AOPA is exiting the electronic flight bag (EFB) market, and the association’s existing products, the FlyQ EFB iPad application and related FlyQ Pocket smartphone application, will transition to Seattle Avionics.
The association made the announcement July 25 after a review of member products and services that included an assessment of how AOPA members believe the association should direct resources when it comes to flight planning benefits.
Seattle Avionics, which developed the applications in partnership with AOPA, will work closely with the association to ensure a smooth transition for users. The company will take full responsibility for FlyQ EFB in September 2014, at which time Seattle Avionics also will undertake all marketing, customer support, and further development. FlyQ Pocket will be offered solely by Seattle Avionics in February 2015. The only change users should notice is that AOPA’s logo and name will no longer appear on either product.
AOPA will develop a new and distinct smartphone application focusing on content and functions driven by member needs. The new app will provide AOPA Airports directory information, AOPA Weather information, AOPA flight planner functionality, and be built in a manner that is easily expandable to include other AOPA information and resources for members. The new app will remain a free benefit and be available in 2015.
“We are excited about continuing these two great products and have appreciated our partnership with AOPA. We strongly believe that pilots will benefit from the new directions we’ll take the apps,” said Steve Podradchik, CEO of Seattle Avionics.