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 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.

8 thoughts on “Oct. 11, 2018 ChartData Released

  1. Hey Y’all,

    Chart data for VFR charts downloading inconsistently for some states, see my emails to support for details.



  2. I had a problem where it loaded TN, AL, and GA ok, but kept KY, IL, ID, and WI red even though it showed downloading data for those. It may have been overkill, but I deleted all data In FlyQ and reloaded from scratch sucessfully. Not sure if it’s the same issue you’re having though.


    • If you happen to have a problem, please DO NOT DELETE THE DATA. Just click Update Now again and it fills in the blanks. Also make certain you are using 3.2.1 as the DM is vastly, vastly more reliable than any previous release.


      • I tried several times, and it would show downloading each time, but the state remained red when it finished. Deselecting and reselecting didn’t help either. I don’t know if it was displaying incorrectly or if it truly did not install. I have a flight to WI tomorrow so I figured I’d better try everything to resolve it


      • I was forced to delete the VFR Charts because restarting the download would not solve the problem. Deleting the VFR Charts solved the problem, but the re-download was a little slow. All seems OK now.


      • That did not work for me, it appeared not to fill in the blanks at all. I’m running v3.2.1 with IOS 12 on an IPAD mini 4. But all’s well now, I hope.


  3. The VFR Charts for California, Oregon and Washington wouldn’t download, so I deleted the VFR Charts for those three states only and then downloaded them again and it worked, but slowly. Hopefully that will not be the norm for future Chart updates. Tom thanks, Paul..


  4. Was just bad luck for you in terms of Amazon cacheing or your Internet connection. As we live on the west coast, those 3 files are downloaded more often than any others during testing and yes, they download VERY fast most of the time. There is no problem with the charts themselves.


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