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When does the FAR/AIM expire?

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I have a few questions regarding FAR regulation book expiration.

I am curious if you could tell me when the FAR/AIM books expire.  I was told last week not to order one from an FBO because they had the book would expire in a week and would come out with new ones then.  Is that true?  If I were to purchase a FAR/AIM book and get the early 2013 edition, when would it technically expire?  Would I still need to update it midyear(2013)?




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  1. Wes Beard on Jun 05, 2012

    Technically speaking, the FAR/AIM is expired the moment it is printed.  It is not like the  sectional charts or approach plates that are valid for a certain number of days.  New regulations come out and regulations are changed throughout the year pertaining to no cycle.  The good thing is that the regulations aren’t changed that often.  If you get a 2012 or a 2013 edition it should contain all the correct information you need to fly within the regulations.
    You can subscribe to an email distribution list that will categorize all the changes for you every 3-6 months from ASA.
    I get the updates and make the changes to the FAR/AIM manually throughout the year to remind me when I look up the regulations. 
    Most designated pilot examiners will “require” the latest FAR/AIM.  It is OK to have a 2012 FAR/AIM in 2012 but not in 2013. 
    The AIM portion of the book is different than the regulations.  It is updated once a year.  Every three years a new version comes out. 

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  2. John D. Collins on Jun 05, 2012

    Look in the front of the AIM.  It lists the update schedule.  The current publication is datedd Feb 9, 2012.  You can download it online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ .  There are three partial updates scheduled for 7/26/2012, 3/7/2013, and 8/22/2013.  The entire document will be reissued in 2/6/2014.

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