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Seattle Avionics, the designer and developer of FlyQ flight planning products, has announced updates including new versions of FlyQ Pocket and FlyQ EFB, a new Web-based system called ATLAS, and a special offer good through Sunday, December 7, 2014.

The new FlyQ Pocket 2.0, now available from the Apple App Store, is designed for iPhone and Android phones. In addition to providing quick access to detailed airport information, weather, and flight planning, the new version has been enhanced with a more modern user interface, consistent with FlyQ EFB. Other new features include fuel prices for more than 2,500 airports, and full FAA airport diagrams. Fuel-price information is updated continuously by Seattle Avionics staff. Users also can update fuel prices.

The iPhone version is available now, and the Android version will be available soon. The app, optimized for iOS 8 and iOS 7, and also compatible with iOS 6, remains a free benefit to AOPA members.

The new version of FlyQ EFB—which Seattle Avionics calls the top-rated major iPad aviation app in the App Store—is also now available with enhancements that build on its major features of split-screen view; 3-D synthetic vision; plates on the map; traffic and weather support for nine different ADS-B receivers; large, easy-to-read text; and a graphical wind optimizer. The special Cyber Week pricing is available through Sunday, December 7 at http://seattleavionics.com/AOPA.

Added features include the app’s exclusive Terrain X-Ray, that lets a pilot put two fingers on the map to see distance and bearing between the points and the terrain profile—including color-code terrain warnings—directly on the map. Terrain X-Ray also gives estimated fuel and time calculations that take winds into account, Seattle Avionics said.

Other new features include measurement rings based on either distance or time; the full airport/facilities directory; an extended course line based on either distance or time; multiple types of search-and-rescue grids; and a choice of 12 aircraft markers in various sizes, styles, and colors.

Web-based ATLAS is "an entirely new concept in Web-based aviation systems" that "combines the best features of weather Web sites, fuel price Web sites, and flight planning/mapping Web sites into one coherent, easy to use Web-based system," Seattle Avionics said.

The split-screen interface "makes it feel more like a powerful desktop app" than a website. It works with major Web browsers for PC and Mac. Flight plans, pilot profiles, and aircraft profiles are automatically shared with FlyQ EFB and FlyQ Pocket. A preview of ATLAS is available here.

"As pilots, we wanted a comprehensive system that lets pilots plan for and execute flights using whatever devices they use—iPad, iPhone, Android, or the Web," said Seattle Avionics CEO Steve Podradchik. "In addition to major enhancements for FlyQ EFB and FlyQ Pocket, that meant completely re-imagining what a Web-based system should do and how it should work."

Topics: Apps, EFB, Gear

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