Instrument Flying: Basic and Advanced
Technical Order Numbers 30-100A-1, 30-100B-1, and 30-100F-1

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Published: January 15, 1944

These are the "bibles" of instrument flying mentioned in the Pilots' Information File (PIF). Get Them! Read Them! Know Them!

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Instrument Flying: Basic (without Radio Aids)
Technical Order No. 30-100A-1
Special Edition For Distribution to All Pilots
June 1, 1943

Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: Physiological Reactions of the Pilot

Sensations and the Pilot; The Inner Ear; Deep Sensibility; Vision; Hearing; Sensory Illusion; Sensory Illusions in Straigth Flight; Sensory Illusions in Turns; Sensations during Recovery from a Spin; Hypnosis; Illusions in Night Flying; Conflict of Instruments with Senses; What to Do About These Sensations;

Section 3: Aerodynamics

General; What is Aerodynamics?; Forces on an Aircraft in Flight; Attitude; Factors Affecting Attitude; Climb; Descent; Effect of Airspeed on Vertical Speed; Elevator Action with Changing Power and Speed; Turns; Forces Activing on Aircraft in a Normal Turn; Changes in Lift in a Turn; Increase of Drag in a Turn; Angle of Bank and Airspeed; Load Factor and Angle of Bank; Slips and Skits; Slipping an Aircraft Without Changing Its Heading; Slipping an Aircraft in a Turn; Skidding the Aircraft Around a Turn With the Wings Level; Skidding in a Turn With the Wings Banked; Coordinated Use of Rudder and Ailerons;

Section 4: The Flight Instruments

Operating Systems; The Artificial Horizon; The Directional Gyro; The Turn Indicator; The Ball Bank Indicator; The Airspeed Indicator; Rate of Climb Indicator; Altimeter; The Magnetic Compass;

Section 5: Basic Instrument Flying (Analysis of Maneuvers)

General; Straight and Level Flight; Normal Level Turns; Steeply Banked Turns; Climbs; From a Climb to Level Cruising Flight; Descents; From a Slow Airspeed Descent to Level Cruising Flight; Climbing and Descending Turns; Recoveries; Instrument Take-Off;

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Instrument Flying: Advanced (with Radio Aids)
Technical Order No. 30-100B-1
Special Edition For Distribution to All Pilots
January 15, 1944

Section 1: Altimeter Usage
Section 2: Radio Aids to Navigation
Section 3: The Radio Compass
Section 4: Use of the Computer (E-6B)
Section 5: Flight Plans
Section 6: Planning the Instrument Flight
Section 7: Weather Flying

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Instrument Flying: Army Air Forces Instrument Approach System
Technical Order No. 30-100F-1
November 10, 1943

Section 1: The Modified A-1 System
Section 2: The Runway Localizer System
Section 3: Army Air Forces Instrument Approach System
Section 4: Procedures

The initial development of this radar approach system is discussed in the book Tuxedo Park (see book suggestion above).

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[1] Walter Mattson (20-Sep-2009 03:26 PM)

I am a WW2 B-24 pilot writing a book on my experiences and need information described in (Instrument Flying: Basic (without Radio Aids)
Technical Order No. 30-100A-1
Special Edition For Distribution to All Pilots
June 1, 1943
Is there a possibility I could download the information contained in the phamplet and how do I go about doing this. Would appreciate your assistance.
Walter Mattson

[2] Tim Elliott (23-Jun-2013 03:16 AM)

I have a copy of Technical Order No. 30-100D-1 - Instrument Flying - Technique in Weather
How can I add it to your on line catalogue?

[3] Mike Voisin (23-Jun-2013 04:06 PM)

Tim, I already have that document in the collection. For the link, see the Related Items section, under More Details at the top of this page.

I explain the contribution process in my Blog. Check out "How-To: Contribute Items" listed along the right side of the Blog page.

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