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Old 5th Jun 2007, 21:04
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JAA PPL Theory - which book?

Is "PPL-confuser" THE book for the theory exams?
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Old 5th Jun 2007, 21:06
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No, it's one of THE books; the others being the ones that actually describe and explain the theory required such as the Trevor Thom series or Jeremy Pratt series.


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Old 5th Jun 2007, 21:27
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absolutely , the confuser just consolidates what you should already know or even think you dont know , read the books understand then use the confuser to death . It might just be possible to complete the exams with just the confuser but if you dont understand what you answering statistic heaven may well be where your headed.
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It is the best for practising test but I also used the Thom books for most of my exams
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Old 5th Jun 2007, 22:08
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What is the difference between both of them? (the latter is included in OBA study pack, the first must be purchased extra :-)
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the "Simplifier" is published as part of the Jeremy Pratt textbook series, and as such it is designed to help you consolidate the knowledge gained through reading those books. It contains pre-test revision "brush-up" notes for each subject which the "Confuser" doesn't. It also acts as a practice exam book, in the same way that the Confuser does, but because it integrates with a recognised textbook series, the explanations to the answers are consistent with the textbooks. Also, the Simplifier questions are written specifically for the book and designed to both test your knowledge and prepare you for the sort of nonsense the CAA ask about in the exams.

The Confuser is generally considered to be, um, "derived" directly from the CAA's exam questions which are supposed to be confidential. Thus you can, if you are so inclined, just learn that in Paper 3, question 4 is "A" and so-on (although this is probably just as hard as learning the stuff anyway). If you do that, would you mind staying out of my space when you're flying and not over my house/place of work/kids' school?


OBA issue it because they use the Pratt series of textbooks.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 08:10
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PPL books

hey everyone, i was just wondering what ppl study books worked best for you, or which ones you recommend?
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 08:30
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Which system....JAA, FAA, Aus etc....

Loads of different offers will appear. For JAA we recommend The Air Pilots Manual Series (formerly Trevor Thoms). There is also the Oxford series if your wallet is made of larger stuff than mine.

Others have different preferences, it's what suits you that counts.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 10:05
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I found the Gliems PPL Reviewer a worthwhile read when preparing for the actual exam.

The Jeppesen PPL book was packed with info but I personally felt it a secondary resource when cramming for the exam. The fact that i still read it and learn something shows the quality and quantity of information it contains.

Then of course there are the practice papers or "cheat sheets" which of course assist with the pass.

Maybe I did it wrong, but I studied to jump through the hoop. Now I read to become a better aviator.

Hope this helps,


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Old 14th Aug 2008, 10:08
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Sorry to hi-jack this thread but didn't see the point in opening a new one. I'm also looking for some (JAA) PPL study books/guides/cd roms.

Does anyone have any old ones they'd consider selling?

If not I've had a look on pilotwarehouse.co.uk and seen a package for 120 for 7 volumes. Good deal?

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For me, i'm reading "The Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge", available using the following link:

there is also :The airplane flying handbook

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I'm using "The Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge". it's nice one. you can use also :Airplane Flying Handbook, which is more pratical then theoritical. These two books are available on the web.
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I used the Jeremy Pratt/AFE series, I thought they were/are very good indeed, along with a latest copy of the PPL confuser (didn't buy the latter as one was passed around the flight school I went too!), made the exams easy enough.
The Trevor Thom ones have their fans but some think they are a little 'Dry' - quite what that means I'm not sure, I've only used his No.5 book for IMC and found it fine.
Didn't use any CD-ROM's so can't comment but the OAT ones seem popular with others.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 11:24
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Everything depends on your background. The venerable Trevor Thom books might be a good choice for non-technical types, but I'd say they are way too verbose for an engineer. For a succinct and up-to-the-point one-volume review, try JAR Private Pilot Studies by Phil Croucher. He has also written a similar book for Canadian PPL.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 13:03
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To echo DBisDogOne, I used the JM Pratt series + PPL confuser. Very good books throughout, the confuser was definitely essential for knowing the style and content of questions and the Pratt books great for prepping for that.

If your school or somewhere else nearby sells them go have a look at both - you'll probably get a good feel for one or t'other.

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Kiev23, I'd recommend the excellent OATMedia manuals.

Well illustrated and of far higher quality than any of the others. Plus you'd probably want to keep them after you pass your PPL.

Make great gifts (either to give or receive) and you can always sell them later - something which is not permitted with OATMedia CDs.
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Old 14th Aug 2008, 16:28
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I already have bought and read " The airplane flying handbook" and " pilots encyclopedia of aeronautical knowledge" i bought these when i was in america last year, but i dont think these are suffiecient for the ppl, and because bought in america they are FAA but alot of the information seems relevant to ppl studies, but im not sure because ive never read any ppl books.?
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Old 15th Aug 2008, 17:04
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i used the AFE books and found them to be pretty good. They got me through anyway. In fact, I've refered to the Law book even now I'm doing my ATPL exams.
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Old 16th Aug 2008, 07:45
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I've got the full set of AFE books and a couple of Pooleys Seem decent enough, covered everything in the Confuser. Then I looked at the Airquiz website and there were quite a few things on there that aren't covered in either book (unless I've just not been reading properly!)
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Old 10th Mar 2009, 01:16
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Cool Books for ppl. Which is the best?

Hello ladies and gentlmen,i want to be a pilot and I need your help.
Which is the best book for ppl?
Pooleys,Oxford aviation,Trevor Thom or Jeremy M Pratt?

Thanks all for your patience and excuse me for my bad english!


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