Bogus Publications from the FAA?

June 12, 2008

Pilot's Encyclopedia of Aeronautical KnowledgeToday, in my Amazon recommendations, was a version of the Instrument Flying Handbook which claims to be published by the FAA on April 8, 2008. I was unaware that the FAA had published a new instrument handbook so recently after just doing a major update last year and was curious. I also found a Pilot’s Encyclopedia of Aeronautical Knowledge which I was not even aware was an FAA title. Amazon had the ‘search inside’ feature for both books, so I took a look. Both showed Sky Horse Publishing as the copyright holder. Despite the new covers and newer copyright claims, the content of both books was exactly what the FAA had published earlier.

Don’t be fooled. The FAA last published the Instrument Flying Handbook in 2007 and the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge in 2003. Only the FAA can update these publications. What Sky Horse is publishing is the same content that all other hard copy book sellers publish and the same offered on by ClearBlueYonder. Both are current with pilot kits from this site at a fraction of the cost of even one of these hard copy manuals. And if it really is updated, we’ll let you know and provide the new documents.

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