ASA Instrument Flying Handbook

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FAA-H-8083-15B reprint. Primary reference text for the Instrument Rating FAA Knowledge Exam.

This is the FAA's primary pilot resource for instrument flight rules (IFR) covering everything pertinent to operating an aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) or without reference to outside visuals, relying solely on the information gleaned from the cockpit. Readers will find chapters on the national airspace system, the air traffic control system, human factors, aerodynamics, flight instruments, flight maneuvers for IFR operations, navigation, emergency operations, as well as helicopter operations and more.

The material in this manual applies to both conventional "steam-gauge" analog instrumentation and the "glass cockpit" electronic flight displays found in advanced aircraft. Information is well organized into separate coverage of the traditional "6-pack" and discussions of pictorial "tape" displays. Advanced systems are covered, including flight management systems, the primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD), synthetic vision, and traffic advisory systems. The book also features a synopsis of instrument clearance shorthand, as well as an instrument training lesson guide.

The Instrument Flying Handbook is designed for use by flight instructors, pilots preparing for the Instrument Rating FAA Knowledge and Practical Exams, and instrument-rated pilots looking for a refresher or preparing for an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC). Illustrated throughout with detailed, full-color drawings and photographs; comprehensive glossary and index
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  • Author:FAA
  • ISBN: 978-1-61954-022-4
  • Effective: 2012
  • Dimensions: 8.25" x 10.75"
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Illustrations: Full Color
  • Weight: 1.90 lbs
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Q: Is the ASA Instrument Flying Handbook in color?

Yes, most, if not all, of the photos and diagrams are in color.

Q: Is this the 2020 version? There is no date on the previous question, is this the color version?

Current version is Updated October 10, 2014. Our stock is the most current available from ASA.

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