The Art of the (Aeronautical) Chart… What do you see?

Review Before Flight

Every six months, like clockwork, the FAA publishes a new set of aeronautical charts for a given area. This includes sectional and terminal area charts, the latter, where applicable. Presently, more and more pilots are electing to use digital charts, and I’ll admit, this author uses Foreflight and their digital charts as well. But, there is still some aviation romance in the good, old-fashioned, paper charts.

Terminal aeronautical charts are generally double sided, with the typical chart on one side, the other reserved for the companion VFR flyway chart, unless your area is covered by a terminal chart without such option. The Boston TAC, a regular resident of my flight bag of choice at the time, for instance, does not offer a VFR flyway chart on the reverse side. But I digress…

The smell of the special paper and the creases of a new chart bring fond memories of my…

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