January 15, 2006

Finally, free aviation charts


One of the lame things about flying is that everything costs money, and usually too much. For example, you need to have maps to fly, by law. Usually a sectional or two, and perhaps a terminal chart. Eight bucks each as of Jan 06, and they last a few months. Then there’s the every-56-days AFDs, your subscription for your aviation GPS, etc, etc.

It seems like Jeppesen has a monopoly on charts. You certainly can’t get electronic charts from the FAA, anyway.

You can now get them from SkyVector.com The chart snippet above is from my local GA field. Skyvector does not claim to be legal or canonical, but its very useful, has lots of gmaps-style navigation, and is highly recommended by yours truly.


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