Flight publications
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I understand the FAA recently stopped printing TERPs in the loose-leaf format.  The only print format for terminal approach procedures is the the bound volume.  When was this action proposed to the aviation community?  I never saw a "request for input" prior to this decision being made.  I find the bound format to be cumbersome to use in the cockpit especially if tied to your kneeboard.  I'm surprised AOPA did not represent us pilots in opposing this action.  
Please don't respond with "get an iPad and Foreflight".  Can someone explain why the decision to eliminate a needed publication format was discontinued?  I believe the bound format is more expensive to produce so why the change?  If anything, I would think the bound format would be the choice to eliminate. 
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AOPA Staff Answer
Just to reiterate, although discontinuance of loose leaf versions has been discussed, they are still alive and available. AOPA is aware of this issue and will be monitoring the status. In the meantime, here is one reliable source they can be ordered from, there are several others.
https://www.mypilotstore.com/mypilotstore/chart/FAA_Terminal_Procedures_Approach_Plates.asp
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The FAA doesn't seem to know that loose-leaf is discontinued.

https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/productcatalog/ifrcharts/terminalprocedures/

That said, this has been under consideration for many years.  See item 12-02-255 in these minutes of the GOVERNMENT / INDUSTRY AERONAUTICAL CHARTING FORUM CHARTING GROUP from 8 years ago, which discusses the justifications for discontinuing loose-leaf format.  And if you search the internet, you'll find discussion of this idea as far back as 1992.
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Thanks, Ron.  I have searched the FAA's site and have not found a reference to permanently eliminate the loose-leaf format of TERPS.  I've attached the latest minutes from the last Chart Group meeting from October, 2019.  No mention of this upcoming change.  The latest meeting was cancelled due to the virus shutdown.  I was hoping an AOPA representative to the group would advocate for the return of this printed product.   
Regards,
Patrick
ACM-IPG_19-02_Minutes.pdf 
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Thanks for the link.  I guess my pilot supply shop is not in the loop.  I'm thankful AOPA is monitoring the issue and advocating for the pilot community.
Regards,
Patrick