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Celebrate Aviation Day with 33% Off!

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National Aviation Day is actually on August 19 but why wait until the end of flying season to celebrate?  We’re starting the fun early by giving you 33% off our most popular productsFlyQ EFB, BendixKing, Dynon, Aspen, AFS, and GRT.  Get a new subscription or add 12 more months to an existing one.  Subscriptions start at just $47!

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May 24, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, May 24, 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 May 24.

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 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

Special Note About DUATS:  As you may have heard, DUATS service was retired on May 16. From now on, all weather briefings and flight plan filing must be done from Leidos (aka 1800WxBrief.com or Lockheed Martin). FlyQ products have included an option to use Leidos for two years.  Moreover, as of now, all FlyQ products and Voyager will automatically re-route requests to use DUATS to Leidos so no action is required on your part even if you have not yet switched to to Leidos.  However, in FlyQ Online (and soon in FlyQ EFB) you can now connect your FlyQ and Leidos accounts to gain substantial benefits such as Leidos EasyActivate and seeing your recently filed plans on the www.1800WxBrief.com web site.  For more info, click here for our DUATS blog entry.

As a reminder, we just added approach plates, airport diagrams, SIDs, STARs, etc. for Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Belize!  You may remember that we also recently added this same data for the Bahamas.  All of it for no additional cost.

European and Australian data will be available shortly.

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.

Adios DUATS / Aloha Leidos!

As of right now, all flight plans and weather briefings for any FlyQ app or Voyager are routed through Leidos (1800WxBrief.com) as CSRA DUATS goes offline on 5/16/18.  Any request for a weather briefing or flight plan filing via DUATS is automatically redirected towards Leidos; no work on your part is required.  However, you gain substantial benefits to adding your Leidos Username to your FlyQ account. See below for more information about that.

A few notes:

  1. If you don’t alter your Pilot Profile in FlyQ to contain your Leidos Username, you’ll get weather briefings and filed flight plans based solely on the tailnumber of your aircraft (FlyQ has had this feature for 2 years).  The flight plans and briefings are officially filed but you will not be able to look them up on the 1800WxBrief.com web site.
  2. To have 1800wxbrief.com keep track of your briefings and filings, you need to add your Leidos Username to FlyQ and enable FlyQ access in 1800wxbrief.com as follows:
    1. If you don’t have a Leidos Username, go to https://www.1800wxbrief.com and create a free account.  Note:  A Leidos “Username” is really an email address.
    2. Once you have your Leidos Username, go to FlyQ Online at https://flyq.seattleavionics.com, click the “Gear” icon to go to Settings, select Pilot Profiles, then add your Leidos Username.
    3. IMPORTANT!  You also need to tell Leidos to allow FlyQ to access your account: Log into www.1800wxbrief.com, click the Account “menu” at the top, click “Service Provider Authorization” and enable FlyQ.
  3. Very soon, FlyQ EFB will have the same Leidos username features as FlyQ Online has now.  We expect this revised version to be given to beta testers this week and all users very shortly thereafter.  In the meantime, weather briefings and flight plans will go through Leidos as described in Note 1 above (that is, you can file and brief with Leidos but you won’t be able to access these from 1800wxbrief.com).
  4. FlyQ Pocket, FlyQ InSight, and Voyager will also file and brief via Leidos automatically.  At the moment, these systems do not have a way to add a Leidos username.  FlyQ InSight and possibly FlyQ Pocket will have this soon.  Voyager will never gain additional Leidos support as we strongly suggest that all Voyager users switch to FlyQ EFB and FlyQ Online.

Questions?  Either post them here and we’ll try to answer them or email support@seattleavionics.com.

New! Recently Cleared ATC Routes / Leidos Added to FlyQ Online

We just released a new version of FlyQ Online that added two of the most commonly requested features: Recently Cleared ATC Routes and Leidos (1800wxbrief) logins.  Learn more about FlyQ Online’s other unique features like Profile View, 4D timeline-based weather, automatic fuel stop planning based on lowest fuel prices, wind optimization, and robust export features.

