August 16, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, August 16, 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 August 16.

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 currently (hint hint) 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, Mexico, 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.

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.

5 thoughts on “August 16, 2018 ChartData Released

  1. Steve,
    Our non-profit organization flies to Baja once a month to assist locals at a health clinic half way down the Baja coast. Since FLYQ states it supports Mexico and other areas outside the US showing only IFR charts is not very useful. The low IFR charts do not depict low altitude hazards and other aids to navigation that a WAC or Sectional can display for you. For the altitudes we fly at the low IFR charts are unusable and represent very little information for the airports we fly into. (Well below the MEA) Unfortunately Mexico is now blank below the 32 latitude in most areas. The Layers; Terrain, Roads, and Aerial Photo are not very useful either. Other competitors will still show the charts with a light colored hash mark indicating the charts are expired. To be honest, most of the data is outdated anyway (years since updated) but it’s better than no charts at all. These charts are still very useful for mountain passes, MSA numbers, restricted areas, and ground references that are so very important to safe navigation! It would even be presentable to display JOG charts, TAC or anything that looks like aviation (ONC, TPC) etc. for situational awareness. I hope you reconsider and show at least an expired map when selecting the VFR Layer rather than a blank unusable dark space.

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    • Hi Randy. Sounds like you and your non-profit do some excellent work! Thank you for doing that!

      Since our Sectional data is now used in certified devices, we cannot publish the expired WAC charts or any other expired maps/charts. However .. we are actively working to get the actual MX version of Sectionals into the data set and hope to accomplish that fairly soon.

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      • Thanks Steve,

        Can’t wait for the updated MX charts.
        (I would even pay an extra fee for those VFR charts).
        I really enjoy having my Avidyne IFD550 send data directly via WIFI to my iPad using FLYQ.
        Best Regards,
        Randy

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  2. My windows based pc finally went kaput. Downloading ChartData for my GRT MFD was the last pc based task that I did with it. It would be helpful if ChartData for my GRT MFD were available via iOS for download to a thumb drive. Is downloading ChartData for a MFD via an iPad going to be possible?

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