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