iPad Price Alerts

Doing a little morning Black Friday browsing on the Web and I came across excellent deals on the iPad Mini 2 (which is the same iPad I use most often) and the iPad Air 2.  Both are terrific devices and work wonderfully with FlyQ (naturally!). They are WiFi only models so you will need an external GPS (< $100) or an ADS-B receiver.  And, of course, if you haven’t taken advantage of our Black Friday Lifetime deals:

https://seattleavionics.com/BF2016Offer.html

iPad Mini 2, 32 GB Wifi: $199

http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=ipad%20mini%202#sn-51731135

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-iPad-mini-2-32GB-Wi-Fi/30146248?u1=ivy1g1sera003n6p0009i&oid=465442.1&wmlspartner=je6NUbpObpQ&sourceid=35329196661393803203&affillinktype=10&veh=aff

iPad Air 2, 32 GB WiFi: $279

http://www.target.com/p/apple-ipad-air-2-wi-fi/-/A-51731130?clkid=327d710aN8335b7c9fe543e76782a18be&lnm=81938&afid=POPSUGAR&ref=tgt_adv_xasd0002

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ipad/ipad-air-2/pcmcat361600050003.c?id=pcmcat361600050003&ref=199&loc=je6NUbpObpQ&acampID=1&siteID=je6NUbpObpQ-ZtPn4OXJltY4FC_0OfhnLw

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving: Two simple words with so much meaning. We all have so much to be thankful for but sometimes forget about it.

Earlier this morning I watched The Little Prince. It’s a great reminder about finding joy and remembering what’s important. And about love.

So Happy Thanksgiving.

Now time to call my parents…

– Steve

Black Friday is ON!

First, Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Now .. Starting today, get your choice of Lifetime deals on our ChartData for all our most popular products like FlyQ EFB, Dynon, Bendix-King, Aspen, GRT, etc.

Starting at just $299.  For FlyQ, click here.  For all other products, click here.

All the offers are quantity limited and we’re already running low on some of them.  Hint hint.

Have a great weekend with your family and loved ones!

Steve

Group Document Management & Importing Waypoints

FlyQ’s new Groups feature is an amazing help to flying clubs, flight instructors, corporate flight departments, CFIs, and student pilots.

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Now you can use FlyQ Online to create your own private groups of users — friends, collegues, student, etc. Then you can add private documents for just your group – POH, checklists, schedules, you name it! These private documents are instantly available to everyone in your group using FlyQ EFB on the iPad or FlyQ Online on the Web. Sharing has never been so easy!  Watch the video.

We also just added an Import feature to FlyQ Online so you can quickly load dozens or even hundreds of Personal Waypoints with a simple click. The Personal Waypoints are instantly available in FlyQ EFB as well as FlyQ Online.  Read about the file format.

Sign-Up for Black Friday Deals

The countdown clock has started…

Every Black Friday (November 25 this year), we offer the most amazing, most incredible deals in aviation. This year, we’ve outdone ourselves with the best deals in our 15 year history. Up to 75% off!

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The catch is that quantities are very limited so it’s easy to miss out. Sign up for early notification on Tuesday night so you don’t let the deals fly by.

Whether it’s for yourself or you want to give someone else an amazing gift, sign-up now to get an email before other people grab the deals.

FlyQ Pocket for Android V2.2 Released

It gives me great pleasure to announce FlyQ Pocket for Android version 2.2 is available today.

FlyQ Pocket is a great aviation app for all pilots. It’s packed with powerful features that every pilot needs to make that all important ‘go or no-go’ decision before flight.

Best of all, it’s free! It’s part of our commitment to give back to the aviation community.

No other app or web site offers all theses powerful features in a simple to use package. Seattle Avionics pioneered the ‘Rule of Two’ ease-of-use. Navigating the app is quick and easy.

FlyQ Pocket is complete with everything a pilot needs. Here’s the highlights:

  • METAR/TAF (continuously updated)
  • Tap-to-Dial Realtime WX (ASOS/AWOS/ATIS)
  • 200+ Weather Graphics (with animation)
  • Flight Plan Routing (Direct, Airways, Wind/Fuel)
  • FAA Flight Plan Filing (DUATS or Lockheed)
  • Full FAA Legal Briefing (Area and Route)
  • Fuel Prices (MOGAS, 100LL, Jet A)
  • Airport Diagrams (700+ FAA and 4700+ Seattle Avionics Diagrams)
  • Airport Directory (A/FD & AOPA)

“We’re thrilled to have the app back under our own brand name once again” said Keith Russo, Seattle Avionics VP. FlyQ Pocket started out life as ‘FreeFlight’ under Seattle Avionics brand. It was later branded for AOPA under a 3 year license agreement. FlyQ Pocket for Android was the last of the apps to be rebranded.

Seattle Avionics FlyQ Pocket is available for Apple iPhone/iPad and Google Android devices.

 

Apple iOS 10.1.1 Approved

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS version 10.1.1 with the current version of FlyQ EFB for iPad, FlyQ Pocket for iPhone/iPad, and SmartPlates & Charts for iPhone/iPad 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

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 a Seattle Avionics app

  1. Open the App Store app
  2. Go to ‘Updates’ screen (bottom right)
  3. Look for the 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.

