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 few things to begin learning about aviation.
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).
3. If you'd like the best deal on all the training materials you'll need for private pilot training, then consider my Rod Machado's Complete Digital Private Pilot Collection as shown below. And please download the FREE Flight Training Syllabus below, too.
All of my products were designed with several things in mind. First, they're designed to make learning fun (read some of the comments below). 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.
A FEW CUSTOMER COMMENTS
At 7:30 a.m. this morning I took and passed my private pilot check ride. What a thrill! This is something I have wanted since I was 9 years old. I owe a part of my success to Rod. His Private Pilot Handbook was the most valuable piece of literature I acquired during my training. During my ground school, I would study the information in his book along with my other training manuals. Rod’s wonderful writing style and depth of knowledge made even the most confusing topics easy to understand. During my flight training, I was having an especially tough time with VOR navigation, but Rod’s explanation finally made it "click." Rod produced such a wonderful book.
I am a 15-(almost 16) year-old student pilot out of NY. I recently purchased Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook and I just wanted to say how much better I understand airplane engines and electrical systems now, then I did when I took the test. Rod’s book is a great learning tool. I will recommend it to any pilot, at any level.
I recently turned 73, and passed my check ride (first time) for Private Pilot yesterday with flying colors. The last lesson I had prior to starting ground school was in 1945 - 57 years ago today. I am certainly indebted to my CFII, my excellent ground school instructor and, of course, to Rod Machado whose book "Private Pilot Handbook" sits dog-eared on my aviation reference shelf. Was it worth it? This is my crowning achievement!
I wanted to take a moment to thank Rod for writing his signature Private Pilot Handbook and Workbook. I used them together as my primary source on info, culminating in a PP-ASEL certificate. His materials fit my learning style to a tee. I saw Rod’s Handbook on a shelf of aviation books. I browsed through it and quickly knew it would be a perfect way to at least satisfy my curiosity, and possibly serve as my primary training aid. Good call I think :-) I can't say enough about the balance of instruction, humor, real-world anecdotes, emphasis on safety and sheer breadth of topics achieved in the Handbook!
Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook and Workbook are packed full of great information and entertaining to read as well. Rod’s flight lessons on Microsoft Flight Simulator taught me a great deal. He has a great way of making complex subjects understandable. Rod provides so much information for those of us that are interested in aviation.
Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook (Book or eBook)
from $ 49.95
Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook (Book or eBook)$ 49.95Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook – Third Edition, 657 full-color pages, soft cover. Copyright 2017/Updated to 2017. All Products Meet New Test Standards! Flying is fun, and with Rod Machado’s Private...» View full product details
Rod Machado's Private Pilot eWorkbook (eBook PDF)
Rod Machado's Private Pilot eWorkbook (eBook PDF)$ 19.95Rod 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...» View full product details
Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook (Book or eBook)
from $ 44.95
Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook (Book or eBook)$ 44.95Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook (Book or eBook)» View full product details
Rod Machado's Complete "Digital" Private Pilot Collection
$ 338.70$ 199.95 SALESALE
Rod Machado's Complete "Digital" Private Pilot Collection$ 199.95
$ 338.70Enjoy Rod Machado's private pilot products as a digital collection for 40% off! This collection gives you all the study material (and more) needed to begin your adventure at learning to...» View full product details
Understanding Weather - Interactive eLearning Course
$ 129.00$ 99.00 SALESALE
Understanding Weather - Interactive eLearning Course$ 99.00
$ 129.00NEW! Understanding Weather, An Interactive eLearning Program - $99.00 (5.5 Hrs.)All products meet new ACS standards. Copyright 2017/Updated to 2017Rod Machado's interactive eLearning course on Understanding Weather is precisely the course you...» View full product details
Rod Machado's Private Pilot Starter Kit
$ 124.95$ 89.00 SALESALE
Rod Machado's Private Pilot Starter Kit$ 89.00
$ 124.95SOFT COVER. COPYRIGHT 2017/UPDATED TO 2017. ALL PRODUCTS MEET NEW TEST STANDARDS! Enjoy Rod Machado's two most popular private pilot handbooks (physical books) for 30% off! This collection gives you all...» View full product details