iOS 11.4.1 Approved

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS version 11.4.1 with current shipping version of FlyQ EFB for iPad/iPhone, FlyQ InSight for iPhone/iPad, and SmartPlates & Charts for iPhone/iPad.

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.

August 16, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, August 16, 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 August 16.

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

Special Notice About WACs: The FAA began decommissioning the old WACs (World Aeronautical Charts) a few years ago. We thought they remained a useful reference so kept them as part of our Sectional map tiles (along with the TACs that are still there) but colored the WAC-only regions yellow to indicate warning. However, all good things must come to an end and we’ve decided it is time to removed this old, expired data. Since the WAC tiles only appeared in places not covered by Sectional or TAC tiles, you should only notice differences offshore, in parts of Southern Canada, Mexico, and along the corridor from Seattle to Alaska. The IFR Low and High charts still cover these areas so it’s suggested that pilots who need these areas refer to IFR Low charts. For some apps, including FlyQ EFB, you may still see map coverage for these WAC-only areas if the individual tiles were previously downloaded to your device. For apps and devices that do not use individual tiles (such as Dynon), the change should be immediate.  Email support@seattleavionics.com if you have any questions.

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.

OSH: Photos from today’s Advanced FlyQ EFB presentation

Looks like John nailed it with great tips and tricks for FlyQ EFB users in front of a large audience!  In most of these shots, he’s demonstrating using FlyQ Online, our powerful web-based flight planner, for detailed weather and planning.  FlyQ Online has “4D Weather” where you can move a Timeline and Altitude Slider to see how weather is expected to change at different times and different altitudes.  Of course, FlyQ Online plans synch automatically with FlyQ EFB but can also be exported to other devices and apps including ForeFlight, Garmin, Dynon, GRT, and many more.

Thanks for the photos, Mike!

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OSH: Friday Seminar on Advanced FlyQ EFB

Advanced FlyQ EFB. Fri July 27, 8:30 AM. Homebuilders Hangar.

FlyQ EFB has emerged as one of the most popular iPad apps around, 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 and show how it integrates with FlyQ Online (PC and Mac) if there is a good Internet connection.  This is a great chance to ask How To questions as it will be more interactive than a canned presentation.  Expect topics on flight planning, ADS-B, device connectivity, the Simulator, the Flight Recorder, Documents, Augmented Reality, and more.

John Rutter, President of Seattle Avionics, will do the presenting duties. John is a co-founder of Seattle Avionics and certainly knows his stuff about both FlyQ and flying.  He’s been an instrument-rated pilot for years and has flown and owned several planes.  He also successfully got a plane filled with his family safely back on the ground after a catastrophic engine explosion over water so he clearly knows how to keep his cool.

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OSH: 10 AM FlyQ Seminar Today!

TODAY!  Intro to FlyQ EFB. Wed July 25, 10 AM. Forum Stage 11.

Learn why FlyQ EFB is the highest-rated major aviation app (hint: because it’s so easy to use).  See how 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 new features added in FlyQ EFB 3.0 such as new iPhone support, Augmented Reality, and the Flight Data Recorder.

Today’s presentation will be given by Robert McGuire.  Robert is an extremely accomplished aviator and flight instructor who has a crazy number of certifications to his name (ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, CFI-G, AGI, IGI, SES).  He flies anything he can get his hands on including Mooneys, Pipers, and Cessnas.  Robert will “tell it like it is” as he has been using FlyQ since it was still in beta and isn’t known to be shy about sharing his opinions.  He’s also really funny.  Fun fact:  He and I share the same birthday, although on somewhat different years.

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OSH: Day 2

I’m still in Seattle working on Slingshot and a hush-hush secret project but the team claims to be working hard in OSH right now.  When I spoke to them over the phone a few minutes ago, I was pretty sure I heard Marimba music in the background.  And they keep sending me photos like this:  Watcha think?

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Slingshot Media Coverage

Slingshot is getting a lot of media attention very quickly!

Here are just a few from today alone:

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2018/july/23/seattle-avionics-unveils-slingshot-data-transfers

https://generalaviationnews.com/2018/07/23/slingshot-data-from-cloud-to-panel/

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/general-aviation/2018-07-20/seattle-avionics-demo-slingshot-chart-update-system

https://www.recreationalflying.com/threads/slingshot-data-from-cloud-to-panel.175371/