Coronavirus & Seattle Avionics

As you’ve probably heard, Washington has the dubious distinction of having more coronavirus cases than any other state.   See https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/12/us/states-responses-to-coronavirus/index.html  And the Seattle area is the hardest hit in the state.

Consequently, we’ve decided to have all employees work from home, effective immediately.  This is similar to what Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook are doing.  Thanks to the wonder of modern technology, this should not affect general business too much.  However, we do ask that folks use email, rather than a phone call, for tech support and sales questions whenever possible as the phone system is the hardest element to use from home.  Email addresses would be support@seattleavionics.com and sales@seattleavionics.com

Also, as surely someone will ask … we don’t know any more than you do but, based on numerous factors, we expect that Sun ‘n Fun will be cancelled this year and are busily planning a Virtual Sun ‘n Fun.  If it isn’t cancelled, we’ll evaluate whether to attend or not, taking into account that we have several employees of an age that the CDC suggests do not travel or attend large gatherings.  More on our plans later…

February 27, 2020 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, February 27, 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 February 27.

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.

Northwest Aviation Show This Weekend!

Please note:  The show program lists the correct presentation times and rooms but the topic changed since printing.  Both presentations are about the new weather features in FlyQ EFB 4.5, not what is shown in the program.

Hard to tell by our recent weather but spring is less than a month away.  How can I be sure? This weekend (Feb 22-23) is the annual Northwest Aviation Conference and Show in Puyallup, WA!  See us at Booth #108 and watch our two presentations.

Check Out FlyQ EFB 4.5 at Booth # 108

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FlyQ EFB 4.5 is in beta testing and nearly ready to launch.  It’s a whopper!  We refer to this release as The 3X Weather Release because it has 3X more weather layers than the current version.  Lightning, Icing, Turbulence, Surface Analysis, Cloud Tops, and so much more.  Not only that, it includes an incredibly helpful Timeline and Altitude Slider so you can see how weather is expected to change during your flight — all the more useful with our exclusive Predictive Radar.  Of course, it also includes the new ADS-B weather products like lightning, icing, turbulence, etc.  It’s nothing like anything you’ve seen before.  Be sure to check it out at the booth (#108)

We’ll demo the apps, answer whatever questions you have, and, of course, offer show-only discounts.

Presentations:

Saturday, 3:30 PM, New Predictive and Timeline-based Weather Tools for Pre-Flight and In-Flight.  North Foyer (E).  Steve Podradchik, CEO

Big changes are in the air – and on the ground!   Make your flying safer and easier by seeing how a new generation of ADS-B and Internet-based weather systems let you analyze weather in new, more comprehensive ways.  Learn about new ADS-B weather products such as Lightning, Icing, and Turbulence.  See new Internet-based weather products, including predictive radar, cloud tops, and cloud bottoms, that use a timeline and altitude slider to help you do a better preflight analysis than every before possible.

Sunday, 2:30 PM
, New Predictive and Timeline-based Weather Tools for Pre-Flight and In-Flight. Heritage Room (D).  John Rutter, President

Big changes are in the air – and on the ground!   Make your flying safer and easier by seeing how a new generation of ADS-B and Internet-based weather systems let you analyze weather in new, more comprehensive ways.  Learn about new ADS-B weather products such as Lightning, Icing, and Turbulence.  See new Internet-based weather products, including predictive radar, cloud tops, and cloud bottoms, that use a timeline and altitude slider to help you do a better preflight analysis than every before possible.

January 30, 2020 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, January 30, 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 January 30.

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.

Never hit this while driving….

EDIT:  I had originally offered $100 off FlyQ to the first person who could identify the object I hit. After many good guesses, all wrong, I don’t think anyone will get it so game over.  Text and additional photos below now explain what the object is.


Totally unrelated to flying but perhaps a reason why flying is sometimes called safer than driving?

I hit this on the highway while driving into work this morning.

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In case you can’t tell what this is (no one could from that picture, myself included), maybe these will help.  These were taken after the tow truck lifted my car enough so that we could dislodge the object from the car.

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I hit a sink.  A steel sink painted white.  In the middle of a highway lane.  Really.

On the road, at highway speed, it looked to me like a crushed white cardboard box as the “crushed” aspect to it was not from my encounter but from whomever hit it before me.  I saw it in time to swerve but doing so would have meant moving into another lane without properly checking for incoming cars.  So, given the usual highway speeds, hitting a box seemed like the safest option.  Can’t imagine why I didn’t expect it to be a steel sink.  Even after I hit it, I had no idea what it was and didn’t expect it to still be embedded in my car; I simply thought I blew a tire upon impact with something that, clearly, was not cardboard.  I drove to the right side of the road, and, since I happened to be maybe 100 yards from an exit ramp, drove off the highway onto a side street then drove a bit more and parked the car out of traffic and away from driveways.  I didn’t realize that the sink was still part of my car until I got out and took a look.  And, even then, I had no idea it was a sink until the very helpful tow truck man raised my car enough for us to separate things.

And yes, I’m fine and the car will be fine after some work.  Also, I do have a second car (usually used by son at college but he happens to have left it here after winter break) so I’m lucky.  But this has definitely made an interesting story!

FlyQ EFB 4.5 Released to Beta

If you signed up to be a beta tester, you should have an email from Apple and one from us telling you how to get Beta 1.  As the email says, Beta 1 is focussed on the new ADS-B weather products and Altitude Slider.  It does not include the Timeline or the new weather layers from the Internet (just ADS-B).  We expect to have a beta with those additional features out this month.

Also, the 4.5 release will include a legend for what all the new layer colors and symbols mean.  It’s not in this beta, however.

As you probably know, version 4.5 is all about dramatically improving the weather features in FlyQ.  That means adding the new ADS-B weather products, tripling the number of weather layers from 7 to 21, and adding an Altitude Slider and a Timeline.