Author Topic: Aeronautical Sectional Charts/Student pilot Q  (Read 5191 times)

Offline rtcapo

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Aeronautical Sectional Charts/Student pilot Q
« on: June 30, 2015, 03:37:38 PM »
I'm a returning student pilot and love the sectionals online and being able to print them yourselves.

I'm wondering, does anyone pay for them anymore?

I did a search, and didn't really find anything...but if this subject has been covered ad nausem...I'd appreciate the link.

thanks

rtc



Offline 1053857

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Re: Aeronautical Sectional Charts/Student pilot Q
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2015, 09:07:54 PM »
My advice to you is that if you're going to fly, either buy an up to date sectional (paper format) or buy a foreflight subscription and use the digital sectional on your iPad.

Offline martyj19

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Re: Aeronautical Sectional Charts/Student pilot Q
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2015, 09:43:49 PM »
You must have the necessary charts for your flight in the airplane and they must be current.  Printing your own, so far as I know, does not satisfy this requirement.
If I ask you to take one page that you have printed and demonstrate its valid dates, can you do it.
There are now some electronic alternatives but you would have to be careful to be sure that they are certified as equivalent to paper charts for your flight.
If you were to be ramp checked or be involved in an incident, you could be violated.

If you are a student pilot, your flight school should be able to direct you to the applicable regulations.
If you are a student pilot, your flight school may have something to say about whether they would allow you to use electronic alternatives.
Be especially careful to have everything in order on your practical test.
« Last Edit: June 30, 2015, 10:14:10 PM by martyj19 »

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Re: Aeronautical Sectional Charts/Student pilot Q
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2015, 04:11:21 AM »
Devil's advocate time:

If I ask you to take one page that you have printed and demonstrate its valid dates, can you do it.
Can you do the same with the sectional you went out and bought without unfolding it? After all, that's pretty much the equivalent scenario with a commercial sectional product, right? (I'm assuming "printing your own" means you didn't find a way to print the sectionals on a true single-sheet, sectional-size piece of paper.)

Even if you can't prove the self-printed chart is current... why would that matter? Unless you actually had outdated charts and the use of those charts was determined to have been a contributing factor in an incident, there's no requirement to prove that you have valid/updated charts.

"You can carry old charts in your aircraft." "It is not FAA policy to violate anyone for having outdated charts in the aircraft." (Source: What is the FAA policy for carrying current charts?)

EDIT: Likewise, none of the CFRs I could find (which really don't even apply to private pilots flying small GA craft anyway) regulated the source of the charts in any way that I could discern.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2015, 04:13:39 AM by Brad G. »