New digital charts to provide planning options

March 17, 2011

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:

  • Geo-referenced Panel Grid Series. These charts will seamlessly cover the lower 48 states starting later in March. The new National Airspace System Geo-referenced Planning Grid (NASGPG) chart panels are the only available seamless georeferenced IFR product produced by the FAA. Although symbols do not follow Interagency Air Cartographic Committee (IACC) specifications used to produce the IFR series charts, overall data content is similar. This product lacks specific navaid and airport details, so it is for planning purposes only. 
  • North Atlantic Route Chart (NARC), Pacific Ocean Route Chart (PORC), and Western Atlantic Route Chart (WATRS), used for planning, will become available later in March.
  • US IFR/VFR Low Altitude Planning Chart will be available in June, and contains airport symbols, airport identifiers, navaid symbols, navaid identifiers, special-use airspace, Class B airspace, and outlines of the VFR sectional charts set against a modified topographic reference base.

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.

Dan Namowitz

Dan Namowitz | Aviation Writer

Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.