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FAA Aviation Charts
For decades, aviation charts were the primary navigation tool for pilots. Modern technology has brought us many tools that are capable of replacing the humble aviation chart — however, many aviators use the FAA-published aviation charts as a hardcopy backup in the event of a dead battery, systems failure, or a similar situation that demands a low-tech solution.
Student pilots learn to navigate from FAA aviation charts. Hobby pilots who only fly a handful of hours per year know that FAA aviation charts are more economical than an application subscription or a dedicated gadget. Some nostalgic pilots keep aviation charts in their cockpits simply because they're used to them, and they like what they're used to. Like the Piper Cub, if it ain't broke, why fix it?
Aviation charts have two major drawbacks. First, fold-out aviation charts can be cumbersome to maneuver in the cramped space of the typical cockpit. Secondly, many charts expire. Always check the expiration date on your aviation charts (particularly IFR low and high altitude enroute charts) and make sure you pass your ramp check!
Planning a trip but uncertain which charts you need? Give us a call. Our staff of trained pilots can help you put together a list of the aviation charts you'll need to get from A to Z. We're here to help!