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Pre-flight reading - PPL

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Old 2nd Jul 2018, 22:19
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Pre-flight reading - PPL

Still in the process of saving up for this new adventure so I thought I might as well do some reading. Is there a good way to tackle the PPL material? I'm using the Pooley (Trevor Thom) books but only buying what I'll be reading so books 1 and 2 for now. Should I be reading them in order?

I probably won't be able to start flying until later this year or maybe even Spring 2019, so I'd like to think I can read and absorb and enjoy the learning.
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Old 3rd Jul 2018, 05:25
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A good pilot always prepare for his stuff. I recommend www.free-online-private-pilot-ground-school.com. Even though this is FAA material you can get an idea of what you will be learning next for free. You can also try the Air Pilot's manual book 1.
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Old 3rd Jul 2018, 05:28
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Book one that you mention basically shows you how to fly a light aircraft and what you will be taught in lessons. I used older versions of these when I learnt to fly many years ago and they were sold to the students at the school I instructed at.

If you have a school in mind then pop in and ask what they recomend with regard to pre study. Several other publishers produce a similar series of books on learning to fly and they are all similar.

You could also study from the second book which is Air Law as you will have to pass that before you fly solo so you could be a position to be ready to take that exam soon after you start training.

Infact you could read them all I guess but don’t get bogged down, I would take an interest in book one and try to learn as much Air law as possible.

I would give due consideration to when you start to learn to fly, continuity is the key and a late Aurumn start going into a damp dull Winter might not be the best time to begin training.

Good luck and enjoy learning to fly..

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Old 3rd Jul 2018, 20:01
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Air Pilot's Manual is the Pooley (Trevor Thom) book I'm referring to.

I don't really have a flight school in mind yet; there are three local ATOs in my nearest airport and I'm also considering Bartolini but as you said, they're all similar so I guess it doesn't matter which ones I go for? What I'm curious is whether to do them in order?
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As I said book one and two are the two that will be of most use to you as you start but feel free to read any of the books as they take your interest.

You could buy yourself a Nav computer and learn how to use that I guess but I see you appear to be a nurse, you will not find the theory or the PPL written exam's particularly challenging.
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Personally if you haven't yet started flying I would buy all 6(?) books, learn them and get good at the exams. Then on day one you can go and take all the exams and from then on concentrate on the flying practically. The exams are a bore, but the sooner they are done the sooner you can buy the ATPL course.
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Originally Posted by jamesgrainge View Post
The exams are a bore.
Mmmmmmmm!

Intersting comment.

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Why interesting? I can't imagine many people have woken up and thought "Yay. I have to go and do an exam"?!
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I would recommend that you go on the FAA website to download some of the books they have available free of charge.

Recommended books are:

- Pilot Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
- Instrument Flying Handbook

These books will give you basic flying knowledge. Included topics are airspace (U.S. FAA system), aeromedical, performance and limitation, etc.


Good materials to start!

Good luck!
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Exams are a bore!

Not to be taken lightly.
You might just scrape through air law because it was boring. Not an excuse that the CAA will accept if you transgress the rules.

Go on to be sat in the Left hand seat of a shiny jet as I suspect the original OP wants to and you will eed to know you stuff, and you never know when some little snippet of information you learnt all those years ago could make the difference.

Airline flying is as much about knowing the rules, what is legal as well as actually shifting metal from one place to another.

I am surprised that some one who is learning to dly doesn't find met, nav and aircraft technical interesting.
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I suspect there are a whole host of people who are similar. Those who fly bombing raids over foreign soil, or even a chap who had 20,000 hours of flight under his belt and still failed a GNav exam.

Sorry I don't find exams particularly exciting. If that's for you then I'm happy for you. Exams are a means to an end for me. Especially the almost complete absurdity of the ATPL.

It's a long way down from that high horse.
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I recommend reading The Skyway Code from the CAA website and Pooleys book 1. You could also search Private Pilot Tutorials on YouTube.
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Get yourself a copy of the Mechanics of Flight by A. Kermode, it a very good introduction to the theory of flight. Also a basic book on weather, and start taking an interest in the weather and reading synoptic charts on a daily basis.
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Old 15th Jul 2018, 18:33
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Thanks for the responses!

The plan is to read the books in a nice, leisurely fashion in the hopes that I am able to absorb the material more effectively than if I were to blitz through them.

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you will not find the theory or the PPL written exam's particularly challenging.
Thanks for the vote of confidence! However, proficiency in one field does not automatically translate to proficiency (or understanding) in another field. We will see!

I'm curious regarding the recommendation of more stuff to read. Won't mixing US rules just confuse someone who is taking the exams and flying in UK/EU airspace?

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You could also search Private Pilot Tutorials on YouTube.
Are those by the Pilot Training System channel?
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Originally Posted by Nurse2Pilot View Post
Thanks for the responses!

The plan is to read the books in a nice, leisurely fashion in the hopes that I am able to absorb the material more effectively than if I were to blitz through them.


Thanks for the vote of confidence! However, proficiency in one field does not automatically translate to proficiency (or understanding) in another field. We will see!

I'm curious regarding the recommendation of more stuff to read. Won't mixing US rules just confuse someone who is taking the exams and flying in UK/EU airspace?


Are those by the Pilot Training System channel?
Yes they are the ones and although they are narrated in an American accent, principles of flight, weather, aircraft general knowledge etc. are the same no matter which side of the pond you are on. A Cessna 152 in the US has the same instruments as a Cessna 152 in the UK. A lot of the rules are the same all over the world because it just makes things a lot safer.
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Cheers for confirming that. Just making my way through Air Law now and it cited a few differences between US and UK stuff (airways, barometer settings, and maybe a few others) so was just a bit wary.
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Air law and operational procedures you will find many differences. Another thing I recommend is to read about the aircraft you will be flying. I'm flying a Tomahawk and Jeremy Pratt's pilot guide book gave me a good head start on aircraft general knowledge (along with the YouTube videos).
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Old 15th Jul 2018, 23:01
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That will be for closer to the time I'll be flying. Hopefully Bartolini (Tecnam P2002) or maybe a local school such as PTT (C152 or PA28).
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Old 16th Jul 2018, 04:53
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May I jump in here? I was recommended the 'Air Pilot Manual' series of books by Thom. All I can find currently available on Amazon are what appear to be the same thing but with a different author.

Air Pilot's Manual by Dorothy Saul-Pooley (Author), Esther Law (Author), Gill Daljeet (Editor) Air Pilot's Manual by Dorothy Saul-Pooley (Author), Esther Law (Author), Gill Daljeet (Editor)

Am I safe to assume it's the same series ?

My contribution on OP's question:
A book on weather I am finding readable and interesting is
Weather Flying Weather Flying
with the big advantage (for me) of being available in a Kindle version.

And I agree that the Kermode book is good - it is available as a pdf here:
https://soaneemrana.org/onewebmedia/...%20KERMODE.pdf


Can anyone point to some online Q&A for PPL? I like to learn that way.

Thanks
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Old 16th Jul 2018, 06:26
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Try rtfq Home Page - just select your country and type of licence, it's free.

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