Using Aeronautical Charts, by Terry Lankford

Using Aeronautical Charts

by Terry Lankford

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Whether you're a commercial pilot or someone who flies for recreation, creating a detailed, well-crafted flight plan can mean the difference between a smooth ride and a world of trouble. That's why to truly maximize your own safety — and that of your passengers — you need McGraw-Hill's insightful Using Aeronautical Charts.

    Designed to assist pilots in pre-flight preparations and with in-flight decision-making, Using Aeronautical Charts will help you transform these navigational tools into indispensable piloting partners. Through the book's easy-to-read, practical guidance, you'll:
  • * Master the specifics of VFR, IFR, and other charts
  • * Understand the wide variety of chart symbols and their impact upon flight planning
  • * Become familiar with the new RNAV charts
  • * Stay up to date with current airspace classifications.
  • * And much, much more!

Perfect for students — yet detailed enough for seasoned pilots — Using Aeronautical Charts delivers its lessons through a unique “Reader Challenge” format. As a result, you'll build knowledge as you progress, rapidly moving from the basics of chart interpretation to international operations and beyond.


  • * All information about an instrument approach is contained in the published Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) chart.
  • * The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) provides pilots with mandatory procedures.
  • * An underlined frequency indicates the facility operates on a part-time basis.
  • * Pilots operating under instrument flight rules (IFR) navigation are required to accept chartered visual flight procedures (CVFP) when assigned by Air Traffic Control.
  • * Controlled airspace establishes visual flight rules (VFR) minimums, and may mandate minimum pilot qualifications and aircraft equipment.

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  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1:
    • Projections and Limitations Projections Mercator Projection Lambert Conformal Conic Projection Polar Stereographic Projection Horizontal Datum Limitations Scale Simplification and Classification Currency
  • Chapter 2:
    • Visual Chart Terminology and Symbols Topography and Obstructions Terrain Hydrography Culture Obstructions Aeronautical Airports Radio Aids to Navigation Airspace Navigational Information
  • Chapter 3:
    • Standard Visual Charts Planning Charts IFR/VFR Low Altitude Planning Chart Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Planning Chart Charted VFR Flyway Planning Chart Using Planning Charts Sectional Charts Terminal Area Charts Helicopter Route Charts World Aeronautical Charts Using Visual Charts Bridging the Gaps Checkpoint Considerations Back on Course Coastal Cruise
  • Chapter 4:
    • Supplemental Charts National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) Visual Charts Global Navigational and Planning Charts Loran Charts Jet Navigation Charts Operational Navigation Charts


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