Resources for Learning About Flying
Here's a listing of useful resources to learn about flying and to improve your flying skills.
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.
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
A comprehensive, well illustrated textbook, great for preparing for the exams and check ride required private pilot certificate.
A comprehensive, well illustrated textbook, great for preparing for the exams and check rides required for the instrument rating or the commercial pilot license.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Listening to these live streams is a great way to improve your communications skills.
San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco Tower (SFO), 120.5
Los Angeles Tower North (LGA), 133.90 and South, 120.950
Other Interesting Frequencies
Atlanta Tower (ATL), (runways 8R/8L/26L/26R), 121.50
Cross Country Planning Resources
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A searchable database of airport diagrams is available on the FAA web site at FAA Airport Diagrams.|
Aerial Archives maintains an extensive library of aerial photography of airports. Some of these aerial photographs are available for immediate download or as prints at: aerial photographs of airports
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