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Airplane Flying Handbook (softcover)

Airplane Flying Handbook (softcover)

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FAA-H-8083-3C - updated 2021

The Airplane Flying Handbook provides basic knowledge that is essential for pilots. This handbook introduces basic pilot skills and knowledge for piloting airplanes. It provides information on the transition to other airplanes and the operation of various airplane systems. It is developed by the Flight Standards Service, Airman Testing Standards Branch, in cooperation with various aviation educators and industry. This handbook is developed to assist student pilots learning to fly airplanes. It is also beneficial to pilots who wish to improve their flying proficiency and aeronautical knowledge, those pilots preparing for additional certificates or ratings, and flight instructors engaged in the instruction of both student and certificated pilots. It introduces the future pilot to the realm of flight and provides information and guidance on the performance of procedures and maneuvers required for pilot certification.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to Flight Training
  • Ground Operations 
  • Basic Flight Maneuvers
  • Energy Management: Mastering Altitude and Airspeed Control
  • Maintaining Aircraft Control: Upset Prevention and Recovery Training
  • Takeoffs and Departure Climbs
  • Ground Reference Maneuvers
  • Airport Traffic Patterns
  • Approaches and Landings
  • Performance Maneuvers
  • Night Operations
  • Transition of Complex Airplanes
  • Transition to Multiengine Airplanes
  • Transition to Tailwheel Airplanes
  • Transition to Jet-Powered Airplanes
  • Transition to Turbopropeller-Powered Airplanes
  • Transition to Light Sport Airplanes (LSA)
  • Emergency Procedures

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