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FAA To Stop Direct Sales Of Aeronautical Charts To The Public Eff October 2013

September 10, 2013 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will end Direct-to-the-Public Subscriptions and Sales of paper aeronautical charts and related paper products. Back in July the FAA reported it would no long renew subscriptions for these products and would only supple those with subscriptions until October 1, 2013. 

With the growth of the internet and advances in personal computing devices, pilots have relied increasingly on digital aeronautical products rather than traditional paper charts. 

Some digital products the FAA made available were replicated and resold without authorization. In some cases, this was done in a way that did not preserve the integrity of the original product, which created a potential unintended risk to aviation safety.

In addition, the FAA's cost recovery for digital products has not kept pace with changing technology. The FAA has been producing aeronautical charts and products since the Aeronautical Charting Program was transferred to the FAA from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in October 2000.

Public Law 106-181, dated April 5, 2000 gave the FAA the legislative authority to charge fees to recover the cost of producing paper and digital products. That authority was codified in Title 49, United States Code, section 44721. The FAA now develops aeronautical products and sells them through a network of about 400 authorized aeronautical chart agents, as well as through direct sales to the public. 

The FAA is on target for October 1, 2013, to discontinue all other direct-to-the-public individual sales of paper aeronautical charts and related paper products. All future individual purchases, and subscriptions of the FAA’s aeronautical paper products will be sold expressly through the FAA's worldwide network of authorized chart sales agents. Back in 2011 and 2012 the FAA meet with aeronautical chart agents, application developers, and representative stakeholder groups (e.g., NBAA, AOPA, GAMA,) to speak on these changes.


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