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Best Aviation Books To Read

Our list of some of the best Aviation books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

Aviation Weather: FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 00-6B (FAA Handbooks series) (2016)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadThis FAA Advisory Circular includes contributions from the National Weather Service (NWS).This important Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular (AC) has been in circulation under a variety of titles for more than 70 years. All pilots and dispatchers must learn to deal with weather: to appreciate good weather, to recognize and respect marginal or hazardous weather, and to avoid violent weather.
Author(s): Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: FAA-H-8083-25B (FAA Handbooks series) (2016)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadThis official FAA handbook has been required reading for more than 30 years. Providing basic knowledge essential for all pilots, from beginning students through to the more advanced certificates, this Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publication introduces readers to the broad spectrum of knowledge required as they progress through pilot training.
Author(s): Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA)

FAR/AIM 2020: Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual (FAR/AIM Series) (2019)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadASA has built a reputation for providing the aviation community with the most accurate and reliable FAR/AIM products available.
Author(s): Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA)

CFI! The Book: A Satirical Aviation Comedy (2018)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadAn underpaid, overworked Certified Flight Instructor cheats death while attempting to teach a cast of incompetent student pilots to fly at a skeezy South Florida flight school; all in the quest to build flight time so he can get a “real job” at an airline. The planes break, the regs break, metal gets bent, students are lost at sea, and a Top Gun wannabe student, who has four hundred hours of flight instruction, still hasn’t made his first solo flight. “CFI!
Author(s): Alex Stone

The Killing Zone, Second Edition: How & Why Pilots Die (2013)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadThis survival guide for new pilots identifies the pitfalls waiting inside the killing zone, the period from 50 to 350 flight hours when they leave their instructors behind and fly as pilot in command for the first time.
Author(s): Paul A. Craig

FAR/AIM 2019: Federal Aviation Regulations / Aeronautical Information Manual (FAR/AIM Series) (2018)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadASA has built a reputation for providing the aviation community with the most accurate and reliable FAR/AIM products available.
Author(s): Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA)

Aviation Instructor’s Handbook: FAA-H-8083-9A (2017)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadHeavily illustrated and filled with essential information, topics include: This official FAA publication provides aviation instructors with up-to-date information on learning and teaching, and how to relate this information to the task of teaching aeronautical knowledge and skills to students.
Author(s): Federal Aviation Administration

Essentials of Aviation Management: A Guide for Aviation Service Businesses (2010)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadRODWELL JULIE F, COULBY ADAM, CARNEY THOMAS, MOTT JOHN
Author(s): RODWELL JULIE F, COULBY ADAM, et al.

Jeppesen Aviation Weather (2013)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadBook by Jeppesen
Author(s): Jeppesen

Aircraft Systems for Pilots (2018)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadThis book is a single source, concise presentation of what pilots should know about basic aircraft systems. The content reflects the author’s more than thirty-five years experience of flying and fourteen years of teaching Aircraft Systems to university students.
Author(s): De Remer, Dale

Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook – General: FAA-H-8083-30A (FAA Handbooks Series) (2018)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadThis FAA handbook provides knowledge for earning the Aviation Maintenance Technician certificate, General section. The FAA General test questions are drawn from this book (FAA-H-8083-30A).
Author(s): Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA)

Jeppesen Aviation History (Softcover) (2006)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadSOFTCOVER ONLY! The newly revised 2006 edition of Aviation History is an exciting full-color book that gives aviation enthusiasts a unique perspective on international aviation history. Each of the ten chapters is packed with information containing over 950 photographs and color graphics. Aviation History explores the question “what was aviation” from its birth in Annonay, France, in 1783 until present.
Author(s): Anne Marie Millbrooke

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History (2019)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadA New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year * A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice * A Time Best Book for Summer   Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing.
Author(s): Keith O’Brien

Aircraft Basic Science, Eighth Edition (2013)

 Best Aviation Books To ReadAircraft Basic Science, Eighth Edition, is a valuable resource for students of aviation technology that provides updated information needed to prepare for an FAA airframe and powerplant maintenance certification.
Author(s): Michael J Kroes, James R Rardon , et al.

Best Aviation Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some aviation books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Guidebook for evaluating airport parking strategies and supporting technologies

Author(s): National Research Council (U.S.). Transportation Research Board.; Airport Cooperative Research Program.; United States. Federal Aviation Administration.; Jacobs Consultancy (Firm); et al
ID: 1176104, Publisher: Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Year: [2010], Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Wally Funk’s Race for Space: The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer

Author(s): Sue Nelson
ID: 2301670, Publisher: The Westbourne Press, Year: 4 Oct 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

International Aviation Law for Aerodrome Planning

Author(s): Chehab Salih
ID: 2888658, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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