Search and Rescue (CAP)

Version 2.2 of FlyQ EFB introduces unrivaled support for search and rescue missions.

For some time, we’ve included the three most common search grids (gridded sectionals, Cell, GARS).  Version 2.2 augments that with automatic creation of 9 different search patterns — more than any app or device we’re aware of.  Even better, innovative all-new features make planning a search mission easier than ever before.

Key routing features:

  • 9 patterns:  Parallel, Creeping Line, Sector, CAP Grid (specialized parallel), Expanding Square, Circle, Square, Circle (Photographic), and Square (Photographic).
  • Preview window that clearly shows patterns based on the desired parameters.
  • Generalized ability to specify corners of a cell as well as the cell center.
  • For Parallel and Creeping line, save time by using Start at and End at points that automatically compute DTK and number of legs.
  • One-click ability to add a four-corner overflight route before the main pattern.
  • Very detailed documentation in our revised Pilot’s Guide (pages 80-98).


FlyQ EFB 2.2 Now Available!

It’s now available to download!

FlyQ EFB 2.2, a MAJOR upgrade, is now available from the App Store!  300% faster, aerial photo maps, 4,600+ new Seattle Avionics Airport Diagrams, CAP search patterns, and much more!

Download the revised Pilot’s Guide

Watch the What’s New video

To upgrade:

Upgrades to FlyQ EFB are free.

If you’re reading this on your iPad, just click below (won’t work on a PC or Mac):

If you’re reading this on a PC or Mac, go to your iPad then:

1. Open the App Store app on your iPad (usually on the first Home page).
2. Within the App Store, tap the Updates tab at the bottom.
3. Look for FlyQ EFB and tap the Update button next to it.

Tip: You can have the iPad automatically do updates for all apps in the future. This saves a lot of time!  To do that:

1. Go to the Settings app on the iPad
2. Tap the iTunes & App Store item on the left side of the screen (might need to scroll down to see it).
3. Turn the switch next to Updates ON (green).

What’s New

  • 300% faster mapping engine
  • New terrain base map
  • New road base map
  • New photographic (satellite) base map
  • New SA Airport Diagrams for 4,600+ airports
  • All-new TFR system including sports TFRs
  • Waypoint idents on the flight plan line
  • Comprehensive Search and Rescue routing
  • Added ground elevation for any point
  • FAA and SA Airport Diagrams can now be overlaid on the map
  • Added VSR (vertical speed required) gauge
  • Support for the Dual XGPS 190 ADS-B
  • Support for the L-3 Lynx ADS-B
  • Experimental support for the Stratux AHRS (other Stratux ADS-B features are fully-functional and not experimental)

Fixes and Other New Features

  • ADDED: TCrs and MagVar added to the NavLog
  • ADDED: Lat/lon, CAP grid reference, navaid/dist/bearing and navaid intersections now accepted anywhere a standard ident (airport, navaid, fix, etc.) can be used.
  • ADDED: Several new aircraft to the database
  • ADDED: Can add a corner suffix to all CAP grid references to specify which corner of the grid. E.g. SEA140NW / SEA140SE, etc.
  • ADDED: 1/2 NM and 1/4 NM added as options for the Ring distance (useful for CAP)
  • FIXED: Procedure from the previous airport sometimes being displayed in a list for a different airport
  • FIXED: Cannot reverse a FP created with lat/lon entries
  • FIXED: Computational problem in MHdg in offline flight planning
  • FIXED: Cannot get back to list of flight plans after clicking New in split/landscape
  • FIXED: Problem with blank map at app startup when using a Bluetooth ADS-B such as the Dual XGPS 170 or 190
  • FIXED: SAR Cell format grids has lat/lon reversed
  • FIXED: SAR Sectional Grid does not display the correct grid reference in some cases where SAR groups overlaps (like LAX and PHX)
  • FIXED: SAR Sectional Grid does not display the last line at the bottom of the grid
  • FIXED: In Airport/Services, the tap area for changing fuel price is too large, making it hard to see FBO details
  • FIXED: ADS-B traffic alt box can sometimes obscure the 2 minute line from the target
  • FIXED: Fuel prices cover airport ident
  • FIXED: NOTAM text too tight to header cells
  • FIXED: Various capitalization inconsistencies in Settings and the Gauge descriptions
  • FIXED: Double-tap on Wx briefing does not show in full-screen pop-up
  • FIXED: Occasional problem loading flight plans or aircraft from the server
  • FIXED: Switching volume units to Liters is not reflected on aircraft settings page
  • FIXED: TAF and METAR visibility noted in NM rather than SM, causing some confusion
  • FIXED: Flight plan winds do not recalculate in some cases
  • FIXED: Calculation error in some navaid/radial/distance entries
  • FIXED: Keyboard covers key areas of the FAA flight plan
  • FIXED: Display problems in 3D heading and altitude labels

Apple iOS 9.2.1 Compatibility Approved

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of FlyQ EFB version 2.1.1 with Apple iOS version 9.2.1

Please note that Seattle Avionics does not support beta versions of Apple iOS for use with any of its apps. Beta versions of iOS are not finished, has not been fully tested, and contains bugs.

How to find the version number for Seattle Avionics 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: v2.1.1

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 Seattle Avionics FlyQ EFB (free)

  1. Open the App Store app
  2. Go to ‘Updates’ screen (bottom right)
  3. Look for FlyQ EFB 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’

Data Manager Automation Features

In this post I will highlight time saving automation features of Data Manger.

What is Data Manager?

