FlyQ EFB Passes Garmin Pilot

We could sense it for a while but now it’s official! FlyQ EFB has pulled ahead of Garmin Pilot in terms of market share.



AOPA did a survey a few weeks ago asking people which mobile app they use.  ForeFlight was #1 with just over half the market and FlyQ EFB was the #2 paid-for app behind it.  Garmin Pilot was #4 — behind the generic Other category.

And, of course, FlyQ EFB has been the #1 rated major aviation in the App Store for 4 years: FlyQ EFB: 4.4, ForeFlight: 4.2, FltPlan Go: 3.9, WingX: 3.8, Garmin Pilot: 3.6

Full disclosure: FltPlan Go was 1% ahead of FlyQ EFB in the survey but we think it’s because the AOPA question specifically asked about mobile flight planning and lots of people use free to plan then fly with other apps.  That’s also why the table above specifically says “Paid-For App.”

Approved for iOS 12.1

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS version 12.1 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: v3.3.1

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.

Red Barn

FlyQ EFB version 4.0 has a code-name: Red Barn.


In case you’re not familiar with Boeing history, the Red Barn is the name of the first Boeing building.  You can visit it at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The Red Barn changed how people thought of aviation.  That’s why we though it an appropriate name for FlyQ EFB v 4.0.

V4 is most definitely NOT about adding a little feature or two…


iOS 12.1 Testing

We’re running tests with iOS 12.1 right now.

Initial indications are exactly what we saw in the 12.1 beta releases — all fine and they fixed a memory leak in the core operating system but we’ll need to recompile and re-release the app to take advantage of the fix.  We’ll be doing that and more testing over the next few days.

In the meantime, we advise waiting a bit as this is a fairly major release and “fairly major release” is geek-speak for “probably has a few bugs.”

So … unless you need the update to solve some other problem, we don’t suggest a rush to install it.  But if you already have, you’re unlikely to have made a grave (tomorrow is Halloween — get it?) mistake.


FlyQ EFB 3.3.1 Released

Apple just approved FlyQ EFB 3.3.1.  You should be able to download it from the App Store now.  This release, as the “.1” might imply, simply fixes bugs.  The most important of these are:

  1.  A bug in which some people had trouble downloading Sectionals
  2. The weather gallery and the Local/Regional/National radar images associated with each airport was inop in the last release.

Other Fixes:

+ FIXED: Two crashing bugs when downloading ChartData
+ FIXED: Navigational database does not function properly after a monthly update until the app is restarted.
+ FIXED: Crash when changing login email account

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.

Changes in Other Recent Releases

Version 3.3 (10/12/18)
+ Animated radar
+ Substantially faster performance
+ 2X better battery life / lower device heat
+ Refinements to ADS-B traffic display
+ Minor fixes

Version 3.2.1 (9/20/18)
+ ADS-B traffic tail numbers and detailed target info
+ Lots of bug fixes and stability improvements

Version 3.2 (7/26/18)
+ Slingshot: Patent-pending wireless ChartData for in-panel systems like BendixKing xVue Touch
+ Appareo Stratus 3 support
+ Fix for Send to Avidyne
+ Fix for iOS 9 screen layout
+ Misc. fixes

Version 3.1.1 (6/21/18)
+ Fix sporadic crash at startup with certain map layers
+ Fix weather briefings not refreshing for offline flight plans
+ Fix minor layout issue with METARs and TAFs
+ Fix problem where fuel stops were added in some cases even when not requested
+ Reduce memory pressure with the Grid layer

Version 3.1 (5/31/18)
+ Tuned for iOS 11 and the iPhone X
+ Full Leidos support
+ Automatic fuel stop planning based on price
+ Shows recently cleared ATC routes for IFR flights
+ Restores Avidyne ADS-B and Flight Plan transfer features
+ Other flight planning improvements
+ Various fixes and improvements

Version 3.0 (2/9/18)
+ iPhone version
+ Flight recorder
+ Augmented Reality
+ Helicopter and Gulf of Mexico charts
+ Maps and plates for Central America
+ Various fixes and improvements

Shhhh! FlyQ EFB version 4.0 takes shape

Earlier today, I saw the first preliminary build of FlyQ EFB version 4.0.  Wow!  This is not just a new version.  Rather it’s an entirely new way to think about what an app aviation does.    The basic concept has been kicking around in my head for the past 2 years so it’s incredible to see it actually start to take shape.  Lots of work to go but the team is moving fast.  If you’re not already doing so, use the Follow feature of the blog system (right side of the page) to get notified about updates.

