Student Pilot Resources

Airplane Flying Handbook

Maneuvers and procedures for all phases of flight training.

Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge

Ground school knowledge for Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot certificates.

Risk Management Handbook

Information and procedures on how to manage risk in an aircraft.

Airmen Certification Standards

This tells you everything you need to learn and know for your pilot rating and even tells you what and how the examiner will grade you on.

Aviation Weather

FAA Weather theory for pilots and flight operations personnel.

Federal Aviation Regulations

Online version of the FARs.

Aeronautical Information Manual

AIM is the supplement to the FAR regulations and describes how to follow those regulations.

Weight and Balance Handbook

Weight and balance examples and information.

Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators

A deep dive and fantastic resource for the aeronautics of flying.

Chart Supplement

Online version of an AFD or chart supplement

Airmen Knowledge Test Questions List

A list of example test questions

Advisory Circulars

Written by FAA to explain and update rules and regulations

Non-Towered Airport Flight Operations AC

This AC calls attention to regulatory requirements, recommended operations, and communications procedures for operating at an airport without a control tower or an airport with a control tower that operates only part-time.

Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA)

IACRA is the web-based certification/rating application that guides the user through the FAA’s airman application process.

Personal Minimums Checklist VFR

Printable Personal Minimums form for flight and final decision to fly.

Passenger Safety Briefing

Printable passenger briefing checklist for use in the cockpit.

Fly the Wing In-Flight Maneuver Videos

Garry Wing is an instrument-rated commercial airplane and glider pilot and a certificated instrument flight instructor (CFI-I) who has created a series of wonderful videos explaining and demonstrating many of the maneuvers needed to become and stay proficient as a pilot.

AOPA Videos

AOPA Air Safety Institute creates super videos on topics covering fuel management, collision avoidance, weather, passenger briefings, emergency procedures, survival tips, and more.

AOPA Student Resources

Being a student pilot is about more than just mastering the fundamentals of flight: It’s about exploring a whole new world with its own language, skills, and opportunities. To help you do that, AOPA has a catalog of great resources.

Pilot-Controller Communications

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) have developed a collection of information cards covering a variety of important topics.

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