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ASA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

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Includes principles of flight, airplanes and engines, performance, weather, navigation, and more. FAA-H-8083-25A in Full Color!

This official FAA handbook has been required reading for more than 30 years. Providing basic knowledge essential for all pilots—from beginning student pilots to those pursuing more advanced pilot certificates—this book introduces pilots to the broad spectrum of knowledge needed as they progress through pilot training. Studying this book, pilots gain the required knowledge to earn a certificate and understand aerodynamic theory associated with airplane flight.

The book begins with a basic introduction to flying, including the history of flight, the role of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), criteria for earning the various pilot certificates, how to select a flight school and instructor, and the tests associated with earning a pilot certificate. Subjects covered include aircraft structure, principles and aerodynamics of flight, flight controls, aircraft systems, flight instruments, flight manuals and documents, weight and balance, aircraft performance, weather theory, aviation weather services, airport operations, airspace, navigation, aeromedical factors, and aeronautical decision-making.

This 2008 edition reflects the latest aviation industry procedures, equipment, techniques and regulations. It is a key reference for all the information necessary to operate an aircraft and for passing the FAA Knowledge Exam and Practical Test (checkride). Newly illustrated with hundreds of full-color drawings and photographs! Softcover, 8.25"x10.75", 470 pages.

Paul's Recommendation

Paul Hamilton, CFI, DPE




Paul Hamilton
Filmmaker, Flight Instructor, Author


It's THE aeronautical book for all students and pilots learning to fly or changing/upgrading their pilot certificate. Unfortunately, most pilots...especially those studying to be sport pilots, will find that the handbook contains way more information than they need.


This handbook provides all the common knowledge for all aircraft categories such as airplane, weight-shift control trikes, rotorcraft, balloons, and powered parachute. And most subjects apply to all category pilots such as aerodynamics of flight, documents, performance, weather, airport operation, airspace, navigation, aero medical factors and aeronautical decision making. However the handbook does have a number of sections specific to airplanes such as aircraft structure and flight controls.


This is a great resource from the time you start ground school and flight training and on to after you receive your pilot certification.

I have guides that reference what to study and what not to study for different categories and pilot levels which help you focus on what you need to know to streamline the process.


This will be one of your main reference books as a pilot and should be close at hand.


It is typically part of your ground school course and you'll use it for preflight and post flight briefings.

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