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Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

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Publisher: Federal Aviation Administration

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Front Matter 
  • Table of Contents 
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Flying 
  • Chapter 2: Aeronautical Decision-Making 
  • Chapter 3: Aircraft Construction 
  • Chapter 4: Principles of Flight 
  • Chapter 5: Aerodynamics of Flight 
  • Chapter 6: Flight Controls
  • Chapter 7: Aircraft Systems 
  • Chapter 8: Flight Instruments 
  • Chapter 9: Flight Manuals and Other Documents 
  • Chapter 10: Weight and Balance 
  • Chapter 11: Aircraft Performance 
  • Chapter 12: Weather Theory 
  • Chapter 13: Aviation Weather Services 
  • Chapter 14: Airport Operations 
  • Chapter 15: Airspace 
  • Chapter 16: Navigation
  • Chapter 17: Aeromedical Factors 
  • Appendices
  • Glossary
  • Index

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  • About the Book

    The Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge provides basic knowledge that is essential for pilots. This handbook introduces pilots to the broad spectrum of knowledge that will be needed as they progress in their pilot training. Except for the Code of Federal Regulations pertinent to civil aviation, most of the knowledge areas applicable to pilot certification are presented. This handbook is useful to beginning pilots, as well as those pursuing more advanced pilot certificates.

    Occasionally the word “must” or similar language is used where the desired action is deemed critical. The use of such language is not intended to add to, interpret, or relieve a duty imposed by Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR). 

    It is essential for persons using this handbook to become familiar with and apply the pertinent parts of 14 CFR and the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM). The AIM is available online at The current Flight Standards Service airman training and testing material and learning statements for all airman certificates and ratings can be obtained from 

    This handbook supersedes FAA-H-8083-25A, Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, dated 2008. 

    This handbook is available for download, in PDF format, from 

    This handbook is published by the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Airman Testing Standards Branch, AFS-630, P.O. Box 25082, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. 

    Comments regarding this publication should be sent, in email form, to the following address:

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