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Can You Identify These 6 Common Enroute Chart Symbols?

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  1. 1) What does this zigzag line represent?

    The zigzag line represents a portion of the airway that has been designated as an unusable route. 

    The zigzag line represents a portion of the airway that has been designated as an unusable route. 

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  2. 2) This green line represents...

    This is the time zone boundary that separates eastern and central time. 

    This is the time zone boundary that separates eastern and central time. 

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  3. 3) Why is the "3000G" colored blue?

    This designates the MEA if you were to be navigating by the use a certified IFR GPS. 

    This designates the MEA if you were to be navigating by the use a certified IFR GPS. 

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  4. 4) This symbol denotes a...

    This is a changeover point and this is where you would switch from one navaid to the next. 

    This is a changeover point and this is where you would switch from one navaid to the next. 

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  5. 5) Why is this airport colored brown?

    When airports are colored brown on enroute charts, it means there are no published instrument approach procedures for any runway at the airport. 

    When airports are colored brown on enroute charts, it means there are no published instrument approach procedures for any runway at the airport. 

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  6. 6) What does the "X" on top of the VOR/DME represent?

    This indicates that there is a minimum crossing altitude when crossing the VOR/DME.  In this example, there's a minimum crossing altitude of 11,500' MSL when you're crossing the CHE VOR Eastbound on Victor 101 (MCA V101 11500E).

    This indicates that there is a minimum crossing altitude when crossing the VOR/DME.  In this example, there's a minimum crossing altitude of 11,500' MSL when you're crossing the CHE VOR Eastbound on Victor 101 (MCA V101 11500E).

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Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings who attends the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. He has been flying since his junior year of high school and has since started his flight instructing training. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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