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Learning to fly is an exciting adventure and challenge. Learning aviation theory is part of that. To help you on that journey we wanted to create the most modern, concise, and beautifully presented aviation theory guides out there.

There are many aspects of aviation theory that are tested in the six subjects of the New Zealand PPL syllabus. Each subject and its component topics could be studied in exhaustive detail, much of which is excessive to the private pilot and detracts from the key points. We focussed this book on those key points and is presented in a question-and-answer conversational style that helps you understand and remember the information. 

This single book covers the entire CAA (NZ) syllabus for the private pilot. The book is divided into six parts, covering each subject. The book is fully indexed and contains over 200 figures. Download the contents here

Part 1: Air Law

The rules and regulations for flying an aircraft have evolved to promote aviation safety. The private pilot's legal responsibilities begin even before climbing aboard an aircraft and continue for as long as you are a pilot. Air law covers various topics ranging from licensing requirements to meteorological minima. Understanding the precise meaning of legal jargon and law applicability is vital in making better aviation decisions. The subject includes many practical examples and valuable references that help gain both context and understanding.

Download a sample Air Law Chapter here

Part 2: Flight Radio

The radio of an aircraft is an essential piece of equipment onboard an aircraft that enables communication. Procedures for its use need to be well known and reheard so that messages are clear and easily understood. Principles of the equipment, troubleshooting problems and aviation radiotelephony phraseology are some of the critical topics covered in this subject. This s provides the theoretical background to supplement practical experience using the aircraft's radio. 

Download a sample Flight Radio chapter here

Part 3: Aircraft Technical Knowledge

The engineering and physics of the aircraft you fly are fundamental to pilot knowledge. Understanding your machine improves safety, aids flight control and allows you to problem-solve when things go wrong. It is an interesting and challenging subject that needs thorough and clear explanations of some complicated topics. All technical areas of the aircraft are covered, including the practical application of this knowledge.  

Download a sample Aircraft Technical Knowledge chapter here

Part 4: Human Factors

You, as a human, are capable of great and complex things. However, we do have our design flaws. Human factors studies the human-machine interaction and is the hottest aviation safety topic. Awareness of human factors is a minimum requirement for the private pilot. Developing good habits to ensure that the human factors are optimised in your favour is the sign of a good pilot. This subject will make for some exciting learning and help you go on to further reading. 

Download a sample Human Factors chapter here

Part 5: Meteorology

Understanding the weather has always been inextricably linked with aviation. The weather dictates if we can fly, how we fly, and our flight experience. This subject touches on the fundamentals of meteorology, understanding weather phenomena and, importantly, the interpretation of weather information. New Zealand climate patterns are described and explained. 

Download a sample Meteorology chapter here

Part 6: Flight Planning and Air Navigation

When it is finally time to get going, preparation is critical to conducting safe cross-country flights. This subject explains some of the core, basic navigational skills and techniques. Examples and explanations of the flight computer form a significant of this subject. Flight planning is a very practical subject that needs the skills to be exercised to be understood. However, the content will provide the fundamental knowledge to understand and apply those skills. 


Download a sample Flight Planning chapter here