ICAO Flight Plan Filing

In case you missed it, after many delays, the FAA is now mandating the use of the ICAO flight plan form rather than the venerable FAA form.  For many types of flying, the world-wide standard ICAO form was already required.  Starting Aug. 28, it’s now required for all plans.  See http://aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2019/august/06/mandatory-icao-flight-plan-filing-back-on-track?utm_source=ebrief&utm_medium=email

Of course, FlyQ has you covered as we’ve used only the ICAO flight plans to file plans for the past two years so you’re already using it and likely have absolutely nothing to do.  A few tips:

Tip 1:

You have a choice between Basic and Advanced settings when you create an aircraft profile in FlyQ.  Basic is fine for most configurations but if you need to be more specific about your equipment:

  1. Tap the Settings (gear) icon at the top of the screen
  2. Go down to the Aircraft Profiles section
  3. Tap your aircraft
  4. Select Advanced mode from the top left
  5. Edit the fields you need to change (and use the Help button at the top if you’re not sure what a field means)
  6. Tap Save

Tip 2:

You can link your FlyQ account to your Leidos account so plans filed in FlyQ automatically appear in your Leidos (1800WxBrief) account.  That also lets you request Leidos to send you text messages that allow you to open and close flight plans simply by replying to the message from your phone.  Very slick!  Here’s how to link the accounts: https://youtu.be/zxILbFQQeZ4


ChartData Alert: FlyQ EFB / FlyQ InSight

On Friday August, 9, around 4 PM Pacific we released new ChartData.  All is fine except that the FBO phone numbers had one small change made to them that causes FlyQ EFB (all versions, not just 4.0) and FlyQ InSight to crash when viewing the Services tab for an airport.  No other app is affected.  We have already reverted the FBO phone numbers to their previous format and re-released the US Digital ChartData.  Only digital data was changed – approach plates, airport diagrams, Sectionals, IFR Low and High, etc. are all fine.

If you downloaded new FlyQ EFB or InSight ChartData before 11:30 AM Pacific on Sunday, August 11, please do the following to get the corrected data.  If you have not yet downloaded data, there is no need to do anything other than perform the usual data update and you will get the corrected digital data.


  1. Launch FlyQ EFB
  2. Tap the ChartData Manager (down arrow) icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll down just below the map area and tap Delete Digital ChartData in the Digital ChartData section.
  4. Kill and restart the app. Read how.
  5. Once FlyQ EFB is restarted, go back to the ChartData Manager page and click Update Now.

FlyQ InSight or Pocket:

  1. Delete the app.  Read how.
  2. Re-install by downloading from the Apple App Store (FlyQ InSight) or Google Play Store (FlyQ Pocket only) by searching for the app by name or, if you’re reading this on your device, click here: FlyQ InSight for iOS.  FlyQ Pocket for Android.
  3. Download new ChartData.

We are very sorry for the problem.



August 15, 2019 ChartData Released

FlyQ EFB 4.0 has just been released with incredible post-flight features including a Visual Logbook, Visual Playback (2D and 3D) and Analysis Graphs, the Floq network to connect with your fellow pilots, and great new CFI/Student features.  Learn more, read what the press says about it, download a free 30 day trial now, or watch some of the more than 80 videos we have on YouTube.

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, August 15, 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 data is also available now and Australian data will be ready on Monday.  However, be sure not to fly with this data until July 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 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.

FlyQ EFB 4.0 Released!

FlyQ EFB 4.0 is now available in the App Store!

What is FlyQ EFB 4.0?

Version 4.0 is our largest update ever.  It adds a powerful new dimension to your flying: Post-Flight Analysis.


To do this, we added a number of features that are individually powerful and incredible when combined including:



Patent-pending Floq Network to connect with friends, colleagues, and students


How to Get FlyQ EFB 4.0

If you already have FlyQ EFB on your iPad/iPhone:
1.  Go to the App Store on your device.
2.  Tap the Updates tab.
3.  Look for FlyQ EFB.
4.  If you see Open, it’s already downloaded and simply tap Open to fire it up.
5.  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.  Search for FlyQ EFB 
4.  Click Get or Download.
FlyQ EFB 4.0 requires iOS 10 or later.  Older iPads and iPhones that do not support iOS 10 may continue to use FlyQ EFB 3.3.1 and will continue to get current ChartData every 28 days.

Oshkosh! First Presentation TODAY!

OSH AirVenture
Come see us in Oshkosh at Booth C-3089 (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
July 23

1:00 PM

FlyQ EFB & Augmented Reality Forum Stage 2 – GAMA
July 25

8:30 AM

FlyQ EFB & Augmented Reality Forum Stage 6
July 26
2:30 PM
What’s New in FlyQ EFB 4.0 and Advanced FlyQ Forum Stage 10 – Poly Fiber Aircraft Coatings
All the talks are in the Forums area a little away from exhibit hangars.  Leave some time to walk there as it’s a bit of a hike.
What’s New in FlyQ EFB 4.0 and Advanced FlyQ EFB
Version 4.0 is a massive release that adds a powerful new dimension to your flying: Post-Flight Analysis.   This presentation goes over the 4 major aspects to that: Visual Logbook, Visual Flight Playback and Analysis Graphs, the Floq Network, and several CFI/Student Pilot features.  The presentation also covers other advanced features in FlyQ EFB.
Friday, July 26.  2:30 PM.  Forum Stage 10

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.
Tuesday, July 23.  1:00 PM.  Forum Stage 2.
Thursday, July 25, 8:30 AM.  Forum Stage 6.
– Seattle Avionics

FlyQ EFB 4.0 Released to Apple for Review

Time for the team to get some sleep…. 🙂

The app has been released to Apple for their review.  With some luck, they’ll approve it for public release in a day or two.

Special thanks to our hundreds of beta testers!  This has been the largest, most complex release we’ve made since version 1.0 and the longest beta test cycle ever.  All of you were tremendously helpful!

FlyQ EFB v4.0 and Older Devices

A few months ago, I made a post that mentioned that we were considering dropping support for some very old iPad and iPhone models because they are simply incapable of running FlyQ reliably and with acceptable performance.

We are now planning to target only devices running at least iOS 10. Older devices currently running FlyQ will continue to run and we have no plans to stop supplying data for them but no new versions of FlyQ EFB will run on these older devices.

The devices that will not be supported by FlyQ EFB v4.0 are:

  • iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3
  • iPad mini 1
  • iPhone 4S or earlier

To be clear that means that these devices (and more) will support FlyQ EFB 4.0:

  • All iPad Air models
  • All iPad Pro models
  • iPad Mini 2, 3, 4, and 5
  • iPad 4
  • All other full-sized iPad models
  • iPhone 5 and above

Ideally, we would have liked to continue support for the iPad 3.  However, Apple limited the maximum iOS version that it can use to 9.3.5 and there is no clean way to somehow support it but no other iPad model that is limited to 9.3.5.

We hope everyone understands that we’re doing this so our development and testing time can focus on the iPad and iPhone models that the vast majority of our customers use.  Allocating dev and test time to older models is unlikely to produce a product that would run acceptably on the older devices but would negatively impact features and fixes for the newer devices as dev and test resources are finite.

Also, I’d be remiss not to mention that today is Amazon Prime day and they have lots of iPad specials.  For example, just $299 for a new full-sized iPad WiFi-only model with 128 GB of storage ($130 off the list price).  That’s actually a bit newer than the device that I generally use to fly with FlyQ.