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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (April 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602392609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602392601
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), established in 1958, strives to “provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.” It authors the Aviation Instructor's Handbook; Airplane Flying Handbook; The Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual (FAR/AIM); The Pilot’s Encyclopedia of Aeronautical Knowledge; Aircraft Inspection and Repair; Rotorcraft Flying Handbook; Aviation Weather Services Handbook; Plane Sense; Glider Flying Handbook, Aircraft Weight and Balance Handbook; Seaplane, Skiplane, and Float/Ski Equipped Helicopter Operations Handbook; Powered Parachute Flying Handbook; Instrument Flying Handbook; and Instrument Procedures Handbook. The FAA headquarters are located in Washington, D.C.

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The printing quality on the text of this book is horrible.
mwid
As a flight instructor, I use this book when teaching instrument flight rules to flight students studying for their instrument rating.
CHIPERDEAN
I've just begun my study and found both books very helpful.
William Corsair

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By William Corsair on February 27, 2008
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Coupled with the other essential FAA instrument rating pub, "Instrument Procedures Handbook," the "Instrument Flying Handbook" is an excellent introduction to getting an instrument ticket. The Instrument Procedures Handbook really gets into the thick of the procedures and regs, so you'll need both books. I've just begun my study and found both books very helpful. And, since Amazon makes a package deal for both titles, I couldn't resist.

Unfortunately, there's a great deal of information in the Instrument Flying Handbook (probably 50%) that is a repeat of the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge or the Airplane Flying Handbook. Not a bad thing, but I found myself skipping most of the first half of the book thinking, "I already know most of this stuff so I'll come back to it later." The last third of the book gets into the rudiments of precision flying.

This latest version of the Instrument Flying Handbook is in full color, and even emphasizes glass panel layouts.

If you want to see both books and make your own judgments, they're available as free PDFs on the FAA web site.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2003
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How well this book is written was a pleasant surprise. I've found it easy to read, and pretty helpful with the basics of instrument flying.
I've been using this book as a supplement with the Ralph Butcher Instrument Pilot Flight Training Manual and the Jeppesen instrument book. To be honest, this FAA book would stand on it's own as a good theory book and looks to have most of the info necessary to pass the written.
Combined with the price, it's an excellent edition to your flight library.
Safe flying!
Tom
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Landry on December 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
First off... this is an essential book. Do note that it can be downloaded for free from the FAA:

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...but many times it's better to have the print version. There are some vendors selling illegal CD versions of this on Amazon when you purchased that are not paperback as listed. Do NOT accept this if they send you a CD. Demand the print, book version if you purchase it - and do not tolerate the scams.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By piper flyer on August 3, 2008
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As with the FAA's "Instrument Procedures Handbook," this text is also freely available from the FAA as a full color PDF. You can download the entire book as one file or grab in it sections.

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This volume is the FAA "bible" on instrument flying, and as such forms the foundation for the instrument check ride standards. A must have ... however, check out the text free from the FAA on-line library, before you buy a reprint.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Wakamatsu on March 29, 2004
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A nice primer to instrument flying. Combine this with the ASA Instrument Rating Test Prep book and you pretty much have a self-contained instrument ground school for around $30.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2010
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I have been a CFII for 20+ years, and this is the book I recommend to my students? Why? Because it was updated in 2007/2008 and is the only IFR book I've seen which fully covers both glass cockpit (G1000 primarily) and analog instrumentation. In addition, it fully covers GPS operations. The ASA, Machado, Jeppesen manuals either don't mention glass and GPS or don't cover them thoroughly. And this one is FAR less expensive!

A necessary companion to this book which is the FAA Instrument Procedures Handbook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2014
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Stay away, the FAA version is a beautiful full color book with tons of useful charts, graphs, and diagrams. This book costs the same as the "real" version, but has only washed out, low contrast black and white images. Returned this handbook as soon as possible!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Revred on February 5, 2012
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Book is a reprint of the FAA version. The publisher should clear up some of the images. They are hard to read. Printed in China.
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