You should be familiar with all documents listed as references.  This table explains where to find these documents:

14 CFR part 39 Airworthiness Directives
14 CFR part 43 Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Rebuilding, and Alteration
14 CFR part 61 Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors
14 CFR part 91 General Operating and Flight Rules
14 CFR part 93 Special Air Traffic Rules
Title 14 (Transportation) of the Code of Federal Regulations can be looked up using a current edition of the FAR/AIM, or online at the eCFR site. You will hear instructors and pilots colloquially refer to a part of this code as ‘Part 61’ or ‘Part 91’.
AC 00-6 Aviation Weather
AC 00-45 Aviation Weather Services
AC 61-65 Certification: Pilots and Flight Instructors
AC 61-67 Stall and Spin Awareness Training
AC 61-84 Role of Preflight Preparation
AC 90-48 Pilot’s Role in Collision Avoidance
AC 90-66 Recommended Standard Traffic Patterns and Practices for Aeronautical Operations at Airports Without Operating Control Towers
AC 91-13 Cold Weather Operation of Aircraft
AC 91-55 Reduction of Electrical System Failures Following Aircraft Engine Starting
AC 91-69 Seaplane Safety for FAR Part 91 Operations
AC 91-73 Part 91 and 135 Single-Pilot Procedures During Taxi Operations
AC 120-51 Crew Resource Management Training
AC 120-74 Parts 91, 121, 125 and 135 Flightcrew Procedures During Taxi Operations
AC 150-5340-18 Standards for Airport Sign Systems
Advisory circulars (ACs) provide a single, uniform, agency-wide system that the FAA uses to deliver advisory material to FAA customers, industry, the aviation community, and the public. An AC may be used to:

  • Provide an acceptable, clearly understood method for complying with a regulation.
  • standardize implementation of the regulation or harmonize implementation for the international aviation community.
  • Resolve a general misunderstanding of a regulation.
  • Respond to a request from some government entity, such as General Accounting Office, NTSB, or the Office of the Inspector General.
  • Help the industry and FAA effectively implement a regulation.
  • Explain requirements and limits of an FAA grant program.
  • Expand on standards needed to promote aviation safety, including the safe operation of airports.

There are three parts to an AC number, as in 25-42C. The first part of the number identifies the subject matter area of the AC and corresponds to the appropriate 14 CFR part. For example, an AC on the certification pf pilots and instructors would be a 61 series AC such as AC 61-65E certification: Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructors

You should download and read the Advisory Circulars in the reference list.


 AIM Aeronautical Information Manual The AIM is available in a current FAR/AIM print edition, or online.This page explains how the AIM, A/FD and NOTAMs are related.You have learned many of the procedures detailed in the AIM throughout your training, but you not realized that their source is the AIM.Take the time now to review the AIM’s Table of Contents so that you are familiar with all of it’s contents.
 A/FD Airport Facility Directory You need to have a current A/FD for the practical exam.  A portable copy (either printed or tablet) is needed so that you can take it with you on the flight portion of the exam.  The A/FD is also available online.
FAA-H-8083-1 Weight and Balance Handbook
FAA-H-8083-2 Risk Management Handbook
FAA-H-8083-3 Airplane Flying Handbook
FAA-H-8083-6 Advanced Avionics Handbook
FAA-H-8083-15 Instrument Flying Handbook
FAA-H-8083-23 Seaplane, Skiplane, and Float/Ski Equipped Helicopter Operations Handbook
FAA-H-8083-25 Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
FAA-P-8740-19 Flying Light Twins Safely
PDFs of all FAA Handbooks are available here.
NOTAMs Notices to Airmen NOTAMs can be obtained from FSS either on the phone or via the internet, or from the FAA Pilot Web site.
POH/AFM – Pilot Operating Handbook & FAA Approved Flight Manual You should be intimately familiar with your aircraft’s AFM.Have you read all chapters of this important reference?

Do you know which supplements in Chapter 9 apply to your airplane?

Other Navigation Charts
Navigation Equipment Operation Manuals Seaplane Supplement
USCG Navigation Rules, International–Inland

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