Mcomess From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2217 times:
Well uhhh... To answer your question:
No airline pilots do not carry sectionals. Instead, they use Jeppsen Hi Altitude Airway Manuals. These have all high altitude jet airways, VORs, Airports, etc... They also have MEAs, or "Minimum Enroute Altitudes" which let the pilots know where the highest terrain is on their route.
FLY 8 From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2212 times:
Well, Mcomess that´s not all corect, you said there.
On High altitude charts there are no MEA printed down. That wouldn´t make sence, since you already very high, because here in Europe the high altitude charts start at FL 240. But it´s from country to country different! So if your are using an high altitude chart you have to fly over FL240. So you will never care about the MEA, because you will always fly high enough!
Only in one case: emergency! For that reason we have also the low altitude charts on board! It´s also on our company flight plans.
I miss the MEA on high altitude charts tough!
Sometimes I bring a sectional chart with me, specially when we fly very low over the alps!!! That´s awsome!
yes i can handle that alone. - - -famous last words
Pilot1113 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2333 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2183 times:
I was only asking because I saw in "Cast Away" that one of the jumpseating pilots had plotted out their position on a sectional (I know that no one would have taken the time to plot out a position anymore).
I was also wondering because my instructor said it's always a good idea to have a sectional with you whenever you're under instruments for better situational awareness. This would include terrain, towers, and other land-based objects. The enroute maps don't show these things. What they do show is MOCAs, MEAs, and other such information; those are all just numbers. The sectionals show topographical information, which is extemely useful (I've found).
Back to my original question and to retort to my "enemies" (for lack of a better word)...
I asked the original question because it was a trivia question in my weekly airport newsletter.
I have never claimed to be an "expert" and I hardly am. I have said things that I regret saying on this forum, but I've said them and I offer no appologies for saying them because they're my opinion and I will stick those things. Many may not agree with me, but such is life. I do however take full responsibility for it.
Now... at least I put my name down and my full personal information as I don't attempt to 'hide' behind a username on an anonymous internet bulletin board. While I could, I believe this to be a cowardly act.
Please if you're going to bash me for no good reason, sign your name so I can address you formally.