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Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook – Third Edition. Updated for 2018, meets all new test standards!

Flying is fun, and with Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook, learning about flying is now fun, as well. If you want to learn to fly, or even just learn about what makes a plane fly, you’ll find this lavishly illustrated, fast-paced book to be the best available guide. Written in a clear and witty style, the Private Pilot Handbooks contains more than 1,200 illustrations and photos that are a standalone education about why we can fly.

Studying for your private pilot oral and knowledge exams? Everything you need is in this book. It’s not just a beginner’s book—it’s a comprehensive and useful reference resource for private and even professional pilots. As one flight student said, “This handbook explains why things are the way they are, in a way that’s easy to understand. I learned lots of things in Rod’s book that I had not read ANYWHERE else, despite years of reading aviation literature.”

Rod has been teaching people how to fly airplanes since 1973. His highly acclaimed teaching methods have established him as one of aviation’s most respected teachers. Using analogies, memory aids, clear and detailed graphics and a little humor, Rod reduces the complexity of all aviation subjects (aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, airspace, etc.) to a level that even the non-technical person can easily understand. Simply stated, Rod Machado makes learning about flying a fun and enjoyable experience.

This 657 page, one-stop handbook contains:

  • Easy-to-understand analogies and examples for technical subjects such as engines, aerodynamics, flight instruments and the airplane’s electrical system.
  • Weather codes: METAR and TAF, and Internet weather technology.
  • Latest information on weather charts: Graphical Forecasts for Aviation
  • Water model of electricity allows quick learning and understanding of the airplane’s electrical system.
  • Alphabet airspace made E-Z with 3-D color illustrations.
  • Step-by-step procedures for planning a cross country flight.
  • Clear, down-to-earth explanations of pertinent FARs—Parts 61, 91, NTSB 830,
  • BasicMed.
  • Primary flight displays, the latest glass cockpit technology & ADS-B.
  • Easy to apply navigation methods for VOR, GPS and glass cockpits.
  • New ICAO Flight plan form information.

A wealth of basic and advanced insights, advice and wisdom gleaned from practical experience.



Copyright Date: 2018
Edition: 3rd
Pages: 657
Binding: Softcover
Dimensions: 11.0" x 8.5"
Weight: 3.5lbs


1] Airplane Components - Getting to know your airplane
2] Aerodynamics - The wing is the thing
3] Engines - Knowledge of engines is power
4] Electrical Systems - Knowing what's watt
5] Flight Instruments - Clocks, tops, & toys
6] Federal Aviation Regulations - How FAR can we go
7] Airport Operations - No doctor needed
8] Radio Operations - Aviation spoken here
9] Airspace - The wild blue, green, & red yonder
10] Aviation Maps - The art of the chart
11] Radio Navigation - The frequency flyer program
12] Understanding Weather - Looking for friendly skies
13] Weather Charts & Briefings - PIREPS & METARs
14] Flight Planning - Getting from there to here
15] Airplane Performance charts - Know before you go
16] Weight & Balance - Let's wait and balance
17] Pilot Potpourri - Neat aeronautical information