Learn to Fly

Learn to Fly

   If you're learning to fly or thinking about learning to fly, then let me help you make the experience more efficient and more enjoyable. You'll need a minimum of these two books to begin flight training:
1. Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook. This book prepares you for the basic knowledge (such as rules, procedures, aerodynamics, airspace, etc.) that you need to pass your sixty-question Private Pilot Knowledge Exam (also available in MP3 audiobook form). Also purchase my Private Pilot Workbook as a programmed guide to learning with this book.
2. Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook. This book teaches you how to fly the typical single-engine airplane (also available in MP3 audiobook form).

  All of my products were designed with several things in mind. First, they're designed to make learning fun. No more dry texts for you to slog through. And if reading isn't your thing, several of my books come in audiobook form, too.
   Second, these products are designed to make learning easier and more efficient. I tried to design each page of the book so that it has at least two graphics. Each graphic is accompanied by an explanation that is often different from the explanation found in the body text. This makes it easier to comprehend difficult concepts. And, I always  try explaining "why" things are the way they are, instead of just "how" things are.
   Finally, these products are comprehensive. They cover the subjects you need to know to fly safely. Not only will they prepare you for the (written) FAA knowledge exams, they will also prepare you for your oral and practical flight exam, too. If you'd like to learn more about what it takes to earn your private pilot certificate, then click on the Become a Pilot menu above and read the information listed under each tab.

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  • Rod Machado's Private Pilot Audiobook (MP3s on DVD or Download) QUICK VIEW Rod Machado's Private Pilot Audiobook (MP3s on DVD or Download) from $ 99.00
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  • Rod Machado's Private Pilot eWorkbook (eBook PDF) QUICK VIEW Rod Machado's Private Pilot eWorkbook (eBook PDF) $ 19.95
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    Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Workbook – 264 color pages, softboundMeets New Test Standards!As a programmed learning guide, this book will help prepare you for the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam. The...
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  • Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook (Book or eBook) QUICK VIEW Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook (Book or eBook) from $ 44.95
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    18.5 Hours of Narration by Rod MachadoMP3 Files on DVD or a 1.5 Gig DownloadAll Products Meet New Test Standards! This valuable one-stop audiobook contains the information necessary to:✈Learn the...
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  • Rod Machado's Plane Talk (Book or eBook) QUICK VIEW Rod Machado's Plane Talk (Book or eBook) from $ 24.95
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    Rod Machado’s Plane Talk (The Mental Art of Flying an Airplane) – First Edition, 455 pages    Plane Talk covers aviation’s most critical human factor issues. Since about 85% of all accidents are...
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  • Rod Machado's Complete "Digital" Private Pilot Collection QUICK VIEW Rod Machado's Complete "Digital" Private Pilot Collection $ 308.75 $ 199.95 SALE
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  • Basic Aerodynamics - Interactive eLearning Course QUICK VIEW Basic Aerodynamics - Interactive eLearning Course $ 29.95
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    Basic Aerodynamics - Interactive eLearning Course

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    Basic Aerodynamics - The Wing is the Thing  - $29.95 (3 Hrs.) All Products Meet New Test Standards!This is a basic course in aerodynamics that incorporates Rod Machado's Laugh and Learn teaching...
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  • Basic Cross Country Flight Planning for Beginners - eLearning Course QUICK VIEW Basic Cross Country Flight Planning for Beginners - eLearning Course $ 29.95
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    Basic Cross Country Navigation for Beginners  - $29.95 (2.6 Hrs.) All Products Meet New Test Standards!   If you are a student pilot who would like to learn the essentials of basic cross country...
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  • Understanding Airspace - Interactive eLearning Course QUICK VIEW Understanding Airspace - Interactive eLearning Course $ 29.95
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    Understanding Airspace for All Pilots- $29.95 (3 Hrs., 05 Min) Rod Machado's course on Understanding Airspace for all Pilots is a fun filled course that helps all pilots better understand our...
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  • Federal Aviation Regulations for Pilots - Interactive eLearning Course QUICK VIEW Federal Aviation Regulations for Pilots - Interactive eLearning Course $ 29.95
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    NEW! Federal Aviation Regulations for Pilots - $29.95 (4.0 Hrs.)This Is an Interactive eLearning Course Having trouble keeping those eyelids open when studying the federal aviation regulations? Do the subject titles...
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    Flight Review Preparation eLearning Course Bundle - $49.95 (7 hours of great course content!) This course is a bundle of the "Interactive FAR Course" and "Interactive Airspace Course"   As you...
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