OSH Saturday: Flight Planning with iPad + Web-based Flight Planner

Visit us at the booth in building C (3089) then come to our seminar about combining the iPad with an online flight planner in the Forum area (Stage 4) at 11:30.  Yesterday’s presentation was standing-room only so get there early for a good seat.

The presentation will show planning on our new FlyQ Online (PC, Mac, etc.) then using FlyQ EFB on the iPad to execute the flight.  FlyQ Online:  https://flyq.seattleavionics.com


System Alert! Most Systems Down

Update 10:20 am Pacific.  Systems  restored and functioning normally as of approximately 9:30 AM Pacific  Testing continuing but apps and services appear to be working properly


A critical hardware failure at one of our system providers is causing all FlyQ, eCommerce, and most other systems to be offline.  The provider has been looking at the failure and working to resolve it.  At the moment, we do not have a definitive ETA of system restoration.

We’ll keep you informed as we learn more and deeply regret the problem.

Oshkosh! Seminar Schedule, etc.

On your way to Oshkosh or already there? Us too! Come see us in Booth C-3089 (Hangar C) to learn about all our products, take advantage of our great show-only specials, or just meet the team. I’ll also be giving several seminars during the week that cover topics near and dear to our hearts.

On a personal note, you’ll see two young men in the booth. The younger one, Sasha, is my 15 year old son and will be going to OSH for the second time. He had a great time last year, repeatedly saying that it was the most fun he had all summer. He’s still getting used to working with adults so please go easy on him! $5 discount on any product if you tell him he should cut his hair shorter.

The other young man, TJ, is John Rutter’s son. TJ is in college and a veteran of several shows. You don’t have to go so easy on him 😉

July 25

8:30 AM

Intro to FlyQ EFB and the FlyQ Family Forum Stage 6
(#6 on map below)
July 28

8:30 AM

Comparing ADS-B Systems for iPad and Android Forum Stage 5
(#5 on map below)
July 29

11:30 AM

Advanced FlyQ EFB and the FlyQ Family Workshop Classroom B (#18 on map below)
July 30
11:30 AM
Combining iPads with Web Planning Forum Stage 4
(#4 on map below)


Full Sized Map

New FlyQ Online (ATLAS) Version Released


We’ve made a major update to FlyQ Online (previously called ATLAS) just in time for your OSH flight planning.


This new release dramatically speeds up map redraws, makes rubber-banding a flight plan vastly easier, and adds virtually all the previously “undone” flight planning features:

  • CHANGED: Rubber-banding now works from any point on the line (not just the midpoints)
  • CHANGED: Faster map redraws because the photo background layer is supressed for other chart types
  • ADDED: +FP buttons now work
  • ADDED: Double-tap the map over a point on your flight plan gives options to delete the point or show info about it
  • ADDED: Reverse flight plan now works
  • ADDED: Email flight plan now works
  • FIXED: Error when generating printed flight plans

The new +FP (Add to Flight Plan) feature deserves special mention:

+FP  is a button that adds a specific airport, navaid, or fix to your flight plan.  It’s available in many places including from the Search results list on the left side of the screen (shown above), from double-tapping anywhere on the Map, and from the info page for a specific airport.

+FP is also interesting because it makes adding a new point very, very easy.  When clicked, you can choose to add the new point to the start of the flight plan, the end of the flight, or have FlyQ Online automatically figure out where to add it.  The “Auto Add” feature is unique to FlyQ Online.  In FlyQ EFB, you have to specifically tell the app where to add the new point.  In FlyQ Online, the system calculates the most rational place to add the new point without you having to do any work.  Of course, if you don’t like where the system adds it, you can always rubber-band the flight plan instead of using +FP.

As a reminder, we’ve been making a lot of changes to FlyQ Online recently as it approaches formal release (that is, loses the “beta” tag).  If you haven’t used it in some time, have a look!

Changes/Fixes in version (5/13/16)

  • CHANGED: Use double-tap rather than single tap to select places on the map (consistent with FlyQ EFB and required for the new weather map layers)
  • ADDED: METAR map layer
  • ADDED: Ceilings map layer
  • ADDED: Visibility map layer
  • ADDED: Precipitation map layer
  • ADDED: Sky Conditions map layer
  • ADDED: Surface Temperature map layer
  • ADDED: Dew Point map layer
  • ADDED: Surface Winds map layer
  • ADDED: Winds Aloft map layer
  • ADDED: Winds Aloft altitude picker
  • ADDED: Pop-up with METAR/TAF/Winds Aloft when single-tap on any of the new weather layers
  • FIXED: Resolved a Chrome-specific issue with the Nearby function

Changes/Fixes in version (3/22/16)

  • ADDED: Fuel price map layer
  • ADDED: Switch in Settings for showing AvGas or Jet-A

Happy flight planning and hope to see you in OSH next week!


July 21, 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).  This cycle took a day or two longer than usual because the FAA made a subtle change to the way some IFR Approach Plates were titled, meaning more geo-reference and verification work than expected.  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.

Free Beer in Portland

On a strictly personal note …

If anyone is planning to ride a bike from Seattle to Portland tomorrow, find the rider with bib #3700 at the finish line event and the beer is on Seattle Avionics.  He hopes to be there between 7 and 8 PM.

The only catch is that we have to talk about aviation for at least 30 seconds so I can expense it…



Terror and Congress

Early this morning, I was watching a stage of the Tour de France recorded on Bastille Day.  The infamous truck attack was still hours away and the video showed thousands of French and other bike racing fans playfully and enthusiastically watching the race.  The English commentators mentioned several times that it was Bastille Day so all of France was celebrating, akin to our 4th of July.  There were also multiple mentions of jubilant firework displays happening later that night.

Knowing what would happen a few hours later was disturbing, to say the least.  I kept wondering if any of the fans in the crowd, especially any of the numerous children (I’m a dad), were murdered later that day.

In the US, this is an election year, meaning the people have more control than usual over the day-to-day functioning of Congress and the President.  For years, Congress has done nothing about major issues — including those related to violence — because the politicians in our two major parties seem barely able to be in the same room together, let alone actually talk to each other (rather than Tweet or give soundbites to CNN).  With so many critical issues facing the US, I’d like to humbly suggest that everyone asks their representatives to behave like adults and talk to — not at — their peers and work to compromise to make progress rather than figure out how to win political points by being intractable.  It has been said that politics is the art of the practical.  I think it’s time to remind Congress of that.



Service Alert: NOAA Weather Servers Down

The US federal government’s aviation weather service (https://AviationWeather.gov) and services like ADDS are currently offline or at least extremely unreliable and slow.  As we get METARs, TAFs, Winds Aloft, and AIRMET/SIGMET data from these services, all FlyQ products are affected.  Radar and Satellite maps layers are provided from another source so are not affected.

We’ll update you as we learn more.

Update 12:24 PM (Pacific):  The issue appears to have been resolved.  All FlyQ products are getting weather normally.