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December 29, 2018


I still find US sectionals harder to read than our German sectionals,
and I have both for my local flying area.
I suppose it's just a matter of what you are used to. ???

Stu--Perhaps a clarification of terminology is in order. Sectional Charts are put out by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) for use in planning Visual Flight Rule (VFR) flights. There are, currently, 54 of them covering the US and its territories. I am not certain that it never happened, but I had not heard of Sectional Charts that covered non-USA territory geography, such as Germany. Thus, I'm not sure with what charts you are familiar.

It would be interesting to read a posting on your blog comparing various charts that you have available for VFR flight planning within Germany. Of course, you might wish to venture into IFR flight planning while you are at it.

That said, I won't argue with you about complexity of Sectional Charts. They can be difficult to read. The listing/definition of symbols used is nearly 30 pages long. Complicating matters, there are about 20,000 airports in the USA (138, not counting most of the private airports, in Kansas) and lots of tall radio/TV/microwave towers that must be marked. One thing I always liked about flying in Kansas, though: The whole state is a prospective emergency landing area.

I've sent you an email with the VFR chart for a busy airspace, Frankfurt in Germany,
and an average IFR chart, Warsaw in Poland.
Just for you and I. They would bore blogreaders.

Stu--I got a chuckle from, "They would bore blogreaders." Undoubtedly, you are correct; but, since my aim has never been to accumulate lots of readers, the few who are around could tell you that boring them has never been a concern in my postings! My blog friends know how to skip what is of no interest.

Thanks for sending the excerpts from your charts. They make interesting reading, to me. Wow! I hadn't realized that the Frankfurt area was so low-lying. With the mountainous terrain in Germany, one (I) should stop to think that there are also valleys. Too, unlike landlocked Kansas, you have actual water ports.

Comparing elevations, referencing mean sea level (msl): German max 9918 feet, min -11.6 feet; Kansas max 4039 feet, min 679 feet. Our house sits at about 1275 feet above msl. [Lest anyone feel the need to know: The land area of Germany is about 2/3 again as great as the land area of Kansas.]

Oh, these VFR maps brought back memorie from flying with my husband in Cessna as he focused on maps when planning our trips. Always good to know where the surrounding airports were. Airborne I was intrigued with locating Omni stations — wonder if that system still used, or if technology is different now?

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