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Aeronautical Information Manual

Introduction:

  • The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) is a non-regulatory Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publication containing basic flight information and Air Traffic Control (ATC) procedures for use in the National Airspace System (NAS) of the United States
  • The AIM contains information of interest to pilots, such as health and medical facts, flight safety, a pilot/controller glossary of terms used in the system, and information on safety, accidents, and reporting of hazards
  • Often overlapping with other publications such as the various handbooks, the AIM provides guidance and basic lesson learned from trends the FAA has identified from misunderstandings and confusions
Figure 1: ASA Federal Aviation Regulations/
Aeronautical Information Manual

Issuance & Validity:

Contents:

  • Chapter 1 - Air Navigation:

    • Air Navigation

    • Aeronautical Lighting & Other Airport Visual Aids

  • Chapter 2 - Aeronautical lighting and other airport visual aids
  • Chapter 3 - Airspace
  • Chapter 4 - Air Traffic Control
  • Chapter 5 - Air Traffic Procedures
  • Chapter 6 - Emergency Procedures
  • Chapter 7 - Safety of Flight
  • Chapter 8 - Medical Facts for Pilots
  • Chapter 9 - Aeronautical Charts and Related Publications
  • Chapter 10 - Helicopter Operations
  • Pilot/Controller Glossary (P/CG)
  • Appendices

International AIM:

  • An international version called the Aeronautical Information Publication contains parallel information, as well as specific information on the international airports for use by the international community
  • See the International Flight Information Manager (IFIM) for more information

Conclusion:

  • All references to Advisory Circulars and other FAA publications in the Aeronautical Information Manual include the FAA Advisory Circular or Order identification numbers (when available)
    • However, due to varied publication dates, the basic publication letter is not included
    • Example: FAAO JO 7110.65M, Air Traffic Control, is referenced as FAAO JO 7110.65

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