Flight Log - March, 2016
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Dear Fellow Pilot,

Whew!  It's been a while -- much too long -- between newsletters.  Believe me, it's not for lack of trying but lack of time.  You'll read the word "new" about a thousand times in this newsletter.  New FlyQ EFB, new airport diagrams, new Data Manager, etc.

SA Airport Diagram (BRD)Aerial Photo Layer

Quick summary points in case you're short on time:
  • New FlyQ EFB version 2.2.1.  300% faster mapping engine than version 2.1, 4700 new SA Airport Diagrams, 3 new base maps (photo, street, and terrain), all-new TFR system, support for more ADS-B systems, search and rescue patterns, and much more.  Download now.
  • Introducing new Seattle Avionics Airport Diagrams.  The FAA produces about 700 airport diagrams.   Seattle Avionics is now publishing our own set of 4,700 airport diagrams covering most of the public airports in the lower 48 states.  And most are geo-referenced!
  • Manage your account from our Web site.  There is a new My Account link at the upper right corner of all our Web pages.  This shows which subscriptions you have, when they expire, change email or password, etc.  Check it out!
  • New ChartData Manager 5.2 now in public beta testing. Support for writing to multiple USB sticks or SD cards simultaneously, faster copying to data devices, many usability and bug fixes.  Download the beta now.
  • New beta version of FlyQ Online.  While not quite done yet, we've concentrated on the flight planning portion recently so worth a click if you haven't used it in a little while.  Now we're adding the weather layers currently not implemented.  You should see those soon.
  • FlyQ EFB prices will go up on April 1, 2016.  Before that, you'll have a chance to lock-in several years at the current price.  And, of course, existing Lifetime subscribers won't see any new charges.  More about this in a later email.
  • Sun 'n Fun.  Next month, we'll be at Sun 'n Fun (booth C022) and have several great seminars.
Each month, the newsletter will cover what's new with our products, include helpful tips and tricks on using them, and sometimes look ahead to what's coming soon.  Back issues can be read from our Web site, under the Company tab.
I'm Steve Podradchik, the CEO here.  I write the newsletter so email me personally if there is something you'd like me to cover next month.  My email address is stevep@seattleavionics.com.

What's New

We've been extremely busy for the past few months.  What's below are just the things we can share publicly right now.

 New Seattle Avionics Airport Diagrams

The FAA publishes diagrams for just 700 or so airports although there are more than 5,000 public-use airports in the US.  In all likelihood, your favorite airports just don't get the love they deserve from the FAA.

But now Seattle Avionics provides very detailed, high-quality airport diagrams for nearly 4,700 US airports.  These new diagrams are called "SA Diagrams." The SA Diagrams show FBO and fuel service locations as well as runways and taxiways.

SA Airport Diagram

The new Seattle Avionics diagrams are being added to many apps and devices.  The first three devices or apps to get them are FlyQ EFB (new in version 2.2), the Dynon SkyView system, and our FlyQ Online web-based planner for the PC and Mac.  If your app or device doesn't have them yet, contact the developer and ask them to give us a call.

The new SA Diagrams are created with data from many different sources then created, verified, and published by Seattle Avionics.  The same ChartData team at Seattle Avionics that provides the FAA-certified DO-200A quality approach plates you have now is working on these new diagrams.

We Need Your Help!
As this is the first release of this data, we expect to find errors and inconsistencies on many of the diagrams.  In fact, there is a web page with a list of SA Diagrams with known issues and recent changes.

Producing these diagrams involves more than just relying on government sources.  In particular, we get feedback from FBOs, airport managers, and, most importantly, pilots like you.

Therefore, we ask that you take a look at the SA Diagram for your home airport and other favorite airports and provide us feedback.

If you're at your computer, just go to FlyQ Online (http://flyq.seattleavionics.com) and enter the ident of your favorite airports.  For more information, see our Blog entry.

