FlyQ EFB 3.0 What’s New Video Ready

Almost there!  We’re fixing the final bugs and polishing the last few rough edges of the app, but you can see all the details of the finished app now from the brand-new What’s New in Version 3.0 Video.  Or read the details from the new Pilot’s Guide. FlyQ EFB 3.0 is our largest update ever!

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  • Full iPhone support!
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Sophisticated Flight Recorder / Playback / Export (Cloud Ahoy, Google Earth, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Helicopter and Gulf of Mexico Charts
  • Plates and Airport Diagrams for Mexico and most of Central America.
  • Fixes, performance enhancements, etc.

FlyQ EFB 3.0, Beta #3 Released

We just released what may be the final external beta for FlyQ EFB 3.0 before the public release.  All features are in, a very large number of minor bugs have been squashed, and the most common crashing bugs seem to be fixed (or may be in one case).  If all goes well, the public release will be very soon.

You can preview what’s new in the revised Pilot’s Guide.  In particular, look at the new sections on The Augmented Reality (AR) Map and Flight Recorder in the Status Indicators section.  We also added new sections to the start to give a better general overview and cleanly differentiate between the three types of maps (2D, 3D, and Augmented Reality).

What’s New in 3.0, Beta 3

  • ADDED: Export of GPX files via email or link to other apps such as Cloud Ahoy
  • ADDED: Import GPX files created by FlyQ EFB via email to allow students and flight instructions to share flight tracks
  • CHANGED: The “Use global satellite IR image” switch changed to “Show color satellite IR”
  • FIXED: Possible fix to bug where the OS kills the app due to high CPU utilization
  • FIXED: Satellite Visible layer does not work
  • FIXED: Various bugs with the Status display, including crashing bugs
  • FIXED: Problems in GPX format that cause problems for Cloud Ahoy
  • FIXED: Various visual changes and fixes for the Flight Data Recorder
  • FIXED: GARS grid system coordinates are incorrect
  • FIXED: Airplane location marker sometimes goes away or uses a random icon
  • FIXED: Crash in some cases when using the Status detail display
  • FIXED: Sporadic crash when toggling between 2D, 3D, and AR modes, esp. in split screen
  • FIXED: Improved flight track images to post to Facebook and Twitter
  • FIXED: To and From airports reversed in the list of recorded flights
  • FIXED: ADS-B battery indicator on iPhone not sized correctly
  • FIXED: iPhone: In Documents/Edit mode, tapping a document or folder shows the Move to Folder popup but the popup does not dismiss when a folder is selected.
  • FIXED: Airport search entry field in full-screen approach plate/diagram does not work
  • FIXED: Default timeouts for iPhone tab bar and map bar settings incorrect
  • FIXED: iPhone: Various minor text issues in abbreviations used in Settings
  • FIXED: iPhone: Documents: PDF viewer does not show PDF toolbar
  • FIXED: Incorrect color and/or text on Status Recorder images
  • FIXED: The two rightmost cells of the last row of the NavLog are missing a bottom line
  • FIXED: Various embedded and external HTML files show a 2017 or 2016 date
  • FIXED: Various typos, minor grammatical issues, and outdated information in the FAQ

Known Issues

  • Flight plan line not appearing on ChartData Manager map
  • When tapping a TAF or METAR to see it larger, the text is sometimes not scrolled to the top in the large view
  • In the Flight Recorder area, manually changing the To or From values works but is not carried through when exported
  • Imported flight tracks do not get a preview image generated
  • In landscape orientation, airport idents do not appear in the AR “Radar” view even when zoomed in.
  • Tapping the “X” to close the 2D “Radar” view does not turn the Map Bar button off
  • On an iPad, the Front and Wind Cal buttons in the AR view are too close to the top of the window so are partially hidden under the Gauge bar
  • On an iPad, the line thickness popup in the Scratchpad is offset by a few pixels

February 1, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, February 1, 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 Feb. 1.

As a reminder, we just added approach plates, airport diagrams, SIDs, STARs, etc. for Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Belize!  You may remember that we also recently added this same data for the Bahamas.  All of it for no additional cost.

One note about FlyQ EFB:  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.

