Sunday 19 May 2013 07:35 UTC
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I'll be starting the CPL/MEP/IR at the end of this month and would like to supplement, in the evenings after flying more reading to help me throughout the course. Obviously most evenings will be planning for the next flight or mentally reviewing the next flight, but what I don't want to be doing is sitting in the common room of the halls watching TV, i'd prefer to be productive at doing something.
So recommendations for
I do have a book for the multi which I've read through
The key notes series are simple but good, a bit pricey, but very relevant to the cpl and ir training and tests.
The couple of books published by PPL/IR provide some more real world practical advice compared to the heavy theory which some say is less relevant and/or outdated
Newbie PPL/Night/IMC flying rented PA28
Diary of a recently qualified PPL
Idiot's Guide to how EASA licensing affects UK JAR-PPL pilots
for wider reading on Human Factors, I'd recommend 'The Naked Pilot', from, arguably, the pioneer in this field of psychology:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Naked-Pilot ... 1853104825
Last edited by kanga on Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:43 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Buy an Ipad on Ebay, buy access to an online QB for a few weeks, and bang away on the mock exams until you are getting at least 85% consistently.
The actual material is ~95% garbage, irrelevant to any form of aviation. There ARE bits in the PPL exams which a pilot needs to know (like, no VFR in Class A unless it touches the ground in which case SVFR is possible, and you need ATC clearance to enter CAS in general, transponder use, loads of practical/operational stuff etc) but I have never seen anything much in the higher stuff that is not irrelevant or just plain obsolete.
The stuff actually needed to fly IFR is nearly all operational and is not taught in the FTO environment, presumably because none of their customers need it... they are heading for hour building and a TR course and a RHS jet job where they will be watched closely by an old ATP in the LHS and they will pick up what they need to know.
If you want to learn to fly IFR for real, you need to dig out somebody who does it, and do some flights. You know where to find me But most of my trips are done at short notice, or I cannot take a passenger unless they want to fly back on an airline.... But if you want to be an airline pilot then you just do the exams like everybody else
Just to clear things up, I have completed the 14 ATPL exams, I was just after something to supplement the practical course. The manual from the school I have is comprehensive for the CPL and is laid out extremely well with examples and tips, so I don't actually need to buy anything for the CPL now with regards to this.
If the school I'm going to gives the same for the IR, then happy days!
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