The new National Aeronautical Charting Office (NACO) started operations this week as a part of the FAA. AOPA had pushed to have the office moved from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce, arguing that charting involved critical safety of flight functions that should be directly under FAA control. Congress ordered the move as part of the AIR-21 legislation. AOPA also worked with Congress to ensure the charting office is adequately funded, including amending the law so that fees pilots pay for charts actually go to the charting office.
October 5, 2000