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Flight Manuals and Documents

Aircraft Documents – Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)

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The FAA recently added a new category called Light Sport Aircraft (LSA). Requirements for registration of these aircraft differ from those of other aircraft. The following guidelines are provided for LSA registration, but a more detailed explanation can be found on the FAA website at http//www.faa.gov. An existing LSA that has not been issued a […]

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Aircraft Documents – Certificate of Aircraft Registration

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Before an aircraft can be flown legally, it must be registered with the FAA Aircraft Registry. The Certificate of Aircraft Registration, which is issued to the owner as evidence of the registration, must be carried in the aircraft at all times. [Figure 8-8] The Certificate of Aircraft Registration cannot be used for operations when: The […]

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Airplane Flight Manuals (AFM) (Part Eight) – Other Sections

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Weight and Balance/Equipment List The Weight and Balance/Equipment List section contains all the information required by the FAA to calculate the weight and balance of an aircraft. Manufacturers include sample weight and balance problems. Systems Description This section describes the aircraft systems in a manner appropriate to the pilot most likely to operate the aircraft. […]

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Airplane Flight Manuals (AFM) (Part Seven) – Procedures

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Emergency Procedures Checklists describing the recommended procedures and airspeeds for coping with various types of emergencies or critical situations are located in the Emergency Procedures section. Some of the emergencies covered include: engine failure, fire, and system failure. The procedures for inflight engine restarting and ditching may also be included. Manufacturers may first show an […]

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Airplane Flight Manuals (AFM) (Part Six) – Performance

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The Performance section contains all the information required by the aircraft certification regulations, and any additional performance information the manufacturer deems important to pilot ability to safely operate the aircraft. Performance charts, tables, and graphs vary in style, but all contain the same basic information. Examples of the performance information found in most flight manuals […]

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Airplane Flight Manuals (AFM) (Part Five) – Weight and Loading Distribution, Flight Limits and Placards

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Weight and Loading Distribution contains the maximum certificated weights, as well as the center of gravity (CG) range. The location of the reference datum used in balance computations is included in this section. Weight and balance computations are not provided in this area, but rather in the weight and balance section of the AFM/POH. Flight […]

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Airplane Flight Manuals (AFM) (Part Four) – Powerplant Limitations

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The Powerplant Limitations portion describes operating limitations on an aircraft’s reciprocating or turbine engine(s). These include limitations for takeoff power, maximum continuous power, and maximum normal operating power, which is the maximum power the engine can produce without any restrictions and is depicted by a green arc. Other items that can be included in this […]

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Airplane Flight Manuals (AFM) (Part Three) – Airspeed Limitations

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Airspeed limitations are shown on the airspeed indicator (ASI) by color coding and on placards or graphs in the aircraft. [Figure 8-1] A red line on the ASI shows the airspeed limit beyond which structural damage could occur. This is called the never-exceed speed (VNE). A yellow arc indicates the speed range between maximum structural […]

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Airplane Flight Manuals (AFM) (Part Two) – Preliminary Pages

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While the AFM/POH may appear similar for the same make and model of aircraft, each manual is unique and contains specific information about a particular aircraft, such as the equipment installed and weight and balance information. Manufacturers are required to include the serial number and registration on the title page to identify the aircraft to […]

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