FlyQ EFB 2.3.1 Available – Fix to Bluetooth GPS Issue

A week ago we became aware of an issue is when an iPad running iOS 9.3 is connected via Bluetooth to the Dual Electronics XGPS-190 and 170 ADS-B receivers.  In some cases, FlyQ EFB was not receiving GPS position updates properly from iOS.  This would manifest as inaccurate GPS readouts and/or position updates that lagged behind the actual position.

Dual and Seattle Avionics worked together to rapidly resolve the issue.  FlyQ EFB version 2.3.1, released just now by Apple, resolves the issue for FlyQ EFB users.

In addition, users can expect an update to the XGPS190 firmware release once Dual’s testing and validation is complete.  This firmware release is not needed for FlyQ EFB but should resolve the issue for other apps that use the Dual XGPS 170 or 190.

FlyQ EFB version 2.3.1 also fixes a problem where the altitude display reads “Pressure Alt” when it should say “GPS Alt” in some specific cases and makes the display of a red “GPS” indicator (i.e. lost GPS) happen more quickly.

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):

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flyq-efb/id915571252?mt=8

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).

As a reminder, version 2.3 (released 3 weeks ago), introduced:

  • Bi-direction flight plan transfer with Dynon SkyView
  • GPS and AHRS updates from a connected Dynon SkyView system
  • Support for Microsoft Flight Simulator / Lockheed Martin Prepar3D (X-Plane has been supported for some time)
  • The GPS Alt gauge becomes Pressure Alt when the altitude source supplies pressure altitude (some ADS-B systems).
  • Various bug fixes

April 28, 2016 ChartData Released

The FAA updates data every 28 days (every 4th Thursday) and a new data cycle begins this 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 today (we don’t release data on Friday or over the weekend to ensure technical support is available in case of problems).  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 made the ChartData Manager faster and more reliable last month with the release of ChartData Manager 5.2.

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 http://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 (this 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.

New FlyQ EFB Webinar from FAA Safety Team on Tuesday

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

The supervisor Harlow Voorhees (harlow.voorhees@faa.gov) has approved the scheduling of the following seminar:

“Free Webinar – FlyQ New Features Overview”

Topic: FlyQ New Features

On Tuesday April 26, 2016 at 6:30PM Pacific Daylight Time

Select Number: WP0568693

Location:

ONLINE WEBINAR ONLY

2830 E Wardlow Rd

Long Beach, CA 90806

Description:

Fly Q from Seattle Avionics has some great new features.  Learn how to use:

  • 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
  • Added ground elevation for any point
  • FAA and SA Airport Diagrams can now be overlaid on the map
  • Added VSR (vertical speed required) gauge
  • Web-Based FlyQ Online

ONLINE ONLY CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Earth Day and Aviation

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On this day, since 1970, the world has celebrated what is ultimately our most precious resource – the Earth itself – as Earth Day.  Today I’d invite all of us to consider the wonders of the planet that we see everyday because of the gift of aviation.  So many of us use our planes to journey to difficult to reach places so we can enjoy the beauty and splendor of the planet. We may be hiking, fishing, hunting, cycling, bird watching, or simply relaxing but it’s all made more practical because of aviation.

The irony is that the fuel that makes this possible for most of us, AvGas, is toxic to the planet (especially to humans, in fact) because of its lead content.  AvGas is one of the last fuels that is still allowed to contain lead; leaded fuel for most automative uses has been banned since 1996.  Lead, even in the minuscule amounts used in fuels, was found to be a significant health problem for humans, especially young children with developing brains.  Of course the amount of lead added to the environment due to GA is vastly smaller than the amount that automative emissions used to add but it’s clear that the days of leaded aviation fuel are numbered.

The good news is that American scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs are focussed on both alternate non-leaded fuels and electric power planes and are making very real progress.  The difficulties are numerous, however, generally coming down to technical limitations (batteries are heavy) or economic realities (aviation is a tiny market, retrofitting the GA fleet is very expensive, etc.).  Substantial progress has been made with both bio-fuels and electric planes and I’d encourage all of us to spend a little time learning about them.  While none of them may come to pass in the near-term, the future is clearly along those lines.  We should encourage the rapid progress that will help the planet, our children and grandchildren, and ultimately help ensure that the reason we fly — to see the wonders of the world — will continue to exist.

I should also note that Seattle Avionics is a proud sponsor of the Coast to Coast Biofuel Airplane Project.  It’s an exciting and difficult adventure undertaken by Ross McCurdy to fly a C182 from Rhode Island to California using a 50/50 mix of biofuel and JetA.  It’s truly inspiring reading and watching.

Steve

FlyQ EFB Version 2.3 Now Available!

Seems like just yesterday (ok, 5 weeks ago) that I was announcing version 2.2 with 300% faster mapping, 4,600+ new Seattle Avionics Airport Diagrams, and CAP routing. Well, today is another day and another great new version – 2.3!

FlyQ EFB has connected to more devices and apps than anyone else for some time – 20+ ADS-B systems, all the major external GPS units, Aspen Connected Panel, X-Plane flight simulator, FlyQ Online, FlyQ Pocket, AOPA Flight Planner, and more. Today we extend our lead by adding integration with Dynon SkyView, AFS AF-5000 series, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Prepar3D flight simulator.

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With new version 2.3, getting your flight plan to and from your Dynon or AFS system just takes a few clicks rather than dozens of knob-turns!  When you combine new Web-based FlyQ Online with this, it means easy planning on your large-screen PC or Mac with a keyboard and mouse then getting it into you panel with almost no effort!  It’s almost too easy!

Connecting to your panel also means that FlyQ EFB gets  rock-solid GPS and AHRS feed so no more worrying about GPS batteries and recalibrating your AHRS.

FlyQ EFB has supported the X-Plane Flight Simulator for some time.  Now with version 2.3 we also support the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator and sophisticated Prepar3D flight simulator.  This reduces your training and concurrency costs — not to mention adds some fun on days that you can’t really drill holes in the clouds!

Learn about these great new features from the revised Pilot’s Guide in the new External Devices and Applications section.

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):

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flyq-efb/id915571252?mt=8

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).

As a reminder, version 2.2 (released  weeks ago), introduced:

  • 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
  • Support for the Stratux AHRS (other Stratux ADS-B features are fully-functional and not experimental)