⚠ The information on this Web site is intended as a study guide, and clearly not as a substitute for official sources.
Learning to Fly
These are notes transcribed to the Web from my experiences on the way
to my Private Pilot's license in the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Some of them
are applicable to student pilots in general.
For consistency, altitudes are given in hundreds of feet (hectofeet; hft) throughout (AGL or MSL).
VFR Radio Procedures
‘Ground school’ doesn't provide even one quarter of the information
you need to pass the practical test, let alone being an adequate pilot.
Worse, ground school doesn't even provide an adequate sense of what
you should know. The following can be considered a ‘minimum
required reading list”. If I would have had the following list before
beginning, flight school would have been a lot easier.
Marked items (“♦”)can be obtained in printed form.
Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual ♦
Pilot's Operating Handbook (POH) or Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) ♦
- Advisory Circulars, in particular:
- 00-6: Aviation Weather ♦
- 00-24: Thunderstorms
- 00-30: Clear Air Turbulence Avoidance
- 00-45: Aviation Weather Services ♦
- 00-46: Aviation Safety Reporting Program
- 43-12: Preventive Maintenance
- 60-22: Aeronautical Decision Making
- 61-67: Stall and Spin Awareness Training
- 61-134: General Aviation Controlled Flight into Terrain Awareness
- 90-23: Aircraft Wake Turbulence
- 90-48: Pilots' Role in Collision Avoidance
- 90-66: Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations
- 90-114: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Operations
- 91-74: Flight In Icing Conditions
- 91-92: Pilot's Guide to a Preflight Briefing
- Advanced Avionics Handbook ♦
- Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3 ♦)
- Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25 ♦)
- ‘Regional’ Items:
- Aeronautical Chart User's Guide ♦
- Chart Supplement (formerly the Airport/Facility Directory)
- Sectional and Terminal Area charts
Say Again, Please (Guide to Radio Communication) ♦
Private Pilot Test Prep ♦
Private Pilot Airman Certification Standards (ACS) ♦
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