April 23, 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.  During this time, we ask for your patience regarding replies to support or sales emails and phone calls.
Did you hear that FlyQ EFB 4.5 was just released? It’s getting incredible reviews because the new “4D Predictive Weather” system uses a new Timeline and Altitude Slider to show past, current, and future weather at any altitude.  It also adds new ADS-B weather products and 9 new weather layers such as Lightning, Cloud Tops, Turbulence, Icing, Surface Winds, and more.  Read about it or watch the video.

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, April 23, 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 April 23.

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.

Tip: Automatically Update Your Apps

We frequently get asked about how to update to new versions of FlyQ EFB.  Each time we release a new version we include the specific instructions to manually update the app. However, it’s easy to set your iPad and iPhone to automatically update apps as new versions become available.  We suggest this.  To do that:

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPad or iPhone
  • Tap iTunes & App Store
  • In the Automatic Downloads section, ensure that App Updates is ON (green)

Note that this only downloads new versions of apps you already have on your device.  This is different than the similarly named option called Apps that downloads apps to your device if you have the same app installed on another device you own … we don’t recommend this if you have kids that use your Apple account or you may find your device filled with games and other apps you probably won’t use 😉

And keep in mind that this only updates apps, not new versions of the operating system itself.  You can also do that, if you like, from an option elsewhere in Settings but we do not recommend that.

FlyQ EFB 4.5.1 Now Available

UPDATE:  FlyQ EFB 4.5.2 has now also been released.  It adds a much easier to see bottom tab bar and an option to help pilots with color blindness see the radar images more clearly. Read more.

FlyQ EFB 4.5.1 is now available.  It includes bug fixes and improvements to last week’s initial (and massive) FlyQ EFB 4.5 release.

Changes include:

FIXED: Crash on Alaskan ADS-B radar
FIXED: Crash when selecting certain SIDs or STARs
FIXED: Crash when selecting a Flight without a track
FIXED: Crash if Camera is not enabled in AR view
FIXED: PIREP date display not formatted correctly
FIXED: Icing layer does not refresh correctly on some Timeline movements
CHANGED: Legend improved to clarify AGL vs MSL and simplify Cloud Bases range
FIXED: HITS boxes not always displayed properly in 3D view
FIXED: Traffic ring does not move unless ADS-B traffic is present


How to Get FlyQ EFB 4.5.1?

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Check to see if you already have it

You may already have FlyQ EFB 4.5.1. if you have your device set to automatically update to new app versions.  Check which version you have by:

  1. Start FlyQ EFB
  2. Tap the Settings button (gear icon at the top of the app)
  3. Look at the top right of the Settings screen.  If you see v4.5.1 you already have it.

If you already have FlyQ EFB on your iPad/iPhone:

  1. Go to the App Store on your device.
  2. In the upper right corner of the screen, tap your picture (it probably has a red number).
  3. Scroll down the screen and look for the Available Updates section.
  4. Find FlyQ EFB.
  5. If you see Open, it’s already downloaded and simply tap Open to fire it up.
  6. If you see Update, tap it to download then use Open when that appears.

If it’s not on your iPad or iPhone:

This is a GREAT time to use it for 30 days at no charge as we cleared all records of previous trials so you can try it again.
  1. If you’re reading this on an iPad or iPhone, just click here to download.  Otherwise…
  2. Go to the App Store on your iPad or iPhone.
  3. Select the Search tab.
  4. Type FlyQ EFB in the search field at the top of the screen.
  5. Tap FlyQ EFB when it appears as you type.
  6. Click Get or Download.
FlyQ EFB 4.5.1 requires iOS 11 or later.

FlyQ EFB 4.5 Now Available!

FlyQ EFB 4.5

Best.  Weather.  Ever.

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Put simply, version 4.5 gives FlyQ EFB the most intuitive, most visual, and most helpful way to evaluate aviation weather in any mobile app. Period.

  • 16 weather layers (up from 7).  Now includes Icing, Turbulence, Lightning, Surface Winds, Surface Analysis, and more
  • Timeline:  See weather in the past or predicted during your flight
  • Altitude Slider: Evaluate weather at different altitudes
  • Supports the new ADS-B weather products
  • Works almost identically using either the Internet or more than 20 ADS-B receivers

UPDATE:  FlyQ EFB 4.5.2 has now also been released.  It adds a much easier to see bottom tab bar and an option to help pilots with color blindness see the radar images more clearly. Read more.


