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Introduction to the C172 TRAINER AIRCRAFT MANUAL

An aircraft flight manual (AFM) is a book containing the information required to safely operate the aircraft. The information within an AFM is also referred to a Technical Airworthiness Data (TAWD). A typical flight manual will contain the following: operating limitations, Normal/Abnormal/Emergency operating procedures, performance data and loading information.

Example AFM content:

V speeds
Aircraft gross weight
Maximum ramp weight
Maximum takeoff weight
Manufacturer’s empty weight
Operating empty weight
Center of gravity of an aircraft
Lift-to-drag ratio
Zero-fuel weight

A typical AFM is a pilot’s operating handbook (POH), which became the standard format for an AFM after 1978. An aircraft flight manual is serial number specific, whereas a pilot’s operating handbook is merely model specific

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