Getting AOPA FlyQ EFB is a three-step process:
1. Download AOPA FlyQ EFB from the App Store (free download).
2. Sign up in the App for a 30-day Free Trial of FlyQ EFB.
3. When you’re ready to extend your subscription to a full 12 months, join AOPA for special member-only pricing at www.aopa.org/FlyQEFB.
Not compatible with iPad 1.
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Not compatible with iPad 1.
Getting Started with FlyQ EFB
AOPA FlyQ EFB is a powerful and elegant flight planning app. Whether you are just getting started with it or are looking for guidance on some of the more advanced features, we’ve put together these tips and tricks to help you get to really get to know FlyQ EFB. Just click on any of the sections below to expand the information.
Have questions or need more information? Email us as at FlyQHelp@aopa.org.
This app will not work on iPad 1.
The buttons at the top of FlyQ EFB remain constant to give quick access to commonly-used functions at all times.
Some people prefer the simplicity of a single large view on the iPad. FlyQ EFB begins like this with a series of tabs at the bottom of the screen. The tabs show the major functional areas of the app: Airports, Weather, Plans, Maps, and Procedures. Tap any tab to see the type of info you want. In this way, you can see detailed info about an airport, a 2D or 3D map, an approach procedure or airport diagram, or detailed weather -- all in a large, easy to read view.
Other people prefer to see more at the same time so FlyQ EFB offers a simple Split button. A tap to the button in the upper left corner of the screen switch from single screen to split screen and back again. In split screen view, you can see a map and airport info, a map and an approach procedure, 2 maps (perhaps different scales or one IFR and one VFR), and much more.
FlyQ EFB has an incredible mapping system that works in both 2D and 3D Synthetic Vision mode.
In addition to the map itself, there are three areas of the screen with tools or information: Map Bar, Status Window, Gauge Bar. Each of these areas can be "flicked" off the screen or "pulled" back by grabbing the small tab above or below the area.
The Map Bar
In the upper left corner of every map is series of 4 buttons. These control key mapping features. From left to right, they are: Layers, GPS Lock, Track Up, and 3D.
FlyQ EFB lets you mix and match any base map (Sectional, IFR Low, or IFR High) with anything else. Simply tap the base layer you want then tap as many or as few weather or other layers as you like. In this way, you can see NexRad radar and satellite at the same time or see easy-to-read winds aloft arrows and METAR/TAF circles at the same time.
The Winds Aloft arrows point in the direction that the wind is going not in the direction it comes from. The number at the end is the expected winds aloft speed, in Kts, at your current GPS altitude. Thus, this number generally changes as you climb. Tap the large Weather tab at the bottom of the screen to see winds at other altitudes.
The METAR/TAF circles use 3 colors to depict the actual or expected weather conditions: green is VFR, yellow is MVFR, and red is IFR, LIFR, or VLIFR. The colors are determined by either METARs or TAFs, depending on the time. If the airport has a METAR report that is still valid (they last one hour), the color is based on a METAR. If you're outside the time range of METARs, FlyQ EFB automatically switches to using TAFs.
Normally FlyQ EFB uses your GPS to keep the map centered on your current location. However, if you use your finger to pan (move) the map, tap this button to re-center on the GPS. If GPS Lock is already on (magenta), tap it again to zoom in. The only way to turn GPS Lock off is to move the map.
We've been amazed that virtually all aviation apps only show maps in North Up orientation. FlyQ EFB fixes that by adding an easy toggle to switch from Track Up (magenta and the default) to North Up.
Note: Track Up is meaningless unless you're moving (that is, have a track) so this button has no effect if you're using the iPad at your desk. Also, when you turn Track Up on, the system also engages the GPS Lock button.
2D / 3D
FlyQ EFB was designed from the ground-up to use one very powerful mapping system that works in either standard 2D or true 3D Synthetic Vision mode. There is no additional subscription required to get this feature and switching from 2D to 3D is as easy as tapping the button that looks like a 3-dimensional cube.
- In 2D mode, FlyQ automatically downloads data from the Internet so you don't have to pre-load data (of course, you should before you fly -- see the Downloading Data section below). However, for technical reasons, 3D synthetic vision requires data to be pre-downloaded. Thus, if you switch to 3D mode before downloading data, you'll see a warning that you need to use the Data Manager. If you don't, all you'll see is a blue screen.
- In 3D mode, you can't overlay all the same layers you can in 2D but we invite you to overlay Sectionals or IFR charts over the raw terrain for a much more realistic and useful display. Simply tap the Layers button and select Sectional, IFR Low, or IFR High rather than the default Terrain.
The upper right area of the screen shows critical data accuracy and aging information. Tip: Remember that you can flick this window on or off the screen. When flicked off, grab the "handle" to pull it back down.
iPads have been known to lose the GPS lock in flight. At a glance, this area gives you a quick indication of whether or not the GPS is engaged (or, as above, if the GPS simulator is on). Tap the blue arrow for additional detail in terms of horizontal and vertical accuracy.
Weather information is critical when flying but you need to know how old the weather data is to make decisions. This display immediately shows how old the METAR/TAF information is. Weather is downloaded from the Internet every 15 minutes and cached on the iPad for use during flight. Tap the blue arrow to see the age of the NexRad, the Satellite, etc.
Perhaps the best way to learn about a product before you fly with it is to use the powerful built-in GPS simulator.
Load or create a flight plan then switch to the Map tab. Look at the Status Window at the upper right of the screen. The last item is the Simulator. Turn it on and watch the flight begin. Tap the blue arrow button on the right to see additional options such as a way to speed up the flight or jump immediately to any point in the flight by either time (the Position on Route slider) or by selecting a specific waypoint (the Jump to Waypoint button).
