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Basic Flight Information and ATC Procedures

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

The Federal Aviation Administration is responsible

for ensuring the safe, efficient, and secure use of the

Nation’s airspace, by military as well as civil

aviation, for promoting safety in air commerce, for

encouraging and developing civil aeronautics,

including new aviation technology, and for support-

ing the requirements of national defense.

The activities required to carry out these responsibili-

ties include: safety regulations; airspace management

and the establishment, operation, and maintenance of

a civil−military common system of air traffic control

(ATC) and navigation facilities; research and

development in support of the fostering of a national

system of airports, promulgation of standards and

specifications for civil airports, and administration of

Federal grants−in−aid for developing public airports;

various joint and cooperative activities with the

Department of Defense; and technical assistance

(under State Department auspices) to other countries.

Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM)

Basic Flight Information and ATC Procedures

This manual is designed to provide the aviation

community with basic flight information and ATC

procedures for use in the National Airspace System

(NAS) of the United States. An international version

called the Aeronautical Information Publication

contains parallel information, as well as specific

information on the international airports for use by

the international community.

This manual contains the fundamentals required in

order to fly in the United States NAS. It also contains

items of interest to pilots concerning health and

medical facts, factors affecting flight safety, a

pilot/controller glossary of terms used in the ATC

System, and information on safety, accident, and

hazard reporting.

This manual is complemented by other operational

publications which are available via separate

subscriptions. These publications are:

Notices to Airmen publication - A publication

containing data essential to the safety of flight as well

as supplemental data affecting the other operational

publications listed here. Issued every four weeks, this

publication is available in PDF and HTML format via

the Air Traffic Publication website at: and

through subscription from the General Publishing

Office (GPO).

The Chart Supplement U.S., the  Chart

Supplement Alaska, and the Chart Supplement

Pacific  − These publications contain information on

airports, communications, navigation aids, instru-

ment landing systems, VOR receiver check points,

preferred routes, Flight Service Station/Weather

Service telephone numbers, Air Route Traffic

Control Center (ARTCC) frequencies, part−time

surface areas, and various other pertinent special

notices essential to air navigation. These publications

are available through a network of FAA approved

print providers. A listing of products, dates of latest

editions, and print providers is available on the

Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) website at:


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