Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Non-Airline Forums > Private Flying
Reload this Page >

Good book for IMC training

Private Flying LAA/BMAA/BGA/BPA The sheer pleasure of flight.

Good book for IMC training

Old 7th Feb 2014, 20:32
  #1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: London UK
Age: 43
Posts: 72
Good book for IMC training

Hi all,

I'm about to start IMC. Any suggestions of a good book to help me along?

Supermattt is offline  
Old 7th Feb 2014, 20:56
  #2 (permalink)  
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Cambridge, England, EU
Posts: 3,435
The usual answer is Trevor Thom book 5.
Gertrude the Wombat is offline  
Old 7th Feb 2014, 21:08
  #3 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2005
Location: UK
Posts: 414
That and "The IMC Confuser" for the ground exam got me through.
DaveW is offline  
Old 8th Feb 2014, 12:39
  #4 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Vienna
Age: 46
Posts: 358
Found"Instrument Flying" by Richard Taylor a very recommendable read.
Armchairflyer is offline  
Old 8th Feb 2014, 15:02
  #5 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Cheltenham
Posts: 153
There's a good book by Phil Mathews
Jude098 is offline  
Old 8th Feb 2014, 17:40
  #6 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: York
Age: 49
Posts: 767
Are any of the book any good?

Now the IMC has at least another 5 years to run what are the chance of Jeremy Pratt bringing a book out?
Mickey Kaye is online now  
Old 8th Feb 2014, 21:50
  #7 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 1,085
Hi Mattt. All the above are good books, but none were writen especially for the IMC. The only book writen for the IMC was 'The IMC Rating' by Birch and Bramson. Out of print now, and a bit old fashioned, but they can be found on ebay for just a few pounds. Hope you are right Mickey, and JP will produce a new one specially for the IMC.


Last edited by Mach Jump; 9th Feb 2014 at 01:32.
Mach Jump is offline  
Old 9th Feb 2014, 09:47
  #8 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 1999
Location: north of barlu
Posts: 6,202
There was a very good book written by Monique Agazarian called Instrument flying and the background to the instrument and IMC ratings.

If you can find a copy it is full of practical advice and well worth the time taken to read.
A and C is offline  
Old 9th Feb 2014, 10:02
  #9 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 10,823
A good training course for any instrument flying is a Computer program called "rant"

Oddsoft Limited, producers of the Radio Aids Navigation Tutor (RANT XL) - an invaluable tool for instrument pilots

Its more interactive than reading a book.
mad_jock is offline  
Old 9th Feb 2014, 10:51
  #10 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Castleford
Age: 36
Posts: 103
I used the Oxford Aviation CD-ROM when trying to get everything into my mind and understand the theories behind it all, although the blokes voice on it nearly sent me to sleep a few times!

Cheers, Jim
Lagentium is offline  
Old 9th Feb 2014, 19:26
  #11 (permalink)  
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Oxford
Posts: 2,027
'VOR, ADF and RMI' is a bit old but it's the book which finally got me to understand ADF tracking.
tmmorris is offline  
Old 11th Feb 2014, 10:47
  #12 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: spacetime
Posts: 264
That and "The IMC Confuser" for the ground exam got me through.

I thought the IMC confuser was out of print and no longer avaiable
gemma10 is offline  
Old 11th Feb 2014, 11:01
  #13 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Glasgow
Age: 36
Posts: 644
Indeed - I only managed to get a copy of the confuser by pleading with other forumites (on a different forum for flyers).
No luck on amazon, Waterstones cancelled my order after 3 weeks, wasn't anything on ebay, tried lots of other online book stores, nothing in aviation shops.

I presume it was out of print as people believe it was coming to an end, although I've heard rumours about some sort of dispute.
riverrock83 is offline  
Old 12th Feb 2014, 09:28
  #14 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Oxford UK
Posts: 32
Hello all,

Just to give you a very good option here, Freedom Aviation are a flying school based out of Kemble 3x PA28-161 and 2x PA28-161 over at Oaksey Park (EGTW). The aircraft are highly maintained.
They teach the PPL and also the full IMC Rating.

The instructors are superb and they are a very professional outfit.

Over at Oaksey they have a classroom where they teach the ground-school for the PPL Sylabus and also what you are after the IMC Rating.

Each subject is basically a day course with the exam at the end. Rates are very good.

You can find them over at Freedom Aviation - Flying Club Training Learn to Fly PPL IMC and Night rating and Aircraft Leasing, you will also find them on facebook and twitter.

Just to clear this one up I am just a member with Freedom and nothing more than that!

I hope this helps.


markpodbery is offline  
Old 14th Feb 2014, 15:47
  #15 (permalink)  
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 80
If you have an iPad, take a look at the Rod Machado series - great for radio nav stuff. There are also lots of cheap apps for things like hold entries, VOR/NDB simulators, etc. Search for 'IFR' in the App store.

But, before you finish your IMCR, the most important advice is to plan a couple of decent trips with your instructor, to the point where you are then happy to go places in IMC, within minima of course, by yourself. The biggest IMCR myth is that it is only a 'get you down when you get caught out' rating. If you don't do some real world trips in solid IMC (clouds, not a hood!) with your instructor, you'll never dare do them by yourself afterwards. That means no currency and you won't believe how difficult it then is to use your rating in emergency. Fly IMC at least every six weeks, practice ILSs alone, otherwise there's no point in the rating. Don't become one of those with the IMCR that only do it for their renewal - pointless and potentially dangerous.
B47 is offline  
Old 14th Feb 2014, 16:01
  #16 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: London
Age: 55
Posts: 47
Another vote for Rant. Pays for itself many times over compared to trying to nail the concepts in the air, especially if you're a bit old and crusty like me.
Howard Long is offline  
Old 10th Mar 2014, 19:20
  #17 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: London UK
Age: 43
Posts: 72

Thank you everyone, some really useful stuff here.

I've only just seen all these replies, I must edit my notification settings!

Thanks again
Supermattt is offline  
Old 10th Mar 2014, 20:19
  #18 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Lestah
Posts: 162
Good luck in finding the 'gate'.
Local Variation is online now  
Old 11th Mar 2014, 06:37
  #19 (permalink)  
Posts: n/a
If you are stuck, I have a copy of the IMC confuser around somewhere and it's AFE produced equivalent. Personally I got hold of a copy of an old AP3456 from a crusty RAF bloke, but rant is definitely good.
Old 11th Mar 2014, 15:48
  #20 (permalink)  
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Amsterdam
Posts: 4,605
The FAA brought out two books on instrument flying as well. They're not specific to the UK IMC of course, but they cover both the theory and practice quite well. And they're a free download from the FAA website.

Aviation Handbooks & Manuals
BackPacker is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.