FlyQ EFB 4.5.1 Now Available

UPDATE:  FlyQ EFB 4.5.2 has now also been released.  It adds a much easier to see bottom tab bar and an option to help pilots with color blindness see the radar images more clearly. Read more.

FlyQ EFB 4.5.1 is now available.  It includes bug fixes and improvements to last week’s initial (and massive) FlyQ EFB 4.5 release.

Changes include:

FIXED: Crash on Alaskan ADS-B radar
FIXED: Crash when selecting certain SIDs or STARs
FIXED: Crash when selecting a Flight without a track
FIXED: Crash if Camera is not enabled in AR view
FIXED: PIREP date display not formatted correctly
FIXED: Icing layer does not refresh correctly on some Timeline movements
CHANGED: Legend improved to clarify AGL vs MSL and simplify Cloud Bases range
FIXED: HITS boxes not always displayed properly in 3D view
FIXED: Traffic ring does not move unless ADS-B traffic is present


How to Get FlyQ EFB 4.5.1?

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Check to see if you already have it

You may already have FlyQ EFB 4.5.1. if you have your device set to automatically update to new app versions.  Check which version you have by:

  1. Start FlyQ EFB
  2. Tap the Settings button (gear icon at the top of the app)
  3. Look at the top right of the Settings screen.  If you see v4.5.1 you already have it.

If you already have FlyQ EFB on your iPad/iPhone:

  1. Go to the App Store on your device.
  2. In the upper right corner of the screen, tap your picture (it probably has a red number).
  3. Scroll down the screen and look for the Available Updates section.
  4. Find FlyQ EFB.
  5. If you see Open, it’s already downloaded and simply tap Open to fire it up.
  6. 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. Select the Search tab.
  4. Type FlyQ EFB in the search field at the top of the screen.
  5. Tap FlyQ EFB when it appears as you type.
  6. Click Get or Download.
FlyQ EFB 4.5.1 requires iOS 11 or later.

FlyQ EFB 4.5 Now Available!

FlyQ EFB 4.5

Best.  Weather.  Ever.

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Put simply, version 4.5 gives FlyQ EFB the most intuitive, most visual, and most helpful way to evaluate aviation weather in any mobile app. Period.

  • 16 weather layers (up from 7).  Now includes Icing, Turbulence, Lightning, Surface Winds, Surface Analysis, and more
  • Timeline:  See weather in the past or predicted during your flight
  • Altitude Slider: Evaluate weather at different altitudes
  • Supports the new ADS-B weather products
  • Works almost identically using either the Internet or more than 20 ADS-B receivers

UPDATE:  FlyQ EFB 4.5.2 has now also been released.  It adds a much easier to see bottom tab bar and an option to help pilots with color blindness see the radar images more clearly. Read more.


Altitude Slider

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Flying is 3D dimensional so why just evaluate weather risks from an old-style 2D perspective?  With our new Altitude Slider, move the slider up and down to see how Winds Aloft, Cloud Tops, Icing, and Turbulence vary with altitude.


Timeline

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The only thing predictable about weather is that it will change.  With the new Timeline, you can preview the weather you’ll see during your flight simply by dragging the Timeline.  Our incredible Predictive Radar gives you a glimpse into the future. You’ll also see how METARs/TAFs, Winds Aloft, Surface Winds, Surface Analysis, Icing, and Turbulence are expected to change.


Predictive Radar

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FlyQ has always had great radar but version 4.5 takes things to a new dimension – the future!  Using the Timeline, see what radar was like a few hours ago, right now, or even see radar predicted during the next hour! Use animated radar for a quick read or get a detailed analysis with the new high-resolution radar.


Turbulence and Icing

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No one likes turbulence and icing can kill.  With FlyQ EFB 4.5, we’ve got you covered both pre-flight (Internet) and in-flight (ADS-B).  Use the Timeline to see how icing and turbulence have changed and are expected to change in the future.  Use the Altitude Slider to see the differences at various altitudes.


Cloud Bases

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During takeoff or landing, it’s often useful — if not critical — to know where the cloud base is.  We make it simple by color-coding the areas.  See green? The cloud bases are at least 6,000 ft. AGL.  Red? Clouds begin less than 2,500 ft AGL.  Yellow or orange?  Somewhere in between.


Cloud Tops

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Staying clear of the clouds can be hard to predict.  But not with FlyQ EFB 4.5!  Simply move the Altitude Slider up and down and watch the colors on the map.  If you see blue, you’re in the clouds at that altitude; see light grey and you’re above them.


