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Q&A: POH, AOH and AFM Explained

Q&A: POH, AOH and AFM Explained

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Q: Dear Steve,
I own a 1966 Piper Cherokee 180. Another pilot on my airport owns a much newer Archer III with flat panel avionics. He asked if I wanted to fly his airplane last week and I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately the weather prevented us from going up that day. We rescheduled for the following weekend.
I asked if I could take a look at his owner's manual in the meantime, and was very surprised when the manual he handed me looked like a Cincinnati phone book. It has more than 270 pages! Why is so much more information required to fly his airplane than to fly mine?
—Small-book Sam

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