July 19, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins this Thursday, July 19, 2018.  We try to release ChartData the Friday before the new cycle starts but we are also exceptionally careful, as our data is FAA DO-200A compliant, and we found errors that needed to be corrected last week.  All is ready now so the new data is ready for download (in fact, some was downloadable yesterday).  However, be sure not to fly with this data until July 19.

Important notes for FlyQ EFB user:  Please do not download this new data if you plan to fly before Thursday as the app does not have any concept of “current” versus “next” data cycle.  However, FlyQ EFB downloads TFRs, fuel prices, and weather automatically so rest assured that this data will always be current even without doing a manual update

European data will be available shortly.  Australian data is unchanged this cycle.

If you’re using another data provider, check with them about availability.

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.

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 InSight or 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 FlyQ Online (our Web-based flight planner) ChartData is enabled automatically on the day the new cycle begins (this 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.

FlyQ EFB version 3.1.1 Now Available

On Friday we released FlyQ EFB version 3.1.1.  As the numbering may imply, this is a bug-fix release only; no new features.

The following was fixed in 3.1.1 (6/21/18):

  • FIX: Sporadic crash during startup if certain map layers are on
  • FIX: Weather briefings not properly refreshed for offline flight plans
  • FIX: Minor layout issue with METARs and TAFs
  • FIX: Fuel stops added in some cases even when not requested
  • FIX: Grid layer does not release memory properly

What’s New in 3.1 (5/31/18):

  • ADDED: Automatic fuel stop planning based on lowest prices!
  • ADDED: Automatically shows a list of recently cleared IFR flight plans when creating an IFR plan
  • ADDED: Full iPhone X support
  • ADDED: Full Leiods (1800wxbrief) login support (add your Leidos Username in Settings/Pilots)
  • ADDED: Ability to set Layover time at fuel stops
  • ADDED: Can request weather briefings in either Raw (coded) or Translated format
  • FIX: Avidyne ADS-B and Flight Plan transfer features restored

To upgrade from an existing iPad or iPhone installation:

Go to the App Store icon on your iPad or iPhone and select the Updates tab.  Click the Update button next to FlyQ EFB.  Note:  If your device is set to automatically update apps, you may see an Open button rather than Updatebecause the new version has already been installed.

To download to a new iPad or iPhone:

Go to the App Store icon on your iPhone or iPad, select the Search tab, enter FlyQ EFB.

June 21, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, June 21, 2018.  We try to release ChartData the Friday before the new cycle starts.  As that’s today, the new data is now ready for download.  However, be sure not to fly with this data until June 21.

Important notes for FlyQ EFB user:  Please do not download this new data if you plan to fly before next Thursday as the app does not have any concept of “current” versus “next” data cycle.  However, FlyQ EFB downloads TFRs, fuel prices, and weather automatically so rest assured that this data will always be current even without doing a manual update

Special Notice About WACs: The FAA began decommissioning the old WACs (World Aeronautical Charts) a few years ago. We thought they remained a useful reference so kept them as part of our Sectional map tiles (along with the TACs that are still there) but colored the WAC-only regions yellow to indicate warning. However, all good things must come to an end and we’ve decided it is time to removed this old, expired data. Since the WAC tiles only appeared in places not covered by Sectional or TAC tiles, you should only notice differences offshore, in parts of Southern Canada, and along the corridor from Seattle to Alaska. The IFR Low and High charts still cover these areas so it’s suggested that pilots who need these areas refer to IFR Low charts. For some apps, including FlyQ EFB, you may still see map coverage for these WAC-only areas if the individual tiles were previously downloaded to your device. For apps and devices that do not use individual tiles (such as Dynon), the change should be immediate.  Email support@seattleavionics.com if you have any questions.

Special Notice About HOTSPOT Charts: Most of the apps and devices that use our ChartData include the FAA’s HOTSPOT charts. We’ve corrected a processing problem where, for the few HOTSPOT charts that are more than one page, we may only provide page one of the chart even if the airport in question is mentioned on a different page. We’ve corrected the issue for this data cycle. Also note that our certified data, used in Aspen and BendixKing devices, does not include HOTSPOT charts so was never  affected.

European data will be available shortly.  Australian data is unchanged this cycle.

If you’re using another data provider, check with them about availability.

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.

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 InSight or 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 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.

FlyQ EFB version 3.1 Now Available!

We are very happy to announce that FlyQ EFB 3.1 is now available for download from the App Store!  It has important improvements to flight planning, Leidos support, full iPhone X support, and more

ATCRoutes

Flight Planning now automatically adds fuel stops based on lowest prices, looks for recently cleared ATC routes for IFR flights, allows Layover Time during fuel stops, and makes it much easier to change flight plan altitudes. It also includes important fixes for Avidyne users (restores ADS-B and flight plan transfer features) and other fixes. See the revised Pilot’s Guide for more details.

Watch the full What’s New in v3.1 video and read the new Pilot’s Guide for details.

Most of the new flight planning features are also available in the new release of FlyQ Online for your PC or Mac.

What’s New in 3.1

  • ADDED: Automatic fuel stop planning based on lowest prices!
  • ADDED: Automatically shows a list of recently cleared IFR flight plans when creating an IFR plan
  • ADDED: Full iPhone X support
  • ADDED: Full Leiods (1800wxbrief) login support (add your Leidos Username in Settings/Pilots)
  • ADDED: Ability to set Layover time at fuel stops
  • ADDED: Can request weather briefings in either Raw (coded) or Translated format
  • FIX: Avidyne ADS-B and Flight Plan transfer features restored

To upgrade from an existing iPad or iPhone installation:

Go to the App Store icon on your iPad or iPhone and select the Updates tab.  Click the Update button next to FlyQ EFB.  Note:  If your device is set to automatically update apps, you may see an Open button rather than Update because the new version has already been installed.

To download to a new iPad or iPhone:

Go to the App Store icon on your iPhone or iPad, select the Search tab, enter FlyQ EFB.

Approved for iOS 11.4

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS version 11.4 with current shipping version of FlyQ EFB for iPad/iPhone, FlyQ InSight 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 located at the top right. Example: v3.0.1

How to find the version number for Apple iOS

  1. Open the Settings app for iPad/iPhone
  2. Go to General
  3. Go to About
  4. The iOS version number is under ‘Version’. Example: 11.2.1 (15C153)

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, 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.

ATC Route Refinements in FlyQ Online

We’ve released a new version of FlyQ Online (v 1.1.0.3) that has some fixes and minor changes.

Access FlyQ Online from any PC or Mac via https://flyq.seattleavionics.com to do flight planning, weather analysis, fuel price searches, Document management and more.

As a reminder, you can learn about FlyQ Online from several videos in YouTube:

Changes/Fixes in version 1.1.0.3 (5/30/18)

  • FIXED: In rare cases, no map base layer is selected
  • FIXED: In ATC routes, the min/max alt is not considered when Wind Optimize is off
  • FIXED: In rare cases, a flight plan created from an ATC route may lack the takeoff and/or landing airport
  • FIXED: ATC routes with invalid idents (such as old SIDs and STARs) are not handled properly
  • FIXED: Map button (center flight plan on map) does not work on NavLog
  • FIXED: Map layers not saved/restored between sessions
  • FIXED: ATC Routes should be ignored if the route includes more than just Takeoff and Landing