Altitude Slider

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Flying is 3D dimensional so why just evaluate weather risks from an old-style 2D perspective?  With our new Altitude Slider, move the slider up and down to see how Winds Aloft, Cloud Tops, Icing, and Turbulence vary with altitude.


Timeline

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The only thing predictable about weather is that it will change.  With the new Timeline, you can preview the weather you’ll see during your flight simply by dragging the Timeline.  Our incredible Predictive Radar gives you a glimpse into the future. You’ll also see how METARs/TAFs, Winds Aloft, Surface Winds, Surface Analysis, Icing, and Turbulence are expected to change.


Predictive Radar

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FlyQ has always had great radar but version 4.5 takes things to a new dimension – the future!  Using the Timeline, see what radar was like a few hours ago, right now, or even see radar predicted during the next hour! Use animated radar for a quick read or get a detailed analysis with the new high-resolution radar.


Turbulence and Icing

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No one likes turbulence and icing can kill.  With FlyQ EFB 4.5, we’ve got you covered both pre-flight (Internet) and in-flight (ADS-B).  Use the Timeline to see how icing and turbulence have changed and are expected to change in the future.  Use the Altitude Slider to see the differences at various altitudes.


Cloud Bases

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During takeoff or landing, it’s often useful — if not critical — to know where the cloud base is.  We make it simple by color-coding the areas.  See green? The cloud bases are at least 6,000 ft. AGL.  Red? Clouds begin less than 2,500 ft AGL.  Yellow or orange?  Somewhere in between.


Cloud Tops

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Staying clear of the clouds can be hard to predict.  But not with FlyQ EFB 4.5!  Simply move the Altitude Slider up and down and watch the colors on the map.  If you see blue, you’re in the clouds at that altitude; see light grey and you’re above them.


Lightning

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Lightning is dangerous but FlyQ makes it easy to avoid.  During pre-flight planning, you’ll see lightning from around the world.  In flight, see lightning via your ADS-B receiver.  Like most things in FlyQ, the threat level is color coded: Red (severe), Orange (medium), and Yellow (light).


Surface Winds

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Landing and taking off can be challenging given the wrong winds.  FlyQ makes it easy to know what you’re facing with the new Surface Winds layer.  Simple color coding, clear direction indicators, and detailed speed markers make go, no-go decisions easy.


Surface Analysis

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FlyQ now supplies you with time-based Surface Analysis graphs.  See the expected Fronts, Highs, Lows, and more at different times in the future.


PIREPs

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FlyQ gets PIREPs from either the Internet or your ADS-B receiver.  Turn on Turbulence and turbulence PIREPs appear.  Show Icing and icing PIREPs appear.  Or turn the PIREP layer on and see all PIREPs.


16 Layers & a Legend

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FlyQ includes 16 insightful weather layers (3 Radar, 2 Satellite, METARs/TAFs, Lightning, Winds Aloft, Surface Winds, Cloud Tops, Cloud Bases, Turbulence, Icing, SIG/AIRMETs, PIREPs, and Surface Analysis).
Given all these layers, you’ll see a lot of colors and symbols.  That’s why a zoomable Legend is just a tap away!

How to Get FlyQ EFB 4.5?

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If you already have FlyQ EFB on your iPad/iPhone:

1.  Go to the App Store on your device.
2.  In the upper right corner of the screen, tap your picture (it probably has a red number).
3.  Scroll down the screen and look for the Available Updates section.
4.  Find FlyQ EFB.
5.  If you see Open, it’s already downloaded and simply tap Open to fire it up.
6.  If you see Update, tap it to download then use Open when that appears.

If it’s not on your iPad or iPhone:

This is a GREAT time to use it for 30 days at no charge as we cleared all records of previous trials so you can try it again.
1.  If you’re reading this on an iPad or iPhone, just click here to download.  Otherwise…
2.  Go to the App Store on your iPad or iPhone.
3.  Select the Search tab.
4.  Type FlyQ EFB in the search field at the top of the screen.
5.  Tap FlyQ EFB when it appears as you type.
6.  Click Get or Download.
FlyQ EFB 4.5 requires iOS 11 or later.