Chart Changes

Some time ago I posted an installment of “The Art of the (Aeronautical) Chart…” series titled, “What you see versus reality!” One of the topics discussed within this multi-point post was the symbol for a closed airport appearing on an aeronautical chart and what will be lying below you as you pass over the “landmark.”

The example I cited with the former Fall River Municipal Airport in southeastern Massachusetts. The airport was closed in the 1990’s and over the decades since the site has been developed into an industrial business park. At the time I wrote the post the only portion of the airfield that remained to provide pilots with a landmark was a small portion of the crosswind runway. While the airport was in operation the crosswind runway was all of 1600′, so there was only so much that might possibly remain!

In the time since the aeronautical charts have been updated. Since beginning my flight training in 2000 I have collected a New York sectional chart at each publication. Even as a resident of Florida for the past two years I have continued to purchase a new set of New York sectional and Boston terminal area charts. One of my favorite things to do is open up a new chart, the new chart smell and all, sprawl the chart on the kitchen table and see if I can spot any changes.

When I received the latest edition of the New York sectional my eyes immediately went to my longtime home airport, Mansfield Municipal Airport (1B9), which on a recent chart change lost the nondirectional beacon (NDB). From there my scan moved around the area. One thing that I noticed this time was the lack of closed airport symbol in Fall River, MA.

After many years the former airport has been removed from charts and is another lost airport… If you’re interested in learning more about the Fall River Airport, check out this website. Even if you’re not interested in the Fall River airport, but want to see what lost airports might have been close to you, check it out, it’s a great website with a wealth of information from across the country… I find it interesting to look at the history of different areas when I visit.

-Fly Safe, @MTElia1B9


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