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

Memorial Day

Of course today is a solemn day to contemplate and appreciate those men and women in uniform who died while serving the rest of us by defending this country. It is very important that we remember the lives of those people and what they did for us and our children.

But perhaps it can be even more.  To me, because of what I did yesterday, it is.

Yesterday, I was a pallbearer in my Uncle Bill’s funeral. William Podradchik, my dad’s younger brother, died at age 69 after a yearlong fight against numerous events that conspired to eventually kill him.  My Uncle Bill was a very funny, intelligent guy who clearly (based on the number of atttendees) made a difference to many people. He was not a soldier but a teacher.  By all accounts (and several awards), an excellent one.  I heard from many people whom I’d had never met about how much he changed their lives. I listened to his sons not only talk about what a wonderful man he was but how their lives were immeasurably better because of him (one became a teacher because of him). They could not hold back the tears but neither could that hold back laughter and joy.

And this is where I suggest that Memorial Day can be even more than it is. I humbly suggest that we all take a moment to think about those in our own lives who have made a difference to us. As we go through life, we begin to accumulate more and more lost loved ones.  But if we consider their lives and what they taught us, and strive to continue learning from their positives and negatives, we are ultimately honoring them for the rest of our lives.

– Steve

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May 24, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, May 24, 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 May 24.

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 Note About DUATS:  As you may have heard, DUATS service was retired on May 16. From now on, all weather briefings and flight plan filing must be done from Leidos (aka 1800WxBrief.com or Lockheed Martin). FlyQ products have included an option to use Leidos for two years.  Moreover, as of now, all FlyQ products and Voyager will automatically re-route requests to use DUATS to Leidos so no action is required on your part even if you have not yet switched to to Leidos.  However, in FlyQ Online (and soon in FlyQ EFB) you can now connect your FlyQ and Leidos accounts to gain substantial benefits such as Leidos EasyActivate and seeing your recently filed plans on the www.1800WxBrief.com web site.  For more info, click here for our DUATS blog entry.

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.

European and Australian data will be available shortly.

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.

Adios DUATS / Aloha Leidos!

As of right now, all flight plans and weather briefings for any FlyQ app or Voyager are routed through Leidos (1800WxBrief.com) as CSRA DUATS goes offline on 5/16/18.  Any request for a weather briefing or flight plan filing via DUATS is automatically redirected towards Leidos; no work on your part is required.  However, you gain substantial benefits to adding your Leidos Username to your FlyQ account. See below for more information about that.

A few notes:

  1. If you don’t alter your Pilot Profile in FlyQ to contain your Leidos Username, you’ll get weather briefings and filed flight plans based solely on the tailnumber of your aircraft (FlyQ has had this feature for 2 years).  The flight plans and briefings are officially filed but you will not be able to look them up on the 1800WxBrief.com web site.
  2. To have 1800wxbrief.com keep track of your briefings and filings, you need to add your Leidos Username to FlyQ and enable FlyQ access in 1800wxbrief.com as follows:
    1. If you don’t have a Leidos Username, go to https://www.1800wxbrief.com and create a free account.  Note:  A Leidos “Username” is really an email address.
    2. Once you have your Leidos Username, go to FlyQ Online at https://flyq.seattleavionics.com, click the “Gear” icon to go to Settings, select Pilot Profiles, then add your Leidos Username.
    3. IMPORTANT!  You also need to tell Leidos to allow FlyQ to access your account: Log into www.1800wxbrief.com, click the Account “menu” at the top, click “Service Provider Authorization” and enable FlyQ.
  3. Very soon, FlyQ EFB will have the same Leidos username features as FlyQ Online has now.  We expect this revised version to be given to beta testers this week and all users very shortly thereafter.  In the meantime, weather briefings and flight plans will go through Leidos as described in Note 1 above (that is, you can file and brief with Leidos but you won’t be able to access these from 1800wxbrief.com).
  4. FlyQ Pocket, FlyQ InSight, and Voyager will also file and brief via Leidos automatically.  At the moment, these systems do not have a way to add a Leidos username.  FlyQ InSight and possibly FlyQ Pocket will have this soon.  Voyager will never gain additional Leidos support as we strongly suggest that all Voyager users switch to FlyQ EFB and FlyQ Online.

Questions?  Either post them here and we’ll try to answer them or email support@seattleavionics.com.

New! Recently Cleared ATC Routes / Leidos Added to FlyQ Online

We just released a new version of FlyQ Online that added two of the most commonly requested features: Recently Cleared ATC Routes and Leidos (1800wxbrief) logins.  Learn more about FlyQ Online’s other unique features like Profile View, 4D timeline-based weather, automatic fuel stop planning based on lowest fuel prices, wind optimization, and robust export features.

Note: A new version of FlyQ EFB is scheduled to be released next week with these same features.

https://flyq.seattleavionics.com

Recently Cleared ATC Routes

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Recently Cleared ATC Routes applies just to IFR flight plans.  With it, the system automatically looks at your takeoff and destination airport pair and looks for the routes that ATC has recently approved.  If any are found, FlyQ Online lists them and shows you a graphical preview.  Select the one you want — even opting to add fuel stops and optimize altitudes for best winds (notice the fuel stops on the image below) — or tell FlyQ to ignore all of them and just route as it did before.

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The feature automatically kicks in if your defaults are set to plan IFR.  If you’re planning VFR, you won’t see these routes.  However, you can force an IFR plan by adding the letter “i” to the end of the routing you type at the top of the screen.  See the screenshot for an example.  IFR pilots can also disable this feature in the Settings portion of the app.

Leidos Integration

The other major new feature is the ability to login to Leidos (1800wxbrief) when creating flight plans and getting route briefings.  FlyQ has had Leidos support for about two years, since it was managed by Lockheed Martin.  With the previous support, you could get weather briefings and file flight plans based on your tailnumber but it would not associate these with a Leidos login account.

Now you can optionally associate your Leidos login with your FlyQ pilot profile.  If you do, you’ll be able to review your plans, get alerts, quickly open and close plans, etc. from the 1800wxbrief.com web site.  If you choose not to add Leidos login information, FlyQ will continue to get weather briefings and file flight plans as it did before, you just don’t gain the benefits of associating the two accounts.

If you don’t already have a Leidos account, simply go to https://1800wxbrief.com and create one.  Then ….

If you already have a Leidos account, you need to do two things to enable this feature:

  • In FlyQ Online, go to Settings (gear icon at the top of the screen) then Pilots and edit your Pilot Profile to add your Leidos Username (which is actually an email address) and clicks Save.
  • Go to https://1800wxbrief.com and login. Click the Account button at the top of the page then select Service Provider Authorization.  Click Edit, select Yes for FlyQ, then click Save.

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Other Features / Fixes

  • ADDED: New switch in Settings/Defaults to show weather briefings using Raw or Translated formats
  • FIXED: Layer settings not restored at login in some cases
  • FIXED: Problem with rubber-banding the flight plan line with the latest version of Google Maps
  • FIXED: Searches for all Personal Waypoints, just just the ones belonging to the logged-in user
  • FIXED: Removed DUATS logins as DUATS ends service on 5/16/18