March 2010 Issue

First Word: March 2010

True or false: You are required to have current charts in the aircraft with you. The answer is "false," you’re only required to have the right data. So that 2002-vintage sectional is fine so long as you know the CTAF for your destination was changed three years ago to 123.05. Howie Keefe built a business on this premise with his Air Chart Systems. These were spiral-bound books with the sectionals and en route charts for the entire lower 48. You got the book once and then subscribed to the updates—delivered via mail with stickers you could put in the chart atlases as needed. This system was far cheaper than buying all those charts every time they were revised, and it was far more convenient to use if you regularly traversed wide swaths of the U.S.

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