Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook (Book or eBook)

Rod Machado

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Rod Machado's Private Pilot Audiobook (MP3s on DVD or Download)

   Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook – Second Edition, 626 full color pages - Copyright 2015 
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   Flying is fun, and with Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook, learning about flying is now fun, as well.
   If you want to learn to fly, or even just learn about what makes a plane fly, you’ll find this lavishly illustrated, fast-paced book to be the best available guide. Written in a clear and witty style, the Private Pilot Handbooks contains more than 1,200 illustrations and photos that are a standalone education about why we can fly.
   Studying for your private pilot oral and knowledge exams? Everything you need is in this book. It’s not just a beginner’s book—it’s a comprehensive and useful reference resource for private and even professional pilots. As one flight student said, “This handbook explains why things are the way they are, in a way that’s easy to understand. I learned lots of things in Rod’s book that I had not read ANYWHERE else, despite years of reading aviation literature.”
   Rod has been teaching people how to fly airplanes since 1973. His highly acclaimed teaching methods have established him as one of aviation’s most respected teachers. Using analogies, memory aids, clear and detailed graphics and a little humor, Rod reduces the complexity of all aviation subjects (aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, airspace, etc.) to a level that even the non-technical person can easily understand. Simply stated, Rod Machado makes learning about flying a fun and enjoyable experience.  (Downloads are non-refundable.)
   This 626 page, one-stop handbook contains:
✈Easy-to-understand analogies and examples for technical subjects such as engines, aerodynamics, flight instruments and the airplane’s electrical system.
✈Weather codes: METAR and TAF, and Internet weather technology.
✈Water model of electricity allows quick learning and understanding of the airplane’s electrical system.
✈Alphabet airspace made E-Z with 3-D color illustrations.
✈Step-by-step procedures for planning a cross country flight.
✈Clear, down-to-earth explanations of pertinent FARs—Parts 61 and 91.
✈Easy to apply navigation methods for VOR, GPS and glass cockpits.
✈A wealth of basic and advanced insights, advice and wisdom gleaned from practical experience.

Sample pages of the Private Pilot Handbook


 More Comments on Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook

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!

Any student who buys the Handbook but not the Workbook is making a conscious decision to spend more time earning his private pilot ticket.
I don't see how any student could not want to test his knowledge and progress.
Barry Wallis,

Workbook should have been around much sooner.
Well written and illustrated.
J. Bilbao

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!
S. McCrory

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.
D. Burney

Rod’s handbook and workbook are great and make reading all of the information enjoyable.
J. Vigar

We have been using Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Workbook at our flight school since it first came out.
It's really great.
Mark Wilson,

The only way to consistently meet the demand for better, smarter and safer pilots, is to ask more of yourself as an instructor, and
demand more of every training aid that you use. I use Machado's Private Pilot Handbook and Workbook and I get credit for a lot of work that is done by these books.
Jim Trusty,
Master CFI, National Flight Instructor of the Year

I passed my written prepared by using Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook. I also purchased Rod’s Workbook although it was only available at my flight school last week.
I plan to re-read the Handbook using the Workbook this time, while I finish my cross-countries. I’m sure I'll be ready for the oral. Rod IS th' man!

Quite a few years back I attended a ground school where they utilized a text that was so dull and confusing that I quickly put aside any ideas of going aloft.
Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook has been quite the opposite, I have enjoyed it to the point that I am more than halfway through before I have even taken an introductory flight (that happens on Tuesday). I am not even sure if I will actually enjoy the experience of a small plane. Even so, even if I decide to stay on terra firma, I will likely complete Rod’s text as an enjoyable intellectual exercise just to see how I do on the written exam. I just picked up a copy of the workbook and it too is very helpful. Great books. I am really enjoying them.

If you are contemplating learning to fly the choice you make on your CFI will be one of the most important decisions of your life. What you learn and retain in the initial stages of your tenure as a pilot can stay with you until the day you make your last flight. I can't stress enough the importance of picking the RIGHT instructor.
Dudley Henriques

Thanks for the link! Your book made getting my private easier than I expected. I just downloaded the Instrument book. It’s easier than reading the FAR/AIM, that’s like watching paint dry. Thanks again!
Dan McCrillis

“... I love your books. Each of your books should be required reading for any pilot."
Kind regards,
Dan Chitty

Listening to an awesome audio book from Rod Machado. Love this guy. Intelligent, clever, funny.
Angie S.

"Just ordered your Private Pilot Handbook for my Grandson, Andy Geldmacher.  He is a mature 12 year old and has accompanied me to Oshkosh 4 years in a row.  Your books are so well written along with the great artwork I think he will grasp most of it.  I know it helped me when I learned to fly and I am only half as smart as he is." 
Ken Reed

Thank you!  Your book goes into greater detail than the FAA book in some areas, it kept my interest, and I found it easier to follow.
Paul Lampert





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