Your favorite aviation movies/YouTube videos/podcasts, etc.

A lot of people are staying more or less at home these days rather than flying.  And with the bans that most states have, no gatherings for shows (like Sun ‘n Fun), fly-ins, pancake breakfasts, etc.  That means we all have more time than we’d like for couch flying.  So … what are you favorite aviation and space related movies, YouTube channels, documentaries, podcasts, etc?

To get things started, a few of mine  — surely I missed dozens of great ones:


Top Gun (duh!), Tora Tora Tora, Airplane! (need some humor), Apollo 13, Rocket Boys

TV Shows:

For All Mankind (Apple TV, about what would have happened if the Soviets beat us to the moon)

Battle 360:



Rod Machado.

March 26, 2020 ChartData Released

Everyone at Seattle Avionics sincerely hopes that you, your family, and your friends are fine during these difficult times.  All Seattle Avionics employees are healthy but we are following the CDC, Washington State, and common-sense guidelines so we are  all currently working from home.  This is similar to what Microsoft, Amazon, and other large companies are doing.  During this time, we ask for your patience regarding replies to support or sales emails and phone calls.

The next FAA data cycle begins next Thursday, March 26, 2020 and the new ChartData is available for download now.  New data is now available for the US, Mexico, and Central America.  European data will be ready shortly. Australian data is unchanged this cycle.  Be sure not to fly with this data until March 26.

If you’re using another data provider, check with them about availability.

Important notes for FlyQ EFB user:  Please do not download this new data if you plan to fly before Thursday as the app does not currently have any concept of “current” versus “next” data cycle.  However, FlyQ EFB downloads TFRs, fuel prices, and weather automatically so rest assured that this data will always be current even without doing a manual update

Also, read this terrific post from Keith R if you use our ChartData Managerapplication for Windows to update your data.  It explains how to automatically download data and even copy data to a card or USB memory stick without any clicks!  No need to sit and wait for data to download or copy.

  • In FlyQ EFB:  Tap the ChartData Manager icon (the “down arrow” icon), review which states you have selected, then tap Update Now.
  • In FlyQ InSight or FlyQ Pocket: Select the Downloads tab on the bottom of the screen and tap Update Now.
  • In FlyQ Online:  Nothing to download.  Just go to and the new data is automatically used when the new cycle begins on Thursday (but not before).
  • For apps and devices that use our Data Manager, run the ChartData Manager (or select Settings from the little icon at the lower right corner of your Windows screen) and tap Update Now.
  • In Voyager, select Update Data from the Tools menu then choose the All Monthly ChartData item.

If you need to renew your subscription, click the appropriate link below:

Note that FlyQ Online (our Web-based flight planner) ChartData is enabled automatically on the day the new cycle begins (next Thursday) so what you see is always the current, legal data.  Unlike data for our apps and devices, we do not release FlyQ Online ChartData ahead of time since there is nothing to download.

Coronavirus & Seattle Avionics

As you’ve probably heard, Washington has the dubious distinction of having more coronavirus cases than any other state.   See  And the Seattle area is the hardest hit in the state.

Consequently, we’ve decided to have all employees work from home, effective immediately.  This is similar to what Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook are doing.  Thanks to the wonder of modern technology, this should not affect general business too much.  However, we do ask that folks use email, rather than a phone call, for tech support and sales questions whenever possible as the phone system is the hardest element to use from home.  Email addresses would be and

Also, as surely someone will ask … we don’t know any more than you do but, based on numerous factors, we expect that Sun ‘n Fun will be cancelled this year and are busily planning a Virtual Sun ‘n Fun.  If it isn’t cancelled, we’ll evaluate whether to attend or not, taking into account that we have several employees of an age that the CDC suggests do not travel or attend large gatherings.  More on our plans later…