That's far from what one would call an effective consultative step.
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I have had another update on the charts from the IAA and they say that both the 250k and 500k charts will be available for purchase from approximately the end of January barring no technical difficulties. They are currently opting to include the features such as third class roads and contours on the 250k chart while continuing on with the same layout/formatting on the 500k chart as the current one although updating airspace, new roads and wind farm information. They are having technical difficulties with exporting the 250k chart to a PDF version. Many changes suggested for the charts have allegedly been taken on board and the detail has been kept on the 250k as it was determined that it "will be used by industry that require such detailed information"
The email address will still be open after the release of these charts too. The draft charts are being asked to be returned now for safety reasons.
dara wrote:I had a look at it yesterday and i think its way too cluttered. It would be confusing for an experienced pilot let alone any new pilots!
The American Jepp charts are the way to go!
I agree, I got a copy of EI-1 and EI-2, not going to bother with EI-2 in future, not really of much use, I'm more focused on planning flights in the more southern regions of the country.
Headline: New VFR 1:250,000 aeronautical charts have been completed
New VFR 1:250,000 aeronautical charts have been completed. They have been divided into 4 quadrant charts which will consist of an East/West back to back and a North/South back to back. They will be available to purchase at the end of February 2008. No price has yet been set and they will be produced in both laminate and non-laminated versions. The purchaser can buy either version but will get four charts on two sheets of paper covering the Shannon FIR in one plastic sleeve.
Be advised that the aeronautical information is only provided for the Shannon FIR and not for the Scottish FIR. This information, as portrayed before, will be available on the new ICAO 1:500,000 chart which will be produced shortly by the Operations Division of the IAA. An email address, email@example.com will continue to be available for feedback from users so that the charts can be improved upon. The charts are scheduled to be updated on an annual basis.
More information on exact pricing, release date and where they may be purchased will be posted shortly on this website."
Sounds like the 1:500,000 will be even longer
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And I STILL think they should show golf courses. Great landmarks they are!
Funny you should mention the golf courses... they really should have every last hole marked on the chart, after all golf courses are nearly the bread and butter of the Irish Heli Industry, outside of the private ownership of course (no pun intended)
VFR 1:250,000 Charts
New VFR 1:250,000 aeronautical charts have been printed and are now published in both paper and laminated versions. The purchaser can buy either version but will get four charts on two sheets of paper covering the Shannon FIR in one plastic wallet.
The charts are priced as follows;
► Laminate set of charts in plastic wallet - ?30
► Paper set of charts in plastic wallet - ?20
They will be available to be purchased from Tuesday 18th March onwards from the following locations:
OSI Map Sales Shop,
Or online at: www.irishmaps.ie.
(Note: no pre-orders will be taken before Tuesday 18th March)
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