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Jeff H

Ok, so you want to learn how to fly

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Have you reached the point where Flight Simulator is not just a game anymore?  Want to learn the way the real pilots do?   Great!!

I've been flying for about 30 years or so, and I've always been of the opinion that Flight Simulator is a great tool for learning the practical aspects, but there is far more to it than just hopping into the left seat, pushing the throttle to the wall and spending a couple of hours yankin' and bankin'.  So many people come on the forum asking questions about flying an aircraft but few take the time to learn the theory behind the practical application.  Believe it or not, almost everything you would want to know about flying an aircraft in Flight Sim can be learned through the very same texts that real world pilots have been using for decades to earn their tickets.  And the really beautiful thing is it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to do it.  That's right, the same manuals used by real world pilots to earn their pilots license are available to you free of charge, courtesy of the United States government.  Now, it's not necessarily easy, nor will you learn everything there is to know overnight.  But with some time and effort on your part, you'll be flying that shiny new Flight sim plane more accurately, more professionally and with a greater sense of fulfillment than you ever have before.  You'll find the links to the necessary texts below.  Again, these are the exact same manuals that pilots have been, and continue to use in real world flight programs.  The links I've posted should be considered required reading for any student pilot.  I hope you all will take advantage of this terrific free resource, which will only serve to enhance your sim time.

 

All the Best,

Jeff

 

Private Pilot Students:

 

Student Pilot Guide

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/media/faa-h-8083-27a.pdf

 

Aeronautical Information Manual (Online version)

http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ATpubs/AIM/index.htm

 

Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/pilot_handbook/

 

Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (Errata)

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/pilot_handbook/media/PHAK-Errata-Sheet.pdf

 

Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge:Appendix 1; Runway Incursion Avoidance

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/media/PHAK%20-%20Appendix%201.pdf

 

Risk Management Handbook

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/risk_management_handbook/

 

Risk Management Handbook (Errata)

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/media/FAA-H-8083-2_Errata_Sheet.pdf

 

For Instrument Students:

 

Instrument Flying Handbook

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/media/FAA-H-8083-15B.pdf

 

Instrument Flying Handbook (Errata)

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/media/FAA-H-8083-15B_Errata_Sheet.pdf

 

Instrument Procedures Handbook

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/instrument_procedures_handbook/media/FAA-H-8261-1A.pdf

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Can anyone advise if there are equivalents for UK pilots? I have spent lots of time searching the CAA and NATS sites and there does not seem to be anything as well defined as these manuals.

 

Is what you learn in the US manuals that different / applicable to the UK?

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Is what you learn in the US manuals that different / applicable to the UK?

A great majority is applicable.

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