Explanation of Changes
Effective: August 22, 2013
a. 1-1-16. VHF Direction
6-2-3. Direction Finding Instrument
Appendix 4. Abbreviation/Acronyms
The FAA has decommissioned all Direction
Finders (DF) in the national airspace system. As such, all references to DFs
have been removed from approaches, procedures, supplements, charts, and
b. 1-1-19. Global
Positioning System (GPS)
1-1-20. Wide Area Augmentation System
1-2-3. Use of Suitable Area Navigation
(RNAV) Systems on Conventional Procedures and Routes
5-4-5. Instrument Approach Procedure Charts
This change explains the types of Global
Navigation Satellite System procedures that may be used for alternate planning.
This change also added circling where appropriate.
c. 4-1-13. Automatic
Terminal Information Service (ATIS)
The Spectrum Engineering Office is amending
ambiguous content associated with the ATIS to clarify requirements and coverage
between arrival and departure messages.
d. 4-2-4. Aircraft Call
4-6-1. Applicability and RVSM Mandate (Date/Time
4-6-5. Pilot RVSM Operating Practices and
4-6-10. Procedures for Accommodation of Non-RVSM
5-1-9. International Flight Plan (FAA Form
7233-4) - IFR Flights
The term “Lifeguard" is being replaced by the
term “MEDEVAC." The previous “MEDEVAC" meaning has been removed. The term “HOSP"
has been added.
e. 4-3-20. Exiting the
Runway After Landing
This change was made to harmonize the language
in said paragraph with the regulatory language in Title 14, Code of Federal
Regulation (CFR) 91.129 and AIM paragraph 4-3-18. It emphasizes the fact that
the clearance does not authorize the aircraft to “enter" or “cross" any runways.
f. 5-1-3. Notice to
Airmen (NOTAM) System
This change amends the AIM to agree with
changes made during the rewrite of FAA Order JO 7930.2, Notices to Airmen.
g. 5-1-6. Flight Plan -
Defense VFR (DVFR) Flights
In accordance with the Title 14 CFR 99.3
definition for DVFR, DVFR procedures do not apply to Department of Defense (DOD)
and law enforcement flights. This change clarifies that DOD and law enforcement
aircraft are not required to file DVFR flight plans.
h. 4-4-12. Speed
5-2-8. Instrument Departure Procedures (DP) - Obstacle Departure
Procedures (ODP) and Standard Instrument Departures (SID)
5-4-1. Standard Terminal Arrival (STAR), Area
Navigation (RNAV) STAR, and Flight Management System Procedures (FMSP) for
This change implements FAA InFO 07011, dated
May 17, 2007. It emphasizes that separation and sequencing of airplanes by air
traffic control depends on uniform performance by pilots with respect to
published altitude and speed constraints, especially when conducting RNAV
i. 5-2-8. Instrument
Departure Procedures (DP) - Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP) and Standard
Instrument Departures (SID)
This change updates references to the U.S.
Terminal Procedures booklets.
j. 5-3-2. Position Reporting
This change updates the AIM to reflect
existing policy contained in FAA Order 7110.65, Air Traffic Control, and the
Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures Operating Manual. Ocean21 requires
a position report for any fix that is filed in the flight plan even if it is
considered to be non-compulsory. This change requires pilots to report over all
non-compulsory reporting points as well as compulsory reporting points.
k. 5-4-6. Approach
5-4-7. Instrument Approach Procedures
This change provides guidance when the
glideslope is unusable; all references to the MLS approach have been removed,
and LDA, SDF, and GLS approaches are added as examples. It provides guidance for
informing the pilot when the controller requires the aircraft to fly a
straight-in approach and not fly the hold-in-lieu-of procedure turn. This change
adds a provision that permits vectoring to any fix along the final approach
course prior to the final approach fix (FAF). It allows appropriately-equipped
RNAV aircraft to be cleared to the intermediate fix (IF) on conventional and
RNAV instrument approach procedures when the IF is identified with “IF" on the
instrument approach procedures. This change creates new procedures and graphics
for aircraft on unpublished routes cleared direct to a fix between the IF and
FAF and for handling radius to fix (RF) legs contained on RNAV approaches. This
change clarifies air traffic control procedures to be applied in conjunction
with aircraft executing RNAV approaches containing RF legs.
l. 5-4-16. Simultaneous
Close Parallel ILS PRM Approaches (Independent) and Simultaneous Offset
Instrument Approaches (SOIA) (See FIG 5-4-21)
This changes reflects a major update to
guidance for Precision Runway Monitor and SOIA approaches and introduces RNAV
m. 5-4-20. Approach and
This change was made to make pilots aware of
the fact that circling approach protected areas developed after late 2012 use
the radius distance shown in the table on page B2 of the U.S. Terminal
Procedures Publication. They are dependent not only on aircraft approach
category, but also on the altitude of the circling minimum descent altitude
(MDA), which accounts for true airspeed increase with altitude. The approaches
using expanded circling approach areas can be identified by the presence of the
“negative C" symbol on the circling line of minima.
n. 7-1-27. PIREPs
Relating to Volcanic Ash Activity
7-5-9. Flight Operations in Volcanic Ash
This change provides expanded and updated
information related to Volcanic Ash and the Volcanic Advisory Report as
specified by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
o. 7-5-12. Light
Amplification By Stimulated Emission of Radiation (LASER) Operations and
Reporting Illumination of Aircraft
Appendix 3. Laser Beam Exposure Questionnaire
This change updates the formal reporting
process for pilots that experience an unauthorized laser illumination
of aircraft incident. Pilots will now be referred to the FAA Laser Safety
Initiative website at http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/lasers/ for access to
the updated Laser Beam Exposure Questionnaire where they will have the option to
submit the completed questionnaire electronically. The Laser Beam Exposure
Questionnaire is being removed from the AIM.
p. Entire publication.
Editorial/format changes were made where
necessary, to include recent organization name changes. Revision bars were not
used when changes are insignificant in nature.