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Old 20th Nov 2019, 18:39
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how to get official UK VFR charts?

Maybe this is going to be a silly question... but... where can I buy official VFR Aeroutical Charts for the UK?
I mean, does it exist anything official? or it doesn't matter which random publisher?
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Old 20th Nov 2019, 18:44
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CAA charts from Pooley's, Transair, AFE...etc
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Old 20th Nov 2019, 18:51
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Why should you require "official" charts?
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 00:33
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Originally Posted by LookingForAJob View Post
Well, I guess it might go some way to give assurance that the data is good.
The charts are updated once per year and are already outdated by the time they are printed and ready for sale.
Electronic charts are regularly updated.
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 05:18
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Why would you not have official charts? It's the normal thing everywhere that I've flown.
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 07:53
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16 per year (10% discount for our members). When spread out fully open makes initial planning far safer and easier than even a full size tablet. For up to date detail, that may be missing on the chart, transfer route to the tablet using your chosen software. At the very least you'll avoid magenta lines going to places that'll get you into trouble...............
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 08:02
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And their batteries don't go dead, you don't need an extra charger, you can draw on them. In part of my day job (UK corporate helicopter pilot) I have an I Pad with SkyDemon, ForeFlight and Runway HD on it, but I still draw a line on a 500 000 chart before I get airborne (and carry my reading glasses so I can read the frequencies etc) Other part of my day job it's all airways charts so a half mil doesn't get a look in, but I still like running a highlighter pen along the route from the flight plan in case the FMS throws a wobbly and we're back to VOR/NDB Nav.

In my weekend toy, I carry the IPad, but still have the charts with me, and if I'm going cross country they have lines on. (and yes I do carry a CRP 5, I learned with it and in my first flying jobs we depended on them)

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Old 21st Nov 2019, 09:28
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At the moment Transair are selling a range of VFR charts at 50% off.
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 21:34
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Various tablet/PC/iPad packages also exist where you can buy the charts online as well. My personal solution is MemoryMap, which is free, then the 1:500,000 charts are 20 each, but several others are available. If you aren't in Britain, that may be a much cheaper solution than paying postage on heavy laminated paper charts.

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Old 22nd Nov 2019, 05:51
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Here in BE, the "official" charts are produced by a side agency of the military. They have been known to contain manifest discrepancies from the AIP information, so there is no guarantee they'll be superior to any other charts.
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Old 23rd Nov 2019, 07:13
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A certain publisher of electronic charts has recently been criticised because it is possible to eliminate some data, such as gliding sites. A couple of years ago I approached them on their stand at an exhibition and asked them why the CAA 1/2 mil wasn't available for their otherwise excellent application. I was met with a wry grin and a negative, but they wouldn't explain why not. Surely not because they think their product superior (it isn't in my personal opinion) but the only conclusion I could come to was because they couldn't come to a contractual agreement with the CAA/Ordnance Survey. Like Genghis, I have Memory Map and the CAA 1/2 mil electronically and this has certain very limited planning tools. It's a pity because otherwise the previously mentioned publisher has produced a wonderful product that otherwise is an amazing navigation tool. I hope they take on board the comments about recreational sites.
The 'official' CAA chart has been carefully crafted to show sufficient detail to enable VFR navigation at around 100kt and to show essential safety information, without being too cluttered. My major criticism of it is that sometimes airspace depiction is a bit too heavy, hiding cultural info that might help the hapless navigator to stay outside controlled airspace.

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Old 23rd Nov 2019, 08:52
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A​irbox AWARE do have proper CAA quarter and half million
electronic Charts at modest cost as well as France etc. Their programme is excellent.
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Old 23rd Nov 2019, 10:32
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Nearly all XC pilots at the gliding club use some sort of electronic moving map, but we all (should!) carry a 1:500,000 chart as well.
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Old 24th Nov 2019, 12:00
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Thank you very much for your help. For whoever comes here after a while. Here there is a summary:


PAPER (paper charts are updated every year. they dont (obviously) get the last updates) :
  • Pooley's
  • Transair
  • AFE

ELECTRONIC (Electronic charts are regularly updated):
  • SkyDemon
  • ForeFlight
  • Runway HD
  • MemoryMap
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Old 3rd May 2020, 10:44
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Why do SkyDemon CAA charts not look like the printed CAA charts, which of course we should all carry the latest iteration when flying
i.e VFR flying
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Old 3rd May 2020, 22:11
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Originally Posted by PA28161 View Post
printed CAA charts, which of course we should all carry the latest iteration when flying
i.e VFR flying
Why .......?
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Old 4th May 2020, 01:41
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Most good Aero Clubs have a supply of Charts for sale. You might even be able to get hold of an out of date chart for free. So visit your local Aero Club, when this coronavirus thing allows you to, you will need to go to the building with the big yellow C on it.
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