I'm wondering if it is it ok to use a consumer tablet and electronic charts (e.g. within the AirNav Pro app) instead of the paper version for recreational VFR single-piston flights?

Edit: to clarify, my question is indeed about official, up-to-date charts, accessed with consumer hardware (I mention AirNav Pro, but it could well be any pdf reader for that purpose) as opposed to paper medium.


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No, these kind of apps (AirNav, VFRNAV etc.) are not meant to replace paper charts. You'll find phrases like this on most of the websites which offer those apps you will find paragraphs like this:

Please note that this software is not intended to replace a certified navigation device. You should always use official aeronautical documentation when preparing and performing a flight. You should always use certified navigation devices when performing a flight. [Source: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/air-navigation-pro/id301046057?mt=8 ]

There is certified software like for example Jeppesen Mobile TC available.

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    $\begingroup$ I think the important bit for this question is You should always use official aeronautical documentation when preparing and performing a flight. -- so if I loaded (for example) PDFs of a current "official" sectional/IFR chart/approach plate on my iPad, would that be allowed in Europe? (Under the FAA Part 91 rules & AC 91-78 this would be OK...) $\endgroup$
    – voretaq7
    Jan 12, 2014 at 2:44
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    $\begingroup$ You should note that disclaimers like that are in regards to using a portable electronic device + software as a primary navigation system. It says nothing about whether or not approach plates displayed on a tablet are legal for use! $\endgroup$
    – egid
    Jan 12, 2014 at 2:51
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    $\begingroup$ Indeed it doesn't but he asked for software like this and so the answer is no. If you like to know about apps like these from jeppesen or copies of paper charts in pdf form I'm not sure about the legal situation under EASA. I have an 10' tablet with me every flight and there's a bunch of aviation related stuff on it but finally I'm still one who does not go without his own complete and up to date set of aeronautical charts for the whole area. Even if this folder remains on the back seat - I'm 21 and these apps are probably older than my license ;) $\endgroup$
    – Falk
    Jan 12, 2014 at 3:00
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    $\begingroup$ @voretaq7; at least in Germany, you're required to carry paper charts, whether you use them or not, you must have them along for the ride. $\endgroup$
    – falstro
    Jan 12, 2014 at 13:19
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    $\begingroup$ @roa: do you have a reference for that? could you write an answer? $\endgroup$
    – abey
    Jan 14, 2014 at 5:50

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