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Top 3 pilot books you can’t live without! – Musthaves 2017

Some books will make your life so much easier. The same counts for pilots (in training) 😉 The article below is about some of those pilot books and I can’t wait to share them with you! They will help you understand aviation related topics, prepare you for checkrides and your first airline interview!

Ace The Technical Pilot Interview The ace of pilot books!

When I graduated I wondered how I could maintain the knowledge I gained during my education. People told me about a book which was supposed to be a tremendous help in achieving this goal. It ended up being one of  the best purchases ever. I created a schedule and tried to study at least 10 pages a week. This does not sound like a lot but when you have a 9 to 5 job while you are applying for different airlines in the meantime and want to have a little bit of a life left… you want to spend as little time as possible on studying. This book will help you to maintain and increase your knowledge in the quickest way possible. It contains a lot of questions. Questions that have been asked during technical airline interviews on numerous occasions. The answers are very detailed and easy to comprehend. If you decide to buy this book, make sure you buy the last version. Previous versions consisted of mistakes in some of the provided answers.

Handling the big jets, one of those musthave pilot books!Handling the Big Jets

If you want to know the differences between jet airplanes and piston-engine airplanes together with some other aspects of flying, then this book is an absolute must have! I have the book Big Jets at home and loved reading it. It gives you a good insight in different aspects of flying and the industry in general. If you are interested in flying, even when you are not a pilot yourself,  you will definitely love this book.

Oral Exam GuidesPrivate Pilot - Oral Exam Guide. One of the best pilot books.

These comprehensive guides prepare you for the FAA Oral Exams. They contain the most frequently asked questions during checkrides and provide you with detailed answers. During my flight training in Arizona almost every student had at least one of these books. There is a guide available for every phase of flight training. I bought three of them and started with the Instrument Pilot Oral Exam Guide the moment I entered the IFR phase of the flight training. This book really helped me and it enabled me to pass the oral phase of the checkride. I felt safe and I knew almost everything regarding instrument flying.
I bought the Commercial Pilot Oral Exam Guide when I entered the multi engine phase. As with the previous book, it helped me pass the commercial checkride. This is a very important checkride so I would absolutely recommend you to buy this book if you are going for a CPL(A).
Likewise I bought the Airline Transport Pilot Oral Exam Guide when I graduated. I wanted to have a small overview of all the information I gained during flight training. All these pilot books are around 12.00 dollar so it is definitely worth the money!

Want to continue reading? This article might be helpful before going to an airline interview. Not sure if you should use the ATPL Question Database to prepare yourself?  Find out more here.

Do you know pilot books that might be helpful for fellow aviators? Please mention them in the comments 🙂

8 thoughts on “Top 3 pilot books you can’t live without! – Musthaves 2017

  1. Hello Michelle

    What would you recommend for someone who has no flying experience and is looking to get into an airline cadet program (Indigo Cadet Program – India)? In the interview, they do ask questions based on aviation and maybe some questions on the A320 as they only operate A320’s. The school that i would be applying to is FTA Australia.

    Regards,
    Ashish

    1. I’m not Michelle, but I can give you some advice. If your aviation knowledge is at a quite low level now, the FAA book – Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge is quite a good Idea. In my opinion it is presents the knowledge in a pretty good way. You probably might even find this book for free on FAA website.
      Wish you luck with your training 🙂

  2. Michelle,

    I stumbled on your videos/blog and it’s good to see the new generation of pilots enjoying the job. It’s great that you are passing along book recommendations to interested newcomers to an aviation career. I have one for you that I think is a fun look back into the history for commercial aviation and also instructive for new (and old) pilots alike. It’s written like the story of one pilot but is a mix of his experiences and experiences of others around him during most of his aviation career.

    The book is “Fate is the Hunter” and the title is part of the lesson throughout the book. I have found many lessons in the telling of these stories in the book that I would like to think have kept me out of trouble in my flying. Ernest K. Gann is the author and is much more complicated/interesting a person than just the one book so if like the book there is more of his work to explore. He has an autobiography as well as many books and movies (don’t watch the movie Fate is the Hunter as he sold the rights to it and the movie has nothing to do with the book, I think this was a one of his life regrets).

    Fate is the Hunter

    Don’t let fate hunt you. Fly safe,

    Greg

    1. Thanks for the feedback Greg! I will have a look at it, sounds like an interesting book.

      In case you have more recommendations please feel free to mention them here 🙂 All the best!

  3. Hi Michelle!
    I’m thinking about buying the book you mentioned in this article – Ace The Technical Pilot Interview. As you’ve said and as I’ve read in many comments on some forums, the book contains lots of mistakes. And people advise against buying this book. But you’ve said that the latest version is worth buying. Does it still contain some very clear mistakes? Have you noticed lots of them? Or maybe none.

    Thank you for your answer and good luck with what you’re doing 🙂
    Stay safe!

    1. Hey Bartosz! Ace The Technical Pilot Interview is a great book to maintain your knowledge. Unfortunately the newer version also has some mistakes in it. But I guess 95% of its content is correct and well explained. It is a lot better than its previous version. I would definitely advise you to buy the book since even the previous version was a great help 😉 You can easily spot most of the mistakes! Keep the wings level.

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