Not really looking for any good answer but more starting a discussion about this. Is the aim regulatory in nature?
As I study and learn I find that the AIM to be suggestions and sometimes I read the AIM as if it where regulatory. For example recommended entry into a hold vs restrictions that apply concerning filing an airport as an alternate when using gps (aim 1-1-18 g / gps approach procedures). I haven't found a regulation in the FAR's that state that if I plan to use a GPS approach at my destination then my alternate airport must have an approved IAP other than an GPS approach.