World Aeronautical Charts

World Aeronautical Charts cover land areas at a standard size and scale for navigation by moderate speed aircraft and aircraft operating at high altitudes. The topographical information includes city tints, principal roads, railroads, distinctive landmarks, drainage patterns and relief. The aeronautical information includes visual and radio aids to navigation, airports, airways, restricted areas, obstructions and other pertinent data. Because of their smaller scale, these charts do not show as much detailed information as appears on the Sectional and Terminal Area Charts. For example, Class D and Class E airspace and the limits of controlled airspace are not shown. Because some information is not shown, World Aeronautical Charts are not recommended for exclusive use by pilots of low speed, low altitude aircraft. These charts are revised and updated annually, except for a few in Alaska, Mexico and the Caribbean, which are revised biennially.

Beginning in September 2015 the FAA began the process of phasing out the publication of the World Aeronautical Chart Series, Discontinuance of World Aeronautical Chart Series. A World Aeronautical Chart Discontinuance Crosswalk has been issed by the FAA where the recommended action is that upon obsolesence of each respective World Aeronautical Chart, cease its use for navigation and obtain the latest Sectional and/or U.S. VFR Terminal Aera Chart as necessary.

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