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You couldn't ask for a more complete textbook on how to operate general aviation airplanes in the United States. The Pilot's Manual: Ground School walks students through all the knowledge needed to pass both the Private and Commercial FAA Knowledge Exams. The Fourth Edition has been updated to reflect current rules, procedures, and the FAA’s areas of emphasis including aeronautical decision making, runway incursion avoidance rules, risk management, drone operations, and the FAA's new Airman Certification Standards.
The information is organized into easy-to-digest chapters, and the text is supported with more than 500 full-color illustrations and photographs. All the knowledge requirements are covered, including aerodynamics, airplane performance, physiological factors affecting the pilot, weather, regulations, charts and airspace, airport operations, navigation, flight planning, and more. Helpful marginal notes are provided for quick definitions of terms, further emphasis on key points, and mnemonic devices that can be of tremendous benefit to study. Each chapter closes with review questions highlighting the important facts.
Written by a remarkable editorial team consisting of civilian, airline, and military pilots, flight instructors, professors, FAA representatives, and industry leaders, this is the textbook trusted by leading universities worldwide. The logical organization makes it equally effective as a home-study text. Includes a Foreword by Barry Schiff. Full-color illustrations, glossary and index.
The Pilot's Manual Editorial Board at ASA, Inc. consists of David Robson as the chief editor of the entire "The Pilot's Manual" series, and specifically for "The Pilot's Manual: Access to Flight" the co-chief editors are David Robson and Paul Craig. Also on the board for the Series are Paul Bertorelli, Richard Coffey, Dr. Dale DeRemer, Sean Elliott, Craig Kilcourse, Jeanne MacPherson, Dennis Newton, Dr. Phil Poynor, Barry Schiff, Warren Smith, Jackie Spanitz, Richard Taylor, Dr. Jacqueline Waide, Dr. Mike Wiggins, Tom Wild. Following are individual biographies for the main editors:
David Robson is a career aviator having been nurtured on balsa wood, dope (the legal kind) and tissue paper, and currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with instructor ratings. He served as a fighter pilot and test pilot for the Royal Australian Air Force, completed a tour in Vietnam as a forward air controller flying the USAF O-2A, and was a member of the Mirage formation aerobatic team, the Deltas. After retiring from the Air Force, he became a civilian instructor and lecturer for the Australian Aviation College, and editor for Aviation Safety Digest, which won the Flight Safety Foundation's international award. He was awarded the Australian Aviation Safety Foundation's Certificate of Air Safety.
Paul A. Craig is a Professor of Aerospace at Middle Tennessee State University. He earned a Doctor of Education degree, holds the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, and the Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate for Instrument, Multiengine, and Seaplane. Craig is the author of numerous books, curriculum and journal articles on flight training and air safety. He is a two-time FAA District Flight Instructor of the Year and frequent speaker at pilot seminars. Craig worked with NASA on research pertaining to flight training in Technically Advanced Aircraft and won the 2005 NASA "Turning Goals into Reality" award. Craig won the 2004 University Aviation Association's Wheatley Award given yearly since the 1960s to the nation's most outstanding aviation educator. Craig is an active FAA Check Instructor, and has worked as a consultant and curriculum for Cirrus Design.