Adios DUATS / Aloha Leidos!

As of right now, all flight plans and weather briefings for any FlyQ app or Voyager are routed through Leidos (1800WxBrief.com) as CSRA DUATS goes offline on 5/16/18.  Any request for a weather briefing or flight plan filing via DUATS is automatically redirected towards Leidos; no work on your part is required.  However, you gain substantial benefits to adding your Leidos Username to your FlyQ account. See below for more information about that.

A few notes:

  1. If you don’t alter your Pilot Profile in FlyQ to contain your Leidos Username, you’ll get weather briefings and filed flight plans based solely on the tailnumber of your aircraft (FlyQ has had this feature for 2 years).  The flight plans and briefings are officially filed but you will not be able to look them up on the 1800WxBrief.com web site.
  2. To have 1800wxbrief.com keep track of your briefings and filings, you need to add your Leidos Username to FlyQ and enable FlyQ access in 1800wxbrief.com as follows:
    1. If you don’t have a Leidos Username, go to https://www.1800wxbrief.com and create a free account.  Note:  A Leidos “Username” is really an email address.
    2. Once you have your Leidos Username, go to FlyQ Online at https://flyq.seattleavionics.com, click the “Gear” icon to go to Settings, select Pilot Profiles, then add your Leidos Username.
    3. IMPORTANT!  You also need to tell Leidos to allow FlyQ to access your account: Log into www.1800wxbrief.com, click the Account “menu” at the top, click “Service Provider Authorization” and enable FlyQ.
  3. Very soon, FlyQ EFB will have the same Leidos username features as FlyQ Online has now.  We expect this revised version to be given to beta testers this week and all users very shortly thereafter.  In the meantime, weather briefings and flight plans will go through Leidos as described in Note 1 above (that is, you can file and brief with Leidos but you won’t be able to access these from 1800wxbrief.com).
  4. FlyQ Pocket, FlyQ InSight, and Voyager will also file and brief via Leidos automatically.  At the moment, these systems do not have a way to add a Leidos username.  FlyQ InSight and possibly FlyQ Pocket will have this soon.  Voyager will never gain additional Leidos support as we strongly suggest that all Voyager users switch to FlyQ EFB and FlyQ Online.

Questions?  Either post them here and we’ll try to answer them or email support@seattleavionics.com.

New! Recently Cleared ATC Routes / Leidos Added to FlyQ Online

We just released a new version of FlyQ Online that added two of the most commonly requested features: Recently Cleared ATC Routes and Leidos (1800wxbrief) logins.  Learn more about FlyQ Online’s other unique features like Profile View, 4D timeline-based weather, automatic fuel stop planning based on lowest fuel prices, wind optimization, and robust export features.

Note: A new version of FlyQ EFB is scheduled to be released next week with these same features.

https://flyq.seattleavionics.com

Recently Cleared ATC Routes

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Recently Cleared ATC Routes applies just to IFR flight plans.  With it, the system automatically looks at your takeoff and destination airport pair and looks for the routes that ATC has recently approved.  If any are found, FlyQ Online lists them and shows you a graphical preview.  Select the one you want — even opting to add fuel stops and optimize altitudes for best winds (notice the fuel stops on the image below) — or tell FlyQ to ignore all of them and just route as it did before.

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The feature automatically kicks in if your defaults are set to plan IFR.  If you’re planning VFR, you won’t see these routes.  However, you can force an IFR plan by adding the letter “i” to the end of the routing you type at the top of the screen.  See the screenshot for an example.  IFR pilots can also disable this feature in the Settings portion of the app.

Leidos Integration

The other major new feature is the ability to login to Leidos (1800wxbrief) when creating flight plans and getting route briefings.  FlyQ has had Leidos support for about two years, since it was managed by Lockheed Martin.  With the previous support, you could get weather briefings and file flight plans based on your tailnumber but it would not associate these with a Leidos login account.

Now you can optionally associate your Leidos login with your FlyQ pilot profile.  If you do, you’ll be able to review your plans, get alerts, quickly open and close plans, etc. from the 1800wxbrief.com web site.  If you choose not to add Leidos login information, FlyQ will continue to get weather briefings and file flight plans as it did before, you just don’t gain the benefits of associating the two accounts.

If you don’t already have a Leidos account, simply go to https://1800wxbrief.com and create one.  Then ….

If you already have a Leidos account, you need to do two things to enable this feature:

  • In FlyQ Online, go to Settings (gear icon at the top of the screen) then Pilots and edit your Pilot Profile to add your Leidos Username (which is actually an email address) and clicks Save.
  • Go to https://1800wxbrief.com and login. Click the Account button at the top of the page then select Service Provider Authorization.  Click Edit, select Yes for FlyQ, then click Save.

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Other Features / Fixes

  • ADDED: New switch in Settings/Defaults to show weather briefings using Raw or Translated formats
  • FIXED: Layer settings not restored at login in some cases
  • FIXED: Problem with rubber-banding the flight plan line with the latest version of Google Maps
  • FIXED: Searches for all Personal Waypoints, just just the ones belonging to the logged-in user
  • FIXED: Removed DUATS logins as DUATS ends service on 5/16/18

Warning! ATC Privatization Imminent

As AOPA, Flying Magazine, and others have just warned, the outgoing House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R, PA) has inserted a last-minute amendment into the FAA Reauthorization bill now before Congress that would place the U.S. air traffic control system under the jurisdiction of an airline-dominated board of directors within the Department of Transportation rather than the FAA.  In other words, effectively privatize ATC.  And definitely bad for GA!