Note: A new version of FlyQ EFB is scheduled to be released next week with these same features.

https://flyq.seattleavionics.com

Recently Cleared ATC Routes

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Recently Cleared ATC Routes applies just to IFR flight plans.  With it, the system automatically looks at your takeoff and destination airport pair and looks for the routes that ATC has recently approved.  If any are found, FlyQ Online lists them and shows you a graphical preview.  Select the one you want — even opting to add fuel stops and optimize altitudes for best winds (notice the fuel stops on the image below) — or tell FlyQ to ignore all of them and just route as it did before.

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The feature automatically kicks in if your defaults are set to plan IFR.  If you’re planning VFR, you won’t see these routes.  However, you can force an IFR plan by adding the letter “i” to the end of the routing you type at the top of the screen.  See the screenshot for an example.  IFR pilots can also disable this feature in the Settings portion of the app.

Leidos Integration

The other major new feature is the ability to login to Leidos (1800wxbrief) when creating flight plans and getting route briefings.  FlyQ has had Leidos support for about two years, since it was managed by Lockheed Martin.  With the previous support, you could get weather briefings and file flight plans based on your tailnumber but it would not associate these with a Leidos login account.

Now you can optionally associate your Leidos login with your FlyQ pilot profile.  If you do, you’ll be able to review your plans, get alerts, quickly open and close plans, etc. from the 1800wxbrief.com web site.  If you choose not to add Leidos login information, FlyQ will continue to get weather briefings and file flight plans as it did before, you just don’t gain the benefits of associating the two accounts.

If you don’t already have a Leidos account, simply go to https://1800wxbrief.com and create one.  Then ….

If you already have a Leidos account, you need to do two things to enable this feature:

  • In FlyQ Online, go to Settings (gear icon at the top of the screen) then Pilots and edit your Pilot Profile to add your Leidos Username (which is actually an email address) and clicks Save.
  • Go to https://1800wxbrief.com and login. Click the Account button at the top of the page then select Service Provider Authorization.  Click Edit, select Yes for FlyQ, then click Save.

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Other Features / Fixes

  • ADDED: New switch in Settings/Defaults to show weather briefings using Raw or Translated formats
  • FIXED: Layer settings not restored at login in some cases
  • FIXED: Problem with rubber-banding the flight plan line with the latest version of Google Maps
  • FIXED: Searches for all Personal Waypoints, just just the ones belonging to the logged-in user
  • FIXED: Removed DUATS logins as DUATS ends service on 5/16/18

Warning! ATC Privatization Imminent

As AOPA, Flying Magazine, and others have just warned, the outgoing House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R, PA) has inserted a last-minute amendment into the FAA Reauthorization bill now before Congress that would place the U.S. air traffic control system under the jurisdiction of an airline-dominated board of directors within the Department of Transportation rather than the FAA.  In other words, effectively privatize ATC.  And definitely bad for GA!

The bill could be voted on as early as Wednesday.  Please use this link to find your House Representative and urge them to vote against the bill.

For more info: https://www.flyingmag.com/ga-leaders-urgently-warn-atc-privatization-imminent

April 26, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, April 26, 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 April 26.

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 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

As a reminder, we just added approach plates, airport diagrams, SIDs, STARs, etc. for Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Belize!  You may remember that we also recently added this same data for the Bahamas.  All of it for no additional cost.

European data will be available shortly.  Australian data is unchanged this 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.

Pizza and Karaoke!

When you think of Sun ‘n Fun, you probably think of planes and sun. Yes but there’s more. For dinner tonight, the team and I went to a truly great pizza place called KC’s Artisan pizza. We’ve been there many times in past years. Outstanding pizza!

But never on their new Karaoke night!  Never had so much fun eating pizza in my life.

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