iOS 10.1 Testing

Our lab team is testing Apple iOS 10.1 for compatibility with FlyQ EFB for iPad, FlyQ Pocket for iPhone, and SmartPlates and Charts for iPhone/iPad. We will post the results in a new blog entry when testing is complete.  As always with any new iOS release, we advise caution before installing on a device you rely upon for flight.

Be sure to use the “Follow” section on the right side of this page to be notified by email as we test iOS 10.1 and make other new Blog entries.  If you don’t see “Follow” it means you’re already signed-up for email alerts.

Please note that iOS 10 doesn’t support all models of iPhone or iPad devices. If your device is not supported by iOS 10, iOS 9.3.5 has been approved for use with our apps.


It works!!!

For the past several months, a team here has been working on an entirely new type of app — something unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.  After many, many iterations, long theoretical discussions, much head scratching, and many test flights — we have takeoff!  That is, today’s test flight proved that the technology works.  It’s now being turned into a new app that you’ll see very soon.

Stay tuned!

Wish I could tell you more…



Auto-Updated Documents

The new FAA data cycle starts on Thursday.  Of course we tested, uploaded, and enabled our updates for FlyQ EFB, Dynon, Aspen, GRT, Bendix-King, etc. earlier this week.

But what you may not have noticed is that many documents in the new FlyQ EFB Documents tab were automatically updated (at least if you’ve run FlyQ EFB in the last few hours).  Specifically, the Documents tab in FlyQ EFB lets you add the original FAA TAC charts (so you can see the margin notes).  And, for the Sectionals, has an all-new set of documents that isolate just the margin notes from each Sectional into new, simplified documents.  Have a look for examples.

But what you may not have realized is that any TAC or Sectional Margin Note you added to your Documents was magically updated to the current TAC or Sectional if the TAC or Sectional actually changed this cycle (Sectionals and TACs are generally changed every six months on a staggered cycle unlike IFR Low/High charts that all all updated every 56 days).  The new charts have a green “New” tag on them.  The ones that didn’t change, weren’t updated.  For this cycle, that means charts for Albuquerque, Chicago, Dawson, Hawaii, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Puerto Rico were updated.


Bahamas Airport Diagrams and Plates

We’re very excited to announce that all our US ChartData subscriptions now include geo-referenced airport diagrams, approach plates, and SIDs/STARs for the Bahamas.  No new subscription required.  This includes FlyQ EFB for the iPad, Dynon SkyView, Aspen Evolution, Bendix-King KSN 770, GRT Horizon, Advanced Flight Systems, and many more devices and apps.  Update your ChartData if you haven’t already done so to see the new charts.

Click the samples below to see larger versions.




October 13, 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.

In this cycle, we’ve added ChartData for the Bahamas – airport diagrams, approach plates, SIDs, and STARs.  Have a look!  The new Bahamian ChartData is included in our US ChartData set so there is no additional charge for US subscribers.

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 10/10/16 (Aspen, Bendix-King AV8OR) or Tuesday 10/11/16 (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.

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.

Prayers and Good Wishes for Florida

As of this writing, Hurricane Matthew is approaching the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.  It has already killed nearly 300 people in the Caribbean including in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and more.  The property damage cannot even be estimated yet.

Everyone at Seattle Avionics wishes the very best for those in the path of the storm and anyone with friends and loved ones in harm’s way.  Like many of you, some of us have family in the area and will not sleep well tonight.  This is a good time to hug your loved ones.



FlyQ EFB 2.4.3 Released

FlyQ EFB version 2.4.3 is now available.  It’s a minor release that fixes some bugs and adds/changes two features.

What’s is New in 2.4.3:

  • ADDED: Margin notes for each Sectional in Documents
  • CHANGED: Fuel color on maps now relative to the average price in each state
  • FIXED: Startup crashes on faster iPads (iPad Pro, iPad Air 2)
  • FIXED: Fuel prices on the map not colored correctly
  • FIXED: Visual Satellite map layer does not appear
  • FIXED: Dynon ADS-B radar not correct in some cases
  • FIXED: Send to Dynon/Receive from Dynon not visible under iOS 10
  • FIXED: Rare case of Documents appearing blank
  • FIXED: Zoom/Pan not correct for graphic Documents
  • FIXED: Incorrect link from Cincinnati local to regional radar

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):

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 to ON (green).

Note: Turning on automatic updates does not automatically install new OS releases, just apps like FlyQ EFB.

And, as a reminder of what was new in 2.4:

  • ADDED: Document Management. The all-new Documents tab gives you immediate access to a library of more than 200 FAA publications and charts (Flyway charts, helicopter charts, etc.), weather documents, Seattle Avionics documents, legends, and more. Or easily add your own documents by entering a URL or emailing them to your iPad. Even tap to add photos already on your iPad.
  • ADDED: Support for Avidyne IFD540 and IFD440 wireless data transfer (GPS, AHRS, bi-directional flight plan transfers). Avidyne software release 10.2 required (GPS works with 10.1). More Avidyne support to come.
  • ADDED: Support for ADS-B weather and traffic from the Dynon SkyView. SkyView software release 15 required (GPS, AHRS, bi-directional flight plan transfers already available with SkyView 14).
  • FIXED: An unusual server error state can cause the app to logout and not allow users to log back in.
  • FIXED: Detailed device status information not immediately updated
  • FIXED: NavLog printing results in a clipped document.
  • FIXED: Edits to the FAA Plan form not submitted to Lockheed/DUATS in some cases.
  • FIXED: A few airports with fuel prices do not show the price on the map.
  • FIXED: Takeoff time cannot be set when creating a new flight plan.
  • FIXED: Downloads for Michigan do not include some of the state.
  • FIXED: Last-selected pilot not remembered in New Plan.
  • FIXED: Play/Pause button in sim too small on Retina iPad.
  • FIXED: Editing a flight plan can produce a negative MHdg.
  • FIXED: Tapping the Done button in the ChartData Manager takes so long to respond that it’s often tapped twice.