The bill could be voted on as early as Wednesday.  Please use this link to find your House Representative and urge them to vote against the bill.

For more info: https://www.flyingmag.com/ga-leaders-urgently-warn-atc-privatization-imminent

April 26, 2018 ChartData Released

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, April 26, 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 April 26.

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 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

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.

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 (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.

Pizza and Karaoke!

When you think of Sun ‘n Fun, you probably think of planes and sun. Yes but there’s more. For dinner tonight, the team and I went to a truly great pizza place called KC’s Artisan pizza. We’ve been there many times in past years. Outstanding pizza!

But never on their new Karaoke night!  Never had so much fun eating pizza in my life.

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BendixKing + Seattle Announce New BendixKing xVue Touch System

Lakeland, FL (Sun ‘N Fun): Yesterday, BendixKing, a unit of Honeywell (NYSE: HON), introduced the xVue Touch, an all-new primary flight display for experimental aircraft.

V2-2-KSD-100-Keyshot-43_Edit-25pctAvailable now, the new cockpit technology provides builders and pilots with a powerful and intuitive touchscreen flight display built with superior craftsmanship, at a very affordable price.  The new flight display represents a major milestone for BendixKing as its first product specifically launched for experimental category aircraft.  For more info, see the press release or detailed product information.  If you’re at Sun ‘N Fun, see the device live at the BendixKing booth (A34-36) or learn more at the Seattle Avionics booth (C22).

Of course the xVuew Touch is powered by Seattle Avionics ChartData!  Comprehensive US annual subscriptions are just $99/year and European annual subscriptions just $199! Available now.

US Customers

  • Annual ChartData subscriptions with VFR and IFR data are available for just $99. Buy Now
  • Covers all 50 US states.
  • Each ChartData subscription includes:
    • Geo-referenced, seamless Sectionals for all 50 US states.
    • Geo-referenced airport Diagrams: Contains BOTH the full set of airport diagrams that the FAA produces (currently about 700 Class B, C, and D airports) and the approximately 5000 Seattle Avionics-produced airports. Both sets are geo-referenced.
    • Geo-referenced, seamless IFR Low Altitude Enroute charts for 49 US states (Hawaii has no IFR Low charts).
    • Geo-referenced, seamless IFR High Altitude Enroute Charts for all 50 US states.
    • 12,000+ geo-referenced approach plates, SIDs, STARs, and MINs.

European Customers

  • Annual ChartData subscriptions with VFR and IFR data are available for just US $199. Buy Now
  • Covers 53 European countries (See European coverage area details).
  • Each ChartData subscription includes:
    • Geo-referenced airport Diagrams.
    • 18,000+ geo-referenced approach plates, SIDs, STARs, and MINs.

 

Sun ‘n Fun!

Sun ‘n Fun is almost upon us – in fact some of our team is already there (did they leave town early to get away from the Seattle rain?).  Festivities begin this Tuesday in Lakeland, FL.
  • See us at Sun ‘n Fun in booth C22.
  • Attend one of our four seminars during the show.
  • Get show-only special deals on the Merlin ADS-B, new FlyQ EFB version 3.0, and all our products!

Sun ‘n Fun

Come see us in Booth C-022 (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.  The Friday one, Using Augmented Reality in the Cockpit, was recently presented at another show to a standing room only crowd.  Rooms are expected to be packed for all four seminars so come early!

Seminar Schedule

Date/Time
Topic
Room
Tuesday,
April 10

1:00 PM

Combining Online Flight Planning with iPad Apps CFAA-1
Wednesday,
April 11

12:00 PM

Intro to FlyQ EFB CFAA-4
Thursday,
April 12

12:00 PM

Advanced FlyQ EFB CFAA-4
Friday,
April 13
12:00 PM
Using Augmented Reality in the Cockpit
CFAA-1
All the talks are in the CFAA (Central Florida Aerospace Academy) building a little away from the rest of Sun ‘n Fun.  Leave some time to walk there as it’s a bit of a hike.
CFAA Building Location

Combining Online Flight Planning with iPad Apps

FlyQ is a family of products, not a single product. This special presentation shows using the web browser-based FlyQ Online on your PC or Mac to create a plan that avoids bad weather and minimizes fuel cost then use FlyQ EFB 3.0 to execute the flight.  Also discusses using other online planners and shows using FlyQ Online to export flight plans to ForeFlight and Garmin devices.
Tuesday, April 10.  1:00 PM.  CFAA building, Room 1.

Intro to FlyQ EFB

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.
Wednesday, April 11.  12:00 PM.  CFAA building, Room 4.

Advanced FlyQ EFB

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).
Thursday, April 12.  12:00 PM.  CFAA building, Room 4.

Using Augmented Reality in the Cockpit

Put that camera in your iPad and iPhone to good use. With FlyQ EFB’s new Augmented Reality (AR) feature, the app blends live video from your phone or iPad with computer generated airport markers. Now you’ll literally see the airports not just guess where they are. See why Robert Goyer (Plane and Pilot) and Dave Hirschman (AOPA Pilot) are raving about it.
Friday, April 13.  12:00 PM.  CFAA building, Room 1.