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CFRs are not FAR from being the AIM

by on Oct.06, 2015, under Flight Training


far-aim-2016 The Federal Aviation Regulations (“FARs” in aviation circles) are actually parts of the Code of Federal Regulations (aka, “CFRs”).  The two seem to get used interchangeably, though they mean the same thing.  The FARs are often bundled into the same publication with the Aeronautical Information Manual as the so-called “FAR/AIM”.

This book is the nitty-gritty.  If the Airplane Flying Handbook and the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge are the Java and C of aviation knowledge, the FAR/AIM is written in assembly.

The FAR is not really “readable” per se.  It’s more of a reference as it is written as a list of rules.  The AIM is more what you’d expect from a manual, though it is very dry and reads like stereo instructions.

There is a suggested study list at the beginning of the FAR/AIM that helps narrow the focus when seeking a particular license.  However, I found that the private pilot list tended to skip things that are important enough to be covered in other materials I have seen.  I used it as a rough guide to make sure that things were OK to skip, rather than as a definitive study list.  As you can see, I used those Post-It tabs to mark those sections plus others that I deemed important.



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New Host (again)

by on Aug.12, 2015, under Site

Things changed with our previous data center such that it is no longer a viable option. Thanks again to iMav for hosting me previously. It was great while it lasted.

I’ve moved everything again to my own virtual private server over at 1&1. I’m done with shared virtual web hosting, as the database performance is horrid and the setup limitations are annoying (I need to host several sites). So far, it has been working great….

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Another Handbook

by on Jul.27, 2015, under Flight Training


Not as fast of a read as the Airplane Flying Handbook.  There is some overlap in the content, but this book goes into much more detail and hits the main topics needed in order to take the written exam.

It is also downloadable from the FAA’s website.

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Stumbled across this at Barnes and Noble

by on Jul.02, 2015, under Flight Training


Some reading while I’m on the mend.  This book is more about the physics and mechanical aspects of flight.  It does have some procedural stuff, but it is more of a fun read than some of the other books.

It can be downloaded for free at the FAA website.

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