Hockeyfag 2012-02-16 20:59:09
I currently subscribe to the Airchart IFR and sectional service. I was
looking at changing to the WAC and IFR service.
What exactly is the difference between the WAC and sectional charts?
Do the WACs show all the MOAs/restricted/etc areas? Are all the same
Paul kgyy 2012-02-16 20:59:12
I tried WACs a while back but found insufficient detail for good visual
orientation, and went back to sectionals. The WACs are handy for
planning because of their larger scale but that’s about it. I also use
Low Altitude En Route charges for IFR in combination with the
George patters 2012-02-16 20:59:16
Thw WAC charts are 1:1,000,000 scale. Sectionals are 1:500,000 scale (twice as large).
Most private strips are not shown on the WACs. Also missing are airspace details
for controlled fields and radio frequency information. Most of those magenta
circles you’re used to seeing on a sectional aren’t on a WAC. In congested
areas, you’ll see notes on the WAC to use the sectional — for example, the note
“for flights at and below 4400 MSL see charlotte VFR sectional chart” may be
found on the WAC near RDU. This is your clue that the RDU airspace extends to
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Doug 2012-02-16 20:59:18
There are lots of little differences. All the restricted, MOA stuff is
on the WAC’s. But not the Class E surface area airports (special vfr?).
All the airports are there, but not the 3 or 4 letter ID’s. With a
GPS, it is enough. Only thing I can’t find is those Class E surface
areas with my WACs or GPS.
Robert m. gary 2012-02-16 20:59:20
If you like to tool around C and B airspace VFR you won’t like the WAC.
It doesn’t show you the entire wedding cake. It just shows you the
outer area, it doesn’t show you the side area at all.
Maule driver 2012-02-16 20:59:22
If you like to tool around IFR, the combination is perfect. I use the WAC
for IFR GPS direct work. I can fly around the SE US (except for FL) using
nothing else when IFR. A lot less chart flipping with the WAC – even in my
But you need the Sectionals for VFR around the Class B/C
Denny 2012-02-16 20:59:25
Try to Howie Keefes Aircharts… I have used every chart type/service
out there at one time or another, and Howie wins hands down, 95% of the
Doug 2012-02-16 20:59:28
The Aircharts have all the Class B and Class C areas on sectionals in
Jsmith 2012-02-16 20:59:30
The new issues later this year will have the identifiers added.
Rst engineerin 2012-02-16 20:59:34
Most of my students transition from sectionals to WACs at about 800-1000
hours PIC and never look back. Howie Keefe’s stuff is really good,
especially as he reprints the terminal area and Class B charts in the back.
I’ve never needed anything but these and the frequency info in the GPS.
George patters 2012-02-16 20:59:37
What do you mean by “air chart”? I’m looking at a 1994 WAC CG-21, which covers
the area from Philadelphia to most of South Carolina. It does not have anything
special for the Class B and C airports. Is this something new in the last 10
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Dave s 2012-02-16 20:59:46
He is referring to a commerical product that comes in a big book. It has
the entire US in WAC charts, with Sectional detail of all Class C and
B airspace. It is updated by subscription.
They also sell sectional charts in big books (east and west versions) as
well as IFR LO charts for the whole country.
Jay honeck 2012-02-18 01:15:44
This is a great victory for EAA and AOPA, which have been clamoring for this
addition for a long time.
Adding the airport identifiers to WACs will make them much more usable,
IMHO. I will probably switch to using them exclusively after this change
takes place, since that has always been my biggest objection to using them
in the past.
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