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Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook

Flying is fun, and with Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook, learning about flying is now fun, as well.

If you want to learn to fly, or even just learn about what makes a plane fly, you’ll find this lavishly illustrated, fast-paced book to be the best available guide. Written in a clear and witty style, the Private Pilot Handbooks contains more than 1,200 illustrations and photos that are a standalone education about why we can fly.

Studying for your private pilot oral and knowledge exams? Everything you need is in this book. It’s not just a beginner’s book—it’s a comprehensive and useful reference resource for private and even professional pilots. As one flight student said, “This handbook explains why things are the way they are, in a way that’s easy to understand. I learned lots of things in Rod’s book that I had not read ANYWHERE else, despite years of reading aviation literature.”

Rod has been teaching people how to fly airplanes since 1973. His highly acclaimed teaching methods have established him as one of aviation’s most respected teachers. Using analogies, memory aids, clear and detailed graphics and a little humor, Rod reduces the complexity of all aviation subjects (aerodynamics, meteorology, navigation, airspace, etc.) to a level that even the non-technical person can easily understand. Simply stated, Rod Machado makes learning about flying a fun and enjoyable experience.

Just some of what you'll find inside:

  • Easy-to-understand analogies and examples for technical subjects such as engines, aerodynamics, flight instruments and the airplane’s electrical system.
  • Weather codes: METAR and TAF, and Internet weather technology.
  • Latest information on weather charts: Graphical Forecasts for Aviation
  • Water model of electricity allows quick learning and understanding of the airplane’s electrical system.
  • Alphabet airspace made E-Z with 3-D color illustrations.
  • Step-by-step procedures for planning a cross country flight.
  • Clear, down-to-earth explanations of pertinent FARs—Parts 61 and 91, NTSB 830, BasicMed.
  • Primary flight displays, the latest glass cockpit technology & ADS-B.
  • Easy to apply navigation methods for VOR, GPS and glass cockpits.
  • New ICAO Flight plan form information.
  • A wealth of basic and advanced insights, advice and wisdom gleaned from practical experience.

Author: Rod Machado
Published: November 2017
657 pages, softcover
ISBN 9780985932893


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Customer Reviews For Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook:
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Friday, December 02, 2016
Book is very well written and easy to follow
by Jeff A. from Wyoming PA USA 

Pros: Clearly written in a manner that makes the topics fun to read. The chapters on each topic are not so large that it overwhelms the reader with information...just enough to explain each topic.
Cons: Honestly don't have any negative comments about the book. It explains the flight topics clearly and I enjoy reading it.
Review: I already have my private pilot rating and was looking for a book that summarizes the flight topics in an organized structure. The book uses a cartoon style presentation with pictures that clearly presents the information in a way that makes all the topics fun to read and understand. Now that I have this book, I may get the CD to use in the car on my daily commute. For the price of this book, well worth it. I've been out of flying for a number of years now and this book is a quick read to bring me back up to speed again. Enjoy the book!
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Thursday, November 03, 2016
Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook, 2nd Edition
by danger from Los Angeles CA USA 

Pros: easy to understand, humor, not a dry FAA book
Cons: none
Review: This is a great book. Made learning about flying easy. Highly recommended.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
by carole from Scottsdale AZ USA 
Review: The book was a gift to an aspiring pilot.
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015
I'm Learning a Lot
by Duane from Sault Sainte Marie MI USA 

Pros: Great for a Student Pilot to help with Ground School.
Cons: You may not like his style of humor.
Review: I am using this book to supplement my computer based ground school. I'm finding that I am retaining more of what I learn much easier than I did before. Rod's humor may be a bit cornball at times, but I find it helps greatly to make the subjects he is covering easier to remember.
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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Silly and annoying.
by A Customer from Kelseyville CA USA 

Pros: The cover was pretty.
Cons: Just too frustrating. I wanted to learn about flying.
Review: Hated it. It was painful trying to sift through and keep the jokes and useful data separate. I ended up trying to read with a black sharpie in hand, crossing out the dribble. After two chapters of this, I had marked out a clear third of the text. Don't waste your time. I felt like I was being held hostage by a frustrated (and not funny) stand up wannabe/infomercial host.
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Monday, January 19, 2015
Great book
by shawn from Cortez CO USA 

Review: I started flight training with this book. Very good place to start.
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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Too Many Annoying Jokes - A Silly Book
by R. Lambert from Kelseyville, Ca. 

