CT4ME Posted November 14, 2011 Report Share Posted November 14, 2011 According To AVWeb and Aviation Consumer magazine, as of April 5th 2012 the FAA will begin charging for the digital charts previously offered for free. In addition, the charts will no longer be available to individuals, only companies that have signed distribution agreements. This change may have far-reaching affects to all of us as, once again, many of the services we rely on run the risk of going out of business... Or raising their prices significantly. The online flight prep services like RunwayFinder.com, or SkyVector or Landings.com will no longer have free access to FAA charts. Subscriptions for products like Foreflight, WingX, or Naviator may need to be increased significantly. Except as a Money-Grab, this doesn't make sense at all. In order to control the airspace, the FAA has to produce the charts and, these days, those charts are maintained in digital format. It costs nothing to allow access to those digital charts. So, now, they want us to pay to have them created, through taxes, then pay again to access them?!?! I'm sure you'll hear more about this soon... Tim Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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