You said, "the FAA would have the option of applying 91.13
(careless and reckless operation) and 91.103 (preflight action) to ANY
pilot who does not have current charts on board." I couldn't figure out why you wrote that, until I tried and failed to open the attachment to my first post. You couldn't read it either, could you?
I see a helo in your avatar. Here's a typical helo instructor mission - hover practice at the corner of the ramp at home field. Literally. Home field. Not an airport, not a designated heliport. Another typical helo mission - on a flatbed to the jobsite, fire up to set powerline towers fifty miles from nowhere, flatbed home. The inspector who wrote 91.13 or 91.103 for no charts on board might have to write a REAL long explanation on those.
In case the attachment doesn't open for others, below is the text:
VFR Aeronautical Chart Requirements
FAA Order 8900.1 tells Inspectors
conducting a Part 91 ramp inspection to determine if pertinent and
current aeronautical charts are available. It also tells the
Inspector to check the radio station license, which isn't a valid
requirement for domestic operations. So. If that's not true, is the
rest? Must an aviator carry current aeronautical charts for every
Break that question down to component
1. What is a chart? Electronic
flight bags may count as charts. Check A/C 91-78 if in doubt.
Charts need not be printed.
2. What is an aeronautical
chart? Many states issue charts as a convenience for aviators. A/C
61-84 paragraph 4.a (1) recommends using those charts. Beware, some
state-issued charts carry a disclaimer, "not for navigation."
Acceptable aeronautical charts include:
a. World Aeronautical Chart (WAC) -
Covers land areas at a standard size and scale for navigation by
moderate speed aircraft and aircraft operating at high altitudes.
b. Sectional Chart - Designed for
visual navigation of slow to medium speed aircraft.
c. Joint Operations Graphics Air
(JOG-A) - Supports tactical and other air activities including low
altitude visual navigation.
d. Operational Navigation Chart (ONC)
- Designed for medium altitude (2000' to 25,000' AGL) high-speed
visual and radar navigation. In the absence of TPCs, ONCs also
satisfy enroute visual and radar navigation requirements for low
e. Tactical Pilotage Chart (TPC) -
Designed for very low-altitude (below 500' AGL) through
medium-altitude high-speed visual and radar navigation.
f. Jet Navigation Charts (JNC) -
Designed for high-altitude computer assisted radar navigation/bombing
by strategic aircraft.
g. VFR Terminal Area Charts - Depict
Class B airspace.
3. What is a current aeronautical
chart? Most state charts carry a year of issue and have no specific
expiration date, revision date, or method to update. Most
aeronautical charts carry an expiration date, but some like the ONC
do not and thus do not expire until replaced. Even a chart with an
expiration date is usually NOT current until that expiration date.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency issues the Chart Updating
Manual (CHUM) in electronic or print versions, and FAA's Aeronav
Services team issues VFR Chart Update Bulletins. A chart which
has not been updated might NOT be current, regardless of the printed
4. Must an aviator carry current
aeronautical charts for every VFR flight? No.
a. CFR PT 91.103 requires that
each pilot in command shall become familiar with all available
information before beginning a flight, lists specific
information which must be included, and does not include current VFR
charts - obviously because there are other ways to get the
b. A/C 61-84B Paragraph 4.a (1) says basic preflight
preparation includes using current navigational charts on which
pilots can mentally review their intended route of flight.
c. A/C 61-84B Paragraph 4.a (2)
recommends (not requires) aviators carry appropriate and
current aeronautical charts on all cross-country flights, but is
silent concerning charts for local flights.
d. A/C 61-84B Paragraph 4.a (2) also
notes that having the information in current charts available will
enhance the PIC’s ability to safely complete the flight. "Having
available the information in current charts” is not the same as
carrying the charts. Kneeboard cards, strip charts, rote
memorization, there are many methods of having the information
e. CFR PT 91.503.a.3 requires current,
pertinent aeronautical charts for all large and turbine-powered
f. CFR PT 91.1033.a.3 requires at
least one set of pertinent aeronautical charts for all fractional
ownership program aircraft.
h. CFR PT 93.95 and 93.351 require
charts for VFR flight by all operators of all aircraft in designated
airspace, specifically because charts are not required by CFR
for some operators in most airspace.
5. Is it a violation to carry expired
charts? NO, it is a violation to USE expired charts WHEN the
operation requires current, pertinent aeronautical charts. It is not
a violation to carry expired charts which are not used for required
Condensed version - FAA Advisory
Circulars recommend charts for cross-country flights but are silent
on local flights. FAR Part 91 does not require pertinent current and
appropriate charts for small piston-powered single-engine airplanes
that are not fractionally owned. FAR Par t 93 does require charts in
two designated airspace areas. Thus by the letter of the regs, a VFR
pilot operating an individually-owned light piston-powered ASEL (or
any aircraft other than an airplane) in airspace where charts are not
specifically required may do so without any nav charts on board, and
if charts are carried, they need not be current.
I say don’t carry charts? NO, I DID NOT!!!!!!!!!!! It is NOT
fly with outdated charts or no charts at all. Any problem that
could have been avoided with current charts might result in an FAA
accusation of careless and reckless operation.
IF I MISSED AN FAR THAT REQUIRES CHARTS ON ALL FLIGHTS, PLEASE TELL ME!
my direct email is firstname.lastname@example.org