Come See Us at Bremerton, WA

Corinne and I will be manning our booth this Saturday (Aug 20th) at the  AOPA Fly-In Bremerton, WA (KPWT). Come by and say ‘Hi’ to Corinne (who just soloed) and myself.

Great time to take advantage of our specials and enter to a WIN a free subscription for LIFE! ($2,900 value)

More information about this event along with pilot arrival & departure procedures can be found at AOPA Fly-In web site:


FlyQ EFB Quiz: What is this string of text and what does it represent?

KPAE N47°48’50”W122°51’31” N47°24’23”W123°08’26” N47°22’06”W123°09’32” N47°22’04”W123°02’16” KPWT

Use Reply to submit your answer.

TIP: Copy & Paste into FlyQ EFB Search Box.


Apple iOS 9.3.4 Approved for Use

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS version 9.3.4 with the current version of FlyQ EFB, FlyQ Pocket, and SmartPlates & Charts  iOS apps.

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.

August 18, 2016 ChartData Published

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 on Monday 8/15/16 (Aspen, Bendix-King AV8OR) or Tuesday 8/16/16 (everything else).   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.

Update 8/17/16:  European (EU) data is now available.

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 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.

Spruce Goose and Other Amazing Planes

I just got back from a quick vacation with the kids to the Oregon coast.  Our first stop from Seattle, before whitewater rafting and getting the best donuts in the known universe, was to the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, OR. I had been there maybe 15 years ago but, wow, have they added things.

The reason why most people visit is probably the Spruce Goose — the gigantic wooden plane that “flew” just once during a taxi test for one minute into the rarified air at 70 feet MSL.  It’s really an amazing plane to look at and walk inside and highly recommended.  But there are so many other rare, unique , or just plain cool planes to look at.  Here are just a few and one challenge — without cheating by looking up the tailnumber — what is the make and model of the plane with props and jet engines?

Also .. when you go, remember that closing time is 5:00 so getting there at 4:58 because of heavy traffic isn’t ideal.  Or just fly into MMV across the street and skip the traffic.

Spruce Goose and my kids.
Beechcraft Starship
Name that plane — without looking up the tail number!
Seattle just saw the Blue Angles as part of our Seafair week. They now fly the F-18 but name this older Blue Angel.
Yes it’s a Soviet plane (MIG 29) but you have to admit it’s cool looking.
Top Gun anyone?

First Solo!

Corinne Emerson, Sales Manager at Seattle Avionics, achieved an important milestone while working on her private pilot license:  On August 7, 2016, during a routine training flight, Ms Emerson did her first solo flight!


When Ms. Emerson was asked for her comments about the solo flight, she replied, “It was awesome. I’m so happy right now!”

“I knew she was ready and the flight conditions were just prefect,” said Courtney McLaughlin, Ms. Emerson’s flight instructor.  “Everything went as planned.  After the first solo, I could see the excitement in Corinne’s face.”

“Seattle Avionics is incredibly proud of Corinne’s work both in the office and in the sky,” said Keith Russo, Vice President of Seattle Avionics. “Seattle Avionics has a history of supporting employees who want to become pilots, stay current on their flight skills, or get advance pilot ratings.”  The company believes pilot diversity and a increase in pilot population is beneficial to the industry.


Good work Corinne! Keep the blue side up!