April 11, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA has extended the effective date of the current editions of the New York Sectional Chart, New York Terminal Area Chart, and Boston Terminal Area Chart. The charts will now expire on July 25. The extension could likely be the result of pending Class B airspace changes in Philadelphia, on which AOPA provided input in September 2012.
The charts, issued on Nov. 15, 2012, would have expired on their published expiration date of May 2. They are the eighty-sixth edition of the New York Sectional Chart; the eighty-fourth edition of the New York Terminal Area Chart; and the eighty-first edition of the Boston Terminal Area Chart. The succeeding editions will take effect on July 25 and will expire on Nov.14, the FAA said.
The FAA’s Aeronautical Navigation Products issued a safety alert notifying pilots of the changes and directing them to the Aeronautical Chart Bulletins section of the airport/facility directory for updates about major changes that have occurred since the last chart publication.
The new expiration date of the three charts coincides with the publication cycle for the adjoining Washington Sectional chart, which expires July 25. Since Philadelphia’s airspace overlaps the two charts, it makes sense that the FAA would initiate this delay to ensure both charts contain any final changes expected in Philadelphia.
AOPA has urged the FAA over the past year to synchronize airspace actions with the publication cycle of VFR navigation charts to assure that pilots have the most updated flight information.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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