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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject: Books and things Reply with quote

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?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only just started learning, so don't know much Laughing but my instructor recommends this book, which wasn't in that pack.

http://www.flightstore.co.uk/prod/1560276494/
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jen wrote:
I've only just started learning, so don't know much Laughing but my instructor recommends this book, which wasn't in that pack.

http://www.flightstore.co.uk/prod/1560276494/


That book is thorough, but good!

This starter pack is also quite good - I've got most of the books in this pack, but I was a cheapskate and bought them off of amazon...much cheaper! Smile

http://www.transair.co.uk/product4.asp?SID=2&Product_ID=790
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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. Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The school I'm looking at has already suggested that I should set aside up to 300 for books and nav equipment so this looks like a bit of a saving:

fendersim wrote:
This starter pack is also quite good - I've got most of the books in this pack, but I was a cheapskate and bought them off of amazon...much cheaper! Smile

http://www.transair.co.uk/product4.asp?SID=2&Product_ID=790


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.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sensible decision Very Happy

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 Rolling Eyes

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


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

flingingwings wrote:
Sensible decision Very Happy

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


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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.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:36 pm    Post subject: Books Reply with quote

Ian,

I have posted here on the forum a link to an video series on Helicopter Aerodynamics in the Schweizer 300 (but it apples to all copters). It's free and very good.

Go to You Tube and search for "Heliocpter Videos 80's style". You will come up with 8 videos. They should help and will supplement the books in the PPL pack nicely.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!
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