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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




Ground Instructors is numbered as AC 61-65E. Since ACs are
numbered sequentially within each subject area, the second
part of the number beginning with the dash identifies this
sequence. The third part of the number is a letter assigned
by the originating office and shows the revision sequence if
an AC is revised. The first version of an AC does not have
a revision letter. In Figure 1-17, this is the fifth revision, as
designated by the "E."

Example of an Advisory Circular
Figure 1-17. Example of an Advisory Circular.

Flight Publications
The FAA, in concert with other government agencies,
orchestrates the publication and changes to publications
that are key to safe flight. Figure 1-18 illustrates some
publications a pilot uses.

Pilot and Aeronautical Information
Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs)

Time-critical aeronautical information, which is of either
a temporary nature or not sufficiently known in advance
to permit publication on aeronautical charts or in other
operational publications, receives immediate dissemination
via the National Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) System.
NOTAMs contain current notices to airmen, which are
considered essential to the safety of flight, as well as
supplemental data affecting other operational publications.
NOTAM information is classified into two categories:
NOTAM (D) or distant and Flight Data Center (FDC)

NOTAM (D) information is disseminated for all navigational
facilities that are part of the NAS, all public use airports,
seaplane bases, and heliports listed in the Airport/Facility
Directory (A/FD). NOTAM (D) information now includes
such data as taxiway closures, personnel and equipment near
or crossing runways, and airport lighting aids that do not
affect instrument approach criteria, such as visual approach
slope indicator (VASI).

 From left to right, a sectional VFR chart, IFR chart, and A/FD
Figure 1-18. From left to right, a sectional VFR chart, IFR chart, and A/FD with a sample of a page from that directory.