March 26, 2020 ChartData Released

Everyone at Seattle Avionics sincerely hopes that you, your family, and your friends are fine during these difficult times.  All Seattle Avionics employees are healthy but we are following the CDC, Washington State, and common-sense guidelines so we are  all currently working from home.  This is similar to what Microsoft, Amazon, and other large companies are doing.  During this time, we ask for your patience regarding replies to support or sales emails and phone calls.

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, March 26, 2020 and the new ChartData is available for download now.  New data is now available for the US, Mexico, and Central America.  European data will be ready shortly. Australian data is unchanged this cycle.  Be sure not to fly with this data until March 26.

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 Thursday as the app does not currently 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.

4 thoughts on “March 26, 2020 ChartData Released

  1. Steve,

    Curiosity question: Since it “appears” that you have to glue sectionals & other charts together to make the seamless maps & charts, how are you guys doing this without being at you “factory“ location?

    David Belote (719) 661-1849

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    • Magic!

      No .. the data is all digital so no actual glue involved. Moreover, much of the data processing is automated. The scanned chart system, for example, is virtually 100% automated at this point .. just a machine on the Amazon cloud fired up for a bit of processing time. That said, someone (me) did have to go into the office for a few hours to verify the machine’s work on actual hardware devices but no one else was there at the time and the office had been very thoroughly professionally cleaned before I arrived.

      Thanks for asking.

      Steve

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  2. I want to fly this week with the current data, not next week’s. Since my data is older than the current data, and the update wouldn’t be legal until next week, how do I get an update with the current data even though it expires next week?

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    • For FlyQ…

      If you’re flying VFR, updating or not is likely to be fine as that data doesn’t change much.

      If it’s IFR and you last updated 2 months ago, that data is still 99% current as IFR data changes every 56 days (and the March 26 update is such an update).

      If you use Dynon, Aspen, GRT. etc most people use 2 data cards/USB sticks — one with the current data, one w/ the new data. Be sure that the DM is set to run automatically in the background on your PC.

      Best bet, of course, is to update every 28 days rather than skip cycles .. but I’m sure you already realize that. FlyQ will get the ability to pre-download and isolate current from new data but it’s not there now.

      Thanks, Steve

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