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Question of the week: Star symbol on VFR chart

Article | Feb 18, 2014

Question: On a VFR sectional chart, you see a star symbol next to the control tower frequency. What does that star symbol tell you?

Charts go electronic with these five apps

Apps of the week | Jan 13, 2014

Charts apps allow users to back up, or even replace, traditional paper charts.

Question of the week: Minimum safe altitude

Article | Jan 13, 2014

Question: A minimum safe altitude (MSA) is published for emergency use on instrument approach charts. Flying at or above the MSA will guarantee how many feet of obstacle clearance?

Airspace change out of sync with Omaha Sectional

Advocacy | Jan 08, 2014

AOPA is alerting pilots that modifications to Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Class B airspace effective Jan. 9 will not appear on the Omaha Sectional until Feb. 6.

IFR Fix: Worse weather wanted

Article | Nov 18, 2013

Before this phase of the flight, terrain was of no concern—a state of situational awareness underscored by the topographic blankness of IFR charts.

Training Tip: Dates and updates

Article | Nov 15, 2013

Knowing that your charts are unexpired before you fly is only part of the job.

FAA changes effective date for Green Bay Sectional

Article | Nov 12, 2013

Green Bay Sectional Chart changes go into effect Jan. 9, 2014, the FAA reports.

FAA ends direct-to-consumer paper chart sales

Article | Sep 23, 2013

Pilots who purchase paper navigation charts directly from the FAA will have to find a new authorized supplier by Oct. 1.

FAA ends direct-to-consumer sales of paper charts

Article | Aug 28, 2013

The FAA announces the end of direct-to-consumer sales of paper aeronautical charts.

Building a better chart

Article | Jul 15, 2013

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.

FAA phasing out direct sales of paper charts

Article | Jul 09, 2013

After Oct. 1, paper charts and products can be purchased through the FAA’s network of authorized agents, but not directly from the FAA.

Charts/maps apps help lessen paper in the cockpit

Article | Jun 04, 2013

Looking for some chart or map apps to cut back on paper in the cockpit? Check out these five apps recommended by AOPA members.

Army to align new restricted airspace with chart cycle

Article | May 23, 2013

The U.S. Army will delay using new restricted airspace in Virginia until the Washington sectional chart is published, which will include the new areas.

FAA offers charts correction for Kansas City International

Article | May 02, 2013

The FAA's AeroNav Products has issued a safety alert to warn pilots about two charts being released May 2 for Kansas City International Airport that are incorrect and should not be used.

FAA extends effective dates of some navigation charts

Article | Apr 11, 2013

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.

