System Status: Radar and Satellite Restored

Earlier today the company that provides the radar and satellite overlays for FlyQ EFB and FlyQ Online had a system-wide problem (not just for FlyQ).  They have now corrected their problem and all weather layers are back online with all versions of FlyQ.

We’re sorry for this problem although we had no control over it.

Thanks, Steve

FlyQ EFB version 2.3.2 Now Available. Fix for GPS issue with Stratux.

FlyQ EFB version 2.3.2 was released on Friday.  It is a bug fix / performance release with the following changes.
  • Fix for GPS issue when using an ADS-B receiver that does not include an integrated GPS (Stratux most commonly)
  • Performance/memory improvements with ADS-B radar
  • Reduce clutter/improve performance of ADS-B traffic by only showing targets within 75 NM

Virtually all ADS-B receivers include an integrated GPS.  The only common exception is the Stratux homebuilt system which has the GPS as an option.  After our last software release (2.3.1), we became aware of a problem that affected Stratux users without a GPS where FlyQ would fail to use the internal GPS or even an external GPS when the Stratux was connected.  There was no problem for users of other ADS-B systems, for Stratux users who added a GPS module to their Stratux configuration, or for those who fly without any ADS-B.
 
Also, as many people have asked: Yes, it’s safe to upgrade to iOS version 9.3.2

To upgrade FlyQ EFB:

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

May 26, 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 recently made the ChartData Manager faster and more reliable 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 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 (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.

FlyQ EFB v2.3.1 with Apple iOS version 9.3.2

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of FlyQ EFB with Apple iOS version 9.3.2

FlyQ EFB versions 2.3.1 and 2.3.2 are approved for iOS version 9.3.2.

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: v2.3.1 or 2.32

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’

Please note that beta (aka “test”) versions of Apple iOS are not finished products, 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.

New FlyQ Online with Dramatically Enhanced Weather

For the last few months, we’ve been hard at work adding a wide variety of new weather map layers to FlyQ Online.  Today, we released the new version and all I can say is:

Wow!

https://flyq.seattleavionics.com

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This new version includes more weather layers than FlyQ EFB or any other product we’ve ever made: METAR, Ceilings, Visibility, Precip, Sky Conditions, Surface Temp, Dew Point, Surface Winds, and Winds Aloft.  Also, the Winds Aloft layer has a very handy Altitude Slider that makes it super-quick to see how the winds look at different altitudes.

We’ll add a weather legend in a bit.

This version also includes a few minor fixes, the most notable of which is a fix to the the Nearby button (the “Target” icon next to the Search box) that didn’t work properly when using Google Chrome.

Give it a spin and tell us what you think.  Still a little more to go before we rate FlyQ Online as “released” rather than “beta” but these were the most difficult of our final work items.

Steve

FlyQ EFB Webinars Back in Session

Hello fellow pilots,

Cori here, Inside Sales Manager at Seattle Avionics.  This is a quick message announcing that our FlyQ EFB Webinars are back in session.  I will be giving 1-2 webinars per week covering FlyQ EFB basics.  This is the place where you can have your questions answered, and learn tips and tricks to navigate the app with ease.  I will cover the basics including: flight planning, checking weather, airport information, different layer options, split screen mode, as well as filing flight plans.

As an added bonus, when you participate in a webinar, you also get a coupon for your next subscription!

In the up coming weeks we have the following webinars going on:

  • Thursday May 5, 2016  5:00pm PST (Intro to FlyQ EFB and the FlyQ Family)
  • Tuesday May 10, 2016 5:00pm PST (Intro to FlyQ EFB and the FlyQ Family)
  • Thursday May 12, 2016 2:00pm PST (Intro to FlyQ EFB and the FlyQ Family)

Remember these are interactive Webinars so you can ask questions and have your answers shown to you live!

For a complete listing of our webinars please visit: http://seattleavionics.com/Webinars.aspx

Hope to see you there!

Corinne (Cori) Emerson