The hefty 2018 FAR/AIM Series publication, a reference manual that aviators and instructors have relied on for years, is now on its way to pilots, flight schools, and aviation supply companies. Brian Snider, marketing director for Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA), said the latest edition of the robust federal aviation regulations volume is full of details “including all of your favorite regulations” as well as updates to the Aeronautical Information Manual.
“The FAA can make changes to the regulations any time they want, all year long,” explained Snider, a helicopter pilot, who is responsible for getting ASA’s word out. He added that the agency also updates the Aeronautical Information Manual twice a year so ASA includes AIM updates with the current FAR edition in a combined reference manual. “We try to publish the FAR/AIM Series once a year, ideally before school begins,” and the 2018 edition will be “ready for students entering the fall semester.”
Snider said cartons of 12 white-blue-and-red FAR/AIMs tip the scales at about 36 pounds, meaning each 1,100-page book carries a potential three-pound dent to useful loads. Snider pointed out that the 2018 publication is also available in digital format for those with a portable electronic device, or for pilots keeping an eye on their weight and balance.
“You can download it and carry it around and save the weight, but it’s an iconic publication for your bookshelf,” Snider added as the tomes were loaded for sale at EAA AirVenture July 24 to 30 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Pilots attending the annual aviation convention and airshow can buy 2018 FAR/AIMs at ASA’s booth or from other ASA dealers. “We’ll have them available and on the shelf for anybody attending AirVenture at Oshkosh,” said Snider. “The timing for the update is great this year.”