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The End Of FAA Charts As We Know Them?

The summer of 2016 may be viewed as the beginning of the end of standard FAA charts. It sounds foolish to make such a bold prediction, but there are some very good reasons to believe a decade-long trend away from traditional sectionals and approach plates has accelerated recently. Technology plays a significant role, but so do changes by the FAA. ( More...

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Loral Thomas 3
Paper charts do not need battery charging. I wish they would stay around at least for those of us that want a choice.
jbqwik 3
I believe that progress is progress and thus digital is destiny. Though, I'm not happy.
Digital is so great.. until it stops working. My queasiness is that, in a future where digital tech does all our thinking will anyone be able to comprehend a paper chart, a map, analog gauges?
That probably sounds alarmist but the next generation of AI does that to me.
Mark Lansdell 2
I recently did a favor for a friend who needed a truck load or special material hauled from York, Pa to Lowell, Ma. I had never met the equipment owner before but made my way to him ready for my departure at 10:00. The owner was doing some fine tuning in the cab as I loaded my bag and brief case. I opened the case and pulled out my maps and log book with him peaking over my shoulder. "have you been to Lowell before? he asked. I said "no, never". "Well, how'r you going to find it without a GPS?" :-)
John Silva 2
I've got news for you. On a recent flight to CA, I had my iPAD & iPHONE both lock up on the flights both ways. Happily flying along over Southern Utah, all of a sudden the map showed I was flying over Portugal and heading for the Netherlands. IPAD locked up and had to be rebooted. My fear is, what if that happened on an IFR approach in a rain storm down to minimum and no radar coverage. I don't like surprises. I'm trying to change to the electronic devises but stuff like this is scarey.
bbabis 3
If you feel you must have a paper backup, you can always print out any chart you might think you'll use on a trip. Kind of make your own trip kit. The best part is you can print them 8.5X11 and they're much easier to read.
Loral Thomas 2
Not practical. What about diversions? Instrument landing? No thanks. I'd wear out my printer with all the "what ifs" I'd need to print.
bbabis 2
The whole point is that you wouldn't need them anyway but you would have something that you coud use. I'm just try to help you feel better. An ASR will get you down without charts. You do carry a handheld don't you?
David Stark 1
Wouldn't you be rather busy flying the airplane and not so concerned with staring at maps?
bbabis 2
In todays cockpit you are much more likely to have a paper chart failure than a digital failure. Paper charts can be left behind, miss placed, out of date, or torn right at that PESKY intersection you're trying to find. With digital charts you always have them all, they're a snap to update, and finding PESKY is as easy as typing it. The added bonuses of zooming and being lit at night make these old eyes really appreciate them. I will miss paper charts though. They make excellent sun blockers.
And wall decor. But what do you use when your electronic display fails? Personally, I'd feel better with an old-fashioned "analog" chart in the cockpit as a backup.
bbabis 2
I have to admit to a little overkill Michael. Besides the panel I use an iPad mini yoke mount and my flight bag has two iPad minis, two Stratus 2s, and a 27500 mAh backup battery. If it is an absolutely godawful day, my iPhone also has Foreflight with downloaded charts and plates. The greatest thing is that when a new chart cycle comes out it all updates in <10 min. Damn, now I see there is the SXAR1 to add XM weather to Foreflight. Time to empty the change jar again. (8>))

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Jim Gardner 1
Be interesting to watch a 737 buzz a water tower just to see what town he was over!
Michael Bland 1
I still like the big IFR planning chart for planning long flights, especially over the Rockies.
joel wiley 1
I have questions on interoperability, data consistency, platform dependence. Will there be an accepted 'lingua franca' for data? Will there be interplatform compatibility? Will the data be proprietary or open source? Who will arbitrate data inconsistencies?

Mark Duell 1
> Will there be an accepted 'lingua franca' for data?

There already is, that's what everyone is building their own charts from.

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Mark Duell 1
The companies you listed making charts are all using the NFD in the US to do so.
joel wiley 1
Thanks for the link.

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