Like the Augmented Reality in FlyQ InSight and the Slingshot wireless data transfer system, we’re applying for a patent on it.  Unfortunately the patent isn’t done yet so I can’t say more but … wow is it great to see it materialize!  To be clear, version 4.0 is not just a new version with a feature or two 😉



FlyQ EFB 3.3 Released!

Although it was just 3 weeks ago that we released FlyQ EFB 3.2.1 with our exclusive Buddy List, we’re very pleased to announced that version 3.3 is now available.

V 3.2.1 was mostly about fixing a number of long standing issues in the app.  V 3.3 is mostly about substantially improving performance and massively increasing battery life (by at least 2x over previous releases!).  You’ll see this difference immediately and notice that your iPad or iPhone is not getting hot, as it once did.

But I said “mostly”….


V 3.3 also adds one of the most frequently requested features: animated radar.  And it’s lovely!  Take a look at a video (no audio) that we made during development.  To enable it,  just select Radar (Anim) from the Layers list (tap the “stack of paper” icon on the map).

We also fixed some bugs that were in 3.2.1, most notably a startup crash that some of you saw, especially when using iOS 12.  We also improved on the ADS-B target display we added in 3.2.1 by adding a switch to hide stationary targets (generally ground traffic)  and adding an option in Settings to disable the new “tap to see ADS-B target details” if you don’t find the feature useful.

Important note about iOS 12:  iOS 12 and 12.0.1 have a bug in one of the core Apple systems that causes a substantial memory leak.  For FlyQ EFB, this is most obvious when downloading lots of states in the ChartData Manager portion of the app.  Depending on how old your iPad/iPhone is, you may be able to download between 20% and 80% of country before the leak becomes bad enough to kill the app.  In the iOS 12.1 beta that we’ve been testing, Apple has fixed or dramatically reduced the bug.  We don’t have inside knowledge but the rumor mill suggest that iOS 12.1 will be released in a week or two.  We’ll keep you posted.

To upgrade to version 3.3 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.

Note:  If you don’t see version 3.3 available, please kill and restart the App Store or turn your device off then back on.

To download version 3.3 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 3.3

  • ADDED: Substantially improved performance
  • ADDED: Animated radar layer (Internet radar only)
  • ADDED: 2x better battery life and lower heat
  • ADDED: Switch to hide stationary (usually ground-based) ADS-B targets
  • ADDED: Switch to disable map tap to display detailed ADS-B target info
  • CHANGED: ADS-B target details says “Altitude” when it’s really Pressure Altitude
  • FIXED: Startup crash for some users
  • FIXED: iPhone: Redundant items in Settings
  • FIXED: ChartData Manager does not download new Setionals and IFR Low/High charts until the new cycle starts
  • FIXED: Turning Surface Winds on or off for a given airport does not stick for subsequent airports
  • FIXED: The ADS-B details popup does not exclude the target specified in “Tail number to ignore”
  • FIXED: ADS-B Connect/Disconnect banners still have too little contrast against some backgrounds
  • KNOWN ISSUE: Slow memory leak in the ChartData Manager when using iOS 12.0 and 12.0.1. Note: This is an Apple bug that they appear to have fixed for iOS 12.1.

Oct. 11, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, October 11, 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 October 11.

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

One note:  FlyQ has two different ways to download map tiles.  One, let’s call it “on-demand” loading, loads map tiles dynamically when you’re connected to the Internet as you move or zoom the map.  The second method, call it “pre-loaded,” means that you can use the ChartData Manager portion of the app to download all the data for selected states before you fly.  In that way, you can use those maps even when you’re not connected to the Internet (like flying).  For this data cycle, we tweaked the way the pre-loaded system works for states that border the Atlantic or Pacific.  Previously, the pre-loaded state packages did not include areas offshore from each state; now they do.  This should be helpful to pilots who fly in these areas although even without the fix, you could still download those offshore areas by manually zooming and panning the map over those areas.  This change applies to the Sectionals just released this cycle.  We also went back and re-processed the IFR Low and High charts (which did not expire this cycle) so new downloads of these chart types will also reflect the expanded coverage areas.  If you already downloaded the current High and Low charts and want to the new files, please delete the existing files then re-download.  In FlyQ EFB, do this by tapping the down arrow icon at the top of the screen to show the ChartData Manager, tap Delete all IFR low (or high) altitude data, then tap Update Now.

European data will be available shortly.  Australian data is unchanged since last 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 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.