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FAA to accelerate VFR chart publications

The FAA plans to put visual navigation and planning charts on a 56-day publication cycle early next year, a much shorter time frame than the 168 days to two years cycle the chart updates are now on.

The new 56-day publication cycle will take effect on Feb. 25, 2021, for all sectional aeronautical charts, VFR terminal area charts, VFR flyway planning charts, and Helicopter Route Charts, according to officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Pilots should note that some VFR navigation charts currently in effect will become obsolete earlier than their published expiration dates. Affected charts will be listed in a charting notice expected to be released soon, AOPA officials noted.