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Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook Paperback – 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
I had excellent instructors who were willing to answer "ground school" questions in the course of my practical flying lessons, but 95% of my preparation for the "academic" side of the tests, written and practical, was taken care of by careful reading of this excellent text.
The material is well organized.
It is clear, and the writing style engaging. The knowledge you have to master will always be considerable, but with this book you can find all you need, and the reading is not tedious. The dull work is leavened by reasonable levels of humor.
There's a good index.
I did use one other book in my preparation: The Jeppeson written test prep book which is about 800 FAA questions, along with the right answers and analysis of why they are right. But that was just to prepare for the test, in a tactical sense. The Machado book was where I learned the material upon which I would be tested. Apart from those two books, I did little reading, and I had no "formal" ground school. "Homeschooled", you might say.
Then, about 25% of the way through his book, something changed. I started to find myself smiling from time to time at his quips. Sometimes actually snickering. OK, once or twice I laughed out loud! I found myself thumbing ahead a few pages looking for the funny sidebars and anecdotes about flying experiences he or his students had.
The topic of flying is not easy reading. It is highly technical in nature and there is a ton of things to learn, (and more importantly, to be able to remember). In review, Rod Machado has done a wonderful job of taking a difficult subject and presenting the information in a way that is somewhat enjoyable to read and absorb. Once you get used to his unusual sense of humor, the book is really quite a great way to learn to fly. But if I ever get to the point of having an inflight emergency and turning to my instructor and having nothing more to say than the words, "Bad Thing!"... I hope he pushes me out of the plane!! Read the book ... you will understand.
One suggestion for prospective student pilots: Read about 100 pages or more before you actually start your flight training (in the air, I mean). It makes so much more sense when you read about the theories and practises of flying, and then go out and do it. Also, after you have scared yourself in flight training a few times, it makes alot of his stories so much funnier.
All in all, I have to give it a "thumbs up". Good job, Rod.