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Old 17th Jun 2020, 10:42
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Hello guys,
I've wanted to become pilot for a long time. Next year im planning to do all medical examination and start and hopefully finish my PPL(A). I got so many questions and the more I read the more I get. For the beginning (it's my first thread)- Should I buy any books, prepare myself before PPL? I'm not having paid course yet, but due to corona and vacation soon I'll have a lot of time so- Should I buy books/maybe some online ones before PPL?
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 14:33
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Phil Croucher's books for PPL and ATPL will be a good start. Somebody uploaded on YouTube both PPL and ATPL OAA's CBTs which are really great. Used them for my studies.

FAA handbooks are available on the FAA website for free.
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 20:17
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Banana Joe has a decent idea, Kuba Bill. Take a look at the FREE FAA manuals to see if the areas of knowledge even interest you. You may look at them and be bored absolutely senseless. But the info in these manuals is base-level. If you can't see yourself slogging through it, later licenses won't be any more appealing.

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Old 5th Jul 2020, 16:35
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Can't agree more with the above two posts.

The FAA's Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge is an incredible resource. It's available for free on the FAA site in PDF or you can buy the paper version. It basically includes all you need for PPL level and a lot of what you do for ATPL. There are a few minor differences between EASA and the FAA, but it's nothing major.

Another thing you could do is take a look at some maths and physics preparation books. A good understanding of the maths and physics involved in aviation will give you an excellent start.
The Padpilot one is free:
CAPT (Phil Croucher) has a free one available on their site too:
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Old 6th Jul 2020, 10:31
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AC 61 16a

Hi all,

I am looking for a PDF version of the now superseded FAA's "Flight Instructor's Handbook AC 61-16A".
Anyone able to point me into the right direction? I am interested in the original text of the Four Levels of Learning described in this publication and lost my old original.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 6th Jul 2020, 13:49
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This might be a step toward the 1977 version. There's a "get a copy" thingy on the upper right...not sure if it's free:

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Old 6th Jul 2020, 15:59
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Here's a 1969 hard copy but a bit pricey:

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Old 6th Jul 2020, 16:39
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The digi copy is a different document, and I already saw the hard copy. Got the hard copy 20 something years ago for 7 bucks but lost it somehow.
Thanks nonetheless though
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