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Shouldn't NOAA Charts be free for electronic download?

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Our taxes are paying for them, right? I'm gonna email them today.Maybe I'm missing something here.Anyway, does anyone know any other site from which we can download free aeronautical charts?Andrew

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I couldn't possibly agree more. At the very most, they should be at COST only. (lotsa luck with emailing congressmen or AOPA..get politely ignored or buried in BS). HOWEVER...you can see/print USA & Canada and some others for FREE at: http://www.aerochart.com/mapping/chart/smartchart.cfm

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Echoplate's online charts are free.

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(I stand corrected :))

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It's easy to get confused - more than one site has access to the charts, but others do charge a fee or at least a membership fee to access them.Echoplate was also offline for a while, so there was a time when it was difficult to find a source for free charts.

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Yes, those sites are great - but I'm talking about VFR/IFR sectional charts...Actually I contacted them last week.... they don't have electronic charts!Yes folks, that's right. Our government is creating their aeronautical charts by hand. Somehow I'm just not surprised...

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