Lightning

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Lightning is dangerous but FlyQ makes it easy to avoid.  During pre-flight planning, you’ll see lightning from around the world.  In flight, see lightning via your ADS-B receiver.  Like most things in FlyQ, the threat level is color coded: Red (severe), Orange (medium), and Yellow (light).


Surface Winds

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Landing and taking off can be challenging given the wrong winds.  FlyQ makes it easy to know what you’re facing with the new Surface Winds layer.  Simple color coding, clear direction indicators, and detailed speed markers make go, no-go decisions easy.


Surface Analysis

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FlyQ now supplies you with time-based Surface Analysis graphs.  See the expected Fronts, Highs, Lows, and more at different times in the future.


PIREPs

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FlyQ gets PIREPs from either the Internet or your ADS-B receiver.  Turn on Turbulence and turbulence PIREPs appear.  Show Icing and icing PIREPs appear.  Or turn the PIREP layer on and see all PIREPs.


16 Layers & a Legend

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FlyQ includes 16 insightful weather layers (3 Radar, 2 Satellite, METARs/TAFs, Lightning, Winds Aloft, Surface Winds, Cloud Tops, Cloud Bases, Turbulence, Icing, SIG/AIRMETs, PIREPs, and Surface Analysis).
Given all these layers, you’ll see a lot of colors and symbols.  That’s why a zoomable Legend is just a tap away!

How to Get FlyQ EFB 4.5?

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If you already have FlyQ EFB on your iPad/iPhone:

1.  Go to the App Store on your device.
2.  In the upper right corner of the screen, tap your picture (it probably has a red number).
3.  Scroll down the screen and look for the Available Updates section.
4.  Find FlyQ EFB.
5.  If you see Open, it’s already downloaded and simply tap Open to fire it up.
6.  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.  Select the Search tab.
4.  Type FlyQ EFB in the search field at the top of the screen.
5.  Tap FlyQ EFB when it appears as you type.
6.  Click Get or Download.
FlyQ EFB 4.5 requires iOS 11 or later.

Your favorite aviation movies/YouTube videos/podcasts, etc.

A lot of people are staying more or less at home these days rather than flying.  And with the bans that most states have, no gatherings for shows (like Sun ‘n Fun), fly-ins, pancake breakfasts, etc.  That means we all have more time than we’d like for couch flying.  So … what are you favorite aviation and space related movies, YouTube channels, documentaries, podcasts, etc?

To get things started, a few of mine  — surely I missed dozens of great ones:

Movies:

Top Gun (duh!), Tora Tora Tora, Airplane! (need some humor), Apollo 13, Rocket Boys

TV Shows:

For All Mankind (Apple TV, about what would have happened if the Soviets beat us to the moon)

Battle 360: https://www.amazon.com/Battle-360/dp/B07SSVXPS7

Dogfights: https://www.amazon.com/Dogfights-Season-1/dp/B00YMIOUVG

YouTube:

Rod Machado. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7mCVDkKXvsKvdZfMNbuvhg

March 26, 2020 ChartData Released

Everyone at Seattle Avionics sincerely hopes that you, your family, and your friends are fine during these difficult times.  All Seattle Avionics employees are healthy but we are following the CDC, Washington State, and common-sense guidelines so we are  all currently working from home.  This is similar to what Microsoft, Amazon, and other large companies are doing.  During this time, we ask for your patience regarding replies to support or sales emails and phone calls.

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, March 26, 2020 and the new ChartData is available for download now.  New data is now available for the US, Mexico, and Central America.  European data will be ready shortly. Australian data is unchanged this cycle.  Be sure not to fly with this data until March 26.

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 Thursday as the app does not currently 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.

Coronavirus & Seattle Avionics

As you’ve probably heard, Washington has the dubious distinction of having more coronavirus cases than any other state.   See https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/12/us/states-responses-to-coronavirus/index.html  And the Seattle area is the hardest hit in the state.

Consequently, we’ve decided to have all employees work from home, effective immediately.  This is similar to what Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook are doing.  Thanks to the wonder of modern technology, this should not affect general business too much.  However, we do ask that folks use email, rather than a phone call, for tech support and sales questions whenever possible as the phone system is the hardest element to use from home.  Email addresses would be support@seattleavionics.com and sales@seattleavionics.com

Also, as surely someone will ask … we don’t know any more than you do but, based on numerous factors, we expect that Sun ‘n Fun will be cancelled this year and are busily planning a Virtual Sun ‘n Fun.  If it isn’t cancelled, we’ll evaluate whether to attend or not, taking into account that we have several employees of an age that the CDC suggests do not travel or attend large gatherings.  More on our plans later…

February 27, 2020 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, February 27, 2020 and the new ChartData is available for download now.  New data is now available for the US, Mexico, and Central America.  European data will be ready shortly. Australian data is unchanged this cycle.  Be sure not to fly with this data until February 27.

