First, the e-book readers can be a workable solution to the problem of carrying current approach plates
for all the locations you may visit.
Only nine minutes elapsed from engine failure to on deck at Al Jaber, which didn't give us much time to study approach plates
If we showed you these two approach plates
from Mason City, Iowa, and asked you to guess which one was the more recent--and you hadn't read the previous sentences--you'd probably guess wrong.
I bring a paper enroute chart and print approach plates
for departure and arrival airports from the Web.
To start off, open up your approach plates
to see if there are any nonstandard, runway-specific takeoff minimums or departure procedures.
I had him break open the approach plates
to find the latitude and longitude of a navaid we would cross over on the way back.
We didn't have approach plates
. We didn't need them.
If you had told me 10 years ago that all my approach plates
would be on the panel and I would no longer have two mechanical vacuum pumps, I would have written you a prescription to ease your anguish.
Since I also was an instrument student, I brought along a set of approach plates
, opened to IPT's airport diagram.
Georeferenced approach plates
are an extra $99/year through Seattle Avionics, who provide that data.
I took a pair of G-15 frames and after having three pairs in a row of the glass lenses get damaged by my carelessness on the ramp, dropping off my face in 95-degree weather doing a fuel sump, or oil check for pre-flight or something, I went to a custom progressive polycarb prescription lenses, which I also needed to be legal to fly IFR approaches looking at approach plates
. They are tops.
If you're Instrument-rated and current, you almost certainly own at least a modest complement of IFR charts and approach plates
. Of course, the odds are you still make a number of flights under VFR and, if you're like me, you probably always have a couple of current Sectionals in your flight bag.