Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Best Of Books And Training Kits

New editions of aviation classics, high-tech study kits and aviation technology books to fill out your aviation library

Sporty's: The Next Hour By Richard L. Collins
Collins is a well-known and respected pilot. This book—published by Sporty's—is about the most important hour in your logbook: the next hour. In this new book, Collins conveys the many lessons he has learned during a lifetime of flying. Collins talks about the rewards and challenges of night flying, why certain airplanes have poor safety records, why a pilot's thought process is more important than experience, and much more. It's a must-read for any pilot. Price: $24.95. Visit:

ASA has built quite a reputation in the aviation industry for quality and accuracy in their published products. The company continues that tradition with their publication of this year's new 2011 FAR/AIM manual. What should be a staple in any pilot's library—from student to ATP—this book includes complete information from Titles 14 and 49 of the Federal Regulations regarding General Aviation, Sport Pilots and Flight Instructors. Combined in this convenient 6x9-inch book is the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) including the latest updates. The FAR/AIM includes a free e-mail subscription for updates as soon as they're released by the FAA. Price: $16.95. Visit:

ASA: 21st Century Flight Training By Sean Lane
This new book from ASA addresses learning to fly in today's age of technology and glass cockpits. The book introduces new training models, such as Integrated Sensory Flying (ISF)—a visual flight instruction program that reinforces the use of basic attitude instruments. This book covers all primary flight-training maneuvers from the perspective of an examiner, and contains countless checkride tips and insights. Flight-instructor candidates are taught how to develop lesson plans, teach maneuvers, give oral exams and operate as a flight instructor in the 21st century. Price: $29.95. Visit:

ASA: Say Again, Please: Guide to Radio Communications By Bob Gardner
This is a new edition (fourth) of one of the most popular books for learning aviation communications. The newly updated classic teaches readers what to say, what to expect to hear, and how to interpret and react to clearances and instructions. It also discusses our airspace system and explains how the ATC system works. Softcover, glossary and index, illustrated throughout, 216 pages, including a bound-in, full-color example map. Price: $19.95. Visit:

Gleim: Sport Pilot Kit
With the advent of the sport pilot certificate, good instructional materials aren't always easy to find, especially for new students. With this kit, Gleim offers its usual top quality at an affordable price. This kit includes everything needed to earn the sport pilot certificate except the airplane and an instructor! We like that it includes a copy of this year's FAR/AIM, several books, a plotter and flight computer, several online courses, a cool flight bag and a whole lot more. Includes test-prep software. Price: $199.95. Visit:

Gleim: Pilot Handbook 9th Edition
The Pilot Handbook is the basis for a successful private pilot experience. This ninth edition updates a classic with brand-new material including GPS, glass cockpits, terrain and traffic alert systems, digital engine controllers (FADEC) and more. This manual contains 250 color illustrations and is designed to make complex concepts easy to understand. The handbook is useful to all pilots as a general reference book in preparation for instrument proficiency checks or flight reviews. Price: $24.95. Visit:


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