The FAA has released a Charting Notice that states that, as of Dec. 29, 2022, sectional charts will be produced showing less information in areas outside the U.S. Border areas in Canada and Mexico, for example, will show only minimal information. The brief statement offers no explanation about why the change has been made.

The text of the Charting Notice reads as follows:

Foreign Data on VFR Aeronautical Charts

“Effective with the December 29, 2022 chart editions, areas outside of the U.S. shall be skeletonized on all VFR aeronautical charts. Cultural features, hydrographic information and geographic relief shall be retained in subdued and different shades of gray. Only major airports, NAVAIDs and airways shall be charted in foreign areas. These will be in screened black.”

Click here to read a PDF of this notice.