Dear Voyager User,
First things first: in past issues, you may
have seen references to a mysterious "Editor." Well, no more cloak
and dagger. I have a name - It's Steve Podradchik, and my day job is
being the CEO of Seattle Avionics. I started the newsletter because
I think it's important to foster the growing community of Voyager users
with helpful tips and useful information. And I enjoy writing it and
hearing from all of you.
is a recurring newsletter for all Voyager users with the latest Voyager news, tips and tricks, etc.
I'm very interested in your feedback -- either to the newsletter or to
Voyager itself. Please send any comments or suggestions to me
As a reminder, back issues of Flight Log are
available from our Web site at:
Photo of the Month
month I've chosen to stray from the usual pictures of planes and
show a picture of my favorite aviation application -- with a
twist. If you look closely, you'll notice that Voyager is running
within a window on an Apple Macintosh. No, we haven't ported Voyager
to the Mac operating system, but as you might know, the newest Macs are
built with the same Intel chips used in most Windows PCs. That means
you can run Voyager using either using
Apple's Boot Camp software (free
from Apple), or using Parallels' Desktop software as shown above.
With Boot Camp, the machine needs to be shut down and booted into Windows
but runs Windows at native speed.
With Parallels' software Windows runs, at more-or-less full speed, within a window
(pun intended) while most of the computer is still running the Mac OS.
Voyager runs great either way. Very
month I promise to go back to plane and pilot photos. Please email
me your best.
New Voyager FreeFlight Off to a Flying Start
the number of Voyager FreeFlight
users, it's hard to believe it was introduced just a month ago. In fact,
with the unexpectedly high demand, many of you may have had trouble downloading it. If you
did, I'd like to ask you try again from one of the servers listed below.
Server 1 (preferred)
Server 2 (backup)
Server 3 (backup)
Server 4 (backup)
Alternately, you can also click the following link to get a free CD sent
Customize Voyager FreeFlight For Your Club!
you're like most of us, you like hanging around with other pilots.
If so, you may be part of a flying club or other flying organization.
With the next release of Voyager, we'll have the ability to make custom versions of Voyager, including FreeFlight, with your organization's logo, airplane
or even a group photo. If you're interested in getting started (it's
free!), please send an email to Beta@SeattleAvionics.com.
once, we don't have a new version to introduce this month. But that
doesn't mean our developers aren't working day and night on something new.
In fact, believe me, they're burning the Twinkies and Diet Coke at both
ends trying to get a major release out for AirVenture at Oshkosh in
you're interested in seeing what changes are in store for Voyager before everyone else, please send email to
Fun at AOPA Fly-In
weeks ago, we sent a small contingent, myself included, to Fredrick, MD for the AOPA's Fly-In. We had a great time meeting many of you
in person and demonstrating Voyager. It was our
first time at this show and our AOPA baseball caps are off to the great
people at AOPA who sponsored the show and made us feel so welcome.
If you haven't visited the folks at AOPA, you really owe yourself a flight
to FDK to meet the men and women who, for a mere $39 a year, keep flying safe, fun
been with us for some time you know that, for the past three years, we've
validated and processed new FAA data every 28 days like clockwork.
This past month was no exception except that there was an error in the
data unlike anything we've seen before (that is, unlike anything we test
for). It affected a few airways and would cause Voyager's autorouter
to fail if
you happen to try planning a flight near these specific airways
(technically, the error goes by the friendly name of 'Unhandled
found and fixed the problem within 24 hours and replied to everyone who
reported the issue. Still, if
you happened to download Voyager or new data between June 8 and June 10, you received
the bad data. If you've had the autorouter fail after doing the data
update, you can download the revised file by following the instructions on
the Web page below. We sincerely apologize for the
Speaking of the product formerly known as NavData®...