Veterans Day

Everyone at Seattle Avionics wants to profoundly thank our servicemen and women, as well as their families, for the extraordinary gift they give this country: Freedom.

Few nations enjoy the freedom that we have and it is due, to a very large extent, to the sacrifice made by those who serve or have served in our armed forces.

The rest of us owe you a debt that can never be repaid.

  • Steve

Apple iOS 10.1 Approved

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS version 10.1 for with the current version of FlyQ EFB for iPad, FlyQ Pocket for iPhone/iPad, and SmartPlates & Charts for iPhone/iPad apps.

How to find the version number for Seattle Avionics FlyQ EFB

Open FlyQ EFB app
Go to the Settings screen (gear icon)
The version number is at the top right. Example: v2.3.1
How to find the version number for Apple iOS

Open the Settings app
Go to General
Go to About
The iOS version number is under ‘Version’. Example: 9.1 (13B143)
How to update Seattle Avionics FlyQ EFB (free)

Open the App Store app
Go to ‘Updates’ screen (bottom right)
Look for FlyQ EFB app icon and tap on ‘UPDATE’
How to update Apple iOS

Open the Settings app
Go to General
Go to Software Update
Tap on ‘Download and Install’
*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.

Vote for Compromise and Civility

I’m going to ask you to do three things today: One easy, two very hard.

The easy one: Vote.  The Presidential election is obviously very close and, even if you don’t like either major party candidate, one of them will become the leader of the free world tomorrow.  They have very different outlooks on the world, the economy, on how to defend the country, and how we treat people –both our own citizens and citizens of other nations.  Choose one of the major party candidates even if you don’t like either of them very much.  A protest vote for someone who has no chance of winning is like binge-eating all the Halloween candy — you’ll feel great tonight but might wake up tomorrow feeling sick when you see who won.

Now a harder ask: Compromise.  Many of us are exasperated and, frankly, furious at our government.  Not surprisingly, the focus of this venting has mainly been the people running for President.  But I’d like to suggest that we’ve looked in the wrong place.  The Founding Fathers assumed that Congress would be the main driver of America and the Executive and Judiciary branches were just there to carry out the will of Congress and play referee.  There are 535 people in the House and Senate, divided more-or-less into two teams.  Although I used the words “referee” and “teams” a moment ago, the sports analogy isn’t quite right.  Unlike a football game, the game of America isn’t a winner-take-all event.  If “Victory” is defined solely as getting more people on your team, it’s the wrong game.  Congress’ job is to govern wisely and fairly.  As we all should have learned in elementary school (not to mention from the Rolling Stones), you can’t always get what you want.  Lately, the “game” of Congress seems to have been played by men and women who try to run out the clock on the other team by refusing to work with or even talk with the other side.  You may think this is just the way it is and the way it has always been but that’s not true.  The two teams have worked together to move this country forward for most of our history, each team sometime holding their nose a bit but seeing and working towards the greater good.  Not so much recently.  So my request this election is a hard one:  Before casting your ballot for Senator or Congressman, don’t just ask if they represent your views (obviously part of the equation) but ask if they play well with the other kids.  Most don’t seem to.  Oddly, while studies show that most people think Congress is terrible and we need to “kick the bums” out, most people also support their own Senator or Congressman.  This is the living embodiment of the old Garrison Keillor opening to Lake Wobegon where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”  Folks, the math doesn’t pencil!  Look very hard at these candidates for their ability to work with others, especially those they don’t agree with, to produce positive change for this country.

Now the really hard part: Civility.  This is a word and a concept that has been lost during this campaign. I’m 49 years old and I’ve never seen this sort of animosity, name-calling, belittling, and outright hatred in an election during my lifetime.  The sides are very polarized and, being human, most of us have let our emotions run a little hot recently and may have vented a bit on Facebook, Twitter, or your social media of choice.  I’ve done it and maybe you have as well.  So this is the hard part.  Tomorrow either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become our next President and begin a new era in American history.  Regardless of our own preference, I ask that we each give the new President a chance to govern.  Listen to what they actually say not just the pre-conceived notions we already have about them.  Don’t call them nasty names, compare them to Hitler, or threaten to move to Canada.  Give them a fair chance and insist that your Senators and Congressmen do too.  Even more importantly, look kindly at your friends, neighbors, and relatives who may have supported the other candidate.  As you drink your morning coffee (or latte or cappuccino if you live in Seattle), remember that your friends, neighbors, and relatives are drinking their coffee, too, right now.  We all want a better place for our children, our nation, and our world.  We are all united in those and many other beliefs although we’re divided in the specifics of how to make them happen.  Make a pact with yourself to focus on the common beliefs of all Americans, not our differences.  Talk with not at your friends, neighbors, and relatives.  Only when we’re civilly talking and listening can we can change the world for the better.

One final note about comments to this blog:  Ultimately, the whole point of this piece is to appeal for civility.  While I will allow folks to mention their favorite candidates, I’ll insist that it’s always done in a positive manner.  I will not approve and immediately delete any comment with negative statements about the other candidate or that uses derogatory names or language about anyone.  To paraphrase the great words of Ron Burgundy, “Keep it classy, America.”

  • Steve Podradchik