The approach of a pivotal date in the revised publication cycle of many visual navigation charts is a reminder to pilots to double check the effective dates of the charts they use for VFR flying.
According to the FAA, beginning February 25, “all Sectional Aeronautical, VFR Terminal Area (TAC), VFR Flyway Planning, VFR Aeronautical, and Helicopter Route Charts will be updated and continue to be updated every 56 days” to coincide with the publication dates of other en route, terminal, and supplemental chart products.
The FAA listed such amendments in a charting notice published on August 13, 2020.
In reporting on the change in April 2020, AOPA noted the FAA’s expectation that the change would result in significant reductions of chart-related notams because new information will be added to charts more quickly than was the case on the prior publication cycles of 168 days to two years.
The change will also make the chart bulletins that are contained in chart supplement volumes unnecessary, the FAA said at that time.
AOPA advocated for the chart-cycle change, and noted that based on pilot surveys, approximately 90 percent of pilots were primarily using electronic charts.