December 8, 2016 ChartData Released

In a recent Newsletter, we mentioned that our plan was to release our monthly ChartData several days earlier than we had in the past.  Specifically, we said our plan was to release US ChartData on the Friday before the next cycle begins (which is to say 6 days before the cycle starts).

Today is Friday so our US ChartData is now available for download for all apps and devices.  European ChartData will be available shortly.

The FAA updates data every 28 days (every 4th Thursday) and a new data cycle begins next Thursday.  We’ve now merged the FAA’s data with our proprietary ChartData and enabled downloads of the ChartData for the new cycle.

Important! Be aware that ChartData for the next cycle is not legal for use until next Thursday (Dec. 8, 2016) at 12:01 AM Eastern time.  If you use an app or device that utilizes our ChartData Manager, you can download the data now and install the data to an SD card or USB stick but do not use that SD card or stick until next Thursday.  If you’re using FlyQ EFB, please do not install the data yet if you plan to fly this weekend.

During the last cycle, we 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 Thursday 12/1/16 (Aspen, Bendix-King KSN 770, Bendix-King AV8OR, Voyager) or Friday 12/2/16 (everything else).   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.

Special note for Voyager users:  You must install an update for Voyager before this ChartData can be downloaded if you haven’t already installed the new version of Voyager (version 4.7.3.30473).  Simply start Voyager and, if you haven’t run it yet today, the app should say that an update is available and have a button to download.  If you have used it today, select Update Application from the Tools menu.

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 (next 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.

3 thoughts on “December 8, 2016 ChartData Released

  1. All these great messages about making the chart data available sooner are kind of fascinating to me. And now today’s comes with a caveat that while we can download it, that it isn’t legal for flight until later. That was new information at least to me.

    You know what would be really cool? A video showcasing how you do all this in such a short period of time in the first place and have now even accelerated the process further. For instance, I can see on the charts that that you, like SkyVector (what I used to use), have to paste the charts together. Do you have some big table where that is done and then you take pictures or do you do all the pasting together all electronically after scanning them in?

    Anyway, I for one would be fascinated to understand the how-you-do-it behind the scenes. I realize that you have competitors and may not want to share because of that, but anyway, it might be worth thinking about for us FlyQ EFB pilots.

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    • Hi David,

      Hmmm … good point but I’m afraid you’re right that we probably don’t want to go into detail about our process for the reason you note. Keep in mind that about 1/2 of our business is selling data for lots of devices and apps so we do want to keep the recipe to the secret sauce in the corporate vault.

      Thanks, Steve

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  2. In this data and for the last four months, the Salem, Oregon (SLE) airport has two different dotted lines for the class D airspace. When you are zoomed out, it is one way and if you zoom in, it gives a different location for the class D airspace. I understand the zoom out to be the correct airspace but an airport shouldn’t have two different class D diagrams. Can this be fixed? thanks.

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