Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 1 decade ago

Picking out a chart for flying?

Im currently flying on vatsim which is as real as real life But I have a question about charts and airports?How do you pick a chart out?A chart that provides SID`S and STAR`S?I have been searching all around and all I see is dozens of charts,and I dont know what chart to pick from?Can anybody help,sorry about my english.

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    For VATSIM, you can use real-world charts. If you are flying in the United States, you're lucky, because everything you need is free online. If you are flying in some other country, things get a lot more difficult.

    For the U.S. and VFR flight, you can find VFR sectionals, WACs, helicopter charts, and TACs at SkyVector:

    For the U.S. and IFR flight, you can find IFR en-route and area charts also at SkyVector. For IFR plates (SIDs and STARs), obstacle departures, airport diagrams, and alternate minimums, you can pick up bundled packs of all of these in PDF format at FlightAware:

    FlightAware also provides standard routes flown by real-world flights. The FAA (and some VATSIM regional sites) provides TEC routes, which you can google for.

    You can get current aviation weather from NOAA, and if you have an add-on like Active Sky, it will pick up all the latest weather, including winds aloft, current METARs (synced with VATSIM), TAFs and I think also SIGMETs, PIREPs, etc.

    With all of these you can plan your flight in detail from start to finish.

    If you are flying outside U.S. airspace … well, good luck!

    Note: With some aircraft (especially those equipped with a FMS), you'll need current AIRAC cycles, too. Navigraph sells these:

  • 1 decade ago

    For the purposes of VATSIM, the only charts that you will really NEED (if you are flying IFR at least) is your SID and you STAR. If you really want to impress you ATC, also be sure to have the airport diagrams for both airports. All of the important charts for you airport can be found on under the specific airport. In order to determine the specific charts you will need, look up your route on, find an aircraft that is making the same flight, and note the SID (the first part of the route) and the STAR (the last part of the route). As always, if you have ATC for your flight, listen to the SID that they assign to you and go with that.

    Source(s): Controller at ZBW in VATSIM.
  • John R
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    For IFR flights you need the enroute charts that cover your route, ether the high altitude or low altitude, depending on what your planned cruising will be, and the terminal procedures for airports you will use.

    The IFR terminal procedures are published in ether a book or loose leaf format and include all instrument procedures, including STAR's and SID's, for all airports in the region they cover. In the US, these books cover 2 or more states each

    For VFR flights, you would use a sectional chart and a terminal area chart if you are close to a major airport.

  • 1 decade ago

    You may need a variety of charts for IFR work including enroute charts (hi and lo) , possibly a terminal area chart, sids and stars (published arrival and departure routes), approach plates that will cover your area of operations, and a VFR sectional chart.

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