So I’m a little bit cranky today (you might not have noticed that from my anti-ARNAV posting :-)) because I’ve been recently indoctrinated into an activity that must be the bane of all instrument pilots out there.
I bought my first trip-kit for crossing the US (to pick up my '22) recently. Before then, I’ve always used the California express service, which gives me a complete new book of plates every 56 days, with a tiny pack of updates every 28.
I spent the last 2+ hours filing Jepp updates for my continental 48 trip kit. There were probably 300-400 changed plates in this one update. This is ridiculous–if I had a subscription, I’d be wasting a lot of my life doing this every 28 days.
What do the rest of you who fly cross-US IFR do?
I’ve seen the new-er FAA(NOS) plates, and frankly, they look great now. They’re a lot cheaper, and you can just buy the bound books and walk away a happy camper.
That said, everyone I know, without question, uses the Jepp plates (even if they use the NOS enroute charts). Is it just familiarity, or are the Jepp plates still really better than the NOS ones? The only real advantage I see at a cursory glance is that STAR/DPs are duplicated in the Jepp.
Is everyone buying Jeppview and carrying around a laptop? Is everyone just saying “screw it” and secretly flying using just their GPS? Do you only file the plates you use?
If anyone has any sage advice to help a newbie IFR pilot such as myself, please turn me on to it. I don’t want to ever, ever, have to waste hours of my life in that fashion again.