August 2015 Issue

DuraCharts: Better Paper For VFR

Thanks to better print quality and a lower price, we favor DuraChart VFR sectionals over the FAA’s offering.

Remember the days of sprawling a VFR aeronautical sectional chart across the flight planning table—whiz wheel in hand—mapping your low-and-slow route around the TCA? I do.

That’s why buying a venerable paper VFR sectional chart always seems worth the nine bucks, even if it gets tossed in the flight bag or map pocket in case the iPad quits. Haven’t gone digital yet? You could print your own paper charts, but for lay-it-on-the-seat reference as you motor along in a rental Tomahawk or vintage Cub, the traditional sectional lives on, perhaps given a new lease on life by Washington, DC-based DuraCharts.

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