FlyQ EFB 1.3 adds ADS-B traffic, more IFR features

February 5, 2014

FlyQ EFB version 1.3 is now available, with a focus on pilot safety and IFR-friendly features.

The app now supports Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic, even more ADS-B receivers, night mode, a multi-page scratch pad, extended runway centerlines with right-pattern indicators, and more. IFR pilots will love approach plates on the map, track-up display and auto-centering for approach plates, and SID/STAR selection. This upgrade adds to existing innovated features such as split-screen mode and 3-D synthetic vision. FlyQ EFB version 1.3 immediately received a 4 out of 5 star rating in the Apple App Store. A video explaining the new features is available online.

The most significant and highly requested feature in FlyQ EFB 1.3 is the addition of portable ADS-B receiver traffic display. The traffic display includes threat-sensitive colors, a distance ring, and time-based predictive paths to estimate where a particular target will be in two minutes based on current speed and direction. A simple tap on the screen turns a traffic filter on or off, allowing pilots to see everything available to display, or only those aircraft within 15 miles in any direction of their current location and 3,500 feet above or below their current altitude. EFB 1.3 displays both 978 MHz and 1090 MHz traffic as available from a supported receiver. For more information on the pros and cons of ADS-B, read the ADS-B primer.

FlyQ EFB 1.3 also adds support for two iLevil receivers, in addition to continued support of the DUAL XGPS 170 and Sagetech Clarity receivers. The iLevil receivers are single-band (978 MHz) receivers that provide Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) GPS and attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) in addition to ADS-B weather and traffic.

Other key features in this release include Night Mode on both charts and plates; extended runway centerline with right pattern indicator display; interactive METARs and TAFs; and a multi-page scratch pad.

For IFR pilots, FlyQ EFB 1.3 adds approach procedure map overlays with adjustable transparency; ability to simply add SIDs and STARs to flight plans with selectable entry and exit points; track-up or North-up display of procedures and airport diagrams; and a selectable "Center" button on approach plates that keeps the plate centered on the aircraft as it moves.

Additional convenience features were also added, including the ability to print or email both flight plans and weather briefings.  Plus, the app now remembers your last viewing settings such as map layers and split screen instead of reverting to default settings each time the app is opened.

Version 1.3 retains FlyQ’s most popular and useful features, including split screen, 3-D synthetic vision, multiple auto-routing options based on forecast winds aloft; moving map; airport information and geo-referenced airport diagrams; geo-referenced approach procedures; track-up and North-up views; a built-in flight simulator; and FlyQ’s patent-pending graphical wind optimizer displays.

Pilots with existing FlyQ EFB subscriptions can upgrade to Version 1.3 for free by updating their installed app. Free trials are available—first time users can sign up for a 30-day trial subscription or expired users can sign up for a 15-day trial extension. Email FlyQ EFB support for more information. 

Two subscription levels are available for FlyQ EFB: a VFR package for $69.99 a year and IFR+ VFR package for $119.99 a year (includes all VFR features plus IFR high/low enroute charts and geo-referenced approach plates).

For a full list of features and fixes, read the FlyQ EFB release notes. AOPA FlyQ EFB is developed in partnership with Seattle Avionics. Visit www.aopa.org/FlyQEFB for more information. FlyQ EFB is built for the iPads running iOS 6 or later (iPad 2 or later, including the iPad mini). It is not compatible with iPad 1.