Seattle Avionics Data Manager is a software application (Windows OS) for downloading and transferring of Seattle Avionics ChartData to the data card of your avionic. This includes ChartData for Aspen MFD, Bendix King KSN\AV8OR ACE\AV8OR HH, Dynon Avionics SkyView, GRT Horizon HX/HXr, Advanced Flight Systems AF-5xxx, and AvMap EKP V.

What are Data Manager automation features?

Imagine if you will, on your next flight if all you had to do was swap data cards. No waiting for data to be download from the internet. No waiting for data to be copied to the data card. What if this could be done while-you-sleep dreaming about airplanes? Sound too good to be true? Read on.

Data Manager starts every time when Windows starts; unless you have disabled that feature under Options. Data Manager was designed to run in the background, checking for updates once-an-hour. When Data Manager finds new data, it will *automatically*  download only the data that has changed from the last-cycle to the local PC hard drive.

But wait there’s more! It gets even better, leave a extra data card in the computer, Data Manager will *automatically* update that too!

You can install Data Manager on up to 5 computers. Run a copy of Data Manager at the office, home, laptop, and hangar.

All this convenience is built right into Data Manager is enabled by default. If you let your computer go to sleep, turn it on about 72 hours before the next Cycle. You can let the display sleep as its not required.

ChartData updates follow the same 28 Day Cycle as the FAA. Normally data is released 48 to 72 hours before the 28 Day Effective Date.

Follow these easy steps and you’ll never have to wait for data again.

FlyQ EFB 2.2 Released to Apple

FlyQ EFB 2.2 is a MAJOR release that has been in the works for some time.  After months of beta testing and refinement, we’ve now released it to Apple and wait for them to approve it.  Typically this takes about a week but it can vary greatly.

I’ll wait to go into the details of the release when you can download it but I will say that the mapping engine is dramatically faster, it includes nearly 4,700 new Seattle Avionics Airport Diagrams, and has best-in-class support for Search and Rescue (CAP) pilots.  And quite a lot more.


FlyQ EFB Webinar + Coupon!

Hello there,

Cori here, Inside Sales Manager at Seattle Avionics. In the upcoming weeks I will be giving a few Webinars, where you can watch, learn, and interact with me as I go along.

The next two weeks I will be going over the introduction to FlyQ EFB.  This will include most of the basic features, making flight plans, weather briefings, filing flight plans, as well as tips and tricks for navigating the app as easily as you do the sky!

The current schedule is below, to sign up for any or all of them, click HERE.

  • Tuesday February 16, 2016 4:00PM (Pacific) – Intro to FlyQ EFB and FlyQ Family
  • Thursday February 18, 2016 2:00PM (Pacific) – Intro to FlyQ EFB and FlyQ Family
  • Tuesday February 23, 2016 5:00PM (Pacific) – Intro to FlyQ EFB and FlyQ Family
  • Thursday February 25, 2016 2:00PM (Pacific) – Intro to FlyQ EFB and FlyQ Family

We will also be giving other Webinars too including Civil Air Patrol, and Advanced FlyQ among others at a future date!

Lastly as a special treat to our Webinar guests, we have a coupon that you can apply to your next subscription for $20 off, after attending the Webinar!

Hope to see you there!

Cori Emerson



February 2016 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 the 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.  EU data will be available shortly.

In addition to our usual ChartData, we just added nearly 5,000 new US airport diagrams — “Seattle Avionics Diagrams.”  They are now available to Dynon SkyView users and to pilots using FlyQ Online, our web-based flight planning system for the PC and Mac.  They’ll be available to FlyQ EFB users the moment version 2.2 is released by Apple.  Read more about these exciting new diagrams.

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 and the new data is automatically used.
  • 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:

Almost 5,000 New Airport Diagrams!

As you probably know, the FAA publishes diagrams for just 700 or so airports although there are more than 5,000 public-use airports in the US.  In all likelihood, your favorite airports just don’t get the love they deserve from the FAA.

But starting today, Seattle Avionics is providing very detailed, high-quality airport diagrams for nearly 4,700 US airports.  These new diagrams are called “SA Diagrams.” The SA Diagrams show FBO and fuel service locations as well as runways and taxiways.


The new Seattle Avionics diagrams are being added to many apps and devices.  The first two devices or apps to get them are the Dynon SkyView system and our FlyQ Online web-based flight planning system for the PC and Mac.  Very soon, they’ll be in FlyQ EFB for the iPad when version 2.2 is released (in final beta now).

The new SA Diagrams are created with data from many different sources then created, verified, and published by Seattle Avionics.  The same ChartData team at Seattle Avionics that provides the FAA-certified DO-200A quality approach plates you have now is working on these new diagrams.

We Need Your Help!

As this is the first release of this data, we expect to find errors and inconsistencies on many of the diagrams.  In fact, there is a web page with a list of SA Diagrams with known issues.

Producing these diagrams involves more than just relying on government sources.  In particular, we get feedback from FBOs, airport managers, and, most importantly, pilots like you.

Therefore, we ask that you take a look at the SA Diagram for your home airport and other favorite airports and provide us feedback.

If you’re at your computer, just go to FlyQ Online ( and enter the ident of your favorite airports.


You’ll see a small version of the new SA Diagram after you select the airport from the search results.  If the airport has an FAA diagram, you’ll actually see both diagrams.  Click the one on the right side of the airport info to see it on the large pane next to the airport (where the map normally is).



If you find a problem or want to add your favorite FBO, just email us with the details and we’ll take it from there.

Finally, producing these diagrams has been a huge undertaking here and we apologize that it meant releasing this month’s data a few days later than usual to get the SA Diagrams in.  We’ll be back to our normal publishing schedule of releasing the data on Monday or Tuesday before the next cycle.


– The ChartData Team at Seattle Avionics