March 6, 2005

Building My Pilot's Operating Handbook Library

poh.jpgToday was a beautiful day to fly. Unfortunately, I had not reserved a plane today and there were no openings. But, that did not deter me from visiting the airport. I stopped by Blue Ash Aviation to pick up a Pilot's Operating Handbook (POH) for the Diamond Eclipse. You may notice I had previously referred to this plane as a Katana. It is actually a variant with the name Eclipse.

Every aircraft has a POH and it should always be in the airplane. I believe it is a great practice for pilots to purchase there own copy of the POH for planes they fly in order to better understand the aircraft. Most POH manuals will include the following:

  • General Information

  • Operating Limitations

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Normal Operating Procedures

  • Performance

  • Weights and Balance

  • Aircraft Systems

  • Maintenance

My flight instructor taught me to read through the POH highlighting the important information. Then if I have not flown that plane recently I can quickly flip through the POH and familiarize myself with important performance and emergency procedure information.

I look forward to reading through the Diamond Eclipse POH this week and flying it next weekend.

Posted by at March 6, 2005 7:31 PM

You know I love that you're so on top of each plane you fly! I'll be hoping for good weather this weekend.

Posted by: CJ at March 7, 2005 3:11 PM