Aeronautical Information Manual

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Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM)

A primary FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) publication whose purpose is to instruct airmen about operating in the National Airspace System of the United States. It provides basic flight information, ATC (air traffic control) procedures, and general instructional information concerning health, medical facts, factors affecting flight safety, accidents and hazard reporting, and types of aeronautical charts and their use.
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While chart legends are "built in" to the FAA products, to obtain from the Feds the same basic data Jeppesen provides would require purchasing the Airport/Facility Directory for the area in which you intend to fly, plus an Aeronautical Information Manual, AIM, at a minimum.
The Aeronautical Information Manual says the same thing, but is not drawn so clearly.
Your rendition of the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) traffic pattern diagram found in Figure 4-3-2 of that document is misleading in one subtle way: The leg labeled "upwind" initially and then "departure" where the aircraft are depicted leaving the traffic pattern.
The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) section 5-4-5 suggests following a visual glidepath indicator, if available, to be assured obstacle clearance.
The Aeronautical Information Manual does indeed make the recommendation laid out in your sidebar, "What the FAA Says," to broadcast your intentions, including "the type of approach being executed, your position, and when over the final approach fix inbound (non-precision approach) or when over the outer marker or fix used in lieu of the outer marker inbound (precision approach." But most of this information merely clogs up the frequency and is meaningless to the VFR pilots you are trying to avoid.
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