Aircraft flight manual
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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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