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Ep. 34: How to read a VFR Sectional Chart | Basic Chart/Map Knowledge

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Text Comments (103)
Joey Harrington (21 days ago)
If an airport in the AF/D says runway 36 left traffic, what direction would you turn on takeoff? Would you turn left or right? If you turn left then wouldn't you interfere with possible aircraft on the downwind leg? Does the traffic pattern only pertain to aircrafts on an approach that are going to land?
Jon Fulkerson (23 days ago)
This was super helpful and very easy to understand! Thank you!
Frank D'Acunto (26 days ago)
well done
Rbreeze 78 (27 days ago)
great video. may i ask how you were able to access this chart? was it a program or internet tool? thank you
Tremaine Releford (1 month ago)
Would you bebelieve me if I said all my questions was answered in the first three minutes and then some. Now I officially know how much more studying I have to do... Wow you got me bro I got too Subscribe!!! VFR Sectional Charts is my weakest so Humbling... Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Pilot. You got me wanting to be in the Cockpit For Real!
Chris Lindley (1 month ago)
I think someone COPIED your video and re-posted it as their own... https://youtu.be/naZaJnBFIaM
Walker Lamock (2 months ago)
So on an examination class g is up to 1199' ?
R W Van Dyke (2 months ago)
Strongly suggest you hilite your cursor & perhaps as you zoom around it would be good to have an instantanious trailer which closes quickly. Use the word "next"---------.
Robert Kennerly (2 months ago)
Great Video in every respect. The video explained a hell of a lot more than the textbook that I am reading.
Melinda Sterne (3 months ago)
Great video, thank you!
Truck Talk Videos (5 months ago)
I had three hrs up to now in 172N G-BOIL from Barton nr Manchester and this video is helping me to learning me how to read charts so Ta...
Eduardo Ramos (6 months ago)
volume too low Sir.
Mike Groesch (7 months ago)
Dude, I cannot thank you enough for your videos. I am getting my sUAS drone cert, and was baffled by these maps. I am an expert navigator with Topo's due to my extensive backpacking experience, and while I understood quite a bit of what was on these inherently, there was a TON I was confused about. This makes it so much easier to understand than just staring at a map legend. Im about to watch every single one of your videos. Seriously. Thanks a ton.
Glad it helps! Share them with your friends!
stophypocrisy (7 months ago)
Thank you. I got out of this than all the other training for a simple FAA part 107 Remote Pilot.
David Alexandrovitch (7 months ago)
Excellent video but sometimes I have trouble finding your mouse while pointing out small spots when your explaining about it
knuckles zedawg (8 months ago)
My buddy crashed VFR. Think it was a VFR800 iirc. And it happened within minutes of him buying it, total loss of control into a tree lol /s (but actually a true story)
Ronald Machisen (8 months ago)
Great video. Two suggestions. Venice airport is partially off screen and explanation of airspace in the first couple of minutes would be helpful
g mverber (8 months ago)
Very helpful. Thanks However, the presentation would be MUCH improved by changing the mouse pointer to something other than the default, small, white one used here which is difficult to see to the point that, at times, by the time one has located the pointer and what is being presented you have moved on to the next feature on the chart.
legionbunny (8 months ago)
1:28 "class e airspace comes down to 700 feet out here, where everywhere else out here class e airspace is all at 1200" where are you getting the altitude? point them out?
Jim Stanley (6 months ago)
The 700' altitude is in the chart legend next to the magenta fade. I believe class E is everywhere from 1200' AGL to 17999' MSL unless otherwise marked. Edit: This is the case. Everything that is not some other class is class E. Download the PHAK chapter 15 from the FAA for more (it's free!) Edit 2: Class G is supposed to go up to 14500'MSL, unless otherwise restricted. Apparently, most of the US has been surrounded by that broken blue line that's out over the ocean in this video. On the side without numbers, class E starts at 1200'AGL and just extends inland forever. It's actually pretty hard to find class G that goes all the way to 14500'.
John Sims (8 months ago)
I aced my Part 107 test today and scored 100% thanks to your videos! THANK YOU and I greatly appreciate the time it took for you to make and post this video! :D
Troy Ashmore (8 months ago)
Fantastic video thanks for posting!
Edgar Noriega (8 months ago)
Great vid!! Good information!
C Jorgenson (9 months ago)
I also did not understand where you "could see that the ground elevation in that area" of the tall tower is under 100 feet.
C Jorgenson (9 months ago)
Oh, never mind, I went back a bit and see where you mentioned that the towers list sea level and AGL, so i just have to do the math, where is that calculator?
C Jorgenson (9 months ago)
I did not pick up where you find the frequency to click 5 times to turn ON the lights. Overall, very helpful. I have been struggling to understand these charts in prep for my knowledge test.
Jim Stanley (6 months ago)
Me too. I'm pretty sure it's the CTAF frequency (makes sense it would be what you tune into for traffic), but I'm not sure.
