Approved for use: Apple iOS v12.4

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS version 12.4 with current versions 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
  2. Go to the Settings screen (gear icon)
  3. The version number is located at the top right. Example: v4.0

How to find the version number for Apple iOS

  1. Open the iPhone/iPad “Settings” app
  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 provide support for devices that have been ‘jail broken’ or that is using beta versions of Apple iOS.

ICAO Flight Plan Filing

In case you missed it, after many delays, the FAA is now mandating the use of the ICAO flight plan form rather than the venerable FAA form.  For many types of flying, the world-wide standard ICAO form was already required.  Starting Aug. 28, it’s now required for all plans.  See http://aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2019/august/06/mandatory-icao-flight-plan-filing-back-on-track?utm_source=ebrief&utm_medium=email

Of course, FlyQ has you covered as we’ve used only the ICAO flight plans to file plans for the past two years so you’re already using it and likely have absolutely nothing to do.  A few tips:

Tip 1:

You have a choice between Basic and Advanced settings when you create an aircraft profile in FlyQ.  Basic is fine for most configurations but if you need to be more specific about your equipment:

  1. Tap the Settings (gear) icon at the top of the screen
  2. Go down to the Aircraft Profiles section
  3. Tap your aircraft
  4. Select Advanced mode from the top left
  5. Edit the fields you need to change (and use the Help button at the top if you’re not sure what a field means)
  6. Tap Save

Tip 2:

You can link your FlyQ account to your Leidos account so plans filed in FlyQ automatically appear in your Leidos (1800WxBrief) account.  That also lets you request Leidos to send you text messages that allow you to open and close flight plans simply by replying to the message from your phone.  Very slick!  Here’s how to link the accounts: https://youtu.be/zxILbFQQeZ4

 

ChartData Alert: FlyQ EFB / FlyQ InSight

On Friday August, 9, around 4 PM Pacific we released new ChartData.  All is fine except that the FBO phone numbers had one small change made to them that causes FlyQ EFB (all versions, not just 4.0) and FlyQ InSight to crash when viewing the Services tab for an airport.  No other app is affected.  We have already reverted the FBO phone numbers to their previous format and re-released the US Digital ChartData.  Only digital data was changed – approach plates, airport diagrams, Sectionals, IFR Low and High, etc. are all fine.

If you downloaded new FlyQ EFB or InSight ChartData before 11:30 AM Pacific on Sunday, August 11, please do the following to get the corrected data.  If you have not yet downloaded data, there is no need to do anything other than perform the usual data update and you will get the corrected digital data.

FlyQ EFB:

  1. Launch FlyQ EFB
  2. Tap the ChartData Manager (down arrow) icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll down just below the map area and tap Delete Digital ChartData in the Digital ChartData section.
  4. Kill and restart the app. Read how.
  5. Once FlyQ EFB is restarted, go back to the ChartData Manager page and click Update Now.

FlyQ InSight or Pocket:

  1. Delete the app.  Read how.
  2. Re-install by downloading from the Apple App Store (FlyQ InSight) or Google Play Store (FlyQ Pocket only) by searching for the app by name or, if you’re reading this on your device, click here: FlyQ InSight for iOS.  FlyQ Pocket for Android.
  3. Download new ChartData.

We are very sorry for the problem.

 

 

August 15, 2019 ChartData Released

FlyQ EFB 4.0 has just been released with incredible post-flight features including a Visual Logbook, Visual Playback (2D and 3D) and Analysis Graphs, the Floq network to connect with your fellow pilots, and great new CFI/Student features.  Learn more, read what the press says about it, download a free 30 day trial now, or watch some of the more than 80 videos we have on YouTube.


The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, August 15, 2019.  We try to release ChartData the Friday before the new cycle starts.  As that’s today, the new data for the US, Mexico, and Central America is now ready for download. European data is also available now and Australian data will be ready on Monday.  However, be sure not to fly with this data until July 18.

If you’re using another data provider, check with them about availability.

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

Also, read this terrific post from Keith R if you use our ChartData Managerapplication 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 and wait for data to download or copy.

  • 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.