Flight Literacy has reviewed numerous training materials for aspiring and experienced pilots and settled on Rod Machado’s products as the best on the market.
Although Rod Machado’s products are highly informative, well researched, and well put together, it is not the only reason Flight Literacy recommends his products. Learning to fly an aircraft can be dull and tedious, especially when it comes to ground school. Injecting humor into the subject matter helps the student remain alert and retain more information.
Rod Machado’s Aviation Training Products
Below is a limited selection of Mr. Machado’s products that are highly recommended, or you can browse his entire catalog here.
Rod Machado’s 40-Hour Private Pilot ELearning Ground School – This highly animated, interactive eLearning course is one of the most comprehensive, private pilot ground training programs on the market today. Its 26 course modules span 40-hours of highly educational, fun and interactive aviation ground training. The depth of material covered in this course is what you’d find in your traditional single-semester, college aviation ground school.
Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook – 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 Handbook contains more than 1,200 illustrations and photos that are a standalone education about why we can fly.
Rod Machado’s Private Pilot EWorkbook – As a programmed learning guide, this book will help prepare you for the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam. The questions are organized to follow the presentation of material, section for section, as found in Rod’s Private Pilot Handbook. Not only will this book prepare you for the Private Pilot Knowledge Exam, it will help you understand and absorb the knowledge needed to fly safely. You can test your knowledge and comprehension in each subject area with numerous weight and balance, performance, and flight planning problems.
Rod Machado’s How to Fly an Airplane Handbook – Many of today’s pilots rely excessively on their panel instruments to control their airplanes in visual conditions. Unfortunately, “panel pilots” never learn to fly the by the seat of their pants, which involves flying skills that primarily depend on sights, sounds and tactile sensations. Simply stated, relying primarily on your panel instruments to fly an airplane won’t make you a confident pilot nor will it make you a safe pilot. That’s why this handbook focuses on the basics of “attitude flying” and developing practical “stick and rudder” flying skills. These are the skills that give you complete control of your airplane and allow you to predict what it will do, can do and cannot do.
Rod Machado’s Plane Talk – Plane Talk covers aviation’s most critical human factor issues. Since about 85% of all accidents are due to pilot error, this book is important to anyone who flies an aircraft. These 442 pages contain some of the most important skills you absolutely must learn to become a safe, capable pilot. Machado makes these skills easy to learn and easy to recall by using his trademark humor throughout this thought-provoking book.
Rod Machado’s Instrument Pilot’s Handbook – From how the basic aircraft instruments really work through what’s inside a thunderstorm and how a GPS approach works, Machado teaches IFR pilots not just the minimum needed to pass the instrument pilot written exam, but every aspect of IFR flying. This up-to-date text covers the latest information on GPS, glass cockpits, data uplinks, computer-based resources, and other new (and future) technologies and techniques. It is also a rich source of practical information about how real pilots really fly IFR. Readers learn how to gauge the thunderstorm potential of a cumulus cloud by estimating the rainfall rate, scan their instruments in a way that provides maximum performance with minimum effort, and keep the needle centered during an ILS or LPV approach by using the sky pointer on the attitude indicator.
Rod Machado’s Instrument Pilot’s Survival Manual – Rod Machado’s Instrument Pilot’s Survival Manual is written to answer the instrument pilot’s most important and frequently unanswered questions. Illustrated with humorous drawings and containing some of the most spectacular reports of pilots confronted by the problems of instrument flight, Rod’s manual is sure to educate and entertain you. Written in a humorous style, this book will prepare you to be a more educated and proficient pilot. Excellent for any IFR student, experienced professional pilot or as an IFR refresher.
Flight Simulator Training
Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition – One of the most popular and realistic flight simulators on the market for home computers. Although it is not a replacement for the real thing, Microsoft Flight Simulator will help you practice navigation, handling the controls of the aircraft, and many other aspects of flight.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X For Pilots Real World Training – Two certified flight instructors guide you through the pilot ratings as it is done in the real world, starting with Sport Pilot training, then Private Pilot, followed by the Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, and Air Transport Pilot. They cover the skills of flight, how to master Flight Simulator, and how to use the software as a learning tool towards your pilot’s license. More advanced topics demonstrate how Flight Simulator X can be used as a continuing learning tool and how to simulate real-world emergencies.
Logitech G PRO Flight Yoke System – Although it is not mandatory for using Microsoft Flight Simulator, a flight yoke system will help you become comfortable with handling the controls of your aircraft so that the transition to flying the real thing will be more seamless.
Logitech G PRO Flight Rudder Pedals – Pairing your yoke system with rudder pedals will help you become more accustomed to the physical coordination necessary to become a better pilot.