A few notes about the new data:

  1.  Users of the KSN 770, Aspen, Dynon, AFS, GRT, AV8OR ACE, and EKP Mark V can get the new plates automatically as part of the usual download once they install a new version of the ChartData Manager (v 5.4.0.0540).  The ChartData Manager normally updates itself automatically so this will be transparent to most users.  If you have a problem, you can download and install the new DM from https://chartdata.seattleavionics.com/Apps/DataManagerSetup.exe
  2. FlyQ EFB users can use the ChartData Manager portion of FlyQ EFB (the “down arrow” icon at the top of the screen) to download the Mexican diagrams and plates. As FlyQ EFB version 2.5 has no knowledge of the Central American countries, data for these countries cannot be pre-downloaded before flight.  However, FlyQ EFB can download the plates on demand by entering the ident for the airports you need in the Search box at the top of app then manually selecting plates/diagram.  Once downloaded in this manner, these plates/diagrams can be used while flying (that is, without an Internet connection) but it’s a bit tedious to download them.  Also, due to a typo bug in EFB 2.5, even this method does not work for Honduras.  In the next FlyQ EFB release, coming very soon, these issues will be resolved.
  3. This release added new plates and diagrams only.  Our US IFR Low and High charts (maps) already cover Mexico and most of Central America but our Sectional (VFR) map coverage is still limited to approximately the southernmost part of Texas.  We’re working on expanding this area now.

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

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 3.0 Beta #2 Released

A few minutes ago, Beta #2 for FlyQ EFB 3.0 was released to hundreds of external beta testers.  This version has complete iPhone support (improved from Beta #1) and adds the final features for FlyQ EFB 3.0 — an automatic Flight Data Recorder / Playback feature and Augmented Reality similar to FlyQ InSight.

The Flight Data Recorder / Playback feature is especially interesting because it also includes:

  • An optional Flight Track (aka “breadcrumbs”) map layer
  • Automatic or Manual Start/Stop
  • Visual flight summary (that is, map with track line and key stats) that you can email, post to Facebook or Instagram, Print, etc.
  • Export as GPX for use in Cloud Ahoy or Google Earth
  • Playback via FlyQ EFB itself (similar to the way a flight plan could be simulated in previous versions of FlyQ EFB)

If you’re already a beta tester, you should have an email about it sent from Apple.  Or just check the TestFlight App on your iPad and/or iPhone.  If you’re not already a beta tester, please send email to support@seattleavionics.com and we can get you on the beta next week.

We hope to release FlyQ EFB 3.0 to the public very soon, perhaps next week, depending on feedback from the beta testers.

For some additional info about FlyQ EFB, please see the following videos:

iPhone Support

Flight Data Recorder / Playback

Augmented Reality

Thanks, Steve

FlyQ Online version 1.0.2

The improvements are coming fast for FlyQ Online.  Released last night, FlyQ Online 1.0.2 sports more-or-less instant loading of airport information, fixes for users on small screens (like some laptops), and other usability improvements.

https://flyq.seattleavionics.com

(BTW — just to anticipate a question: FlyQ EFB 3.0 will get a new beta release today that is feature complete and very close to the final version.  We hope to make the public release next week.)

Changes/Fixes in version 1.0.2.8 (1/11/18)

  • ADDED: Dramatically improved Airport loading speed
  • CHANGED: Adapt Layers popup for small displays
  • CHANGED: Dismiss Layers on map tap
  • CHANGED: Do not show Wx Detail when Airmets layer is on
  • ADDED: Add Close button to Profile
  • CHANGED: Revised quick-access button layout for the Search tab to match FlyQ EFB 3.0
  • ADDED: Add Share button to Airports (provides static link to that page)
  • CHANGED: Slightly improved display for iPad (still not suggested)
  • FIXES: Other minor fixes and usability improvements

Changes/Fixes in version 1.0.1.0 (1/5/18)

  • FIXED: Slow map performance in some cases
  • FIXED: In rare cases, cannot load pilot information

Changes/Fixes in version 1.0.0.0 (1/3/18)

  • ADDED: 4D weather (weather timeline)
  • ADDED: Profile view
  • ADDED: Export to ForeFlight, Garmin, Cloud Ahoy, Dynon, GPX
  • ADDED: Remember last map layer settings
  • ADDED: Animated Radar layer
  • ADDED: TFR layer
  • ADDED: Airmet/Sigmets layer
  • ADDED: TAFs (part of METAR/TAF layer)
  • ADDED: Faster access to METARs/TAFs from the map
  • ADDED: Personal Waypoints
  • ADDED: Helicopter overlays
  • ADDED: Gulf of Mexico overlay
  • ADDED: Export and Delete All of Personal Waypoints
  • FIXED: Sizing issue with METARs
  • FIXED: Changing aircraft did not change TAS
  • FIXED: Various problems with +FP (Add to Plan)
  • FIXED: CTAF and Unicom frequencies missing in airport detail view
  • FIXED: Date change pop-up too small for some months

 

Approved iOS 11.2.2

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS version 11.2.2 with current version of FlyQ EFB for iPad, FlyQ InSight for iPhone/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: v2.5.1

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: 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.