Title of the Boeing T-43A Flight Manual

An aircraft flight manual (AFM) is a paper book or electronic information set containing information required to operate an aircraft of certain type or particular aircraft of that type (each AFM is tailored for a specific aircraft, though aircraft of the same type naturally have very similar AFMs). The information within an AFM is also referred to as Technical Airworthiness Data (TAWD). A typical flight manual will contain the following: operating limitations, Normal/Abnormal/Emergency operating procedures, performance data and loading information.[1]

An AFM will often include:

Originally, an AFM would follow whichever format and order the manufacturer felt appropriate. Eventually, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association came to an agreement to standardize in GAMA Specification No. 1 the format of AFM's for general aviation airplanes and helicopters known as the Pilot's Operating Handbook (POH).[2]

The chapters of a POH always follow the format of:[2]

  1. General
  2. Limitations
  3. Emergency Procedures
  4. Normal Procedures
  5. Performance
  6. Weight and Balance/Equipment List
  7. Systems Description
  8. Handling, Service, and Maintenance
  9. Supplements

See also


  1. ^ Airworthiness manual. Doc 9760. 3rd Edition. Montreal: ICAO. 2014. ISBN 9789292494544.
  2. ^ a b "Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge : Chapter 9. Flight Manuals and Other Documents" (PDF). US FAA. Retrieved 2022-02-05.