General Resources

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Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge – This is the textbook used in many ground school classes. It can be downloaded for free from the FAA website. Copies can be purchased from almost any flight store.

Airplane Flying Handbook – This textbook is published by the FAA and can be purchased from almost any flight store. It contains information about the practical end of aviation: it defines most of the common flight maneuvers and explains how to execute them.

Student Pilot Guide (PDF) – This is a short handbook published by the FAA and is sort of like an FAQ for student pilots. It contains information on topics from choosing a flight school to finding an AME to determining when to take your knowledge test.

Related & Recommended Books

  • Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying by Wolfgang Langewiesche