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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
Introduction To Flying
The Role of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge



Table of Contents

Chapter 1, Introduction To Flying
Chapter 2, Aircraft Structure
Chapter 3, Principles of Flight
Chapter 4, Aerodynamics of Flight
Chapter 5, Flight Controls
Chapter 6, Aircraft Systems
Chapter 7, Flight Instruments
Chapter 8, Flight Manuals and Other Documents
Chapter 9, Weight and Balance
Chapter 10, Aircraft Performance
Chapter 11, Weather Theory
Chapter 12, Aviation Weather Services
Chapter 13, Airport Operation
Chapter 14, Airspace
Chapter 15, Navigation
Chapter 16, Aeromedical Factors
Chapter 17, Aeronautical Decision Making




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Order forms are provided at the beginning of the manual or
online and should be sent to the Superintendent of Documents,
United States Government Printing Office (GPO). The AIM
is complemented by other operational publications, which are
available via separate subscriptions or online.

Handbooks are developed to provide specific information
about a particular topic that enhances training or understanding.
The FAA publishes a variety of handbooks that generally fall
into three categories: Aircraft, Aviation, and Examiners and
Inspectors. [Figure 1-15] These handbooks can be purchased
from the Superintendent of Documents or downloaded (www.
faa.gov/regulations_policies). Aviation handbooks are also
published by various commercial aviation companies. Aircraft
flight manuals commonly called Pilot Operating Handbooks
(POH) are documents developed by the airplane manufacturer,
approved by the FAA, and are specific to a particular make
and model aircraft by serial number. This subject is covered
in greater detail in Chapter 8, Flight Manuals and Other
Documents, of this handbook. [Figure 1-16]

Advisory Circulars (ACs)
Advisory circulars (ACs) provide a single, uniform, agencywide
system that the FAA uses to deliver advisory material
to FAA customers, industry, the aviation community, and the
public. An AC may be needed to:
• Provide an acceptable, clearly understood method for
complying with a regulation.
• Standardize implementation of the regulation or
harmonize implementation for the international
aviation community.
• Resolve a general misunderstanding of a regulation.
• Respond to a request from some government entity,
such as General Accounting Office, NTSB, or the
Office of the Inspector General.
• Help the industry and FAA effectively implement a
• Explain requirements and limits of an FAA grant
• Expand on standards needed to promote aviation safety,
including the safe operation of airports.

There are three parts to an AC number, as in 25-42C. The
first part of the number identifies the subject matter area of
the AC and corresponds to the appropriate 14 CFR part.
For example, an AC on certification: Pilots and Flight and

A few samples of the handbooks available to the public.
Figure 1-15. A few samples of the handbooks available to the
public. Most are free of charge or can be downloaded from the
FAA website.

Pilot Operating Handbooks from manufacturers
Figure 1-16. Pilot Operating Handbooks from manufacturers.