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Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook

Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook
  • #: 120626
  • Price: $49.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2014-06-21
  • Current Version: 1.3
  • 1.3
  • Size: 47.30 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Rod Machado
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
  • © 2010, Rod Machado
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Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook – Second Edition, 626 full color pages

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.

This 626 page, one-stop handbook contains:

-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.

-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.

-Easy to apply navigation methods for VOR, GPS and ADF, and glass cockpits.

-A wealth of basic and advanced insights, advice and wisdom gleaned from practical experience.

What's New in Version 1.3

This app version includes the update of general information as well as the addition of highlighting and erasing.

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


4/5 stars

Just like the book...

This is an electronic version of the current edition, which I have in hard cover (only that is signed by the author). As far as content goes, it is the same as the physical book, page numbers and all, and it is a great alternative to the typically dry and mind numbing aviation texts available. I learned a lot from Rod's book, and figured it would be great to have it with me all the time on my iPad whenever I feel the need for a bit of Rod's trademark humor and insights. In fact, Rod's book was instrumental (no pun intended) in my achieving 97% on my FAA written exam. Now if I can just stop having nightmares about panda-trains (read the book).

This app feels like a PDF but with an interactive table of contents. In portrait mode, you see the full page as if from the physical book. At that resolution it is not the quite the best for easy reading of the text, but it works without scrolling necessary. In landscape mode, you can hide the contents sidebar and have the page width fill the wide display. This makes the text more readable, but requires vertical scrolling. Like a PDF in iBooks, the text can not reflow. What you see is what you get, page for page from the physical book. You can pinch and zoom to enlarge the many well done diagrams and photos. Photos could benefit from higher resolution. In some ways they look even better than the printed version. Page turns are quick and the book opens to where you left off.

I would prefer is to have Rod's book in ePub format for the iBooks bookstore. That way text can reflow to fit the size, font, and page orientation as desired. You could then take advantage of all the iBooks features, such as highlighting, notes, and bookmarks. This app only offers bookmarks.

Unlike an eBook from the iBooks store, this app can easily be updated by the author. That is definitely a strong point in distributing this as an application.

As an app, there is tremendous potential for an interactive book that could greatly expand the learning experience. Imagine a live "weight and balance" tool where you can manipulate the weights and arms on a balance. Or perhaps video clips and animations illustrating a particular point.

Granted, developing an interactive iPad book is a lot of work, akin to a rewrite and video production all in one. This is a great start, and I hope Rod and the developer of this continue to improve it.

I give this four stars, mainly for fantastic content. Execution is serviceable and clean. It hasn't crashed, yet, which is more than I can say for some pilot apps I have tried. I look forward to future updates.

5/5 stars

Just like the book

This is exactly like the hard copy. If you're interested in learning to fly, this is the book I would highly recommend. If you're like me who always thought flying a plane was complicated which kept me from wanting to learn. I've been to the bookstores looking at some "learn to fly" books, first chapters I read - I confirmed my thoughts that it's complicated. But when I found Rod's book, he made it so easy than it looks. His way of breaking down things, explaining them in ways that we can relate to, based on cars for example, lots of pictures and his humor is what made flying seem like driving a car. I got the motivation to go on and study for my private pilot's license because of Rod's book. I'm self studying for my FAA exam with this book and I'm not spending a cent on ground school classes - that's how easy Rod's book is to learn from.

This is the app version and it's exactly like the book. Only problem is I can't highlight some stuff that I need to look back on like the hardcopy. But, hey, I get it on my iPhone and can read it between my busy schedule on the go and highlight the stuff in my hardcopy later at home. And what make me buy the app version is I will be able to get new versions of his book each time one is released - free. Thanks, Rod!

5/5 stars

A splendid app/book, regardless of your experience.

I've read Rod's book in its "physical" form, and I have to say, it is a Grade-A "must have" for anyone interested in aviation. The book covers so much material in such an interesting way. If you are looking to take-up flying, but hate dry, boring textbook-like reading, look no further. This app will cover you. The guy is a genius when it comes to teaching. He has written the book in a way that it never leaves your mind to wander. Your attention is constantly being redirected back to the subject by his good sense of humor. There are many, many useful photos/charts for those of you who need visual aid to fully understand (the majority of us).
The app is just like the hard-copy, but easier to navigate through. I couldn't find anything wrong with it. It's pretty much perfect, though I agree with a previous review that having it in iBooks would be a little more convenient.
This app is highly recommended. I give it ten stars, though iTunes will only let me show five.


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