System Alert: Some Systems Offline

UPDATE: 10:50 PM Pacific.

A couple of hours ago, a main data storage server was hacked. We are in the process of restoring functionality from backups and the system appears to be back online now. Most flight plans, aircraft profiles, and pilot profiles will be restored but ones modified or created recently will be lost. We will attempt to recover those files after the system is fundamentally back online but the nature of the attack makes it unlikely that we’ll recover the lost files.

An initial evaluation of the hack does not indicate that the hackers stole any data. Rather, they modified all the files on the server to prevent access until paid a ransom (it’s called “ransomware”). Unfortunately, while the hackers ask for a large payment, evidence is such that they seldom bother to actually release the files once paid so our only option was to restore from a recent backup.

Your passwords, credit card info, etc. were not stored on this system.

We’re very sorry for this issue and will continue to investigate the consequences as well make changes to strengthen our defenses.

Sincerely,
Steve Podradchik
CEO

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A couple of hours ago one of our main storage servers was hacked.  We are in the process of restoring functionality from a backup.  Until that is complete, access to flight plans, aircraft profiles, pilot profiles, etc. will not be available.

We’ll keep you informed as the restore progresses.  We do not have an ETA at this time.

Thank you for your patience.

April 27, 2017 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, April 27, 2017.  We try to release ChartData the Friday before the new cycle starts.  As that’s today, the US data for the next cycle has been activated and is available right now.  European data will be available a little later.  Australian data is unchanged.

Recently, 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.

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 5.3.

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.

Apple iOS 10.3.1 Approved

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS version 10.3.1 with current version of FlyQ EFB for iPad, FlyQ Pocket for iPhone/iPad, and SmartPlates & Charts for iPhone/iPad.

How to find the version number for 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: v2.4.5 (2.4.5 is the current FlyQ EFB version as of this writing) 

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 the Updates tab (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, 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.

Plane & Pilot: The Future of Your Airplane’s Cockpit (hint: FlyQ InSight)

Just got back from a post Sun ‘n Fun vacation with the kids.  On the way home, I got a message about Robert Goyer’s story in Plane & Pilot that discusses new FlyQ InSight.  Wow!  The vacation was fun but that was an incredible way to end it.  Take a look — it explains the power and benefits of Augmented Reality to all pilots.

http://www.planeandpilotmag.com/going-direct-heres-future-airplanes-cockpit/#.WPZBolKZPYU

 

Augmented Reality System Introduced!

Update:  Read Robert Goyer’s story about this in Plane & Pilot.

Seattle Avionics just demonstrated the world’s first affordable Augmented Reality system for general aviation – new FlyQ InSight. Using just an iPhone or iPad, not goggles or exotic hardware, all pilots can now see approximate airport positions simply by pointing a camera out the windscreen.

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(Example photo above.  Airport positions to demonstrate concept not actual locations.)

FlyQ InSight uses the camera and computing power of an iPhone or iPad combined new patent-pending algorithms to superimpose approximate airport locations over a real-time video feed. Pilots can point the camera straight out the nose of the plane or rotate it within the cabin to view nearby airports on any side of the plane.

“Every pilot in the world has faced looking out the windscreen, knowing that a landing airport is nearby, but simply cannot make it out from roads, trees, and nearby buildings,” says Steve Podradchik, CEO.  “New FlyQ InSight uses patent-pending augmented reality to merge live video from an iPhone or iPad with computer-generated airport markers to clearly show airport locations regardless of how confusing the surrounding area is.  Even click the camera shutter button to capture inflight photos and post effortlessly to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.”

In addition, FlyQ InSight includes a unique 2D “radar” view of nearby airports.  As the iPhone or iPad is rotated around the cockpit, the radar image rotates so you can clearly see the direction and distance for nearby airports.

The app also includes all the features from FlyQ Pocket including detailed airport information, weather, flight planning, and weather graphics.   Pilots can tap on airports to see information about them.

FlyQ InSight is not yet available in the Apple App Store but will be released to beta testers within two weeks.  Public release is expected shortly thereafter.  When released, FlyQ InSight will replace the company’s current FlyQ Pocket on the iPhone and iPad.

$999 ADS-B In/Out System!

Introducing the new uAvionix EchoUAT!

The echoUAT is a remotely mounted ADS-B transceiver that satisfies the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B rule for experimental aircraft (not certificated).

We have just 5 of these left at our booth at Sun ‘n Fun (C-22)!  We cannot take any orders online so once these are gone, they’re gone.

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The EchoUAT incorporates a dual-link (1090 MHz and 978 MHz) receiver and 978 MHz UAT Class B1S transmitter.  EchoUAT features a direct wired communication for use with popular EFIS from Dynon, GRT and MGL Avionics.  An integrated Wi-Fi access point also supports many popular EFB applications, such as FlyQ EFB.

EchoUAT is designed to use the aircraft’s existing altitude encoder and ADS-B compliant GPS position source. The uAvionix SkyFYX GPS can be used in the event your EFIS manufacturer does not supply one.

A zero-install, internal wireless monitor decodes replies from legacy Mode C transponders for maximum retrofit capability.

The Echo UAT is designed to meet the performance requirements of TSO-C154c, and is compliant with FAR 91.227 for operation in the National Airspace System.

Sun ‘n Fun: Booth C22, 3 Presentations

Sun ‘n Fun is now upon is!  Seattle Avionics is in Booth C22 and our first (of three) presentations is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9:00 AM.  And the first public demonstration of our Secret Project will be during the Thursday presentation (1 PM).  If you’re in Lakeland, come and see us!

Presentations

Date/Time Topic Room
Wednesday,
April 5
9:00 AM
Understanding the ICAO Flight Plan Form CFAA-10
Thursday,
April 6
1:00 PM
Emerging Aviation Technologies – Including Secret Project CFAA-11
Friday,
April 7
9:00 AM
Advanced FlyQ EFB CFAA-7
All the talks are in the CFAA (Central Florida Aerospace Academy) building a little away from the rest of Sun ‘n Fun. Leave some time to walk there as it’s a bit of a hike.
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Understanding the ICAO Flight Plan Form

Pilots are used to the FAA Flight Plan Form. It works fine and it’s easy. But it’s also going away, being replaced by the ICAO Flight Plan Form, an international standard. Unfortunately, the ICAO form was designed with international commercial aviation in mind so has equipment categories and options that will make your head spin. Luckily, unless you fly Boeing 757, you’ll never need to know what ADS-C with FANS 1/A Capabilities means. In this seminar, we’ll cover what you need to know and what you need to ignore.

Wednesday, April 5. 9:00 AM. CFAA building, Room 10.


Emerging Aviation Technologies & Demo of Secret Project
There is a lot of new tech coming along in aviation; ADS-B is just the beginning. We’ll explore 3D synthetic vision, drones, NexGen Airspace, augmented reality, voice recognition, machine learning, and more.

Oh .. and Steve Podradchik will demonstrate the Secret Project.

Thursday, April 6. 1:00 PM. CFAA building, Room 11.

Advanced FlyQ EFB
FlyQ EFB has emerged as one of the most popular iPad apps around, mostly due to its ease of use. But it has a lot of power, too. We’ll peel back the covers on some of its more advanced features and show how it integrates with FlyQ Online (PC and Mac) and FlyQ Pocket.

Friday, April 7. 9:00. CFAA building, Room 7.