FM 3-04.240 (ARMY FIELD MANUAL 3-04.240), INSTRUMENT FLIGHT FOR ARMY AVIATORS (30 APR 2007)
FM 3-04.240 (ARMY FIELD MANUAL 3-04.240), INSTRUMENT FLIGHT FOR ARMY AVIATORS (30 APR 2007)., Field manual (FM) 3-04.240 is specifically prepared for aviators authorized to fly Army aircraft. This manual
presents the fundamentals, procedures, and techniques for instrument flying and air navigation.
FM 3-04.240 facilitates adherence to Army regulation (AR) 95-1 by providing guidance and procedures for
standard Army instrument flying. Aircraft flight instrumentation and mission objectives are varied, making
instruction general for equipment and detailed for accomplishment of maneuvers. Guidance found in this
manual is both technique and procedure oriented. Aircraft operator manuals provide the detailed instructions
required for particular aircraft instrumentation or characteristics. When used with related flight directives and
publications, this publication provides adequate guidance for instrument flight under most circumstances but is
not a substitute for sound judgment; circumstances may require modification of prescribed procedures. Aircrew
members charged with the safe operation of United States Army, Army National Guard (ARNG), or United
States Army Reserve (USAR) aircraft must be knowledgeable of the guidance contained herein. This manual
applies to all military, civilian, and/or contractor personnel who operate Army aircraft, and adherence to its
general practices is mandatory.
The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is not
regulatory; however, the AIM provides information that reflects examples of operating techniques and
procedures required in other regulations. AIM is not binding on Army aircrews. Furthermore, the AIM contains
some techniques and procedures not consistent with Army mission requirements, regulatory guidance, waivers,
exemptions, and accepted techniques and procedures. However, AIM is the accepted standard for civil aviation
and reflects general techniques and procedures used by other pilots. Much of the information contained in this
manual is reproduced from AIM and adapted for Army use. If a subject is not covered in this manual or other
Army regulations, follow guidance in the AIM unless mission requirements dictate otherwise.
All figures and tables that display partial or complete navigational excerpts from other publications (such as
instrument approach charts, legends, and low-altitude en route charts) are provided for reference only and
should not be used in planning for or the conduct of any flight.
This publication applies to the Active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United
States, and the United States Army Reserve unless otherwise stated.