We’ve approved Apple iOS 11.0.3 for use with all our iOS apps — FlyQ EFB, FlyQ InSight, and SmartPlates & Charts.
We occasionally hear that some pilots are still using one of those other iPad aviation apps – even the one that keeps raising its price, locks you into just their ADS-B receivers, and gets more complex with every release. It’s time for the madness to stop so, just until Sunday, we’re offering FlyQ EFB for only $49*. This is the full VFR + IFR version that’s normally $139 — equivalent to what Brand F sells for $179. If you have a friend still using Brand F, Brand G, or something else, send them this link; they’ll thank you for it 😉
Remember, with new FlyQ EFB version 2.5, we added annotations on the plates and diagrams, exceptional Avidyne support incl. ADS-B, and more. That adds to our already amazing feature list and laser-focus on ease of use including our exclusive Rule of 2 concept that requires our developers to give access to all features you need while flying in 2 clicks or less.
For more info, see:
* Sorry but this offer is only open to those unenlightened few still using other apps or with expired FlyQ EFB subscriptions; it cannot be used to extend a current subscription.
Last changed: 11/8/2017
Changes to Dual XGPS 150/150A and 160 version numbers
We’re starting a new page that lists the current firmware version of various ADS-B and GPS devices. If you’re not already subscribed to the blog, we very strongly suggest subscribing by using the Follow section at the right.
In addition to firmware info, this page also includes iOS and other compatibility notes plus instructions for updating the firmware. We plan to grow this list to include additional devices and keep it updated as new firmware and new iOS versions are released. Comments welcome!
You can see the current firmware version of most devices from within FlyQ EFB in the ADS-B tab of the Status window (tap any of the 4 indicator bars at the top right corner of the FlyQ screen).
|Mfg||Model||Current Firmware Version||Last Updated||Notes|
|Dual||XGPS 170||1.6.3||?||OK for iOS 11. Last update resolved some traffic issues|
|Dual||XGPS 170D||2.2.12||?||OK for iOS 11|
|Dual||XGPS 190||2.2.12||?||OK for iOS 11. Last update resolved AHRS issues|
|Dual||XGPS 150/150A||2.1.2||?||OK for iOS 11|
|Dual||XGPS 160||2.4.9 / 3.4.9||?||OK for iOS 11|
|Stratux||Merlin/Stratux||1.4r1||?||Do not use version 1.4r2 as it’s “experimental” and does not work w/ FlyQ EFB. 1.4r3 has been released but we are still testing it.|
For a Merlin or any Stratux, you can either update the firmware by downloading a full disk-image file and using a PC to install to the included SD card (not recommended) or simply download an update file (preferred).
To update an existing Merlin or other Stratux the preferred way:
- Go to https://github.com/cyoung/stratux/releases Do not download from a link with the name DangerZone in it! Those are experimental builds not yet ready for prime-time.
- Find the most file with an .sh extension (that is, ends with .sh)
- Download that file to a PC or Mac.
- Connect your PC or Mac to the Merlin or Stratux Wi-Fi network
- With your web browser (Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, FireFox, etc.) go to: 192.168.10.1
- You should be looking at a web page this is built-into the Merlin or Straux.
- Different pages (or categories) are listed on the left side. Select Settings.
- On the Settings page is a button called something like Click to select a System Update file. Click it and find the .sh file you downloaded in step 3.
- Follow the on-screen instructions and be sure to give the Merlin or Stratux a chance to install the update, reboot, and start up.
Visit Stratux.me for other downloads, instructions, and a questions/answers forum.
There are no known Dual issues with iOS 11.
Dual firmware update manuals and files are available at:
Click the “Firmware Updates” button at the top of the web page to select the firmware corresponding to your device.
Or contact Dual directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and they would be more than happy to assist you directly.
First thing to try if you’re having a problem with a Dual:
- In the iPad’s Settings app, go to Bluetooth.
- Click the little (i) next to the XGPS
- Click Forget
- Turn the XGPS off (if it’s on) then back on.
- Wait 30-60 second for it to power up.
- Still in Bluetooth, re-pair the XGPS with your iPad.
The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, October 12, 2017. We try to release ChartData the Friday before the new cycle starts. As that’s today, our US data for the next cycle has been activated and is available right now. European data will be available shortly. Australian data is unchanged from the last cycle.
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, if you’re looking for an ADS-B solution, be sure to take a look at our new $249 Merlin ADS-B receiver. Dual channel, WAAS GPS, AHRS (yes!), and a battery. Works with almost all iPad / Android apps.
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 126.96.36.199473). 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 Applicationfrom 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.
2:50 PM Pacific:
This morning’s outage at the National Weather Service seems to have been corrected. We’ve been tracking proper weather availability for the past two hours so are calling the incident resolved.
UPDATED at 12:00 PM Pacific:
Notice something missing in the image above from the National Weather Service?
FlyQ EFB, FlyQ Online, FlyQ InSight, FlyQ Pocket, and Voyager all download METARs, TAFs, Winds Aloft, and AIRMET/SIGMETs from the National Weather Service at http://aviationweather.gov
Their system was down this morning for about 90 minutes, then briefly came back to life, now seems to be down again or at least behaving erratically (see the image above — no METARs!). We’ll keep you posted as we know more. In the meantime, the apps will not be able to download current weather except via an ADS-B receiver.
We’re sorry for the service interruption.