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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
Airport Operations

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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




Aeronautical Charts
Aeronautical charts provide specific information on airports.
Chapter 15, Navigation, contains an excerpt from an
aeronautical chart and an aeronautical chart legend, which
provides guidance on interpreting the information on the

Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD)
The A/FD provides the most comprehensive information on
a given airport. It contains information on airports, heliports,
and seaplane bases that are open to the public. The A/FD is
published in seven books, which are organized by regions and
are revised every 56 days. The A/FD is also available digitally
at www.naco.faa.gov. Figure 13-2 contains an excerpt from
a directory. For a complete listing of information provided
in an A/FD and how the information may be decoded, refer
to the "Directory Legend Sample" located in the front of
each A/FD.

In addition to airport information, each A/FD contains
information such as special notices, Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) and National Weather Service (NWS)
telephone numbers, preferred instrument flight rules (IFR)
routing, visual flight rules (VFR) waypoints, a listing of very
high frequency (VHF) omnidirectional range (VOR) receiver
checkpoints, aeronautical chart bulletins, land and hold short
operations (LAHSO) for selected airports, airport diagrams
for selected towered airports, en route flight advisory
service (EFAS) outlets, parachute jumping areas, and facility
telephone numbers. It would be helpful to review an A/FD to
become familiar with the information it contains.

Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs)
NOTAMs provide the most current information available.
They provide time-critical information on airports and
changes that affect the national airspace system (NAS) and
are of concern to IFR operations. NOTAM information is
classified into four categories. See Chapter 5 of the AIM for a
description of the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) System. NOTAM-Ds
are attached to hourly weather reports and are available at
automated flight service stations (AFSS) or FSS.

Airport/Facility Directory excerpt.
Figure 13-2. Airport/Facility Directory excerpt.