The FAA has updated the Aviation Instructor’s Handbook (FAA-H-8083-9A) and the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25A). The Instructor’s Handbook now includes information on scenario-based training (SBT) which teaches concepts and maneuvers in a “real-world” context. The Instructor’s Handbook also offers updated guidance on “collaborative critique” as a way for instructors to develop pilot judgment and selfassessment capability and to allow greater assessment of the pilot’s aeronautical decisionmaking skills.
The updated Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge still includes the basics: aerodynamics, weather, airmanship etc. However, it also includes an entirely new chapter on aeronautical decision-making that provides tips for maintaining situational awareness while making effective use of the new technically advanced avionics and automation devices found in most new and many pre-owned aircraft today. The FAA is also working on a revised version of the Airplane Flying Handbook and a brand-new Risk Management Handbook, both of which should be released later this year.