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Resources for Learning About Flying

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Here's a listing of useful resources to learn about flying and to improve your flying skills.

Books

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

The best book available on the art of flying. Excellently written and highly recommended.

Airplane Flying Handbook

The FAA's current Flying Handbook. An introduction to basic pilot skills and knowledge essential for piloting airplanes. You can also obtain the entire book or individual chapters at no charge in pdf form from the FAA web site at Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

Jeppesen Private Pilot Textbook

A comprehensive, well illustrated textbook, great for preparing for the exams and check ride required private pilot certificate.

Jeppesen Instrument/Commercial Textbook

A comprehensive, well illustrated textbook, great for preparing for the exams and check rides required for the instrument rating or the commercial pilot license.

FAR/AIM 2019: Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual

The comprehensive resource for FAA regulations annd airman information, published by the FAA. FAA regulations are also available in pdf format at no cost at FAA Regulations.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition, Richard Bach

The best selling book; you can read it in a very short period of time. Excellently written. If you enjoyed Jonathan Livingston Seagull, you may want to check out some of Richard Bach's other books including: Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, A Gift of Wings, Biplane, Stranger to the Ground

Mountain Flying Bible Revised, Sparky Imeson

The best book written about mountain flying.

Seaplane, Skiplane, and Float/Ski-Equipped Helicopter Operations Handbook

The FAA's current handbook on flying seaplanes and aircraft equipped with skis and floats. You can also obtain the entire book or individual chapters at no charge in pdf form from the FAA web site at Seaplane and Skiplane Handbook

Notes of a Seaplane Instructor: An Instructional Guide to Seaplane Flying, Burk Mees

An excellent investment if you're working on your seaplane rating or looking to hone your seaplane flying skills.

Glacier Pilot, Beth Day

Well written book about Bob Reeve, the master of flying skis.

Glider Flying Handbook

The FAA's current handbook on flying gliders. You can also obtain the entire book or individual chapters at no charge in pdf form from the FAA web site at Glider Flying Handbook.

Rotorcraft Flying Handbook.

The FAA's current handbook on flying rotorcraft. You can also obtain the entire book or individual chapters at no charge in pdf form from the FAA web site at Helicopter Flying Handbook.

Instrument Flying Handbook

The FAA's handbook on instrument flying. You can also obtain the entire book at no charge in pdf form from the FAA web site at Instrument Flying Handbook.

Instrument Procedures Handbook

The FAA's technical reference manual for professional pilots who operate under instrument flight rules. You can also obtain the entire book or individual chapters at no charge in pdf form from the FAA web site at Instrument Procedures Handbook.


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Better Aerobatics, Alan Cassidy

An excellent book about aerobatic flying.

Advanced Aerobatics, Geza Szurovy.

Highlights include tips by world and national aerobatic champions Patty Wagstaff, Les Loundenslager, Phil Knight and Xavier de L'Apparent.

Streaming Audio

Listening to these live streams is a great way to improve your communications skills.

San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Tower (SFO), 120.5
NorCal Approach, 120.9/127.0
Oakland Tower (SFO), 118.3, 127.2
San Jose Tower 1 (SJC), 124.0 and San Jose Tower 2, 120.7
Moffett Tower (NUQ), 121.85, 336.4
Santa Rosa Tower (STS), 118.5
Napa Tower (ATC), 118.750
Palo Alto Tower (PAO), 118.6
San Carlos Tower (SQL), 119.0
Hayward Tower (HWD), 118.9 and 120.2
Concord Tower (CCR), 119.7
Livermore Tower (LVK), 118.1

Southern California

Los Angeles Tower North (LGA), 133.90 and South, 120.950
Los Angeles Clearance Delivery (LGA), 120.350
Lindbergh Tower, San Diego International Airport (SAN), 118.3
Long Beach Tower (LGB), 119.4
Santa Monica Tower (SMO), 120.1
John Wayne Tower (SNA), 119.9 and 126.8
Torrance Tower (TOA), 133.075
Van Nuys Tower (VNY), 119.3 and 120.2

Other Interesting Frequencies

Atlanta Tower (ATL), (runways 8R/8L/26L/26R), 121.50
Chicago O'Hare Tower (ORD), 121.50
Kennedy Tower (JFK), 119.1 and 123.9
La Guardia Tower (LGA), 118.7
Lake Hood Tower, Anchorage, Alaska, including the Lake Hood Seaplane Base, (LHD), 126.80
Mexico City Tower, Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez, (MEX), 118.550
Seattle Tower, (SEA), 119.9 and 120.95

Cross Country Planning Resources

Skyvector: Seamless Aviation Charts

Seamless online sectional, terminal, enroute and high altitude charts and instrument approach plates for all of the United States and many other portions of the world.

Aeronautical Chart User's Guide, 12th Edition

A comprehensive explanation of the meaning of the information displayed on US VFR and IFR aeronautical charts. You can also obtain the entire book or individual chapters at no charge in pdf form from the FAA web site at Aeronautical Chart User's Guide.


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ForeFlight

The industry leading comprehensive service for pilots and aviation businesses for the iPad and iPhone. ForeFlight includes tools for flight planning, checklists, charts, weather, airport information, flight logging, a moving map during flight and much more. ForeFlight is used by both general aviation and airline pilots. ForeFlight was acquired by Boeing March 6, 2019.

Aviation Weather Center

A comprehensive set of tools and resources to obtain updated weather information. The Aviation Weather Center delivers consistent, timely and accurate weather information for the world airspace system.


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Aviation Weather

A comprehensive resource containing the information you need to know to fly safely in both VFR and IMC conditions produced by the FAA. Well illustrated with photographs and drawings. This book is also available as a pdf at no cost from the FAA web site at Aviation Weather.

Aviation Weather Services

A comprehensive description of the aviation weather services available in the United States produced by the FAA. This book is also available as a pdf at no cost from the FAA web site at Aviation Weather Services.

Aviation Weather, 4th edition, by Peter Lester.

A thorough exploration of how weather forms and what causes it to change. If the 4th edition is too expensive for you and you still are interested in a great reference book, you may want to consider obtaining a used copy of the 3d edition which is available at a nominal cost at: Aviation Weather, 3d edition, by Peter Lester.

Airports

Airport Sign and Marking-Quick Reference Guide,

One page reference sheet on airport markings and signs published by the FAA.

For a detailed explanation of airport signs and marketings, please consult Section 3 of Chapter 2 of the Aeronautical Information Manual which is part of the FAR/AIM 2019: Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual

This section of the Aeronautical Information Manual is available on the FAA web site at Airport Marking Aids and Signs.


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A searchable database of airport diagrams is available on the FAA web site at FAA Airport Diagrams.

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