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PPL Study Guides

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:04 am
by skydiveireland
Can anyone recommend which study material to use for JAA PPL exams? I was looking at the Oxford interactive Computer Based Training CDROM's with the additional Navigation tool.

If anybody out there has any advise or recommendations I would appreciate it.

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:25 am
by bean_ian
Hi Skydive,
I used the oxford cbt cds and found them to be excellent. Although I did a CAA(uk) PPL,as i went to OBA in florida, which is what the cd's are geared towards. If you are heading over to naples then you to will be doing a CAA PPL and these discs along with a confuser is all you need. You can sit the PPL exams in northern ireland to ease some of the pressure when you are over in the states.
I did my at enniskillen. You can walk in at any time at site the exam when it suits you unlike the IAA system.

Any questions just let me know,

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:38 am
by michael747
Here's what i used

2 Trevor Thom Books:

1: Trevor Thom Flying Training, Book 1 (My first book :D)
2: Trevor Thom Met & Air Law, Book 2

John Swan Air Law

(SI's) Statutory Instruments:
1: Operational Procedures
2: Air Law (I Think)

For Navigation i used the notes that the NFC give you when you do the PPL Ground School, Which also included the notes for Tech, Human Factors and Air Law.

A Pilots Operating Handbook (For what type you'll be flying)

And a map of course :D

Well, Thats all i used, It got me to pass the PPL Ground Exams on the first attempt, with an average of about 85 - 90% overall

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:18 pm
by alphaLaura
I can't recommend John Swan's Air Law book enough. I also have a copy of John Swan's Human Perfomance book which is fantastic. I can give you a copy if you'd like?

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:26 am
by skydiveireland
Cheers for the feedback everyone.

I ordered the Oxford interactive discs as they seem like they will be very effective. I suppose I am used to CBT with a long background as a Netwrok Engineer/Programmer. I got the full package wit hthe aditiona Navigation and Flight Trainer modules. I must remmeber to order the PPL Comnfuser as this is the 2nd time this wee it was recommended.

I will definitely try to sit some exams in N.I prior to going ot Naples. That would be a huge advantage. I have been meaning ot go to Enniskillen so now I have the perfect excuse.

I might switch to John Swan's Air Law if the Oxford stuff is not working out for me.

I already have my Class-2 Medical which is issued by the IAA (I use this for Skydiving which is required for a Tandem Instructor) so this will suffice for the PPL also.

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:03 pm
by stovepipe
hi there
You can do a lot here before you go over.....Try and get your hands on a Sectional Chart of the area you expect to be flying in, so as to be mentally familiar with names/airspace/danger areas,etc.....Get a CRP-1 flight computer(or similar) and get stuck in to solving practical can't get enough Met should make it a habit of watching the weather forecasts on the telly and then comparing it to actual need to become as tuned in to the weather as sailors do.You can get Metform 214/215 and the rest of the weather charts and go over could even try and get some flying done here first, so as to give you a step up before you get stuck into a flying schedule...try and do some radio practise. There's lots you can do seeing as you have access to would be an immense help to you if you get the exams completed before you go.that way, you can concentrate solely on flying.
Have Fun

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:14 pm
by buzz
Stovepipe I think being a skydiver he already has an idea of the weather as he spends a lot of time falling through it. :D

I think this conversation if funny because you obviously fly jump plane for skydive Ireland. Why don't you two just sit down over a pint and have a chat :lol:

The advice is good in general although, Skydive, I would suggest getting a CRP-5 rather than a -1. It will be needed later for the CPL's if you intend to go that route. It amazes me that the slide rule is gone from every discipline except for pilot naviaation.

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:55 pm
by stovepipe
Hi Buzz
We live a hundred miles apart so getting together for a casual jar isnt easy.With respect to weather, even though he falls thru it for a living, he needs to learn about weather in the broader sense.....John Swans' books are very good for weather and the rest.....I'd go along with your suggestion to get a CRP-5. I use an E6B myself....I did my PPL in 1991, in Texas.I wish I'd gone with a lot more information and a bit of experience,up front, though.I had five very sporadic hours in Rallyes before I went, which made it a lot easier,as I already knew how to preflight,start, taxy, take off, fly a circuit and land safely. My radio skills were non-existent as I was training in a shouty Rallye in old Weston(no headset, Darby did the radio, gave you instruction by thumping your arm), as was my use of checklists (Darby didn't do checklists.You just did what he did).I didn't even know what a downwind pre-landing checklist was until Hour Five in the Rallyes! So, in some respects, I was ahead of the training in Texas and in other respects, I was way behind. There's so much information and access to aircraft available to potential pilots, here, that no student should arrive in America without prior flight time, a valid medical and a heads-up on the exams(if he hasn't got them passed already!)

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:59 pm
by buzz
I see, a hundred miles, the commute must be something else :lol:

As for Darby, very familiar, pre-flights, checklists, headsets? Who need them? He was very much a stick and rudder man as befits someone who started flying in 1932. He was, is a character. Someone really ought to do the book before he goes for good.

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:36 pm
by nickpapa
hi guys, im currently doing my ppl(h) in weston, looking to sit the iaa exams this may,im using the oxford ppl cd roms for preparation.. i know these are geared for caa and was wondering is there much difference in the standard or questions etc between iaa and caa ppl exams?

nickpapa jr