Air Pilot’s Manuals – Essential reading for student pilots

If ever you find yourself sitting at home because a flying lesson was cancelled then it's the ideal opportunity to pick up your meteorology manual and work out why and how the bad weather arrived.Air pilot’s manuals can be found on the bookshelves of thousands of qualified and student pilots throughout the English speaking world.

Student flight bags tend to be sturdy and heavy due to the amount of books they are designed to carry.  No pilot’s bookshelf would be complete with a selection of air pilot’s manuals and they will be carried to and from from ground school class and airfield.

Although many older editions contain information that is as relevant today as it was when the book was first published others can go out of date quickly.  The Air Law manual in particular needs to be the very latest edition.

However, other manuals in the series may need to be amended from time to time due to new discoveries, changes to the syllabus, or regulatory changes by EASA or the CAA.

Getting on with your PPL studies

If ever you find yourself sitting at home because a flying lesson was cancelled then it’s the ideal opportunity to pick up your meteorology manual and work out why and how the bad weather arrived.

To complete your ground school studies it helps if you set up a study routine.  Choose the same time each day or a few times a week.  A little and often is better than irregular bursts of intense study.

Start each study session with a review of what you covered in the previous hours.  Build on your knowledge subject by subject and chapter by chapter.  Before long you will be reeling off the facts and data like a pro.

Among those shown above you’ll find books that contain PPL ground school questions and answers.  You may also use apps and other software that test your retention of the knowledge but as with the manuals, check that it’s up to date and accurate.