Pros: Beautiful Illustrations
Cons: Absoluteley silly text.
Review: I simply hated this book. Where I expected a professional but human approach to teaching the subject, what I found was piles and piles of senseless and unnecessary jokes that derailed my thought process while I tried to focus. Perhaps the real information is there, and I tried. I went so far as to take a Sharpie and "line out" all of the paragraphs of silliness and dribble. I lined out a full third of the text. This might be a good book for people who love watching Oprah, but for a serious student, I would advise looking elsewhere for a more professional and intelligent approach.
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Monday, October 06, 2014
I wish I had this back when I was flight instructing
by John R. from Cuero TX USA 

Review: I loved it and find it explains basic principles very well. Should be required for all private students.
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Friday, May 02, 2014
Excellent Study Guide
by Jon Thornburgh from Redondo Beach CA USA 

Pros: Informative, well written, comprehensive
Cons: None
Review: Excellent study guide. I recommend it to all my students.
Jon Thornburgh, Flight Instructor
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Friday, April 04, 2014
excellent read
by Don from Potomac MD USA 

Pros: great text, very well designed, large colorful text and pictures
Cons: book is cons
Review: Vert thorough complete text with the author's wacky sense of humor. He teaches concepts with samples outside of flying....enjoyable
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Monday, August 05, 2013
by Patricia from Ocala FL USA 
Review: Very informative with fun thrown in at no extra cost.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
by Michal from Bratislava Slovakia Slovakia 
Review: Easy to understand, great reading, very helpful.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Great Book
by Eric from Vancouver WA USA 

Review: I have been flying for two years and wanted this book to brush up on some of the things that I learned when I started flying. It has done that as well as taught me things that I didn't know! It uses pictures to show concepts that are difficult to explain and really speeds things up. Overall great book.
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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Thorough and entertaining
by B.C. from Newport Beach CA USA 

Pros: Thorough and easy to understand.
Cons: Maybe too much material, but that's not really a con.
Review: I've always liked Rod's books for their thoroughness and descriptive photos and diagrams, as well as a bit of humor (which may help you remember the topic). Often there is too much information about a subject (even the shear size of the book is daunting), but that's better than not enough. If there was any confusion about a subject, a little time with Rod's books will clear it up. I'm a 17,000 hr global airline captain and I found this to be a great book for myself and my teenage nephew who wants to learn to fly. My explanations tend to be too complicated, and seeing how Rod presents the material has been a great help.

Capt. Ben C.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
I would buy this book again.
by A Customer from Leesburg FL USA 

Pros: Easy to read. Lots of funny pictures. Hard to put the book down.
Cons: None.
Review: Easy and fun to read. Some subjects I didn't fully understand have been made clear. Thorough!
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Monday, August 01, 2011
by Frank from Stewartsville NJ USA 
Pros: Great book for research. Written for ease of understanding.
Review: Well written With embedded humor to keep it less dry.
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Thursday, May 05, 2011
Great Book
by Anthony from Leawood KS USA 

Review: Practical Examples and easy to comprehend.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011
This is a pilot must have
by A Customer from So Cal 

Pros: Complete, with an index that makes it easy to find information.
Cons: Corny jokes
Review: I am a 141 chief instructor. Rod's book is terrific for new students and a useful reference resource once you have your rating. His instrument book is even better.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Well done.
by Greg martin from Shreveport LA USA 

Pros: Easy to apply and understand.
Review: This book or the author is the best at explanations. Some learners like myself need to know the whys and hows in order to remember and apply aviation knowledge to our learning process.  This has been the best resource I had read (and I have read a few).
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
great test prep material
by gary from rancho palos verdes CA USA 

Pros: cross reference
Cons: confusing with a few ambiguous terms
Review: A well organized and carefully scripted workbook to aid in prep for the knowledge test. Each question cross references to the book page, column, paragraph. Very helpful
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Monday, August 09, 2010
Great book for learning about flying
by David from Bellevue WA USA 

Pros: Fun read while learning, lots of illustrations to aid in understanding
Review: What I like about this book is the great delivery of information. It was easy to pick up on the topics because it felt like you had a dialog with Rod and his pictures and illustrations really help visualize the concepts. I recommend using the workbook to help quiz and check on what areas you need focus, and the workbook questions reference the textbook so you can review. Go to Rod's website to update sections with errata.
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Tuesday, August 03, 2010
by Rhonda from Fargo ND USA 
Review: Anything Rod Machado does is excellent and this is no exception.
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Tuesday, June 01, 2010
At last - technical explanations that make sense!
by Kathleen from Marietta NY USA 

Pros: Understandable; great illustrations and charts; use of color helps keep me awake
Review: Rod Machado uses illustrations and humor to demystify complexities. I learned more from Rod's pilot handbook than any other source I had used to date. Hard to grasp concepts were made understandable, and I had a laugh along the way.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I will use this and would buy it again.
by Kip from Bankston AL USA 

