New Edition of Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA-H-8083-16A)

The FAA has published the 2015 edition of the Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA-H-8083-16A). You can download the PDF from the FAA website here.

If you use ForeFlight on an iPad, the new edition should be the ForeFlight section of the Documents feature.


Here’s the summary of changes from the document:

This handbook supersedes FAA-H-8083-16, Instrument Procedures Handbook dated 2014, and contains substantial changes, updates, and reorganization. It must be thoroughly reviewed.

Chapter 1

  • This Chapter contains updated information and reorganization of important concepts and principles related to obstacle avoidance and departure planning. The presentation retains the same logical order as earlier versions, and includes updated graphics for clarity.
  • The section related to Surface Movement Guidance and Control System contains significant revisions to better reflect advancements in the way the system operates, as well as the Advisory Circulars published related to the subject.
  • The section related to Diverse Vector Areas (DVAs) contains significant revision reflecting policy changes.
  • Several subject matter areas and graphics discussed in this Chapter contain changes made in order to better align with updates and changes made to the Airman’s Information Manual (AIM).
  • Various editorial and graphics issues were addressed revised as appropriate.

Chapter 2

  • This Chapter contains various updates to Sectors and Altitudes, as well as various editorial changes throughout.
  • Several graphics were updated or changed as appropriate.

Chapter 3

This Chapter was updated with various editorial and graphics changes as appropriate

Chapter 4

  • This Chapter contains a significant number of changes and updates specific to the subject of Approaches:
  • Changed internet references related to on-line flight planning and filing.
  • Updated verbiage and information regarding Vertical Descent Angles (VDAs) and Visual Descent Points (VDPs).
  • Revised verbiage and illustration related to GLS approaches and associated minimums.
  • Added discussion regarding alerting functions that are part of the Performance-Based Navigation concept and associated systems.
  • Addressed changes to RNP approach naming convention issues.
  • Hot and cold weather altimetry limitations and their associated FAA-directed procedure implementation changes were addressed and discussed.
  • New information related to Terminal Arrival Areas (TAAs) was presented and discussed. This information now aligns with advances in the subject matter presented in the AIM.
  • Several updates were made regarding RNAV and GPS-based approaches in general, under several sub-sections. Associated graphics and illustrations updated.
  • Multiple changes were made to the section discussing ILS and parallel ILS approaches.
  • Several editorial and graphics issues were addressed as appropriate. While significant information was updated for this version, there are multiple policy changes pending that will be further changed or discussed in subsequent versions of this Handbook.

Chapter 5

  • This Chapter contains several editorial and graphics updates as deemed appropriate (fixed browser links, etc).

Chapter 6

  • This Chapter contains several editorial and graphics updates as deemed appropriate (fixed browser links, etc).

Chapter 7

  • This Chapter remains “Helicopter Instrument Procedures”and contains updated illustrations and graphics pertinent to information discussed within the Chapter.


  • The Appendices in remain intact in this version. There are information and policy changes pending that, due to time constraints, will be addressed in subsequent versions of this Handbook.

Scenes from a Morning Aerobatic Training Flight

Excerpts from a training flight one lovely summer morning out of Boeing Field (KBFI) in Seattle. My student practices incipient spins that result from stalls during skidding turns, barrel rolls, stalls and spins from the top of barrel rolls, and aileron rolls and loops. This video has a music track, not the usual chatter and airplane noise.

A Typicall Stall-Spin-Upset Lesson

Here’s a typical lesson from my stall-spin-upset course in the Extra 300L. The student is a relatively new private pilot with a fresh instrument rating. Most of his time is in C172s.

As I’ve noted before, the course includes basic aerobatics such as aileron rolls, loops, and barrel rolls to help students become comfortable with all-attitude flying, develop their sense of G-limits (typically +3.8 for normal-category airplanes), and learn to expand their visual scan to help them remain aware of the aircraft’s attitude relative to the horizon. The smooth, controlled aerobatic maneuvers prepare them for the sights and sensations associated with sudden departures from controlled flight, including incipient spins (in this video, entered from the classic setup for a stall-spin accident–the skidding turn), intentional spins, and recoveries from accelerated stalls and departures from extreme pitch and over-banked flight attitudes. The buildup to spins, as you see in this video, also helps students overcome the startle factor that causes most pilots to freeze the first few times they are exposed to unusual flight attitudes and negative and positive G outside of their previous experience.

