July 15, 2013
By Ian J. Twombly
Sectional chart sales have slumped for the FAA as pilots forgo the classic printed maps for their electronic counterparts. Now Duracharts is looking to pick up where the FAA has left off.
Starting July 1, the FAA stopped selling sectional chart subscriptions, requiring any pilot who wants to ensure uninterrupted access to current charts to search elsewhere. Duracharts thinks it has the answer with its beefed-up charts that are now available by subscription.
Duracharts claim to be tear resistant and water resistant. Airshow goers have likely seen the demonstration of the booth operators as they tug and pull in ways that would easily rip an FAA sectional. But Duracharts appear to stand up to the abuse, which most pilots are more than happy to provide to a piece of paper that has to be folded and drawn on for six months.
The company is offering discounts for AOPA members and flight instructors. Contact Duracharts on the website or call 706/993-9741.
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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