Suggested Western Mountain Routes

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Suggested Western Mountain Routes COMPILED BY THE AOPA AVIATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT Northern, West to East ROUTE NM MEA CHARTS Route 1 86 12,000 L 1/2L 13/14 Seattle V120 to Wenatchee 32 5,500 Wenatchee V120 to Ephrata 74 5,000 Ephrata V120 to Spokane 81 9,000 Mullan Pass V120 to Great Falls 172 13,000 Great Falls V120 to Lewistown 78 8,400 Total Distance 523 Route 2 Seattle V2-298 to Ellensburg 80 8,000 L 1/2L 13/14 Ellensburg V2 Moses Lake 48 7,000 Moses Lake V2-448 to Spokane 72 5,000 Spokane V2 to Mullan Pass 81 9,000 Mullan Pass V2 to Missoula 72 9,600 Missoula V2 to Helena 91 10,000 Helena V113 to Lewistown 100 10,200 Total Distance 544 Route 3 Seattle V4 to Yakima 93 10,000 L 1/2L 11/12 L 13/14 Yakima V4-298 to Pendleton 82 5,000 Pendleton V4 to Baker City 70 10,000 Baker City V4-444 to Boise 104 9,000 Boise V4-253-330 to Alkal Intersection 50 9,500 Alkal Intersection to V4 to Burley 70 9,500 Burley V4 to Malad City 67 9,400 Malad City V142 to Fort Bridger 103 12,000 Fort Bridger V6-142 to Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V235 to Muddy Mountain 151 11,200 Muddy Mountain V235 to Newcastle 98 8,300 New Castle V536 to Rapid City 56 9,300 Total Distance 1,009 Alternate Route from Rock Springs L 11/12 Rock Springs V4-6 to Cherokee 65 10,000 Cherokee V6 to Medicine Bow 71 10,000 Medicine Bow V100 to Scottsbluff 113 9,300 Total Distance 953 Midway, West to East ROUTE NM MEA CHARTS Route 4 Sacramento V392-494 to Signa Intersection 69 11,000 L 3/4 L 9/10 L 11/12 Signa Intersection V200-392 to Mustang 47 11,500 Mustang V6 to Lovelock 61 10,000 Lovelock V32 to Battle Mountain 83 11,000 Battle Mountain V6 to Wells 96 11,000 Wells V6 to Lucin 53 10,300 Lucin V6 to Ogden 79 9,000 Ogden V6 to Fort Bridger 76 12,000 Fort Bridger V6-142 to Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V235 to Muddy Mountain 151 11,200 Muddy Mountain V235 to Newcastle 98 8,300 Newcastle V536 to Rapid City 56 9,300 Total Distance 934 Alternate Route from Rock Springs Rock Springs V4-6 to Cherokee 65 10,000 L 11/12 Cherokee V6 to Medicine Bow 71 10,000 Medicine Bow V100 to Scottsbluff 113 9,300 Total Distance 877 Route 5 Sacramento V392-494 to Signa Intersection 69 11,000 L 3/4L 7/8 L 9/10 L 11/12 Signa Intersection V200-392 to Mustang 47 11,500 Mustang V105-564 to Mina 96 11,500 Mina V564 to Coaldale 36 11,500 Coaldale V105 to Beatty 87 11,000 Beatty V105 to Las Vegas 100 12,000 Las Vegas V394 to Morman Mesa 59 7,500 Mormon Mesa V21 to Milford 113 10,000 Milford V21-235 to Delta 61 9,600 Delta V21-235 to Fairfield 64 10,300 Fairfield V21 to Salt Lake City 34 9,600 Salt Lake City V32 to Fort Bridger 77 12,000 Fort Bridger V6-142 to Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V235 to Muddy Mountain 151 11,200 Muddy Mountain V235 to Newcastle 98 8,300 Newcastle V536 to Rapid City 56 9,300 Total Distance 1,213 Alternate Route from Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V4-6 to Cherokee 71 10,000 L 11/12 Cherokee V6 to Medicine Bow 113 9,300 Medicine Bow V100 to Scottsbluff Total Distance 1,157 Southern, West to East ROUTE NM MEA CHARTS Route 6 Hector V8-210 to Goffs 67 9,000 L 7/8 L 15/16 Goffs V210 to Peach Springs 85 9,000 Peach Springs V208-210 to Grand Canyon 71 10,000 Grand Canyon V208 to Tuba City 45 9,500 Tuba City V210 to Farmington 158 12,000 Farmington V368 to Alamosa 121 13,000 Alamosa V83-210 to Lamar 157 14,000 Total Distance 703 Route 7 Hector V12-442 to Needles 98 9,000 L 7/8 Needles V12 to Drake 99 10,000 Drake V12-264 to Winslow 86 10,500 Winslow V12 to Zuni 81 9,000 Zuni V12 to Albuquerque 115 11,000 Albuquerque V12 to Otto 43 12,000 Otto V12 to Anton Chico 44 10,000 Total Distance 566 Route 8 Paradise V388 to Palm Springs 56 9,500 L 3/4 L 5/6 L 7/8 Palm Springs V16-372 to Blythe 85 8,000 Blythe V16 to Buckeye 98 6,000 Buckeye V16 to Phoenix 43 5,000 Phoenix V190 to St. Johns 149 12,000 St.

Weather Curiosity - Flight Preparations

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Briefing --> Weather on the Web The Internet is a valuable flight-planning tool BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, January 2002.) Figure 1: Detailed North American surface analysis chart Figure 2: A simplified surface analysis chart Figure 3: A simplified weather depiction chart Figure 4: Part of a NWS weather depiction chart A few minutes of surfing the Web can usually give a pilot a pretty good idea about whether going flying today is a good idea. Looking at a few weather charts might make it obvious that the weather where you want to fly is so bad that it's not worth the trouble of obtaining a formal preflight weather briefing.

ASF - Mountain Flying

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Mountain Flying Resources High-Altitude Mountain Flying Accident Report Alaska Mountain Passes Colorado Mountain Passes Suggested Western Mountain Routes Northern, West to East Midway, West to East Southern, West to East Northern, East to West Midway, East to West Southern, East to West High-Altitude Mountain Flying High-altitude mountain flying has always been one of the more dangerous activities GA aircraft undertake each year. On average, 17 people die annually in GA accidents in the mountains of Colorado alone.

Chart Challenge: Live

Article | Feb 13, 2013

In most regions of the country, pilots are experiencing weather this time of year that is not conducive to flying. But there are plenty of ways to stay proficient in your aviation knowledge even on the ground.

IFR Fix: Crossing LAFLN

IFR Fix | Feb 08, 2013

Checking the chart to see what lies ahead along the airway, you scrutinize an intersection 14 miles distant, where another airway crosses. There's a difference in the low-altitude enroute chart's depiction of how each airway arrives at the fix.

General apps

Article | Jan 22, 2013

Pilots use a wide range of apps in their flying--including flight training resources, charts and maps, logbooks, flight trackers, flight planning tools, and weather apps, to name a few. Some apps don't fall under one of these categories but are still relevant for pilots; check out five "general" aviation apps in this week's column. These are not endorsements of any app.

Apps of the week: Charts and maps

Article | Jan 10, 2013

This week AOPA takes a look at five charts and maps apps recommended by AOPA members, including SkyChartsPro, AeroFlare, Aeronautical Charts, ZephyrCharts, and Anywhere Map.