January 5, 2017 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, January 5, 2017.  Normally we’d release this data this Friday, 6 days ahead of time.  However, because Seattle Avionics is technically closed this week, the ChartData team worked weekends to prepare the data early so they could take vacations with their families.  In keeping, the US data for the next cycle has been activated and is available right now.  European data will be available a little later.

Important! Be aware that ChartData for the next cycle is not legal for use until next Thursday (Jan. 5, 2017) at 12:01 AM Eastern time.  If you use an app or device that utilizes our ChartData Manager, you can download the data now and install the data to an SD card or USB stick but do not use that SD card or stick until next Thursday.  If you’re using FlyQ EFB, please do not install the data yet if you plan to fly before next Thursday.

Recently, we added ChartData for the Bahamas – airport diagrams, approach plates, SIDs, and STARs.  Have a look!  The new Bahamian ChartData is included in our US ChartData set so there is no additional charge for US subscribers.

We update ChartData several days in advance of each cycle start date so you can download it early.  All US data was made available on Monday 12/26/16 (Aspen, Bendix-King KSN 770, Bendix-King AV8OR, Voyager) or Tuesday 12/27/16 (everything else).   EU data will be available shortly.

Also, read this terrific post from Keith R if you use our ChartData Manager application 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 there and wait for data to download or copy.  And keep in mind that we recently made the ChartData Manager faster and more reliable with the release of ChartData Manager 5.2.

Special note for Voyager users:  You must install an update for Voyager before this ChartData can be downloaded if you haven’t already installed the new version of Voyager (version 4.7.3.30473).  Simply start Voyager and, if you haven’t run it yet today, the app should say that an update is available and have a button to download.  If you have used it today, select Update Application from the Tools menu.

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 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 new 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.

Season Greetings – Holiday Hours

During this holiday season we think about all that we are grateful for. Our relationship with you, our customer, is one we treasure. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Our team does amazing work year round doing what they love. Their creativity and dedication is tremendous. We are grateful for them.

Seattle Avionics office are closed during the holiday season and will reopen on Monday, January 2 2017.

Should you need to contact us during this time, please send a email message to: support@seattleavionics.com. Every effort will be made to reply before we reopen.

On behalf the team and myself, best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year.

Keith Russo
Vice President
Seattle Avionics Software

Apple iOS 10.2 Approved

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS version 10.2 with current version of FlyQ EFB for iPad, FlyQ Pocket for iPhone/iPad, and SmartPlates & Charts for iPhone/iPad.

How to find the version number for FlyQ EFB

  1. Open FlyQ EFB app
  2. Go to the Settings screen (gear icon)
  3. The version number is at the top right. Example: v2.3.1

How to find the version number for Apple iOS

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to General
  3. Go to About
  4. The iOS version number is under ‘Version’. Example: 9.1 (13B143)

How to update a Seattle Avionics app

  1. Open the App Store app
  2. Go to ‘Updates’ screen (bottom right)
  3. Look for the app icon and tap on ‘UPDATE’

How to update Apple iOS

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to General
  3. Go to Software Update
  4. Tap on ‘Download and Install’

*Please note that beta (aka “test”) versions of Apple iOS are not finished, have not been fully tested, and contains bugs. Seattle Avionics does not support beta versions of Apple iOS for use with any of its apps.

SmartPlates & Charts for iOS: New Update

Seattle Avionics has released ‘SmartPlates and Charts’ for iOS. Version 1.1 includes bug fixes and TFR improvements:

+ Better TFR support (sports, FAA-direct data, better looking)
+ Support for newer iPhones and iPads (faster)
+ Fixed problem downloading VFR-only subscriptions
+ Fixed problem with tab bar not appearing after downloads

Attention FlyQ EFB for iPad users, SmartPlates and Charts is included free with your subscription. It s a excellent backup for Charts on your iPhone should you need it.

December 8, 2016 ChartData Released

In a recent Newsletter, we mentioned that our plan was to release our monthly ChartData several days earlier than we had in the past.  Specifically, we said our plan was to release US ChartData on the Friday before the next cycle begins (which is to say 6 days before the cycle starts).

Today is Friday so our US ChartData is now available for download for all apps and devices.  European ChartData will be available shortly.

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 the new cycle.

Important! Be aware that ChartData for the next cycle is not legal for use until next Thursday (Dec. 8, 2016) at 12:01 AM Eastern time.  If you use an app or device that utilizes our ChartData Manager, you can download the data now and install the data to an SD card or USB stick but do not use that SD card or stick until next Thursday.  If you’re using FlyQ EFB, please do not install the data yet if you plan to fly this weekend.

During the last cycle, we added ChartData for the Bahamas – airport diagrams, approach plates, SIDs, and STARs.  Have a look!  The new Bahamian ChartData is included in our US ChartData set so there is no additional charge for US subscribers.

We update ChartData several days in advance of each cycle start date so you can download it early.  All US data was made available on Thursday 12/1/16 (Aspen, Bendix-King KSN 770, Bendix-King AV8OR, Voyager) or Friday 12/2/16 (everything else).   EU data will be available shortly.

Also, read this terrific post from Keith R if you use our ChartData Manager application 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 there and wait for data to download or copy.  And keep in mind that we recently made the ChartData Manager faster and more reliable with the release of ChartData Manager 5.2.

Special note for Voyager users:  You must install an update for Voyager before this ChartData can be downloaded if you haven’t already installed the new version of Voyager (version 4.7.3.30473).  Simply start Voyager and, if you haven’t run it yet today, the app should say that an update is available and have a button to download.  If you have used it today, select Update Application from the Tools menu.

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 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 new 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.

iPad Price Alerts

Doing a little morning Black Friday browsing on the Web and I came across excellent deals on the iPad Mini 2 (which is the same iPad I use most often) and the iPad Air 2.  Both are terrific devices and work wonderfully with FlyQ (naturally!). They are WiFi only models so you will need an external GPS (< $100) or an ADS-B receiver.  And, of course, if you haven’t taken advantage of our Black Friday Lifetime deals:

https://seattleavionics.com/BF2016Offer.html

iPad Mini 2, 32 GB Wifi: $199

http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=ipad%20mini%202#sn-51731135

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-iPad-mini-2-32GB-Wi-Fi/30146248?u1=ivy1g1sera003n6p0009i&oid=465442.1&wmlspartner=je6NUbpObpQ&sourceid=35329196661393803203&affillinktype=10&veh=aff

iPad Air 2, 32 GB WiFi: $279

http://www.target.com/p/apple-ipad-air-2-wi-fi/-/A-51731130?clkid=327d710aN8335b7c9fe543e76782a18be&lnm=81938&afid=POPSUGAR&ref=tgt_adv_xasd0002

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ipad/ipad-air-2/pcmcat361600050003.c?id=pcmcat361600050003&ref=199&loc=je6NUbpObpQ&acampID=1&siteID=je6NUbpObpQ-ZtPn4OXJltY4FC_0OfhnLw

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving: Two simple words with so much meaning. We all have so much to be thankful for but sometimes forget about it.

Earlier this morning I watched The Little Prince. It’s a great reminder about finding joy and remembering what’s important. And about love.

So Happy Thanksgiving.

Now time to call my parents…

– Steve