FAA Releases Major Revision to Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3B)

The FAA has issued the first revision to FAA-H-8083-3A in 12 years. The updated handbook is the initial effort to align the basic pilot training material with the new Airman Certification Standard (ACS) as well as incorporate the latest material in risk management, human factors and aircraft automation and electronic flight displays.

The most significant changes are in:

Chapter 2 Ground Operations. A new section has been added to address the Topic of “Risk and Resource Management

Chapter 4 Maintaining Aircraft Control: Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. This Chapter was previously titled “Slow Flight, Stalls and Spins.” It includes new definitions related to slow flight and stalls as well as introduces term and topics of ” Loss of Control” and “Upset” and set of pitch and bank parameters to define an aircraft “Upset”. All of these changes have filtered down for several high-profile transport aircraft accidents over the last decade.

All club pilots are strongly encouraged to download a copy of the handbook and do at least a casual review while paying particular attention to Chapter 4 as it requires a revision to checkride and Flight Review maneuvers.

This handbook is available for download, in PDF format, from www.faa.gov.

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