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    Hello everyone,
    Iíve recently decided to start looking into what it takes to get my private pilots license. Does anyone have a suggestion on training resources I can do on my own before I enroll with an instructor?


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    Go find a couple places to take an intro flight, maybe two. That will give you a taste to see if you really want to spend $$$$$$, if you want to after that taste.... Get your flight physical, if you can't pass, all else is wasted time and money. Then study to take and pass the private pilot written test, this is knowledge you will need in the learning to fly process. Many will put this off and want to just "fly" , but IMHO you will understand and learn the skills much quicker with the academics to support the manual flying part. Flying is a perishable skill, if you don't have the funds to continue the training start to finish, there will be a cost paid in relearning skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    ... Get your flight physical, if you can't pass, all else is wasted time and money.
    Stid's advice is spot on. There are a few disqualifying conditions and you want to make sure you've got your Class III medical certificate before sinking a lot of money into learning.

    After that, check this thread I posted a while back - lots of suggestions on good resources for ground school self study.

    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...-Study-for-PPL

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    Sage advice. Thank you Gents.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LOCALAK907 View Post
    Hello everyone,
    Iíve recently decided to start looking into what it takes to get my private pilots license. Does anyone have a suggestion on training resources I can do on my own before I enroll with an instructor?


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    I passed the written late last year. I used Gleim books and their accompanying online tests, etc. The online testing will give you your "CFI Signoff" to take the exams once you complete a boatload of practice questions. Most of these questions are what you see on the FAA Written- verbatim. I actually had to FORCE myself to finish reading the questions on the exam just in case they were different, but the answer was in my head after reading the first few words.
    I have not used any of the other methods ie King, FAA, etc. but I can confidently say that Gleim is not a waste of time/money. I have already purchased the online Instrument training eventhough I have not completed PPL checkride yet. I know I won't be disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WannaBfromSC View Post
    I passed the written late last year. I used Gleim books and their accompanying online tests, etc. The online testing will give you your "CFI Signoff" to take the exams once you complete a boatload of practice questions. Most of these questions are what you see on the FAA Written- verbatim. I actually had to FORCE myself to finish reading the questions on the exam just in case they were different, but the answer was in my head after reading the first few words.
    I have not used any of the other methods ie King, FAA, etc. but I can confidently say that Gleim is not a waste of time/money. I have already purchased the online Instrument training eventhough I have not completed PPL checkride yet. I know I won't be disappointed.
    Good to know thank you.


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    https://www.faa.gov/regulations_poli...uals/aviation/

    Pilot's handbook of Aeronautical knowledge, Airplane Flying Handbook and the Aeronautical information manual(AIM)

    AC00-6B (Aviation Weather) https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/...r/AC_00-6B.pdf

    AC00-45H (Aviation Weather Services) - https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/.../AC_00-45H.pdf

    All free in PDF from the FAA, or you can buy paper copies on Amazon or the like.
    Should keep you busy for 6 months or so.

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    Great! thank you Iíll download these.


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    Quote Originally Posted by z987k View Post
    https://www.faa.gov/regulations_poli...uals/aviation/

    Pilot's handbook of Aeronautical knowledge, Airplane Flying Handbook and the Aeronautical information manual(AIM)

    AC00-6B (Aviation Weather) https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/...r/AC_00-6B.pdf

    AC00-45H (Aviation Weather Services) - https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/.../AC_00-45H.pdf

    All free in PDF from the FAA, or you can buy paper copies on Amazon or the like.
    Should keep you busy for 6 months or so.

    I'd second this as well as the other suggestions: I believe the AIM, possibly the Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (I don't have them to hand) offers a list of chapters that are most relevant to Private Pilots, Commercial Pilots etc. Worth reviewing.

    I'm not sure Gleim even existed when I got my PPL, but I've used them for review recently and it's good solid material.

    Cannot agree strongly enough with the suggestion to have concurrent book and "flying" lessons: each of those elements makes the other side more real and practical.
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    All great answers. I finished my ppl in April. I used King Schoolís online study app. Worked great.
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