Lethe (9 months ago)
I finally figured out the class E/G confusion for me.
saintroad (10 months ago)
Great instruction. Fabulous quality, clarity & information. A++
Glad it helps! Share the video on Facebook and with your friends around the Airport!!! Fly Safe!
Grant Lemons (10 months ago)
Your voice is very similar to John Dickerson for what it's worth.
Erick Jackson (10 months ago)
Good stuff!
NukeDaddy (11 months ago)
What are the big blue numbers where the first number is larger than the second (i.e. 19 to the upper right of Venice, 07 out in the water, 10 to the left of Coral Creek)?
NukeDaddy (10 months ago)
I learned this. Those numbers represent the highest obstacle in that square of the sectional. There’s a black dot in the square showing where that is.
Rick Mitchell (11 months ago)
Great information but why do you guys use such a small white arrow for your cursor when you jump around so much and so quickly? I have to replay a lot because I want to keep up with you. Suggestion: use a larger BLACK arrow cursor. Thanks
Justin Shearhart (1 month ago)
Rick Mitchell probably need glasses if you can’t see the cursors movement. No offense but your eyes should easily be able to follow.
SCUAVS (1 year ago)
Its hard to tell whether he is saying,"G", or "E", if you are dumb to it all. Why does he not say, "Golf", or "Echo" to eliminate confusion? For some folks, G, D and E sound the same, when pronounced. Maybe that's why they say Golf, Echo and Delta. Other than that, good video. Great teaching voice.
Connor Swann (4 months ago)
Excellent video, but I also had a very difficult time discerning his use of C, D, E and G versus the few times the letters were called out phonetically... and tracking the small cursor. Information wise though, great job!!!
legionbunny (1 year ago)
okay, so this has cleared up some things, but where are you getting all the numbers? Lots of numbers written everywhere, not sure what means what
Neil O'Neal (1 year ago)
Good info. Voice quality is reassuring.
Franky-Channel (1 year ago)
Thank you! That was a real handy dandy tutorial, a lot of informations in short time and you've got another subscriber!
Glad it helps! Be sure to share us with your friends on FaceBook and around the airport!
alan mohlman (1 year ago)
Hi Jon, thanks for all the videos. 9/22/17 I flew as PIC again for first time since 4/1981. It's been a long time & well worth the wait. Scoured youtube to get up to speed on all that's changed in 40 years. Your channel definitely helped my efforts.
Glad it helps and happy to hear you're back in the air! Be sure to share us with your friends around the airport on FB!
John Hansknecht (1 year ago)
I found this video because I am studying airspace for FAR 103 flight. Noticed you said the yellow area is "congested" areas. The yellow areas depict the ground illumination pattern one might see flying at night. They are NOT an FAA designation of "congested area". This is an important distinction. I say this because there may be paths that an ultralight or powered paraglider can use to come in or out of an area that is solid yellow on the sectional, and there may be areas that are not yellow that are definitely congested and should not be overflown with an aircraft operating under FAR 103.
John Hansknecht (1 year ago)
Adam St. Amand But populated is not the same as congested. They do not have a set definition of congestion, but clearly a person on the ground in many of those yellow regions would not see it as a problem if they see an ultralight aircraft above them.
Adam St. Amand (1 year ago)
According to the FAA's Aeronautical Chart User's Guide, the "yellow city tint" indicates a populated place, such as a large city, town, or village.
Nelson Kraucak (1 year ago)
Difficult to see. Should zoom in to GE a clear picture and also slow down the pointer which moves too fast across.
Brian Visser (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video! Excellent job going through and explaining the details.
///RONTOURAGE /// (1 year ago)
Quick and informative without Jeppesen fluff!! Thank Goodness.
Terrace Campbell (1 year ago)
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Gadget Inspector (1 year ago)
Great video and great instruction. You clarified something I struggled with about class E/G within the first minute and a half.
Bob Jones (1 year ago)
Great vid, clear, to the point and especially helpful to a student from Bradenton. Thank you so much.
Joe Flatley (1 year ago)
That was AWESOME!!!!! Now, can you redo this same video...but instead look at the airports for the East Coast side of Florida? LOL! Or, just explain how you'd use this very same VFR chart to do a cross country from your West Florida airport to let's say Boca Raton, FL using both I-75 Alligator Alley, or Airport and landmark hopping. Also, how you'd use the VOR at Pahokee if you had to divert or kick out some parachutists. Again, GREAT VIDEO. Thumbs up and subscribed!!!!!
Michael K. (1 year ago)
How do I see where physical addresses are in relation to the airports, like if I want to fly a drone and want to know where the nearest airports are?
Michael K. (1 year ago)
Thank you!
Have to go by Lat Long, or you can pull a physical address from airnav.com using the airport identifier.
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Marcus Geise (1 year ago)
What is the difference between an airport with a circle filled in (Like Venice) and one that just shows the runways (Like Southwest FL intl)?
Marcus Geise (1 year ago)
Thanks so much!
