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Changes to VFR charts

Changes are to be made to the 2015 editions of 1:250,000 VFR and Helicopter Routes charts.

Following on from the 2013 editions of the 1:500,000 VFR charts, the 2014-2015 editions of the 1:250,000 VFR charts and the 1:50,000 London Heli chart will feature a small cartographic change.

When the new editions are published over the next 2 years, users will notice that the airspace classification symbols are no longer shown as squares with magenta/blue outlines and letters, but will be ‘reversed’, with a solid magenta/blue square with a white letter.

The change was agreed as a result of consultation with chart users who are members of the CAA VFR Chart Working Group, and aims to make the information easier to read. It also brings the charts closer to the ICAO chart specifications that are used across Europe.

Sheet 8 England South will be the first to change, with the other charts following suit for their next editions.

There will also be other changes to all VFR charts. Currently, there is tint banding only along the extremities of controlled airspace such as CTAs, TMAs and ATS routes. But - starting with the 2014 edition of 1:500,000 Southern England & Wales - a narrower tint banding will be added to all other CTA, TMA and ATS route boundaries.

Details are available from NATS below . .

  • 15 January 2014
  • GANG

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