Saturday FlyQ Presentation for BEFA at RNT

If you’re in the Seattle area tomorrow, you may want to make your way to RNT for a 10am FlyQ EFB presentation by yours truly.  It’s sponsored by the great folks with BEFA (Boeing Employees Flying Association) but open to everyone.  And includes 1 WINGS credit!

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I’ll be demonstrating FlyQ EFB (including new 4.0) at the BEFA building at RNT.  As a reminder, FlyQ EFB is the #2 best-selling and #1 rated (in the Apple App Store) iPad aviation app.

FlyQ is so highly rated mostly because of its ease of use – fewer taps to get into, larger fonts, bigger buttons, graphics rather than text, etc.  Come and see it in action!

Sign up with the FAA for WINGS credit.

Saturday, May 18, 10 AM, RNT, BEFA building.  840 West Perimeter Road

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May 23, 2019 ChartData Released

New to FlyQ?  Click to watch replays of the recent Intro and Advancedpresentations or watch any of the other 70+ videos we have on YouTube. Or learn more about FlyQ from our new Welcome to FlyQ page.


The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, May 23, 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 and Australian data will be ready soon.  However, be sure not to fly with this data until May 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 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.

Wow! Name Suggestions Galore

About 90 minutes ago, we sent out a very short newsletter that mentioned that FlyQ EFB 4.0 was in beta.  It also asked for naming suggestions for the feature in EFB 4.0 that connects pilots together to share flights and such (the “Squawk Network” in the beta Pilot’s Guide) and had one sentence that mentioned that folks could email us to be on the beta list.

In 16 years of making aviation software, I have NEVER seen a response like this before.  During those 90 minutes, we received something like 200 messages with suggested names (many of those messages suggesting several names) and scores of people asking to be on the beta.  VASTLY more than anything we’ve seen with any previous new version.  I’m sure that the offer of a free iPad mini 5 to the winner had something to do with it but not all of it.

Thanks to everyone who suggested a name or asked to be on the beta.  We will surely be reviewing the suggested names for some time as we’ve already seen many great ones.  Pilots are, apparently, a very insightful and creative lot.

Nice way to end the week 😉

Have a great weekend, everyone!  And keep the name suggestions coming to beta@seattleavionics.com!

Steve

 

 

FlyQ EFB v 4.0 Beta Released!

We are VERY happy to announce that FlyQ EFB 4.0 beta has just been released to our external beta testers.  It was a long time coming but now folks have see what we’ve been doing for so long.  Fun fact: the new features added nearly 30 pages to the revised Pilot’s Guide (start at page 106 for the new features).  As the old Guide was about 150 pages, that should give some sense of how much we just added.

What is FlyQ EFB 4.0?
The changes in version 4.0 can best be described as adding a whole new concept of a visual logbook integrated with a totally unique, pilot-only, social network.  It also has fantastic features for CFIs and their students because of these two other features.  That’s a lot to consider all at once so let’s break those things down.

1.  Visual Logbook
The visual logbook is a standard pilot logbook that accepts auto-generated entries from the built-in data recorder, manual data entry, or by importing logs from other systems.  It shows lists of flights, allows extensive filtering and time period selection, performs detailed post-flight analysis, generates text and graphics-based reports, and lets you “play” flights from within FlyQ EFB or export them to other systems.  It also includes a unique visual feature that uses a color-coded “heatmap” to show the airports you’ve flown to or from and the frequency of each airport.

2.  Squawk Network – a private, pilots-only network
No cat photos or politics allowed!  This network could be thought of as a way to share your logbook with your friends or between CFI’s and student pilots.  It lets you see, on a map or in a list view, where you friends are flying, ask them questions about their flights, and give them a thumbs up for a great flight.  This is completely optional, of course, and you can select whichever privacy level you prefer, including keeping your flights strictly private.

3.  CFI/Student Pilot Features
The Squawk Network makes it easy for CFI’s to follow their students’ flights.  The new Endorsement feature makes it very easy for a CFI to grant endorsements to students from the comfort of their own home or office (due to Squawk) or directly from a student’s iPad / iPhone.

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Documents in FlyQ

As you may have heard, ForeFlight just made what they called “major enhancements” to their Documents feature — added nested folders, auto-synch, and iPhone support.  Great features!  We should know as we’ve had all of these since we introduced our Documents feature several years ago 😉  See: https://youtu.be/rsW4piLZpSw

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This includes more than 200 FAA documents but it also includes many created by Seattle Avionics. For example, we make a “Margin Note” document for every Sectional which breaks-out the info that the FAA puts on the sides and bottom of each Sectional.