Perrone wins the Not NavData® contest for inspiring our new name for
updated navigational data --
ChartData™. As Paul is already a customer, he'll receive a free
year of EFB-level ChartData™. Thanks, Paul! And thanks to all
of you who entered. By the
way, quite coincidentally, Paul was at the previously mentioned AOPA
Fly-In and spent an incredible amount of time helping our nearly
overwhelmed show staff demonstrate Voyager to the attendees. Thanks
you're new to Flight Log, the "Not NavData®" contest was
held to find a
new name for our annual data/application subscription plan. For
years we naively called it NavData, thinking the term was generic.
But in May, Jeppesen®'s lawyers politely asked us to stop calling our
product NavData, as NavData® is a registered trademark of theirs.
Tips and Tricks
As always, please send your questions and
favorite tips to
A reminder that past Tips and Tricks are
available from our Web site at:
While Voyager FreeFlight and SmartPlan
Express don't integrate weight and balance into the New Flight Plan
Wizard, you can still be safe and check weight and balance.
Once the plan is on the screen, click the blue underlined Weight
and Balance text in the Plan area (where the takeoff
time, aircraft and pilot are listed).
If you add passengers to the weight
and balance table but don't change the default FAA Number on
Board setting in the General step of the New Flight Plan Wizard,
Voyager warns that the two don't match. You can resolve this
by changing the FAA Number on Board: Select File FAA/ICAO
Flight Plan from the Plan menu and change the value in
block 15 (# on Board).
While we hope you find tips helpful,
sometimes too much help can get in your way. If you'd rather
not see the pop-up tips that Voyager displays as you use the New
Flight Plan Wizard, simply turn them off. Select Options
from Tools then the Preferences tab. In the
General area uncheck Show screen tips.
Prefer to see wind barbs rather than
our wind arrows? Accustomed to four-color METAR/TAF circles
rather than our three-color system? If you're using
the full version of Voyager, you can switch both at once with the
Use standard weather symbols and colors switch. Select
Options from the Tools menu then click the Preferences
tab and go to the General area.
Say you're flying along using
GlassView and you'd like to see information about your landing airport
-- the expected weather, what the approach looks like, etc. If the
layout you're using has an Airport Information widget, click the blue
underlined (that is, hyperlinked) name of the currently selected
airport. Voyager asks if you'd like more info about that airport
or would like to select another airport. Click Select another
airport. When the Airports dialog box appears, select
the Flight Plan tab and click your destination airport.
With GlassView, you can customize how your
aircraft's position is shown over the
geo-referenced approach plates. The default setting shows a
plane within a green circle. However,
you can show just the circle if you'd
rather not have the plane obstruct the plate's text and diagram.
Select Options from the Tools menu then pick
Preferences and GPS. Choose the setting you like from
Overlay the following on procedures.
With SmartPlates, you can create a
Plate Pack that contains different types of plates for different
parts of your flight. For example, say you prefer GPS
approaches so you create a Plate Pack of just GPS approaches near
your landing airport. Now how about adding some ILS approaches
all along the route for added safety? Once the original Plate
Pack is open, uncheck everything in the Filter section except
ILS. Now add the ILS approaches by switching to
(the Select airports tool) and drawing one or more rectangles
to outline your route.
Customize your SmartPlates printing.
There are many options that determine which procedures
SmartPlates prints and how they print. Living in Seattle
(recently recognized as #2 in the nation for recycling), one of my
favorite ways to save paper is to skip printing plates that I've
recently printed. While a Plate Pack is open, select Print
Settings and the Procedures and Diagrams category, then
check Skip recently printed. You can even change the
definition of "recently" from 14 days to whatever works best for
Seattle Avionics will be showing Voyager
at the following upcoming events. Stop by to say hello, see the
latest Voyager features, and ask the experts any questions you have about
June 24-25, EAA Rocky
Mountain Fly-In, Watkins, Colorado
July 5-9, EAA NW Fly-In, Arlington, Washington
July 24-30, EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
November 9-11, AOPA Expo, Palm Springs, California
Until next time, happy flying!
- Steve Podradchik, CEO (and Editor)