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”….

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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 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.

FlyQ EFB 3.2.1 Released!

Whew!  It took longer than usual for Apple to approve FlyQ EFB 3.2.1 but they finally released it.  Watch the short video to see what’s new.

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Version 3.2.1 of FlyQ EFB, as the “.1” part might imply, was more designed to fix bugs and improve stability than add new features.  In keeping, it fixes several dozen bugs and makes many improvements to stability.  These are all listed towards the bottom of this post.  Not very exciting but I think you’ll agree that reliability is pretty darned important in an aviation app.

But (and you knew there was a but) we also added one very important new feature, and did it in a way that goes well beyond similar features in every other app out there.  That feature:

Tail numbers on the map for ADS-B traffic targets

You may be thinking “Yawn, every app has that.”  If you were, you’d be right, which is why we came up with two totally unique and very useful twists to the feature:

The Buddy List.  You can add the tail numbers of your friends’ planes and FlyQ highlights those targets in blue (like N9335X and N463SR below) so they standout.  Incredibly handy and I bet it becomes one of your favorite features in the app.

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Traffic Popup.  When you tap an area with multiple traffic targets, you’ll see a popup that shows details about each target near the tap.  In addition to a list of targets, FlyQ displays the vertical location of each target relative to you using different colors (the colored balls at the top of the popup) similar to the way we display AIRMETs and SIGMETs.  When you select a particular target, it’s highlighted on the map for additional clarity (e.g. DAL1820 is green on the map below).

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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.

What’s New in 3.2.1

  • ADDED: Optionally displays tail numbers of ADS-B targets
  • ADDED: New ADS-B “Buddy list” highlights your friends’ planes
  • ADDED: Detailed display of ADS-B target info when you single-tap one or more ADS-B targets on the map
  • ADDED: Automatically turns on the map’s Traffic layer when an ADS-B system is connected
  • ADDED: Substantial reliability and performance improvements when downloading monthly ChartData
  • FIXED: Does not display Colorado charts properly and downloading Colorado could affect all maps at certain zoom levels
  • FIXED: In rare cases, the main ChartData navigational database (airports, etc.) gets corrupted and unusable with missing airports, navaids, etc.
  • FIXED: Does not display all ADS-B radar correctly in rare cases
  • FIXED: Small memory leak in ADS-B traffic may cause older iPads to crash
  • FIXED: Sometimes the app does not restore previously selected map layers at app startup
  • FIXED: ChartData Manager downloaded percent numbers are sometimes wrong
  • FIXED: In the ChartData Manager, the IFR High switch is reset to off during every app update
  • FIXED: Memory leak that can cause crashes when downloading data for many states
  • FIXED: Send/Receive reversed for Avidyne IFD
  • FIXED: Documents fail to sync when added or at startup in some situations
  • FIXED: Personal Waypoints and AIRMET/SIGMET layers do not show properly at startup
  • FIXED: iPhone only: Done button on a Document goes to the wrong screen
  • FIXED: Slingshot now provides the Certified Plates file for certified avionics
  • FIXED: Document drag/drop into folders does not work
  • FIXED: Reversing flight plans does not reload the plan on the map in all cases
  • FIXED: Recorder sometimes starts new tracks rather than create one contiguous track
  • FIXED: Multiple problems decoding certain latitude/longitude strings
  • FIXED: Gauges not always updated on flight plan change
  • FIXED: Tap into the Search field on the iPhone version does not behave as expected to position the cursor
  • FIXED: Recorder does not play tracks properly when the Tracks layer is off
  • FIXED: Multiple problems with the integrated Simulator
  • FIXED: ADS-B Battery indicator always flashes with Lynx and Echo ADS-B systems
  • CHANGED: Move all the ADS-B Setting options to one category (“ADS-B / Devices”)
  • CHANGED: Use internal or external GPS when not getting track or speed from Avidyne
  • CHANGED: Double-tap on closed airports now shows info about the airport
  • CHANGED: Background color on ADS-B Connect/Disconnect was too hard to see
  • CHANGED: Slingshot now OFF by default to save battery life
  • KNOWN ISSUE: Slow memory leak in the ChartData Manager may cause a crash after a very large number of states are downloaded, especially on older iPads
  • KNOWN ISSUE: The TFR map layer sometimes stays on even when switched off.

National Voting Registration Day

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Have you used Google today?  The image above is their page today because it’s National Voter Registration day (as determined by the US Election Assistance Commission) .  This seems like a good thing to encourage as only about 55% of those eligible to vote actually do so.  Having an 18 year old son myself, who will be voting for the first time in November, we’ve recently had discussions about why voting is important, how every vote counts, etc., so I thought the Google push to register especially timely.

The Google link to “register today” looks totally non-partisan and includes info to help you register, learn where to vote, understand the voting ID laws in your state, and more.  There are similar sites that are also non-partisan from https://www.vote.org, at https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote, and probably more.  Doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Green Party, Bull Moose, Whig, Tory, pro-Empire, Rebel Alliance, whatever.

Steve

FlyQ EFB 3.2.1 Just Released to Apple

Shh…. We just released a new version of FlyQ EFB to Apple for their review.  As always, they have to approve it before release.  This may happen as early as tomorrow or perhaps next week (they may have a lot of apps to look at due to the release of iOS 12).  Over the last few weeks, we’ve done several beta (test) releases of 3.2.1 to our external beta testers to validate the changes.  If you’re a beta tester, you should have a notice in your inbox now asking you to test version 3.1.2.12 as it’s the same build that we released to Apple (that email also mentions what bugs we fixed since the previous beta).

The vast, vast, vast majority of work in this release was about fixing bugs, including some long-standing ones, and dramatically improving reliability — esp. when downloading data.  It also adds one major, and highly-requested, new feature.  When the release is ready, I’ll give you the details on the new feature 😉

 

iOS 12 Conditionally Approved

Seattle Avionics has conditionally approved the use of Apple iOS version 12.0 with current shipping version of FlyQ EFB, FlyQ InSight, and SmartPlates & Charts for both iPhone and iPad.  We have found no problems so far in testing but we use “conditionally” because it’s never a bad idea to wait a bit before installing a major new iOS release.  Also, we have not yet exhaustively tested every GPS and ADS-B receiver with FlyQ EFB.  If further testing reveals any problems, we’ll issue an update here.

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: v3.2.0

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 the 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.

Next Stop: The World!

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A huge part of our business is providing geo-referenced approach plates, airport diagrams, and our own original Seattle Avionics Airport Diagrams for many apps and devices (Bendix-King, Dynon, Aspen, AFS, GRT, etc.).  We’ve had US, European, and Australian data for several years but, for this data cycle, we substantially increased our coverage by adding more than 4,000 approach plates, airport diagrams, SIDs, STARs, etc. for Brazil, Venezuela, Israel, and UAE (United Arab Emirates).  Plus we added complete Mexican VFR map coverage in this same data cycle (and the Bahamas not too long ago).  Many more places are in the works.  In fact, our current coverage area (image above) includes a whole lot of the places where folks fly.

If you’re using an app or device that accepts our European data, you’ll see these four new regions right now.   And, if you’re using the Bendix-King xVue Touch (or several other devices shortly), you can even use our incredible (and patent-pending) Slingshot wireless feature to get the data almost instantly transferred from FlyQ EFB.

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