Aviation Handbooks & Manuals

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Airman Testing Standards Branch publications are denoted by an asterisk (*).

Reference Handbooks
Title Publication Date Change/Add. Date
Aerodynamics for Navy Aviators (PDF) Jan. 1965  
Aeromedical Safety Brochures    
Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide Mar. 2018  
Aeronautical Information Manual    
Air Quality Handbook    
*Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3C) 2021  
Airship Pilot Manual (PDF) Sept. 1942  
Airship Aerodynamics Technical Manual (PDF) 2/11/1941  
*Aviation Instructor's Handbook 2020  
*FAA-H-8083-30B, Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook – General (PDF 91 MB) 2023  
*FAA-H-8083-31B, Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook – Airframe (PDF 110 MB) 2023  
*FAA-H-8083-32B, Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook – Powerplant (PDF 205 MB) 2023  
*Balloon Flying Handbook (PDF, 54.2 MB) 2008  
*Balloon Flying Handbook Addendum (PDF) 2016  
Balloon Safety Tips: False Lift, Shear, and Rotors (PDF)    
Balloon Safety Tips: Powerlines & Thunderstorms (PDF)    
Banner Towing Operations (PDF)    
*Glider Flying Handbook 2013 9/13/2013
*Glider Flying Handbook Errata Sheet (PDF) 2013 5/11/2015
*Helicopter Flying Handbook 2019  
*Helicopter Instructor's Handbook (PDF) 2012  
*Instrument Flying Handbook (PDF) 2012  
*Instrument Flying Handbook Errata Sheet (PDF) 12/21/2012 10/10/2014
*Instrument Flying Handbook Addendum (PDF) 4/10/2015  
*Instrument Flying Handbook Addendum B (PDF) 11/5/2019  
FAA-H-8083-28, Aviation Weather Handbook 12/21/22  
Instrument Procedures Handbook Sept. 2017  
MC-4 Ram Air Free-fall Personnel Parachute System Technical Manual (PDF) 7/30/2003  
*Parachute Rigger Handbook (Change 1) (PDF)

Changed Pages for Replacement (PDF)

*Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25C) 2023  
*Plane Sense – General Aviation Information (PDF) 2008  
*Powered Parachute Flying Handbook (PDF) 2007  
Risk Management Brochures   02/27/2013
*Risk Management Handbook (FAA-H-8083-2A) 2022  
*FAA-H-8083-21, Rotorcraft Flying Handbook (PDF, 16.1 MB)

Note: This handbook is to be used for gyroplane information only. Disregard any Helicopter information presented. For current Helicopter information refer to FAA-S-8083-21A, Helicopter Flying Handbook.

*Seaplane, Skiplane, and Float/Ski Equipped Helicopter Operations Handbook 2004  
Tips on Mountain Flying (PDF)    
*Remote Pilot — Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Guide (FAA-G-8082-22) (PDF) 8/18/2016  
*Weight-Shift Control Aircraft Flying Handbook (PDF, 64.3 MB)

Weight-Shift Control Aircraft Flying Handbook Addendum (PDF)

2008 July 2017
*Weight & Balance Handbook (FAA-H-8083-1B) (PDF, 14.2 MB) 2016  
Last updated: Wednesday, December 6, 2023