Now available is version 4.5 of Seattle Avionics‘ FlyQ EFB, which features a host of weather-related improvements “that dramatically improve pilot safety,” according to company officials.
FlyQ EFB 4.5’s new “4D Predictive Weather” allows pilots to analyze both current and future weather at any location.
“We call it 4D because FlyQ EFB 4.5 is the only aviation app with a synchronized Timeline and Altitude Slider,” company officials said in a prepared release. “These features allow pilots to look at any location (2D), at any altitude (3D), and at any time (4D), including the past, current, and predictive future, all simultaneously.”
“To be safe, every pilot has to be a part-time meteorologist. With FlyQ EFB 4.5, we make safety easy,” said Steve Podradchik, Seattle Avionics CEO. “FlyQ EFB 4.5 is the most intuitive, most visual, and most helpful way to evaluate aviation weather in any mobile app. Period.”
The new version includes 16 weather layers, up from seven, including Icing, Turbulence, Lightning, Cloud Tops, Surface Winds, Surface Analysis, and more.
With the new Timeline, pilots can preview the weather expected during a flight by dragging the Timeline, company officials explain.
Pilots see how METARs/TAFs, Winds Aloft, Surface Winds, Surface Analysis, Icing, and Turbulence are expected to change during a flight, including a marker that shows the aircraft’s expected position at that time. It also includes a Predictive Radar that provides pilots a glimpse into the future.
FlyQ EFB 4.5’s new Altitude Slider helps a pilot make better altitude choices, according to company officials. Move the slider up or down to see how Winds Aloft, Cloud Tops, Icing, and Turbulence vary with altitude.
New ADS-B Weather
FlyQ 4.5 supports the new ADS-B weather products such as Lightning, Icing, Turbulence, Cloud Tops, and PIREPs in addition to the existing Radar, METAR, TAF, and Winds Aloft support.
It works well with either Internet or ADS-B weather, company officials add, noting virtually every weather layer is available when connected to the Internet (pre-flight planning) or one of the 20+ ADS-B receivers that FlyQ supports for in-flight use.
FlyQ EFB 4.5 requires iOS 11 or later. You can try it for free for 30 days, with company officials noting they’ve cleared all records of previous free trials, so you can try it again. After the free 30-day trial, subscriptions start at $79 a year.
Check out the video below for an in-depth look at what’s new in FlyQ EFB 4.5.