May 25, 2017 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, May 25, 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 and Australian data will be available a little later.

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.

Bike and Fly to Work Friday = 20% Discount

As some of you may have noticed, two of my passions are flying and cycling as both give you a great feeling of freedom and seeing nature in action.  In Washington and most other states, tomorrow (Friday, May 19) is Bike to Work Day (or Bike Everywhere Day in WA).  I’m not aware of any official Fly to Work Day but there should be one so how about making tomorrow Bike or Fly to Work Day?

I’m cycling to work tomorrow and also plan to fly (final pre-beta test for FlyQ InSight).  If you join me in taking your bike to work or flying to work tomorrow, email us a picture of you and your plane or bike in action and we’ll give you a 20% discount on a 12 month FlyQ EFB subscription!  Offer valid just for May 19.

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On the way to work – had to stop and take a picture of the planes at Kenmore Air.  Beautiful view from the ground today.  Later today, will trade the bike for a plane and take some more pictures of this amazing day from the air.

This Saturday at Paine Field

Our home airport is KPAE, Paine Field in Everett, WA.  Each year, the good folks there sponsor Paine Field Aviation Day, a great day of family-friendly aviation events, including free Young Eagles flights, a 5K/10K run/walk, a charity pancake breakfast hosted by firefighters, entrance to the Flying Heritage Museum, and much more.

This year, this Saturday (May 20) is the day.  If you’re in the area, the weather should be great so fly or drive in!

Servers Rebooted due to Ransomware Threat

As you may have seen in the news, a massive ransomware attack was launched a few hours ago based on code that hackers stole from the NSA.  Apparently more than 75,000 servers in 99 countries were affected.  We were NOT affected but we did take a preventative action that caused our system to be down for less than 5 minutes.

None of our systems were affected because we keep them updated with recent operating system patches.  However, we did reboot one machine to allow it to finish installing an update.  Normally we wait until very early in the morning to do this but the threat warranted immediate action.  Thus, parts of our system were down for about 3 minutes today at about 1 PM Pacific.

Again — our systems were not hacked, no damage was done, and no information stolen; we just wanted to let you know that we did a very quick reboot of one system to prevent a problem so you may have had some issues with our system for a very brief time.

FlyQ InSight – Flight Test

Amazing view during a flight on Tuesday. This is from a test flight of our forthcoming new app – FlyQ InSight. InSight is the first practical augmented reality app for aviation. Just add an iPhone or iPad and see airports more clearly than ever before!

Core functionality checked out perfectly.  Final tweaks being made now before being released to external beta testers!

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Coming back to PAE with Harvey (S43) a little further out. S43 doesn’t have a “stick” because it’s too far away and we want you to focus on the nearby airports. 1WA6 is faded out because it’s even further away than Harvey.  You can adjust the range of airports seen so you can see far away airports if flying in the middle of nowhere and only nearby ones in crowded areas.  You can also filter by type of airports (heliports, seaplane bases, private airports, etc.)
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Just south of BVS, looking out the right window of the plane. The Lock button is yellow because it’s a bit less accurate when you look out a side window than out the front (Lock is green when pointed straight out the front).
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Tuning over Puget Sound. Notice that the airport markers stay fixed in the right locations even during a turn.
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The app also takes a “clean” photo with the same single click that also took the one with the airport markers.