then!

Not only will you get 4 hours of expert help, but also be allowed to review the recording (ALL 4 HOURS) for up to 2 weeks after as much as you want!

If you use or teach with FlyQ EFB, become an expert this Sunday afternoon from the comfort of home or office!

  • User settings & downloads
  • Aircraft set-up Basic flight planning(VFR)
  • Weather overview
  • Weather Briefing
  • Flight Plan Filing/Use
  • Flight Planning using advanced techniques PreFlight Check Notam / TFR / Airspace
  • Creation of custom waypoints ADS-B Weather / Traffic VFR/IFR Emergencies
  • IFR Approaches/SID/STAR
  • Hands on exercises

This webinar is for people who have never used FlyQ EFB or for people with some experience who want to get better.

DATE: This Sun July 12th 2015

TIME: WEBINAR STARTS AT 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT

If you can’t make that time anyone who registers will receive a link to watch it online for free for 2 weeks after the event.

Sign Up Now

This is a $49.95 Paid Webinar which supports PilotSafety.org. PilotSafery.org is a volunteer organization that help pilots just like you. Your presenter is aviation expert Gary Reeves (ATP, Master CFI, CFII, MEI, Chief Safety Officer at PilotSafety.org).

Apple iOS 8.4 Compatibility – OK!

In a earlier announcement Seattle Avionics requested users to wait until its testing was complete before updating to Apple’s iOS 8.4 operating system. That testing is complete and Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS 8.4 compatibility with FlyQ EFB, FlyQ Pocket and SmartPlates & Charts.

See this Apple Support Article for more information.

Update the iOS software on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch 

Keith