Pros: Covers everything and should be used with the Workbook.
Cons: Not really a Con but the workbook is needed.
Review: This is excellent for a Private Pilot Student. And can get the job done for less cost than some other products.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Very informative and a pleasure to read
by Bill from Cary NC USA 

Pros: Everything you need in one book
Cons: Too big to put in your pocket and take everywhere you go
Review: I would not have thought that a reference with so much information and so much detail would be such an easy and fun read. Coming back to flying after 20 years this is the perfect reference.
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Monday, November 09, 2009
Great book!!
by Debbie from Medford OR USA 

Review: Although each chapter is much longer than my class book, it has really helped to explain things where they make sense. With the visual pictures, etc. it helps to remember. I would highly recommend this book.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Art of Flying High - Safely
by Bob from Pasadena CA USA 

Pros: Informative material; the complex made simple.
Cons: none that come to mind
Review: A great read. A must for pilots, even old ones like me.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Great Book for Experienced and Beginners
by BigBrownPilot from Weatherford TX USA 

Pros: Easy to understand and humorous.
Cons: None
Review: I'm an ATP-rated pilot and I'm using the book to introduce my daughter to General Aviation. It's a great resource!
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Jeppesen with Comic Relief
by Steve from Saint Petersburg FL USA 

Pros: Funny and informative
Cons: none
Review: Rod Machado does a great job conveying the more complicated topics with simple humor. The anecdotes help to relate to the lessons. Perfect for someone with a shorter attention span.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
nice hard cover book
by Daniel from san diego CA USA 

Pros: very thourough
Cons: some of the illustrations are confusiing
Review: Its an ok book,very thick, nice hard cover. Covers things in detail like as if you never flown a plane (duh, I guess thats whats its for). I bought the book for my kid, who I plan to take flying soon. The book has lots and lots of pictures, but i think its to the point of being distracting sometimes. But I think its an ok book a lot of money though. I haven't read it all yet, but it seems like a very thorough book.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Recipient was extremely pleased with this gift.
by Suzanne from Albuquerque NM USA 

Pros: Son thinks the author is very authoritative and interesting.
Cons: None of which I am aware.
Review: I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my son, who is taking flying lessons. He was thrilled with it, and his first comment was "this is THE guy!". Not knowing anything about flying, I can only report on his reaction - and he would kill me if I gave out his email address!
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Thursday, August 07, 2008
Very Good Book......
by Pancham from Crofton MD USA 

Review: This is very good book. It has nice language. It has lots of Pictures. It has everything.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Very Impressive
by Ken Blumenthal from Valparaiso IN USA 

Pros: Excellent, well written book with tons of information.
Review: I was hesitant to order this book because some of the reviews I read about the author's attempt at humor. This new edition, however, is a treasure. It is full of useful information written in an easy to understand, not overly technical style. Rod Machado's experiences shine throughout the chapters and definitely make for an enjoyable approach to the many aspects of learning to fly. This book has really helped me in my studies as a student pilot and it is an invaluable reference. I highly recommend this book to any and all student pilots who are not only interested in passing the FAA test but who want to learn about airplanes and flying from a master teacher.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
by Kim from Amarillo TX USA 
Pros: Analogies, pics, graphs, humor and simplicity of his writing style are pros
Cons: The only con I have come across is the water/electric analogy. Seemed confusing as I know nothing about either, and intermingling the two confused me at times.
Review: Excellent teaching by Machado. He uses analogies that make learning even the most complicated material much easier. The pics and diagrams bring the literature to life. The authentic pilot stories he shares are very interesting and educational.
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Monday, February 04, 2008
This book should be mandatory reading for all student pilots
by Alan from hartwell GA USA 

Pros: Good price and arrived on time.
Cons: None
Review: [This review refers to the first edition] I became familiar with this book while a student years ago. The book I purchased was for a friend's son who has expressed some interest in learning to fly and wanted to make sure he had what I believe to be the "student handbook for flying". Service buying this book and getting it delivered was exceptional.
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Saturday, June 02, 2007
by Nancy, Stearman Driver from Spokane, WA 
Review: [This review refers to the first edition] I love this book - it is my second one because I loaned one to a friend and didn't want to be without it just prior to my BFR!!
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Previous Customer Questions For Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook:
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On Monday, October 08, 2012 a customer asked:
Does Ron Machado have a book for instrument pilots?

Yes, he offers the Rod Machado's Instrument Pilot's Handbook and Rod Machado's Instrument Pilot's Survival Manual.

On Tuesday, March 31, 2009 a customer asked:
Does Rod Machado have a book for Commercial Pilot?
A: He does not.

On Wednesday, January 07, 2009 a customer asked:
is the book hard or softcover
A: This new edition is a hardcover.



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