How To Read an Aviation Sectional Map – Airport Information

Filed in Flying by on January 13, 2007 2 Comments

My father finally received his Christmas gift yesterday. I got him a Charlotte sectional map, which includes his area of Wilmington, NC. The reason I got him the sectional map is because I needed him to look around for frequencies to tune into with the new Aviation (among other things) scanner I got him as well.

I talked to him last night as he was learning how to use the scanner. This morning I thought of the greatest idea…I would put a picture of the closest airport to him (ILM) here and highlight the airport information. This would help him locate the type of information he should be looking for.


Then I thought to myself, “You know, that’s not good enough. Let me also place the key information here as well, so he has something to refer to (even though he already has the same map).”


Wow! What a plan. Now, all my mother has to do is print this page and give it to him as a little reference (Mom, please print and give to Dad). Also, someone else in this world my be THRILLED at this information too.

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  1. Joe Dezso says:

    There is an item on sectional charts that is not defined. For instance, on the Los Angeles sectional near the Santa Barbara airport, inside a box, is the following:
    WITHIN 20 NM ON 120.55 321.4 What does it mean?

  2. David Dicken says:

    I have just moved to the US from England to get married, I was tracking my parents flight in and noticed the tracker i was using had an Aviation Sectional setting. I am some times a bit geeky and thought “this looks cool… but how do I read this”. A moments searching on google and I was reading your page. Thank you for taking the time to publish this ‘quick guide’ reference for the rest of us to see.

    Dave D.

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