Just prior to the start of Oshkosh, AOPA quietly announced that they’ll no longer be selling the FlyQ EFB app for iPad. FlyQ was launched in November, 2012, and offered a feature set similar to other aviation apps on the market, including digital charts, flight planning, weather and airport directory. The app faced an uphill battle, though, as it entered a competitive app market led by ForeFlight, Garmin and WingX. AOPA also received some negative feedback from members.
According to AOPA, President Mark Baker began a review of AOPA’s member benefits and products last fall, which included an assessment of where members believed AOPA should spend resources in regards to flight planning benefits. As a result, AOPA has decided to exit the EFB market, and will develop a distinct smartphone application focusing on content and functions driven by member needs. The new smartphone application will be a free member benefit.
Seattle Avionics, the developer behind FlyQ, will take over all responsibility for the program starting next month, including customer support and future development.