This edition supersedes AC 61-21, Flight Training Handbook, dated 1965, and is intended to supplement AC 61-23B, Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge and appropriate FAA Flight Test Guides. It was developed by the Office of Flight Operations of the Federal Aviation Administration in cooperation with various Regional and District Offices and the FAA Academy.

The materials contained in this handbook include the skills and knowledge considered necessary to satisfy the pilot's basic needs to effectively operate present day general aviation airplanes, and conform to the pilot's training and certification concepts established by Federal Aviation Regulations, Part 61.

This Flight Training handbook was developed to assist (1) student pilots learning to fly airplanes, (2) certificated pilots who wish to improve their flight proficiency and aeronautical knowledge, or are preparing for additional certificates or ratings, and (3) flight instructors engaged in the instruction of both students and certificated pilots. It introduces the prospective pilot to the realm of flight and provides information and guidance to all pilots in the performance of procedures and maneuvers which have specific functions in various pilot operations. Performance standards for demonstrating the competence required by regulations for pilot certification are prescribed in the appropriate FAA Flight Test Guides.

It is realized there are different ways of teaching as well as performing certain procedures and maneuvers, and that many variations exist in the explanations of aerodynamic theories and principles. While many are well founded, it would be impossible to explain all the different methods and concepts applied throughout the aviation industry. Therefore, this handbook takes a selective approach and adopts a uniform method and concept for purposes of simplification. The discussions and explanations reflect the most commonly used practices and principles in today's pilot operations, which are acceptable by the Federal Aviation Administration.

It is essential for persons using this handbook to also become familiar with and apply the rules, operating procedures, and other related matters contained in pertinent Parts of Federal Aviation Regulations, the Airman's Information Manual, and appropriate FAA Advisory Circulars.

Comments regarding this handbook may be directed to the US Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Flight Standards National Field Office, PO Box 25082, Oklahoma City, OK 73125.