FlyQ EFB 3.0.1 Released

Yesterday, Apple approved FlyQ EFB version 3.0.1, our first release after the major v 3.0 release.  It’s available for download right now.  It fixes several mostly minor bugs with the most important being a crash that occurred when connecting FlyQ to a Dynon SkyView system via WiFi.  It also improves some aspects of the Flight Data Recorder.  See below for more details.

To upgrade from an existing iPad or iPhone installation:

Go to the App Store icon on your iPad or iPhone and select the Updates tab.  Click the Update button next to FlyQ EFB.  Note:  If your device is set to automatically update apps, you may see an Open button rather than Update because the new version has already been installed.

To download to a new iPad or iPhone (or if you didn’t install version 3.0 to your iPhone):

Go to the App Store icon on your iPhone or iPad, select the Search tab, enter FlyQ EFB.

Fixed and Improvements

  • FIXED: Crash when connecting to Dynon SkyView and AFS systems.
  • FIXED: Some data fields missing when connected to Avidyne systems. Note: Temporarily also removed ADS-B and flight plan processing for Avidyne systems. Will be restored soon.
  • ADDED: Flight Data Recorder now synchronized between all your devices.
  • FIXED: The Data Recorder broke flights into multiple segments if the app is paused or backgrounded during the flight.
  • FIXED: Incorrect regional radar images for some parts of the Southern Mississippi valley.
  • FIXED: In some cases, the ChartData Manager may show percent complete greater than 100%.
  • FIXED: Wind arrows on airport diagrams and satellite images may be sized incorrectly or show an arrow in some cases of no-winds.
  • FIXED: Problems / incorrect information message when adding some SIDs and STARs.
  • FIXED: iPhone only: Airport quick access buttons (Direct To, Plates, Map, etc.) inoperative in Favorites and Recent.
  • FIXED: iPhone only: Creating a 30 day trial can be difficult depending on the screen size of the device.
  • CHANGED: iPhone only: METAR/TAF switch for Raw/Translated in the wrong place.
  • CHANGED: Flight Recorder titles should be larger and bold.

The Next Generation

Some generations have a moment when they wake up, when they understand that they are not mere passengers but are the pilots and have the power and obligation to take charge of the world they are inheriting.  For my children’s generation, that may well prove to be today.

As you’ve probably read or seen on TV, an untold number of students are walking out of school today to either honor the 17 slain Parkland students or protest the gun situation in this country.  Or both in many cases.

This post is not about either of these reasons.

What I’m excited about (thrilled, really) is to see young people so motivated about changing their world.  Generally, young people are less likely to vote than older people.  This is understandable given all that’s going on in their lives at that time and sometimes because they don’t see any of it as relevant to them. But it’s particularly sad because they are the ones who will have the most time in this world.

I’m slightly too young to remember this, but several people have told me that today feels a lot like 1968.  I hope so.  Regardless of the specific events of those years and how we may feel about them, it was clearly a time of change, of redefining what it meant to be an American, and, above all, of hope for the future.  A generation of school children changed the world.  And I think we’re witnessing it again right now.

I am incredibly proud of my children and all the other kids taking a stand today.  If you have children or grandchildren, I hope you have a chance to speak with them about today’s events.  By taking a brief walk away from school, they are starting a journey that may well change the world in ways we cannot even imagine.  They are learning about democracy and the incredible power it wields.

I am filled with great hope and deep admiration for these kids and I’m convinced that, today and in the future, they will solve many of the problems that have vexed my generation.

Please note:  I welcome comments about the kids but will not allow any comments pro or against guns.  That is not the point of this post and not the place for that debate.

Approved iOS 11.2.6

Seattle Avionics has approved the use of Apple iOS version 11.2.6 with current version of FlyQ EFB for iPad/iPhone, FlyQ InSight for iPhone/iPad, FlyQ Pocket 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 at the top right. Example: v3.0.0

How to find the version number for Apple iOS

  1. Open the Settings app
  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 ‘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.

March 1, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, March 1, 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 Mar. 1.

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.

One note about FlyQ EFB:  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.

A few notes about the new data:

  1.  Users of the KSN 770, Aspen, Dynon, AFS, GRT, AV8OR ACE, and EKP Mark V can get the new plates automatically as part of the usual download once they install a new version of the ChartData Manager (v 5.4.0.0540).  The ChartData Manager normally updates itself automatically so this will be transparent to most users.  If you have a problem, you can download and install the new DM from https://chartdata.seattleavionics.com/Apps/DataManagerSetup.exe
  2. FlyQ EFB users should make sure that they’re using new FlyQ EFB 3.0 which can download this new data.  FlyQ EFB 3.0 now works on the iPhone as well as iPad, includes Augmented Reality, and an automatic flight recording/playback system.
  3. This release added new plates and diagrams only.  Our US IFR Low and High charts (maps) already cover Mexico and most of Central America but our Sectional (VFR) map coverage is still limited to approximately the southernmost part of Texas.  We’re working on expanding this area now.

European and Australian data will be available shortly.

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.

This Weekend! NW Aviation Show

It feels like it’s been a long winter but you know spring is near because this weekend (Feb 24-25) 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 3.0 and FlyQ Online at the booth and see them in action during our presentations.

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

We’re doing two presentations this year:

Saturday, 1 PM, Augmented Reality in the Cockpit.  Pioneer Room (B)

Sunday, 10:15 AM, Combining Web-based Flight Planning with iPad Apps.  Pioneer Room (B)

FlyQ EFB 3.0 / FlyQ Online Webinar Starts in 2 hours!

Update:  The recording of the webinar is now available at  https://youtu.be/TGBcMXs7kYI  Also, many other videos are available from https://youtube.com/FlyQEFB

As mentioned in the last Newsletter (see the February 2018 link), we’re doing a live Webinar today at 4 PM Pacific.   Click here to sign-up:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5355938131480091394

We’ll demonstrate pre-flight planning with FlyQ Online (PC and Mac) then show how it transfers to FlyQ EFB.  Once on FlyQ EFB, we’ll demonstrate the key new features on both the iPad and iPhone.

Or that’s the plan anyway .. technical gremlins have been known to get in the way.

See you soon!

BTW – We will attempt to record it but that’s been known to fail so we suggest watching the live show, not the potential tape-delayed version.

Steve