Successful pilots never stop studying their craft. Certificates are merely licenses to learn. That attitude is what separates mediocre pilots from phenomenal pilots.
Since you are here, I am guessing you want to become one of those phenomenal pilots. Congratulations!
Keep reading. These resources point you in the right direction.
There is also another resource I didn’t mention below: my weekly email updates. I will send you aviation tips, resources and links to articles. You can sign up here.
If you could only buy one aviation book, buy this one. It is a little spendy, but it is a resource you will use throughout your aviation career.
Please don’t buy these books. You can get them free here to include the AIM and the Instrument Pilot’s Handbook and Instrument Procedures Handbook (a must for every IFR pilot).
I wrote this book to take the confusion out of instrument flying. If you don’t fly instruments that often, and you need a someone to explain instruments in a simple, easy-to-understand way, this book is for you.
This is a MUST read for every aviator. Weather is such an important part of flying. This book covers everything, but not so in depth that you can’t understand it. I took this book about one chapter at a time.
This is an invaluable aviation resource. I love their magazine. I have learned so much reading this magazine. I always read the whole thing.
It is about continuing education. These magazines will help the IFR pilot stay refreshed. I prefer the IFR Refresher. I don’t always make it through the whole IFR Magazine.
Again, it is extremely useful and important for pilots to stay up to date. These magazines help but aren’t necessarily as educational as the previous two.
iPhone and iPad Apps:
I love this program. They have thought of everything and it keeps getting better.
This is my choice for an electronic log book. I know Foreflgiht recently came out with their own, but I haven’t played around with it yet. For now, this does everything I need and way more.
Instead of listing all the websites here, I wrote an article: The Top 20 Aviation Websites Every Pilot Should Bookmark
Don’t forget the Q&A section of Think Aviation. Check back weekly for new questions. Forget aggravating aviation forums, check my Q&A page first!
I have flow several hundred hours in both the Bose A20 and the Lightspeed Zulu2 headset. However, I switched to this lightweight David Clark because I can wear my sunglasses without breaking the seal and they are way more comfortable and lighter. I won’t go back to the A20 or the Lightspeed. The Clarks are also cheaper than the other two with comparable sound.
I can’t recommend this headset enough!
I was issued this by my airline and I love it. It has a separate pouch for my iPad and laptop. The center section is big enough to house my headset and some snacks.
Daily Study Tools:
There is nothing like a good old fashioned notecard. Spend 5 minutes looking at them everyday. I use them to capture all that random information I need for my annual check ride.
The digital version of notecards for your smartphone. Check the catalog. You will probably find a set of notecards someone made for whatever ticket you are trying to get. You can make your own as well.
The Pomodoro productivity technique consists of working in 25 minute chunks followed by a 5 min break. You can use this timer to study, write papers, and do work. Try it!
I can’t help it, I love talking about, and recommending “self-help” books.
I believe you can’t become a phenomenal aviator until you become your best self. Click on this link to get a pdf of books I recommend everyone should read.
These books will change your life: Top 12 Professionalism Books for Aviators
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My recommendations are not for sale. I read, use, or test everything I recommend. If I don’t think it will add value to your life, it’s not on this page.
Also, I do not endorse any of these for YOU. I merely recommend them starting point for your journey. You get to figure out what works for you.
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