Aviation Reading List

Reference for all Pilots
Private Pilot Prep
Instrument Flying
Commercial Pilot Prep
Traveling via Airplane
Mountain Flying
Weather
Spin and Upset Training
Basic Aerobatics
Flying Tailwheel Airplanes

Reference for all Pilots

cover The ASA FAR/AIM is a reprint of the Federal Aviation Regulations and the Aeronautical Information Manual. Every pilot needs to have a current copy. ASA's format is bound the same size as the Jeppesen Airway Manual and NACO binders to carry easily in the flight bag.
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Private Pilot Prep

Airplane Flying Handbook The FAA's Airplane Flying Handbook is the source material for many of the third party courses. It is the "last word" on the FAA's doctrine on learing to fly.
Private Pilot FAA Written Exam Gleim's Private Pilot FAA Written Exam is the industry standard study guide for the Private Pilot Knowlege (written) test. This guide explains not only why the correct answers are correct, but also why the wrong choices are wrong.
cover The Jeppesen Private Pilot Manual is the text used in the Jeppesen Private Pilot course. It is full of illustrations and explanations of the Private Pilot subjects.
Private Oral Exam Guide ASA's Private Oral Study Guide by Michael D. Hayes is the most convenient way to study for the oral exam part of the Private Pilot Practical Test.
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Instrument Flying

Instrument Flying Handbook The Instrument Flying Handbook is the FAA's "official" guide for instrument flying technique and training.
ASA Instrument Flying ASA's The Pilot's Manual: Instrument Flying is a good choice if you are not going to a formal Instrument ground school. It covers what you need to know with very little fluff. Supplement this with the Gleim book to study for the written test.
Instrument Pilot FAA Written Exam Gleim's Instrument Pilot FAA Written Exam is the industry standard study guide for the Instrument Pilot Knowlege (written) test. This guide explains not only why the correct answers are correct, but also why the wrong choices are wrong.
Instrument Oral Study Guide ASA's Instrument Oral Study Guide by Michael D. Hayes is the most convenient way to study for the oral exam part of the Instrument Pilot Practical Test.
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Commercial Pilot Prep

The Advanced Pilot's Flight Manual William K. Kershner's The Advanced Pilot's Flight Manual contains the essence of the required knowledge to be a Commercial Pilot. This is the text book if you are not attending a formal ground school.
Commercial Pilot FAA Written Exam Gleim's Commercial Pilot FAA Written Exam is the industry standard study guide for the Commercial Pilot Knowlege (written) test. This guide explains not only why the correct answers are correct, but also why the wrong choices are wrong.
Commercial Oral Exam Guide ASA's Commercial Oral Study Guide by Michael D. Hayes is the most convenient way to study for the oral exam part of the Commecial Pilot Practical Test.
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Traveling via Airplane

Flyer's Recreation Guide - NW The Flyer's Recreation Guide - NW by Reed I. White is contains a selection of destinations in the Northwest, easily accessible by air. Written in a travel guide format, the guide offers tips on where to land, where to stay, and how to get around once on the ground. This guide has destinations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Caution: some destination airports require mountain flying skills.
Flyer's Recreation Guide - SW The Flyer's Recreation Guide - SW by Reed I. White is contains a selection of destinations in the Southwest This guide contains destinations in Colorado.
$100 Hamburger: A Guide The $100 Hamburger: A Guide to Pilot's Favorite Fly-In Restaurants The title says it all!
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Mountain Flying

Mountain Flying Bible Revised by Sparky Imeson is the definitive guide to techniques for flying the western mountains.
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Weather

Mountain Meteorology Mountain Meteorology by C. David Whitman is an introduction to mountain weather. There is much infromation not easily found elsewhere. A "must read" for the serious mountain pilot.
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Spin and Upset Training

Emergency Maneuver
         Training Emergency Maneuver Training: Controlling Your Airplane During a Crisis by Rich Stowell.
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Basic Aerobatics

Basic Aerobatics Basic Aerobatics by Geza Szurovy
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Flying Tailwheel Airplanes

Conventinal Gear Conventional Gear: Flying A Taildragger by David Robson
Stick and Rudder Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying by Wolfgang Langewiesche
The Compleat Taildragger Pilot The Compleat Taildragger Pilot by Harvey S. Plourde
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