In an effort to cut costs and make the National Aeronautical Charting Office’s (NACO) Chart Agent Network more efficient, the FAA has informed chart agents about its plan to raise the minimum sales threshold for chart agents.
In order to remain a charting agent after Oct. 1, 2009, the business would need to have annual chart sales of $5,000, not the current $500.
While NACO would no longer be supplying charts to those who can’t meet the threshold, the FAA has said that it will allow large charting agents to sell large quantities of charts to individual FBOs.
AOPA is concerned that this could make it more difficult for pilots to buy charts and will work with the FAA to determine the impact. The FAA will be hosting meetings on this proposal. For details, see the FAA’s notice.