The bottom of the screen has a wealth of pilot-configurable gauges (speed, altitude, next waypoint, timers, etc.). FlyQ EFB has more gauges than can fit on the screen so tap a gauge to see a list of the other possible gauges that can go in that position. If you select a Timer or Stopwatch gauge, press and hold the gauge to set the timer. And remember that you can flick the gauge bar on or off the screen as you like.
Flying requires fast and easy access to data and FlyQ EFB has you covered.
Let's say you're flying and have an emergency or you simply like the security of always knowing what the nearby airports are. Easy. Just tap the Airports tab and FlyQ EFB instantly uses the GPS to show nearby airports. Normally these airports are sorted by distance but you can tap the Sort button to sort by weather conditions, longest runway, or even by which airports have fuel. This list is not static; rather, it updates automatically every 15 seconds so it's a great safety aid to keep this screen up all the time. And it's much more than a simple list of airport names. For each entry, you'll see current weather conditions, distance and bearing to the airport, key operational info such as elevation, TPA, frequencies, and more. Of course, tap any entry for even more info.
Airports On Your Flight Plan
As you approach your landing, you may want to look up information on your destination. Tap the Plans tab, tap your landing airport in the NavLog and there it is.
Any Airport, Navaid, or Fix
There is a large search field at the top of the screen. Enter any ident, airport name, or city and FlyQ EFB immediately shows you the matches
Double-Tap the Map for Airports, Navaids, Fixes and TFRs
Humans are visual creatures and typing on an iPad, especially while flying, isn't always the easiest thing to do. Once again, FlyQ EFB has you covered with a simple system for getting info about airports, navaids, and fixes on the map: Double-tap the map and FlyQ EFB pops-up matches in the area you tapped. This list has tabs at the bottom. By default, the list just shows airports and navaids but you can also select the Fixes tab or even TFRs. By the way, some people have asked why double-tap not single-tap like some other apps. We did this intentionally because it's simply too easy to tap the screen accidentally, especially in rough weather.
AOPA EFB FlyQ makes it very easy to create an ideal, wind-optimized flight plan any way you prefer. Plans can be created whether you're connected to the Internet or not but some advanced features are only available when online. Flight Plans created when you're online are automatically available from any device running a FlyQ application such as FlyQ Pocket for the iPhone, FlyQ Pocket for Android, or, soon, FlyQ Flight Planner from your desktop PC or Mac.
Use the Search Box at the Top of the Screen
Enter a series of idents into the top Search field such as FDK MIA for a direct plan from Fredrick, MD to Miami, FL.
Tip: When you're online, use this same method to create a plan via Victor airways by adding adding the letter V to the end (e.g. FDK MIA V), via Jet airways by appending a J, via GPS-Direct that avoids terrain using G, or just by wind-optimizing by using the letter W.
Use the Map
Use the map to plan visually. Double-tap the map to visually add points. Press and hold to move an existing point or insert one between two existing points ("Rubber-banding").
Use the New Plan Window
Select the Plans tab then use the New Flight Plan area to enter as much or as little info as you like and have FlyQ EFB plan the flight for you. This method has the most options including selecting the routing method, VFR or IFR, whether or not to optimize for best winds, etc. Tap the More button for even more options such as selecting which aircraft to fly, min and max altitude ranges, takeoff fuel, and more.
Weather is crucial to flying and FlyQ EFB has a wealth of weather information that make flying easier and safer. Weather can be accessed in a number of ways:
On the Map
FlyQ EFB can display any combination of NexRad, Satellite, METAR/TAF, and Winds Aloft over any 2D map. Tap the Layers button then select as many or as few weather layers as you like.
For an Airport
When an airport is selected, switch from the default General subtab to the Weather subtab. If you're connected to the Internet, you'll see animated local, regional, and national radar images around the airport. You'll also see the METAR and TAF from the nearest airport (not necessarily that airport if it doesn't have these weather reports), a Winds Aloft table, and even a DUAT briefing. The top even shows the current temperature and, with a tap, an easy-to-read 7 day forecast.
Tap the METAR or TAF to see it much larger. This is especially handy in-flight or anytime for those of us who aren't 25 anymore.
Weather Around Your Current Position
Tap the large Weather tab at the bottom of the screen to see essentially the same information as described above for your current GPS location.
Graphical Wind Optimizer
Tap the large Weather tab at the bottom of the screen then select the Winds subtab. This is a very cool (and patent-pending!) feature. At a glance it answers the age-old in-flight question of whether to fly higher or lower. The Graphical Wind Optimizer shows what the winds are like relative to your current track (the aircraft image with the wind arrow through it) and what kind of headwind or tailwind to expect, given your current course, at different altitudes.
In the graph below, the various headwind (red) and tailwind (green) components in knots are show for every altitude from 0 to 16,000 ft (altitudes in the table have the 000's place removed for brevity). Thus, flying at 16 (16,000 ft) would provide a 16 kts tailwind while flying at 6,000 ft is expected to produce a 3 kts headwind.
Similarly, the representation of an aircraft with an arrow means a 6 kts wind that is almost a perfect a tailwind at the current altitude. The current altitude is shown both on the gauge below the map (11000) and as the light gray bar on the graph.
FlyQ EFB gives quick and easy access to hundreds of US and Canadian weather graphics. Tap the main Weather tab then choose the Gallery tab.
Downloading data every month isn't the most exciting part of flying but FlyQ makes it painless: simply spin and zoom a 3D globe to visually select the states you're interested in and FlyQ does the rest. FlyQ downloads incredibly fast because it downloads just the new information each month, not all data. As most aviation data remains the same every month, this feature alone can save you hours (the first download takes longer because FlyQ will download terrain data).