Joined: Nov 22, 2008 Posts: 8 Location: Bristol/GOM
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 9:45 pm Post subject: Books and things
In an effort to get the ball rolling on my PPL I would like to order whatever books and materials I need to start studying for my exams so that they arrive in time for when I get home. I've been browsing a bit on the old tinterweb and found a few sites that seem to stock plenty of books but I don't really know which are required reading and which are nice to have. Are there any essential books that I need to get? I've seen a few 'PPL study packs' such as this: http://www.flightstore.co.uk/prod/PPLV4/. Is this the sort of thing I should be looking at or is a lot of this unnecessary? In addition, are there any books that, whilst not essential, would be of value to read? I'm not sure if there is such a thing but a definitive reading list would be nice. Anyone know where I might find one?
Depending on which flying school you choose and how you pay you may find that they throw the PPL(H) study pack in (books, computer, knee-board, coloured pens, bag, etc) as a sweetner at the start of the course. If they do it saves you money for an hour and a bits flying.
How much of this pack is essential though? I have looked on amazon too and can get the books listed here for just over £70 which seems pretty reasonable so I might go down this route and pick up any other bits as I need them.
The prepackaged kit may save you a little money. But if it includes a chart/s and a VFR airfield guide, these are updated annually. It would be a royal pain in the ar$e to buy the kit then need to buy yet another map when you actually come to need it. Furthermore the choice of bags and kneeboards is also almost endless
If your intentions are anything further than ppl you'll save yourself a few quid by ignoring the CRP1 and going straight for the CRP5. The Oxford Met Cd Rom was also well worth the money when I did the ATPL's
The prepackaged kit may save you a little money. ...
ppl you'll save yourself a few quid by ignoring the CRP1 and going straight for the CRP5. The Oxford Met Cd Rom was also well worth the money when I did the ATPL's
The CRP1 and 5 refer to the flight computer or whizz wheel as it's sometimes called (for obvious reasons; it's plastic with a wheel you can turn) in case you weren't sure (i wasn't)
Flingingwings is absolutely right. i bought the transair pack and found my maps were all out of date not long after i got my PPL plus the maps are in the wrong size for most of what i do.
[ they do 2 sizes that you may need for the majority of heli flying. 1:500 and 1:250, they're referred to as half and quarter mil maps.
the half (1:500) was useful for learning the NAV book stuff and the quarter (1:250) i used for all of the flying for my PPL ]
the pens and rubber are useful and the ruler.
If you're not mathmatically or scientifically minded like thicko here,
then the wagtendonk book can be confusing - though good for future ref.
Instead i read 'The principles of Helicopter Flight' by Norman Bailey
it puts it in a kind of "it does this because of this" sort of way and leaves the unnecessary formulas out - Highly recommend it, great book. _________________ PPL (H)
If it moves i want a go
for a good read that has potential to pay off huge in a worst case scenario is "fatal traps", im more than half way through it, scary but you learn sooo much from it! _________________ CPL(H) Pilot/Ground Crew
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