March 17, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
Enroute Navigation Products, a division of the FAA’s AeroNav Products, has announced the availability of new charts that will become available for purchase or free download over the next few months.
A paper Pacific Chart (P-1/P-2) is available for purchase for $5 per chart or $33.25 for a one-year, seven-issue subscription. One side covers Oakland Center airspace, to include Hawaii and California's west coast. Detailed coverage of the Hawaiian Islands is presented on the other side. The chart replaces a predecessor chart that was produced by the Department of Defense.
Several georeferenced IFR and VFR charts will become available for download.
“The real benefit to georeferenced charts is the possibilities they represent. Third parties can utilize these resources to create applications and resources for the end-user pilot,” said Ray Nussear, manager of the Enroute Charting & Airway Development Team.
The following charts are to become available digitally:
An additional project is development of an IFR Caribbean chart series, using National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) source data.
"These new charting products are a direct result of pilot feedback, and Enroute Chart Products is responding to customer demand,” Nussear said.
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