Google is brilliant…..except when it’s not. There are so many aviation websites out there and most are poor quality. The design is either straight out of the 90’s, it isn’t active, or the information isn’t helpful.
So, to help you out I have compiled a list of aviation websites every aviator should bookmark. They have stood the test of time and have incredibly useful information.
If you are wondering why I left some out its probably because it was too spammy, had too many advertisements, hadn’t been updated in over a year, or was just hard to use in general.
Without further ado, here are the top 20 aviation websites.
Publications and continuing education
— Federal Aviation Administration’s publication website: You can download all of the FAA’s manuals for free to whatever mobile device handles PDFs. Don’t go buy hardcopies when you could read them on the internet.
—FAA safety brief: This is a fantastic continuing education tool to keep you sharp and focused on safety issues.
—AOPA: If you aren’t a member you should be. With membership you get GA advocacy in Congress, a magazine, safety seminars and other resources.
—AOPA’s CFI to CFI newsletter: Even if you aren’t a CFI you should read this newsletter.
—EAA: The sister to AOPA, this website is full of useful information.
—Flying Magazine: Its a great magazine and the website has quizzes, a blog and aviation news.
—Fltplan.com and Skyvector.com: I love these two sites even though I am a Foreflight user. You can print airport diagrams and approach charts. Don’t want pay for flight planning software? Use these. It’s up to you to decide on which layout you like between the two.
—NOAA aviation weather: This website is a must if you are going to get your own weather brief.
—NOTAMs: This is a great place to print and review the necessary NOTAMs.
—NTSB: Learn from other’s mistakes by reading aviation accident reports. Its a great resource.
—NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System: If you busted an altitude restriction, or messed up in some other way, you need to file a report. Filing a report is confidential and it may help you in an FAA investigation. If you are ever told by ATC “call this number,” then you need to file one of these reports.
Certifications and Medical Applications
—FAA certification application website: You have to fill out an application online. This is where you go.
—FAA medical website: You have to go here and fill out a medical application before you show up to the doctor’s office. It will store all of your past medical applications.
—Live streaming of ATC: This is an excellent way to hear instrument radio communications in the real world. Just type in the frequency you would like to listen to.
—Airline Pilot’s Central: This has the most updated airline salary and hiring information. It isn’t perfect but it is a start.
—Airline Interview Gouges: This is an alternative to the Airline Pilot’s Central. It has interview gouges to help you prep for specific questions.
—Aviation Careers Podcast: If you want to know more in depth about all the aviation careers out there besides the airlines, check out this site. They also have a scholarship guide to help you pay for your flight training.
—AirFacts Journal: I wish they would post more but they have some good articles in there
—Bold Method: They have quizzes and quick articles for people on the go.
IFR Refresher magazine: Its not a website but a magazine. I have learned so much from this magazine. I highly recommend it if you are about to get your instrument ticket or have less than 500 hours of IFR time.
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