Right-click on the following two links and download the Sample Raster Sectional Chart and Sample.tfw files copying them into the same directory of your PC. The sample tif file is 26.4 MB and it is recommended that you use a broadband internet connection for downloading.

We have included several links in the Metadata Identification_Information Abstract Section where users may obtain a free viewer and Geotiff information.

Sample Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart Metadata:





Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautical Navigation Products (AJV-3)

Publication_Date: December 27, 2001

Title: sample sectional raster aeronautical chart.tif

Edition: 1st Edition

Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data


Series_Name: Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart


Sectional Raster Aeronautical Charts are scanned color images of FAA Sectional Aeronautical Charts


Publication_Place: Silver Spring, Maryland

Publisher: National Aeronautical Navigation Products


The FAA's National Aeronautical Navigation (AeroNav) Products offers a variety of aeronautical charts and aeronautical data. For information about available products please contact the AeroNav Logistics Group or visit our website.

Online_Linkage: http://.aeronav.faa.gov/



The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sectional raster aeronautical chart series is designed to meet the needs of users who require georeferenced raster images of FAA visual flight rules sectional charts. A raster sectional aeronautical chart is a scanned image of an FAA sectional chart. All information that is part of the paper sectional aeronautical chart is included in the raster image. The image inside the neat line is georeferenced to the surface of the earth. Georeferencing information for insets should be disregarded, only the main body of the chart is accurately georeferenced. The raster data may be viewed using a geographic information system (GIS) (A list of GISs that support GeoTiffs) to take advantage of the georeferenced nature of the data or the data can be viewed using commonly available image viewing software (Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft PowerPoint, etc.). There are many free GIS viewers available, ESRI's ArcExplorer is one example of a free viewer that can downloaded and used to view Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart files. The United States Geological Survey's free viewer DLGV32 is another fine example of an application available on the web to view geospatial data.

Three different DVDs will be produced every 28 days (13 issues per year) and will contain the Sectionals, Terminal Area Charts (TACs) and non-georeferenced Flyway charts for each of three regions: East, West, and Alaska. Sectional coverage by region is as follows:

  • East: Atlanta, Brownsville, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Green Bay, Halifax, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Lake Huron, Memphis, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, St Louis, Washington.
    TACs include: Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, St. Louis, Tampa;
  • West: Albuquerque, Billings, Cheyenne, Dallas Ft Worth, Denver, El Paso, Great Falls, Hawaii, Klamath Falls, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Omaha, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Twin Cities, Wichita.
    TACs include: Colorado Springs, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle;
  • Alaska: Anchorage, Bethel, Cape Lisburne, Cold Bay, Dawson, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, McGrath, Nome, Point Barrow, Seward, Western Aleutian Is, Whitehorse.
    TACs include: Anchorage, Fairbanks;


This is a sample of a sectional raster aeronautical chart and is not intended to be used for navigation. The Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart series has been developed to meet the needs of many users. The data has the flexibility of being useful for both industry and individuals. Additional digital data may easily be overlaid on the raster image. Data such as weather, temporary flight restrictions, obstacles, or other geospatial data can be combined with Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart data to support a variety of needs.


Each Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart is provided in two halves, a north side and a south side. (Note: The Western Aleutian Islands is divided into an East and West side. The Hawaiian Islands, Cold Bay and Seward Sectionals are not divided.) The files are 200 dots per inch and 8-bit color. The data is provided as a GeoTIFF and distributed via DVD-R media. The data is valid for the 28-day cycle printed on the DVD label. Each file name is structured as follows; chart name, edition number, and north or south (for example-St. Louis 67 north.tif).




Calendar_Date: December 27, 2001

Currentness_Reference: publication date


Progress: Complete

Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: None planned



West_Bounding_Coordinate: -126.572664

East_Bounding_Coordinate: -120.937963

North_Bounding_Coordinate: 49.107960

South_Bounding_Coordinate: 46.607741



Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None

Theme_Keyword: Sectional Aeronautical Chart

Theme_Keyword: Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart

Theme_Keyword: Sectional Chart

Theme_Keyword: Visual Flight Rules

Theme_Keyword: VFR

Theme_Keyword: transportation

Theme_Keyword: scanner

Theme_Keyword: digital image

Theme_Keyword: aeronautical chart

Theme_Keyword: Sectional

Access_Constraints: None.


This is a sample of a sectional raster aeronautical chart and is not intended for use for navigation. It is provided as an example of what a user may expect from the data when purchasing the public sale product. The following are use constraints for the sectional raster aeronautical charts series. The data is only valid for the 28-day cycle dates published on the DVD. The Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart data will become obsolete upon the publication of the next Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart DVD (every 28 days). Even though paper Sectional Aeronautical Chart data are normally valid for navigation use for periods greater than 28 days, Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart data are only valid for 28 days. A user must use Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart data only from the current DVD to ensure that obsolete navigation data is not used. Caution: These charts are primarily designed for VFR navigational purposes and do not purport to indicate the presence of all power transmission and telecommunications lines, terrain, or obstacles which may be encountered below reasonable and safe altitudes. Note: Refer to current DoD (NGA) charts and flight information publications for information outside of U.S. airspace. Airspace classification and operational requirements may differ between Mexico and the United States (see DoD Area Planning AP/1). Note: Refer to current Canadian charts and flight information publications for information within Canadian Airspace. Airspace classification (see Canada Flight Supplement) and operational requirements (see DoD Area Planning AP/1) may differ between Canada and the United States. Information on Sectional Raster Aeronautical Charts will change; consolidated updates of chart changes are available every 56 days in the FAA Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD). Also consult Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) and other Flight Information Publications (FLIPs) for latest changes.





Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautical Navigation Products

Contact_Position: Staff Cartographer


Address_Type: mailing address

Address: Federal Aviation Administration

Address: National Aeronautical Navigation Products

Address: AJV-3

Address: 6500 S. MacArthur Blvd

City: Oklahoma City

State_or_Province: Oklahoma

Postal_Code: 73169

Country: USA

Contact_Voice_Telephone: 1 (800) 626-3677

Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: 9-AMC-Aerochart@faa.gov

Hours_of_Service: 24


Please provide a brief description of your concern as well as information on how you can be contacted (name and telephone number or e-mail address).


Acknowledgement of the Federal Aviation Administration would be appreciated in products derived from these data. When product developers or other customers acknowledge the Federal Aviation Administration as the source of the data, the FAA seal or initials cannot be used to imply that a product is endorsed, approved, or authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration.


Security_Classification_System: None

Security_Classification: Unclassified

Security_Handling_Description: None


Microsoft Windows 2000 Version 5.0 (Build 2195) Service Pack 2; ESRI ArcCatalog

Data Quality Information:


The entire sectional aeronautical chart is scanned. There are two files, which make a complete Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart, a north file and south file. Each Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart is produced with the intention of replicating the source chart as closely as possible. Users may note that a certain amount of "noise" can be discerned when small areas are blown up or viewed in zoomed-in conditions. This noise is in the form of random specks or pixels of color and halos due to any number of factors, such as, the quality of the source, the use of screens and patterns in the litho, and the unevenness of ink due to saturation and absorption. Discontinuities or breaks in linear features may also be present due to improper calibration of the scanner, the condition of the source, and resampling.


Image completeness is checked by visually inspecting each Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart.




The data has been georeferenced. The root mean square error of the transformation will not exceed two pixels.





Originator: Federal Aviation Administration

Title: Sectional Aeronautical Chart

Source_Scale_Denominator: 500000

Type_of_Source_Media: paper


Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date


The area of coverage for a Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart is the entire printed area of a standard Federal Aviation Administration VFR sectional chart including the chart border (tabulations, legend, notes, etc.) and insets.



The data is generated using a 2nd order polynomial transformation and 7 points per sectional half. Nearest neighbor processing is used to resample the data for the generation of the GeoTIFF file.

Cloud_Cover: N/A


Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Raster


Raster_Object_Type: Pixel

Row_Count: 4168

Column_Count: 6497

Vertical_Count: 1





Map_Projection_Name: Lambert Conformal Conic


Standard_Parallel: 41.333333

Standard_Parallel: 46.666667

Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -121.000000

Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 44.500000

False_Easting: 0.000000

False_Northing: 0.000000


Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: row and column


Abscissa_Resolution: 63.607528

Ordinate_Resolution: 63.607528

Planar_Distance_Units: meters


Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983

Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80

Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000

Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222




Entity_Type_Label: Band_1


Attribute_Label: ObjectID


Attribute_Label: Value


Attribute_Label: Red


Attribute_Label: Green


Attribute_Label: Blue


Attribute_Label: Count







Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautical Navigation Products

Contact_Position: Customer Service Representative


Address_Type: mailing and physical address

Address: FAA/National Aeronautical Navigation Products

Address: Logistics Group, AJV-37

Address: 10201 Good Luck Road

City: Glenn Dale

State_or_Province: Maryland

Postal_Code: 20769-9700

Country: USA

Contact_Voice_Telephone: 1 800 638-8972

Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301 436-6829

Hours_of_Service: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST


Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart DVD-R




Format_Name: GeoTIFF


The Sectional Raster Aeronautical Chart (.tif) world (.tfw), and metadata (.htm) files are provided for each sectional half.

File_Decompression_Technique: no compression applied

Transfer_Size: 0.000



Offline_Media: DVD -R


Current product pricing information


Customers must order directly from the National Aeronautical Navigation Products Logistics Group.


Please contact the National Aeronautical Navigation Products, Logistics Group to place orders for Sectional Raster Aeronautical Charts. Orders by subscription only.


Metadata_Date: 20030116





Federal Aviation Administration, National Aeronautical Navigation Products

Contact_Person: Technology & ATC Products Group

Contact_Position: Aeronautical Information Specialist


Address_Type: mailing and physical address

Address: FAA, National Aeronautical Navigation Products, AJV-3

Address: SSMC-4, Station 5541

Address: 1305 East-West Highway

City: Silver Spring

State_or_Province: Maryland

Postal_Code: 20910-3281

Country: USA

Contact_Voice_Telephone: 1 800 626-3677

Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: 9-AMC-Aerochart@faa.gov

Hours_of_Service: 24


Please leave detailed information about your concern, as well as information on how we may contact you if we have further questions.

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Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998

Metadata_Time_Convention: local time

Metadata_Access_Constraints: None

Metadata_Use_Constraints: None


Metadata_Security_Classification_System: None

Metadata_Security_Classification: Unclassified

Metadata_Security_Handling_Description: None


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