IFR chart dilemma
I'm in a quandary about which set of IFR charts to buy and any views are welcome...
I have a PPL/IMCR and regard instrument flying as something I do regularly. Every other flight I do an ILS back into home base (Benson).
For a while, I used the RAF No 1 AIDU FLIP chart booklets. These are AERAD but include a number of IAPs for military airfields not available in the civilian AERAD at the time. Then the RAF discontinued the book I was using.
I switched to Jeppesen but I don't like the chart format. I prefer the old AERAD one.
Then the RAF charts became available again and I switched back; but the price was more than I was expecting with P&P and in fact AERAD would be cheaper.
BUT - I don't much like the new AERAD format and they don't include cat A.
1. Don't buy anything. Use the AIP charts. Not a runner as the AIP doesn't include military airfields so I'd have no charts for my home base!
2. Jeppesen. Includes enough military airfields (including Benson). Around £160-200 per year for the UK & Ireland option (enough for me as the IMCR isn't valid in France &c anyway). But I don't like the charts. [As I still have the folders, can I save money by buying a paper-only set? No-one seems to sell them like that.]
3. AERAD. Similar price, similar coverage. But no cat A. Do I just use the cat B minima/procedures? Are any cat A procedures (e.g. outbound headings, timings) actually different from cat B (most charts seem to sat 'Cat AB' for the alternative procedure)? I don't fly down to chart minima only as I don't regard myself as in sufficient practice to go below the 500/600ft advisory minima.
4. Jeppview. Too expensive for the amount of flying I do. (Yes, A and C, I know you will recommend that one :-) )
5. GCAP. Too basic, in my view, unless they have improved a lot since I last looked at them (a year or so ago).
Any other ideas I haven't thought of? Any views on the cat A issue? I think I could live with the new AERAD format otherwise, and that's the way I'm tending at the moment...