Whew! It took longer than usual for Apple to approve FlyQ EFB 3.2.1 but they finally released it. Watch the short video to see what’s new.
Version 3.2.1 of FlyQ EFB, as the “.1” part might imply, was more designed to fix bugs and improve stability than add new features. In keeping, it fixes several dozen bugs and makes many improvements to stability. These are all listed towards the bottom of this post. Not very exciting but I think you’ll agree that reliability is pretty darned important in an aviation app.
But (and you knew there was a but) we also added one very important new feature, and did it in a way that goes well beyond similar features in every other app out there. That feature:
Tail numbers on the map for ADS-B traffic targets
You may be thinking “Yawn, every app has that.” If you were, you’d be right, which is why we came up with two totally unique and very useful twists to the feature:
The Buddy List. You can add the tail numbers of your friends’ planes and FlyQ highlights those targets in blue (like N9335X and N463SR below) so they standout. Incredibly handy and I bet it becomes one of your favorite features in the app.
Traffic Popup. When you tap an area with multiple traffic targets, you’ll see a popup that shows details about each target near the tap. In addition to a list of targets, FlyQ displays the vertical location of each target relative to you using different colors (the colored balls at the top of the popup) similar to the way we display AIRMETs and SIGMETs. When you select a particular target, it’s highlighted on the map for additional clarity (e.g. DAL1820 is green on the map below).
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.
What’s New in 3.2.1
- ADDED: Optionally displays tail numbers of ADS-B targets
- ADDED: New ADS-B “Buddy list” highlights your friends’ planes
- ADDED: Detailed display of ADS-B target info when you single-tap one or more ADS-B targets on the map
- ADDED: Automatically turns on the map’s Traffic layer when an ADS-B system is connected
- ADDED: Substantial reliability and performance improvements when downloading monthly ChartData
- FIXED: Does not display Colorado charts properly and downloading Colorado could affect all maps at certain zoom levels
- FIXED: In rare cases, the main ChartData navigational database (airports, etc.) gets corrupted and unusable with missing airports, navaids, etc.
- FIXED: Does not display all ADS-B radar correctly in rare cases
- FIXED: Small memory leak in ADS-B traffic may cause older iPads to crash
- FIXED: Sometimes the app does not restore previously selected map layers at app startup
- FIXED: ChartData Manager downloaded percent numbers are sometimes wrong
- FIXED: In the ChartData Manager, the IFR High switch is reset to off during every app update
- FIXED: Memory leak that can cause crashes when downloading data for many states
- FIXED: Send/Receive reversed for Avidyne IFD
- FIXED: Documents fail to sync when added or at startup in some situations
- FIXED: Personal Waypoints and AIRMET/SIGMET layers do not show properly at startup
- FIXED: iPhone only: Done button on a Document goes to the wrong screen
- FIXED: Slingshot now provides the Certified Plates file for certified avionics
- FIXED: Document drag/drop into folders does not work
- FIXED: Reversing flight plans does not reload the plan on the map in all cases
- FIXED: Recorder sometimes starts new tracks rather than create one contiguous track
- FIXED: Multiple problems decoding certain latitude/longitude strings
- FIXED: Gauges not always updated on flight plan change
- FIXED: Tap into the Search field on the iPhone version does not behave as expected to position the cursor
- FIXED: Recorder does not play tracks properly when the Tracks layer is off
- FIXED: Multiple problems with the integrated Simulator
- FIXED: ADS-B Battery indicator always flashes with Lynx and Echo ADS-B systems
- CHANGED: Move all the ADS-B Setting options to one category (“ADS-B / Devices”)
- CHANGED: Use internal or external GPS when not getting track or speed from Avidyne
- CHANGED: Double-tap on closed airports now shows info about the airport
- CHANGED: Background color on ADS-B Connect/Disconnect was too hard to see
- CHANGED: Slingshot now OFF by default to save battery life
- KNOWN ISSUE: Slow memory leak in the ChartData Manager may cause a crash after a very large number of states are downloaded, especially on older iPads
- KNOWN ISSUE: The TFR map layer sometimes stays on even when switched off.