If it shows just the runways it has one runway at least 8,069ft. long. (its denoted on the legend of the chart typically, but yes it is a very odd number)
Antonio Torino (1 year ago)
great presentation
Thanks! Check out the website for some other helpful videos too! www.fly8ma.com
Tom Hendrickson Sr (1 year ago)
What's the C to the right of the unicom freq?
Denotes that frequency is the CTAF frequency
Cory Watts (1 year ago)
Great video. You first started talking about Venice, I was thinking Cali. Then you mentioned Punta Gorda and I realized you were in Florida! Nice to have a informative local pilot on YouTube.
Frederick Fitt (1 year ago)
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Lee Brannon (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video. I am refreshing my knowledge of sectional charts in preparation of a BFR after a 15yr break from flying. Your videos help me recall what I learned years ago. THANKS!
Thanks! Glad it helps! Safe Flying!
revenger681 (2 years ago)
what does the 40/sfc mean that I saw towards the end of the video?
Ceiling of airspace is 4,000 ft and floor is the Surface
ilegalm1 (2 years ago)
Thanks... very helpful, I'm taking my ground classes but my business don't give me much time to read. So... this is how I try to stay on track thanks again
Glad it helps! Good luck with the studying!
///RONTOURAGE /// (2 years ago)
Well, this helped me clear up a few questions from Jeppesen training tonight. Thank you for your time!
///RONTOURAGE /// (2 years ago)
You can say that again, lol!
Certainly! Glad it helps! Jepp's books are good, but a little on the dry side.
Nicholas Maingi (2 years ago)
awesome work,11 mins looks like 1 hr work
Thanks! Safe Flying!
Monday Never (2 years ago)
Thanks! Very helpful.
Glad it helps! Love the sailing vids too! Used to have a 38' Irwin I had planned on doing some cruising on around the Caribbean before it was damaged in a storm (guess it leaves more time for airplanes). Anyways be sure to give a shout if y'all are ever passing through Sarasota! Cheers! - Jon
William Herrera (2 years ago)
Brent Pennsylvania (2 years ago)
Nice overview that takes different learning styles into consideration. Some suggestions for additional links especially to add some MEATR and TAF information. While I used the written resources to learn about METAR's and TAF's, these links helped me to become more "fluent" when reading these sources of weather data. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqXlMwp-yQY Ground School: How To Decode METARs and TAFs | Part 1 | The Simple Stuff - FLY8MA.com Flight Training https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7Q7WmcmYVk&t=20s Ground School: How To Decode METARs and TAFs | Part 2 | Thoroughly Explained - FLY8MA.com Flight Training https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPFxbhf2cTA Decoding METAR Quiz - Answer Video - MzeroA Flight Training https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9Yoi6SDlAs Ground School: Advanced Sectional Chart Knowledge | VFR Map - FLY8MA.com Flight Training
Sixfoursoul (2 years ago)
finally a video that actually explains something and gets to the point ! you explained more in 11.. mins than this other guys hour and a half video .. thumbs up and subcribed
Topher Mira (2 months ago)
Yup .. I know the video you are talking about.. looks like we are following the same Drone Cert path! Ya thx for being concise! great video!
Mike Groesch (7 months ago)
For real!!!!!!!!!
K A (10 months ago)
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Taber Cope (2 years ago)
Great video. It has helped me while studying for the part 107 UAS Remote Pilot test. Thanks! By the way, I give you a shout out while talking about my experience. https://youtu.be/joq0dq-lagM
Taber Cope (2 years ago)
Brock Nelson. It went well. Got an 87%. Definitely a fair amount of sectional chart stuff. This video helped me a ton.
Brock Nelson (2 years ago)
haha nice. same. how was it?
Glad it helped! Safe Flying!
Willis Sutherland (2 years ago)
I wanted to review your excellent Sectional Chart Presentation again as a review for my PVT Glider Oral tomorrow...Thanks again Jon... Now what do you do it you need that roll? Ha!
Willis Sutherland (2 years ago)
Jon...I really enjoy your presentation style...easily understood and detailed...I review this sectional on occasion to update my brain... Will mention...I like the way you included on the screen the words used by ATIS (because Atis is not always easily understood during a presentation) You do cover it all.... Willis Flying with FLY8MA.com Flight Training
Willis Sutherland (2 years ago)
Jon..Seriously...You do explain the subject matter so very well...You cover it all and you keep it simple and detailed...Thank You... Willis
David Aranguren (2 years ago)
At first when you pick up a sectional chart you don't understand a single dot but when you see these videos then you get it, I've seen like 5 videos in a row about sectional charts and it becomes easier and easier, thank you Sir
Happy to be able to help!
frank (2 years ago)
i love your videos, i love the quality, great explanations.
Thanks! Much appreciated! Safe Flying!
Bobster986 (2 years ago)
Very informative video, but why does it go from A-E then jumps over F and goes to G airspace? Thanks!
Its just a FAA thing, internationally there is Class F airspace, we don't use that designation here in the states so to stay consistent with ICAO they skip over so that G here is the same as G everywhere else
Vinícius Brito (2 years ago)
Congratulations !! Very nice !!
Thanks! Safe Flying!

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