A Good Pilot is Always Learning

FAA Aeronautical Chart Users Guide 2016

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3 aeronav.faa.gov FAA Aeronautical Chart User's Guide 12 th EDITION OCTOBER 2013 INTRODUCTION.............................................................................................................................................5 KEEP YOUR CHARTS CURRENT....................................................................................................................... 5 REPORTING CHART DISCREPANCIES................................................................................................................ 5 SECTION 1: VISUAL FLIGHT RULES (VFR) CHARTS EXPLANATION OF VFR TERMS AND SYMBOLS..............................................................................6 WATER FEATURES (HYDROGRAPHY)..................................................................................................6 LAND FEATURES (TERRAIN) AND OBSTRUCTIONS.....................................................................6 RADIO AIDS TO NAVIGATION............................................................................................................... 8 AIRPORTS.........................................................................................................................................................8 CONTROLLED AIRSPACE...........................................................................................................................9 UNCONTROLLED AIRSPACE..................................................................................................................10 SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE........................................................................................................................... 10 OTHER AIRSPACE AREAS.........................................................................................................................10 TERMINAL AREA CHART (TAC) COVERAGE....................................................................................11 INSET COVERAGE........................................................................................................................................11 CHART TABULATIONS...............................................................................................................................12 VFR AERONAUTICAL CHART SYMBOLS....................................................................................14 AIRPORTS........................................................................................................................................................15 RADIO AIDS TO NAVIGATION..............................................................................................................17 AIRSPACE INFORMATION.......................................................................................................................19 NAVIGATIONAL AND PROCEDURAL INFORMATION............................................................... 25 CHART LIMITS.............................................................................................................................................27 RAILROADS....................................................................................................................................................28 ROADS..............................................................................................................................................................28 POPULATED PLACES.................................................................................................................................29 BOUNDARIES...............................................................................................................................................29 MISCELLANEOUS CULTURAL FEATURES.........................................................................................30 SHORELINES .................................................................................................................................................31 LAKES ...............................................................................................................................................................31 RESERVOIRS..................................................................................................................................................31 STREAMS........................................................................................................................................................31 MISCELLANEOUS HYDROGRAPHIC FEATURES............................................................................ 32 CONTOURS....................................................................................................................................................35 ELEVATIONS..................................................................................................................................................35 UNRELIABLE RELIEF...................................................................................................................................35 SHADED RELIEF............................................................................................................................................36 AREA RELIEF FEATURES............................................................................................................................36 MISCELLANEOUS RELIEF FEATURES...................................................................................................36 HELICOPTER ROUTE CHARTS .................................................................................................37 AIRPORTS.......................................................................................................................................................38 RADIO AIDS TO NAVIGATION..............................................................................................................38 AIRSPACE INFORMATION......................................................................................................................39 NAVIGATIONAL AND PROCEDURAL INFORMATION................................................................42 CULTURE........................................................................................................................................................43 HYDROGRAPHY..........................................................................................................................................43 RELIEF..............................................................................................................................................................43 VFR FLYWAY PLANNING CHARTS............................................................................................44 AIRPORTS.......................................................................................................................................................45 RADIO AIDS TO NAVIGATION..............................................................................................................45

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