“I’m completely lost.” Other than “my hair is on fire and my foot’s caught in a diamond tipped bear trap”, these are the last words you want to have to utter. So much so, the simple act of pulling over to ask for directions is often avoided because it’s an admission to the fact that you have no idea where you are. In any case, a simple admission to the fact that you’re lost is an acceptable price to pay for some direction. If you’re driving, your dilemma can easily be solved with a stop off at a gas station for a coffee and a helpful tip (writers note: avoid scratch ticket purchases during these types of stops, it’s clearly not your lucky day). The problem is, when you’re up in the air, you can’t really just pull over for some friendly local advice.
For this reason, it’s required by law to have up to date aeronautical charts in the cockpit. Martin Luther King Jr. and St. Thomas Aquinas both argued that one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws…this is not one of them. Not having up to date aeronautical charts is not only illegal; outdated charts are basically useless and dangerous to fly with. You can stay up to date with the latest aeronautical charts at SkyGeek. You can even get on a subscription basis with SkyGeek and we’ll provide you with the latest charts when necessary so there’s one less thing you have to consistently worry about. Just contact our friendly customer care center and let them know what you’re trying to do.
Got a bunch of useless old charts lying around? Fret not, you can put them to use in a number of ways. For one, you can take a page out of Mexica Airlines’ book from back in the day and use your old charts as window shades to block out the sun! This is a cheap, semi-effective alternative to purchasing actual window shades.
Another thing you can do with your old aeronautical charts is hone in your origami skillzzz (yes, I spelt it with zzz on purpose because I’m “hip” and because quite frankly I find origami boring…but you may not so I left the option on the table). Fold those charts up to make a triangle hat when you have to make a mad dash from your plane when it’s raining. Or you can fold it up into a giant paper airplane for the kids.
Speaking of kids, want to save some money this Christmas? You can keep your children entertained for hours and at the same time keep some coin in your pocket with an old aeronautical chart. How? Take an old chart, wrinkle it up something fierce then dip it into any brand of brown tea. Let it soak there for a while and the paper will absorb the brown color. Pull it out, let it dry and BOOM – you have an “old pirate treasure map” for the kids to play with. Watch them run around in circles for hours looking for a non-existent treasure (outside the house!). Not only are they getting exercise and stimulating their imagination, they’re never going to find anything so there’s always something for them to do!
Whatever you choose to do with your old aeronautical charts is up to you. The important thing is for you to have up to date aeronautical charts so you can stay safe, stay within the law and never have to say those dreaded words…”I’m completely lost.”
That’s it for this week everyone, keep taking off and keep taking care.