 FlyQ EFB version 2.2.1

FlyQ EFB version 2.2 is  major release that has already been adopted by tens of thousands of users and the verdict is extremely positive.  We've also released version 2.2.1 which addressed a small number of minor bugs. 

The rest of this section refers generally to version 2.2.

What's New in FlyQ EFB 2.2

3X Faster Mapping Engine
It's often said that time is money. When flying, time is fuel -- which means money -- so I guess it's true.  And this is why we put so much work into making version 2.2's mapping engine about 3X faster than for the previous version.  It's a truly incredible difference.  You might even say YUUGE depending on your political leanings.  Watch the map rendering video and see for yourself.

The difference has to do with how fast individual map "tiles" render.  In version 2.0, we made another part of the mapping engine 3x faster -- what computer graphics folks call the "frame rate" which refers to how many times per second the map updates.  In version 2.2, we made the tiles themselves render much faster.  When put together, version 2.2 is at least 5X faster than last year's version 1.5.

New Seattle Avionics Airport Diagrams
As mentioned above, we've been very busy cartographers crafting airport diagrams for nearly all public airports in the lower 48 US states.  Most are geo-referenced.  Best of all, you'll get names and locations for FBOs, fuel pumps, and more.

Three New Map Layers
In addition to the standard aviation charts, you can now use Roads, Terrain, or even Aerial Photo as base maps.  The Aerial Photo layer is particularly terrific if you're flying Search and Rescue missions or simply like to see what you're flying over.

Aerial Photo Layer

Note that as these new layers, especially the Aerial Photo layer, are much too large to fit in the iPad's storage space.  Therefore, you can't use the ChartData Manager to pre-download states like you can for the other map layers.  Rather, you must be connected to the Internet to see them.  That said, in version 2.2.1 we added cacheing of the tiles.  This means you can download the tiles you need for a particular flight by turing on the appropriate layer then moving and zooming around the relevant areas while online.  Then, when you're in the plane and disconnected from the Internet, those map tiles are still available.  Over time this could take up a lot of space so new delete buttons were added in the ChartData Manager for these layers.

All-New TFR System
Previously, we downloaded data from a Jeppesen system that was under contract from the FAA to provide current TFR data.  Over time, many of you have correctly pointed out that the Jepp data was, um, not always accurate.  It also lacked TFRs about sporting events.  And FlyQ EFB's display of the information left something to be desired, too.

Now all of these problems have vanished as we get the data from the FAA directly and a private company that publishes information about sporting events.  And we've completely redesigned our display.

New TFR Display

You'll notice that the TFRS are now color-coded.  As you might expect, a red TFR is an active one.  The orange ones are TFRs that will become active in the future.  If the TFR is on the FAA's Web site or is a sporting event that starts within 7 days, you'll see it.  Incidentally, the FAA definition for sporting event TFRs applies to just MLB, NFL, NASCAR, and college Division 1 college football (apparently not enough people attend basketball and soccer games to be important).

Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue

If you fly CAP or Coast Guard SAR missions, you're in for quite a treat.  To quote some CAP pilots who've already used FlyQ EFB 2.2:

"out performs the g1000 system by a long shot."

"Great job on SAR patterns. I have not seen anything like this.  Wow that should put Foreflight in its place!"

SAR Creation

Why all the praise?  Not only do we include all common grid systems (Gridded Sectionals, Cell, and GARS), we now include 9 different search patterns -- more than any system we're aware of.  Better still, we added lots of unique twists:

