If you think there is a lot to know to get your private pilot’s license, wait until you get your instrument ticket!
Instrument flying requires its own set of books and references. I have narrowed them down to the few I think are the most useful and relevant.
Even as an ATP, I still use all of these resources.
Start with these:
While I find the clip art graphics and overabundance of highlights annoying, it has an amazing amount of useful information.
This is my go-to book when I have an aviation question. Every pilot should have one on their shelf.
Don’t expect to read it straight through. That isn’t the intent. Use it as a reference.
Hands down, this is the #1 instrument book I recommend. If you don’t own it, then get to it!!
This book has technical information which may not apply to your aircraft, nevertheless, I highly recommend it.
For the instrument rated pilot, this book serves as a great refresher as well as an advanced manual. I am making my way through it for the second time. I missed a lot the first time.
Now that I have been out in the instrument world more, things are starting to make more sense.
If it seems a little overwhelming, it is. Try reading 5 or 10 pages a day.
For Foreflight users you can add it to your Document library for free.
While this book contains an amazing amount of useful information, it is geared toward someone trying to get their rating. If you don’t have your rating, start with this one and then go on to the Instrument Procedures Handbook. I find myself swiping through most of it because I have already internalized most of the information.
I still think it is a good thing to review occasionally, though. Check out Chapters 1, 3, 4, 10 and 11 if you already have your rating.
The same purchasing/viewing options apply to the Instrument Procedures Handbook.
I am firm believer in learning from other people’s mistakes. The FAA safety brief is a great tool.
I love this printed newsletter. I always read the entire thing. It’s a great way to stay up on instrument flying even for those of us that do it all the time.
I have learned a lot. I especially like the accident reviews.
Yes, the website looks like its straight out of the 90s, but the newsletter is so helpful.
You can order it for $24.
BONUS: There is also a sister publication to the IFR Refresher newsletter called the IFR Magazine. I can’t seem to ever make it through the whole thing, but it still has some useful info. If you are interested you can also pick it up here: IFR Magazine.
I hope that helps narrow down the most important references.
Am I missing any? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to check them out.
P.S. There are a few amazon affiliate links in this post. If you do decide to buy some of these publications, please use the links I provided. It doesn’t cost you a thing and it helps me keep this site running. My opinion is not for sale. I choose my affiliate links only if I have used the product, and I think it will help you get better.
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