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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
Flight Manuals and Other Documents

Aircraft Owner/Operator Responsibilities

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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




14 CFR section 91.417 requires a record to be maintained
that shows the current status of applicable ADs, including
the method of compliance; the AD number and revision date,
if recurring; next due date and time; the signature; kind of
certificate; and certificate number of the repair station or
mechanic who performed the work. For ready reference,
many aircraft owners have a chronological listing of the
pertinent ADs in the back of their aircraft, engine, and
propeller maintenance records.

All ADs and the AD Biweekly are free on the Internet
at http://rgl.faa.gov. In July of 2007, the FAA made ADs
available through e-mail. Individuals can enroll for the email
service at the link above. Mailing paper copies of ADs
will be discontinued when the e-mail system is proven to
be effective.

Paper copies of the Summary of Airworthiness Directives and
the AD Biweekly may be purchased from the Superintendent
of Documents. The Summary contains all the valid ADs
previously published and is divided into two areas. The small
aircraft and helicopter books contain all ADs applicable to
small aircraft (12,500 pounds or less maximum certificated
takeoff weight) and ADs applicable to all helicopters. The
large aircraft books contain all ADs applicable to large

For current information on how to order paper copies of AD
books and the AD Biweekly visit the FAA online regulatory
and guidance library at: http://rgl.faa.gov.

Aircraft Owner/Operator Responsibilities

The registered owner/operator of an aircraft is responsible
• Having a current Airworthiness Certificate and a
Certificate of Aircraft Registration in the aircraft.
• Maintaining the aircraft in an airworthy condition,
including compliance with all applicable ADs, and
assuring that maintenance is properly recorded.
• Keeping abreast of current regulations concerning the
operation and maintenance of the aircraft.
• Notifying the FAA Aircraft Registry immediately
of any change of permanent mailing address, or of
the sale or export of the aircraft, or of the loss of the
eligibility to register an aircraft. (Refer to 14 CFR
section 47.41.)
• Having a current Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) radio station license if equipped with radios,
including emergency locator transmitter (ELT), if
operated outside of the United States.

Chapter Summary
Knowledge of an aircraft's AFM/POH and documents such as
ADs help a pilot to have ready access to pertinent information
needed to safely fly a particular aircraft. By understanding
the operations, limitations, and performance characteristics
of the aircraft, the pilot can make good flight decisions.
By learning what preventive maintenance is allowed on
the aircraft, a pilot can maintain his or her aircraft in an
airworthy condition. The goal of every pilot is a safe flight;
flight manuals and aircraft documentation are essential tools
used to reach that goal.

FAA Form 8130-7, Special Airworthiness Certificate.
Figure 8-10. FAA Form 8130-7, Special Airworthiness Certificate.