Key routing features:
  • 9 patterns:  Parallel, Creeping Line, Sector, CAP Grid (specialized parallel), Expanding Square, Circle, Square, Circle (Photographic), and Square (Photographic).
  • Preview window that clearly shows patterns based on the desired parameters.
  • Generalized ability to specify corners of a cell as well as the cell center by adding NW, NE, SE, or SW suffix to any cell reference.
  • For Parallel and Creeping line, save time by using Start at and End at points that automatically compute DTK and number of legs.
  • One-click ability to add a four-corner overflight route before the main pattern.
  • Enter a grid reference in the Search box then tap the Map button to jump directly to that point (can even specify a corner rather than the center).
  • Very detailed documentation in our revised Pilot's Guide
And More New Features in FlyQ EFB 2.2
  • Waypoint idents on the flight plan line
  • Added ground elevation for any point
  • FAA and SA Airport Diagrams can now be overlaid on the map
  • Added VSR (vertical speed required) gauge
  • Support for the Dual XGPS 190 ADS-B
  • Support for the L-3 Lynx ADS-B
  • Support for the Stratux AHRS (other Stratux ADS-B features have been in the app for a while)

 New "My Account" Page on our Website

We've finally entered the 20th century and added a quick way to lookup all your subscriptions with us, check purchase records, change your contact email and password, and so on.  It's quick, easy, and, honestly, long overdue.  From any page on our Website, click the My Account link in the upper right corner.

My Account

 New ChartData Manager 5.2 (beta)

Our ChartData Manager app provides ChartData to many apps and devices such as Dynon SkyView, Aspen Evolution, Bendix-King 770, GRT, AFS, and more.  It gets a lot of use every month and we're constantly improving it.  Version 5.2 makes updates faster, improves reliability, and (finally!) adds support for copying to multiple cards or USB flash drives simultaneously.  It also dramatically simplifies first-time use for new users.

Data Manager 5.2 Beta

It's technically a beta but has tested very well so far.  We plan to release it next week with just a few minor changes unless someone finds a major problem. Please send feedback to beta@seattleavionics.com

What's New in Data Manager 5.2
  • Support for copying to multiple data cards or USB sticks simultaneously (not sequentially but simultaneously so saves a lot of time).
  • One-click to switch the status display between all your data cards or USB flash drives (tap a drive letter in the list of connected devices).
  • Dynamically adapts to the data on each card or USB stick to copy only the changed files regardless of when the card or stick was last updated. Previously, this only worked if the data on the card/stick was from the last cycle but would not work if it had earlier data.
  • Much faster validation of data on the PC.
  • Less verbose logging in the Activity Monitor (no more "Will retry later" messages).  Verbose logging can be restored in Options.
  • New Support email link at the bottom of the app.  When clicked, it asks if you'd like to send the ChartData Manager log file to support for additional help.
  • The "Device" status sections note which drive letter the data is on.
  • Device status will always show "Unknown" if no data card or stick is in the PC.
  • All-new first-time use system that asks which apps or devices you use and asks for your email and password. Also mentions that the first update will take longer than later ones.
  • Warns when downloading of Sectionals or IFR Low/High charts is enabled but no areas (states) are selected.
  • References to "Flight Guide Diagrams" replaced with "Seattle Avionics Airport Diagrams."
  • Updated to Help for new features .
  • Improved handling for out of disk space errors.
  • Other minor changes and fixes.
  • FIXED: Copying Sectionals and IFR Low/High charts to a Dynon V13+ system fails if a Dynon key file is missing or corrupted.
  • FIXED: Lost Password does not always work.
  • FIXED: Changing your email or password does not always work.

Upcoming Events

April 5-10, 2016.  Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, FL.
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.  I'll also be giving several seminars during the week that should cover topics near and dear to our hearts.

Seminar Schedule


Tuesday, April 5

11:00 AM
Combining the iPad, Web-based planning, and in-panel avionics

Wednesday, April 6

9:00 AM
Intro to FlyQ EFB and the FlyQ FamilyCFAA-9

Thursday, April 7

9:00 AM
Advanced FlyQ EFBCFAA-4
Saturday April 9
12:00 AM
Comparing ADS-B Systems for iPad and AndroidCFAA-1

All the talks are in the CFAA (Central Florida Aerospace Academy) building a little away from the rest of Sun 'n Fun.

CFAA Building Location


Steve Podradchik
CEO, Seattle Avionics
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