FAA to Cease Publication of WAC Charts

The FAA will soon stop producing and distributing World Aeronautical Charts (WACs). According to
Policy for Discontinuance of World Aeronautical Chart Series announced in the Federal Register by FAA’s Aeronautical Information Services – AJV-5:

The FAA is continuing to expand the availability and capability of modern aeronautical navigation products. At the same time, we must rigorously analyze our suite of products and determine the feasibility and practicability of providing products that are no longer in demand from the public or have become obsolete due to technological advances. Since 2007, unit sales of the World Aeronautical Charts are down 73 percent. (Sales are down 10% year over year 2013/2014.) The cost to develop this product is independent of the sales. The cost of resources drives a steady and consistent rise in costs associated with the production of the World Aeronautical Chart to the FAA…

The FAA concludes that maintenance of both VFR series charts (the World Aeronautical Charts at a scale of 1:1,000,000 and the Sectional Aeronautical Charts at a scale of 1:500,000) is unsustainable. As a derivative product, the World Aeronautical Chart does not contain the full aeronautical and base information available to users of the Sectional Aeronautical Charts.

The notice gives the following schedule for the final versions of various WAC charts:

FAA will discontinue the compilation, printing, and dissemination of the World Aeronautical Chart series and we will continue to maintain the compliment [sic complement] of other comprehensive visual aeronautical charts. Charts: CC-8, CC-9; CD-10, CD-11, CD-12; CE-12, CE-13, CE-15; CF-16, CF-17, CF-18, CF-19; CG-18, CG-19, CG-20, CG-21; CH-22, CH-23, and CH-24 will cease to be printed beyond September 17, 2015. Charts: CH-25; CJ-26, and CJ-27 production will end upon their next scheduled printing dates of December 10, 2015; February 04, 2016, and March 31, 2016 respectively. (See the Dates of Latest Edition).

Organizing Approach Charts and Checklists

My IFR students have asked about the system I use for organizing frequently-used approach charts and checklists, especially when flying aircraft with small cockpits. Although I use an iPad and have electronic charts in the G500/GTN750 avionics in the cockpit of the Bonanza, I still keep printed copies of the current charts for the airports that I use frequently, both as backup and for convenience when I fly with students and customers.


I use 5.5 x 8.5 (kneeboard size) Avery 77004 sheet protectors or Staples Item 616224 ($4.81 for 25) to organize and hold approach charts and checklists. These sheet holders work with printed FAA charts or Jeppesen plates.

You can quickly print sets of charts for airports by using the features at AOPA Airports. You can also capture and then print portions of IFR en route and VFR charts at

Staples® 5-1/2

You can use Staples Item 453599 ($7.79 for 66 tabs) or the equivalent to attach and label tabs to help you organize checklists and charts.

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VOR Decommissioning: Latest FAA Update

The latest meeting of the FAA’s Aeronautical Charting Forum included an update from FAA on its plans to decommission many VORs as the nation’s air navigation and air traffic control services transition to a GPS-based system. Here’s a summary of the briefing from the ACF meeting minutes:

Discontinuation of VOR Services

Leonixa Salcedo, AJM-324, briefed the issue. Leonixa gave an overview of the VOR MON program and a status report since the last ACF. She reviewed the progress made to date on identifying VORs that may be decommissioned. She pointed out to the audience a significant change in the number of VORs expected to be decommissioned. Previously, it had been reported that approximately 50% of all the VORs in the NAS would be decommissioned. That estimation has been readjusted to just over 33% (approximately 308).

Leonixa stated that since the last ACF, the criteria for decommissioning VORs has been developed by the FAA and MITRE. Discussions have also taken place between the FAA and the DoD, during which the military emphasized that their operational requirements within the NAS require that fewer VORs be decommissioned.

Leonixa explained that the VOR MON program will be on a 10 year timeline of three phases, with the decommissioning of approximately 100 VORs during each phase. The goal is for final transition to the VOR MON by 2025. In the short term, Leonixa stated that a list of VORs initially selected for decommissioning will be released to the public sometime in 2015.

You can review the PowerPoint presentation about the VOR decommissioning program from the ACF meeting here (PDF).

Video: Early Season Solo Aerobatic Practice

Last week, I flew the Extra 300L to its summer base at Seattle’s Boeing Field (KBFI). Today I enjoyed a beautiful summer-like morning in Seattle to get in much needed practice before I start flying with stall/spin/upset customers. I narrated the basic maneuvers in this flight.


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