July 16, 2020 ChartData Released

See why FlyQ EFB is so highly-rated:  Watch one of our live (and free) Intro or Advanced webinars.  And did you hear that FlyQ EFB 4.5.2 was just released with a new easier-to-read Tab Bar, optional radar colors tuned for those with color blindness, and many other improvements?  It builds on the incredible reviews that FlyQ EFB 4.5 got 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, July 16, 2020 and the new ChartData is available for download now.  New data is now available for the US, Europe, Mexico, and Central America.  Australian data is unchanged this cycle.  Be sure not to fly with this data until July 16.

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.

Webinars! Starting Tuesday!

You’ve probably been flying less than usual so it’s a great time to brush up on FlyQ and learn some new tricks, not to mention see all the great new weather features in FlyQ EFB 4.5.

Starting TOMORROW (Tuesday June 30), we’re doing three different webinars for the next month, all offered on multiple days and multiple times.  Each is one hour and requires a free registration.

Also, remember that we have more than 80 training videos on our YouTube channel.

Important!  After you click to register, the sign-up page defaults to the first time that each webinar is offered.  Be sure to check the date/time on the sign-up page to be sure you’re registering for the date/time you want.  All times are Pacific.

Topic
Dates/Times
Intro to FlyQ EFB Tues. June 30, 2 pm
Tues. July 7, 5 pm
Tues. July 14, 2 pm
Tues. July 21, 5 pm
Advanced FlyQ EFB Thurs. July 2, 2 pm
Thurs. July 9, 5 pm
Thurs. July 16, 2 pm
Thurs. July 23, 5 pm
What’s New in FlyQ EFB 4.5 and 4.5.2 Wed. July 1, 2 pm
Wed. July 1, 5 pm

Juneteenth

Seattle Avionics is closed today for Juneteenth.  While it is not an official national holiday, it is recognized by almost all states and we have decided that we would treat it as such, too.  If you’re not familiar with it, the Wikipedia link above makes for interesting reading.

June 18, 2020 ChartData Released

Did you hear that FlyQ EFB 4.5.2 was just released with a new easier-to-read Tab Bar, optional radar colors tuned for those with color blindness, and many other improvements?  It builds on the incredible reviews that FlyQ EFB 4.5 got 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, June 18, 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 June 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 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.

FlyQ EFB 4.5.2 Released – New Tab Bar

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FlyQ EFB 4.5.2 is now available.  While much of the release focussed on fixing bugs (including some long-standing ones that were very hard to track down), I think that everyone will love the new Tab Bar at the bottom of the iPad (only) screen.  The new Tab Bar makes it MUCH easier to differentiate the tabs by using larger text, larger icons, and rendering both the text and icons in white rather than a shade of grey.  The release also makes it much easier for pilots with color blindness to see radar by adding an optional “simplified” radar color scheme.

Changes include:

  • ADDED: Radar colors can be optionally displayed using colors ideal for those with color blindness
  • CHANGED: The Tab bar at the bottom of the screen now much easier to read (iPad only; iPhone tab bar remains unchanged)
  • CHANGED: Slight revision to the Weather Legend to clarify that Cloud Tops may be cumulous cloud tops
  • FIXED: Radar and Timeline do not automatically advance as time passes when in pre-flight mode (works fine with ADS-B)
  • FIXED: ADS-B crash when processing some Alaskan weather
  • FIXED: ADS-B crashes in rare cases with SkyRadar and Dynon ADS-B receivers
  • FIXED: Rare crash when exchanging flight plans with a Dynon SkyView
  • FIXED: Timeline does not always stay off after being manually turned off
  • FIXED: METAR/TAF decoder does not handle some Visibility conditions
  • FIXED: SA Airport Diagrams not always displayed properly on the Map
  • FIXED: Multiple minor display issues on some iPhones
  • FIXED: The Map button on the Plans tab does not always function
  • FIXED: Obstacle layer does not restore after switching from 2D to 3D and back
  • FIXED: New DAU type procedures (RNAV DP) do not always appear
  • FIXED: Plans/Wind Optimizer improperly adjusts TAS
  • FIXED: Rubber-banding a flight plan may not set the correct cardinal altitude
  • FIXED: Ownship is not always suppressed as an ADS-B target even when the tail number is entered
  • FIXED: Multiple minor display issues when using Dark Mode
  • FIXED: Surface Winds arrow colors not consistent with the Legend in all places
  • FIXED: Rare crash when tapping +FP
  • FIXED: Searching for some airports by name fails
  • FIXED: The Weather Status indicator sometimes shows the wrong color
  • FIXED: Some Piper ICAO designations incorrect
  • FIXED: Flights tab sometimes fails to show some flights
  • FIXED: Airspace COMM frequencies missing in some cases
  • FIXED: Gauge Bar items can overlap in some cases
  • FIXED: Fixed various crashing and non-crashing bugs and made performance improvements

How to Get FlyQ EFB 4.5.2?

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Check to see if you already have it

You may already have FlyQ EFB 4.5.2. 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 v4.5.2 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:

  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 4.5.2 requires iOS 11 or later.

SpaceX Day

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UPDATE 5/27/20 1:20 PM Pacific:  Scrubbed due to bad weather.  Next launch window is Saturday afternoon.

In a few hours (4:33 PM Eastern), if the weather holds, the US will finally return to launching astronauts into space on American-made rockets after a decade of hitching rides on Russian rockets.  More importantly, thanks to SpaceX, it will be the first time any nation has put people into space on commercial, rather than government-owned, hardware.

Fingers crossed for astronauts Robert Behnken & Douglas Hurley, SpaceX, and NASA!   As a total space geek since I was a kid, I know I’ll be watching it live .. as I did in 1981 when the first Space Shuttle was launched.

Learn more, including links to live coverage, here.

May 21, 2020 ChartData Released

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, May 21, 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 May 21.

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.

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.