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/

 

OSH 2018 Details

Going to OSH? Visit Seattle Avionics in Hangar C, Booth 3089 to meet the team, ask questions, see demos, get show-only deals, learn about our new Slingshot wireless ChartData system, and watch some great presentations:

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

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 new features added in FlyQ EFB 3.0 such as new iPhone support, Augmented Reality, and the Flight Data Recorder.

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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).

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One personal note: We have a major new release coming out (the Slingshot wireless tech) and another completely unique feature also being worked on (can’t talk about that one yet). So, for only the second time in 16 years, although we’re sending a larger than usual team this year, I will not be one of them. Enjoy the show and be nice to the many new team members we added this year!

Announcing Slingshot Wireless ChartData System

Seattle Avionics Announce Breakthrough “Slingshot” Wireless Chart System

Seattle, WA, July 19, 2018 – Seattle Avionics today announces a breakthrough wireless data transfer system that saves pilots hours of chart updating time. With the new Seattle Avionics Slingshot system, ChartData downloaded to FlyQ EFB on an iPad or iPhone can be streamed directly via Wi-Fi to the BendixKing xVue Touch and AeroVue Touch MFDs without any additional downloads.  In this way, a pilot downloads data once and uses it on two completely different systems, the iPad/iPhone EFB app, and the installed MFD or smart display.

 

“Virtually all pilots fly with an iPad, even those with in-panel avionics. But until now, they had to download essentially the same data separately to their iPad app and their avionics system, wasting valuable time,” said Steve Podradchik, Seattle Avionics CEO. “Now with our patent-pending Slingshot technology, pilots save hours because FlyQ wirelessly streams its ChartData directly to avionics systems. We are ecstatic to have BendixKing and their exciting new xVue Touch system as our flagship launch partner. We’re also working with other partners to extend Slingshot to other systems.”

Using Seattle Avionics’ Slingshot system, xVue Touch customers can skip downloading data to a PC, copying it to a USB stick, and copying it again to the xVue Touch. Rather, they just bring their iPads loaded with FlyQ into the cockpit, hit a button, and they are good to fly with both xVue Touch and FlyQ almost immediately.

Slingshot is in beta testing now and expected to be available to customers very soon.  It can be seen during the AirVenture show in Oshkosh, WI next week at the BendixKing complex.

Seattle Avionics provides ChartData to several BendixKing products including the xVue Touch, AeroVue Touch, and the KSN 770. It also provides ChartData to more than 20 other major aviation companies worldwide including Northrup Grumman, Aspen, Dynon, GRT, AFS, and more.

FlyQ EFB and the New Stratus 3!

Seattle Avionics Announces Compatibility with the Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver

Seattle, WA, July 20, 2018– Seattle Avionics today announces support for the exciting new Stratus 3 ADS-B receiver.  With the forthcoming FlyQ EFB version 3.2, FlyQ EFB will get weather, traffic, GPS, and AHRS from the Status 3, much like it does from more than 20 other ADS-B and in-panel systems.

“We are very excited to have worked with Appareo to ensure compatibility between FlyQ EFB and the Stratus 3,” said John Rutter, President of Seattle Avionics Software.  “Pilots can now use FlyQ EFB, the #1 rated iPad aviation app, and Stratus, the #1 rated ADS-B receiver together!”

“Appareo is excited to have Seattle Avionics and their FlyQ app integrated with our newest portable ADS-B receiver,” said Appareo Aviation President Kris Garberg. “This new connection will allow FlyQ customers to get Stratus’s proven reliability of GPS, traffic and weather displayed on their favorite app.”

The new Stratus 3 builds on the rock-solid reputation of the Stratus line by adding features such as Auto Shut Off and Smart WiFi.  Auto Shut Off powers off the unit when it detects it’s idle or at less than a 3D GPS lock. Smart WiFi allows an iPad or iPhone with a cellular connection to access the Internet and the Stratus at the same time. The device is offered at an introductory price of $699.  Appareo is also introducing a trade-in program toStratus 2S customers who are interested in upgrading to Stratus 3.  Details can be found on Appareo’s website: https://www.appareo.com/stratus-adsb-in/

 

Problem with Weather Processing

UPDATE: 10:20 AM Pacific:  System functionality appears to be restored.  We will continue monitoring the situation.

We are having some intermittent problems with weather processing due to a hardware failure on an Amazon-based server.  We are in the process of switching to a backup and hope to have the issue resolved soon.

Thank you for your patience.

July 19, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins this Thursday, July 19, 2018.  We try to release ChartData the Friday before the new cycle starts but we are also exceptionally careful, as our data is FAA DO-200A compliant, and we found errors that needed to be corrected last week.  All is ready now so the new data is ready for download (in fact, some was downloadable yesterday).  However, be sure not to fly with this data until July 19.

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 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

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 (this 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.