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 Thursday as the app does not currently 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.

Northwest Aviation Show This Weekend!

Please note:  The show program lists the correct presentation times and rooms but the topic changed since printing.  Both presentations are about the new weather features in FlyQ EFB 4.5, not what is shown in the program.

Hard to tell by our recent weather but spring is less than a month away.  How can I be sure? This weekend (Feb 22-23) 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 4.5 at Booth # 108

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FlyQ EFB 4.5 is in beta testing and nearly ready to launch.  It’s a whopper!  We refer to this release as The 3X Weather Release because it has 3X more weather layers than the current version.  Lightning, Icing, Turbulence, Surface Analysis, Cloud Tops, and so much more.  Not only that, it includes an incredibly helpful Timeline and Altitude Slider so you can see how weather is expected to change during your flight — all the more useful with our exclusive Predictive Radar.  Of course, it also includes the new ADS-B weather products like lightning, icing, turbulence, etc.  It’s nothing like anything you’ve seen before.  Be sure to check it out at the booth (#108)

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

Presentations:

Saturday, 3:30 PM, New Predictive and Timeline-based Weather Tools for Pre-Flight and In-Flight.  North Foyer (E).  Steve Podradchik, CEO

Big changes are in the air – and on the ground!   Make your flying safer and easier by seeing how a new generation of ADS-B and Internet-based weather systems let you analyze weather in new, more comprehensive ways.  Learn about new ADS-B weather products such as Lightning, Icing, and Turbulence.  See new Internet-based weather products, including predictive radar, cloud tops, and cloud bottoms, that use a timeline and altitude slider to help you do a better preflight analysis than every before possible.

Sunday, 2:30 PM
, New Predictive and Timeline-based Weather Tools for Pre-Flight and In-Flight. Heritage Room (D).  John Rutter, President

Big changes are in the air – and on the ground!   Make your flying safer and easier by seeing how a new generation of ADS-B and Internet-based weather systems let you analyze weather in new, more comprehensive ways.  Learn about new ADS-B weather products such as Lightning, Icing, and Turbulence.  See new Internet-based weather products, including predictive radar, cloud tops, and cloud bottoms, that use a timeline and altitude slider to help you do a better preflight analysis than every before possible.

January 30, 2020 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, January 30, 2020 and the new ChartData is available for download now.  New data is now available for the US, Mexico, and Central America.  European data will be ready shortly. Australian data is unchanged this cycle.  Be sure not to fly with this data until January 30.

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 Thursday as the app does not currently 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.

Never hit this while driving….

EDIT:  I had originally offered $100 off FlyQ to the first person who could identify the object I hit. After many good guesses, all wrong, I don’t think anyone will get it so game over.  Text and additional photos below now explain what the object is.


Totally unrelated to flying but perhaps a reason why flying is sometimes called safer than driving?

I hit this on the highway while driving into work this morning.

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In case you can’t tell what this is (no one could from that picture, myself included), maybe these will help.  These were taken after the tow truck lifted my car enough so that we could dislodge the object from the car.

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I hit a sink.  A steel sink painted white.  In the middle of a highway lane.  Really.

On the road, at highway speed, it looked to me like a crushed white cardboard box as the “crushed” aspect to it was not from my encounter but from whomever hit it before me.  I saw it in time to swerve but doing so would have meant moving into another lane without properly checking for incoming cars.  So, given the usual highway speeds, hitting a box seemed like the safest option.  Can’t imagine why I didn’t expect it to be a steel sink.  Even after I hit it, I had no idea what it was and didn’t expect it to still be embedded in my car; I simply thought I blew a tire upon impact with something that, clearly, was not cardboard.  I drove to the right side of the road, and, since I happened to be maybe 100 yards from an exit ramp, drove off the highway onto a side street then drove a bit more and parked the car out of traffic and away from driveways.  I didn’t realize that the sink was still part of my car until I got out and took a look.  And, even then, I had no idea it was a sink until the very helpful tow truck man raised my car enough for us to separate things.

And yes, I’m fine and the car will be fine after some work.  Also, I do have a second car (usually used by son at college but he happens to have left it here after winter break) so I’m lucky.  But this has definitely made an interesting story!