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Types of Charts Available

Chapter 9. Aeronautical Charts and 

Related Publications

Section 1. Types of Charts Available

9−1−1. General

Civil aeronautical charts for the U.S. and its

territories, and possessions are produced by

Aeronautical Information Services (AIS),

which is part of FAA’s Air Traffic Organization,

Mission Support Services.

9−1−2. Obtaining Aeronautical Charts
Public sales of charts and publications are available

through a network of FAA approved print providers.

A listing of products, dates of latest editions and

agents is available on the AIS website at:

9−1−3. Selected Charts and Products


VFR Navigation Charts

IFR Navigation Charts

Planning Charts

Supplementary Charts and Publications

Digital Products

9−1−4. General Description of Each Chart


a. VFR Navigation Charts.

1. Sectional Aeronautical Charts. Sectional

Charts are designed for visual navigation of slow to

medium speed aircraft. The topographic information

consists of contour lines, shaded relief, drainage

patterns, and an extensive selection of visual

checkpoints and landmarks used for flight under

VFR. Cultural features include cities and towns,

roads, railroads, and other distinct landmarks. The

aeronautical information includes visual and radio

aids to navigation, airports, controlled airspace,

special−use airspace, obstructions, and related data.

Scale 1 inch = 6.86 nm/1:500,000. 60 x 20 inches

folded to 5 x 10 inches. Revised biannually, except

most Alaskan charts are revised annually. 

(See FIG 9−1−1 and FIG 9−1−2.)

2. VFR Terminal Area Charts (TAC). TACs

depict the airspace designated as Class B airspace.

While similar to sectional charts, TACs have more

detail because the scale is larger. The TAC should be

used by pilots intending to operate to or from airfields

within or near Class B or Class C airspace. Areas with

TAC coverage are indicated by a 

• on the Sectional

Chart indexes. Scale 1 inch = 3.43 nm/1:250,000.

Charts are revised biannually, except Puerto

Rico−Virgin Islands which is revised annually.

(See FIG 9−1−1 and FIG 9−1−2.)

3. U.S. Gulf Coast VFR Aeronautical Chart.

The Gulf Coast Chart is designed primarily for

helicopter operation in the Gulf of Mexico area.

Information depicted includes offshore mineral

leasing areas and blocks, oil drilling platforms, and

high density helicopter activity areas. Scale 1 inch =

13.7 nm/1:1,000,000. 55 x 27 inches folded to

5 x 10 inches. Revised annually.

4. Grand Canyon VFR Aeronautical Chart.

Covers the Grand Canyon National Park area and is

designed to promote aviation safety, flight free zones,

and facilitate VFR navigation in this popular area.

The chart contains aeronautical information for

general aviation VFR pilots on one side and

commercial VFR air tour operators on the other side.