Defense Agency To Phase Out Chart Distribution

 - January 16, 2007, 5:59 AM

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) will go forward with a modified version of its previously announced proposal to remove its flight information publications (FLIP) and digital aeronautical flight information file (DAFIF) from public access. Until October 2007, the modified plan will not affect charts for the U.S., Caribbean and South America, in addition to Pacific, Australia and Antarctica charts in areas considered part of the U.S. Flight Information Region. After that date the FAA is expected to continue distribution. However, online distribution of DAFIF and public sale of FLIPs covering areas outside the U.S. will cease next October. The NGA said it is taking this action “due to the increased numbers of international source providers claiming intellectual property rights of their data.”