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We also have a way to create your own custom groups of private documents that are shared with just the people you want to see them.  Very useful for the folks with whom you share a plane — a flying club, corporate flight department, etc.  You can create and manage custom groups, documents, and users from FlyQ Online.  See: https://youtu.be/3pTEw24LZpQ

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April 25, 2019 ChartData Released

New to FlyQ?  Click to watch replays of the recent Intro and Advanced presentations or watch any of the other 70+ videos we have on YouTube. Or learn more about FlyQ from our new Welcome to FlyQ page.


The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, April 25, 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 and Australian data will be ready soon.  However, be sure not to fly with this data until April 25.

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.

Sun ‘n Fun 2019!

Sun ‘n Fun is here!  Festivities begin today (Tuesday) in Lakeland, FL.

  • See us at Sun ‘n Fun in booth C22.
  • Attend one of our six seminars during the show.
  • Get show-only special deals on the Merlin ADS-B, FlyQ EFB, and our ChartData for BendixKing, Dynon, AFS, GRT, Aspen, and many more!

Come see us in Booth C-022 (Hangar C) to learn about all our products, take advantage of our great show-only specials, or just meet the team.  We’ll also be giving several seminars during the week that cover topics near and dear to our hearts.  Come early for the best seating!

Seminar Schedule

Date/Time
Topic
Room
Tuesday,
April 2

1:00 PM

Advanced FlyQ EFB CFAA-1
Wednesday,
April 3

12:00 PM

What’s New in FlyQ EFB 4.0 and Advanced FlyQ CFAA-1
Wednesday,
April 3
1:00 PM
Combining FlyQ Online (PC/Mac) with FlyQ EFB CFAA-3
Thursday,
April 4

12:00 PM

Intro to FlyQ EFB and Augmented Reality CFAA-1
Thursday,
April 4
1:00 PM
What’s New in FlyQ EFB 4.0 and Advanced FlyQ CFAA-5
Saturday,
April 6
12:00 PM
Combining FlyQ Online (PC/Mac) with FlyQ EFB
CFAA-1
All the talks are in the air conditioned CFAA (Central Florida Aerospace Academy) building a little away from the rest of Sun ‘n Fun.  Leave some time to walk there as it’s a bit of a hike.
CFAA Building Location
What’s New in FlyQ EFB 4.0 and Advanced FlyQ EFB

Learn all about the amazing new Visual Logbook that’s the core to forthcoming FlyQ EFB including our exclusive Heat Map, stunning graphs, single-line filters, and optional pilot-only social network.  Also see the all-new CFI and student pilot features!  Then we’ll take a look at some of the other powerful features such as wind-optimization, ATC routing with fuel stop optimization, ADS-B including the Buddy List, and much more!

Wednesday, April 3.  12:00 PM.  CFAA building, Room 1.

Thursday, April 4.  1:00 PM.  CFAA building, Room 5.


Intro to FlyQ EFB and Augmented Reality

FlyQ EFB is the highest-rated major aviation app because it’s so easy to use. Our exclusive “Rule of 2” design philosophy means that all major functions are no more than 2 touches away so you fly the plane, not the iPad.  This presentation covers all the major features so you can download a free trial and get flying immediately!  Also covers the amazing and totally unique Augmented Reality feature which blends real-time video from your iPad or iPhone with computer-generated airport markers to clearly show airports even in the worst weather or the dark of night.

Thursday, April 4.  12:00 PM.  CFAA building, Room 1.


Combining FlyQ Online (PC/Mac) with FlyQ EFB

FlyQ is a family of products, not a single product. This special presentation shows using the web browser-based FlyQ Online on your PC or Mac to create a plan that avoids bad weather and minimizes fuel cost then use FlyQ EFB to execute the flight.  Also discusses using other online planners and shows using FlyQ Online to export flight plans to ForeFlight and Garmin devices.

Wednesday, April 3.  1:00 PM.  CFAA building, Room 3.

Saturday, April 6, 12:00 PM.  CFAA building, Room 1.


Advanced FlyQ EFB

FlyQ EFB has emerged as the #2 most popular aviation app, mostly due to its ease of use.  But it has a lot of power, too.  We’ll peel back the covers on some of its more advanced features including flight planning, fuel-price optimization, Leidos integration, IFR flying, and more.

Tuesday, April 2.  1:00 PM.  CFAA building, Room 1.

 
– Seattle Avionics