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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.

1. Flight: The Complete History of Aviation (2017)

Best Aviation Books to ReadA visual guide to aviation and man’s conquest of the skies, covering the earliest pioneers of flight to modern-day space technology. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and now in paperback.Over 100 years ago, the Wright brothers flew in a shaky plane for the first time. Today, pilots can fly faster than the speed of sound, creating a sonic boom.Filled with thousands of full-color photographs and fact-filled profiles on 300 aircrafts, Flight follows the history of mankind taking to the skies. From Da Vinci’s drawings of flying machines to…
Author(s): R.G. Grant

2. 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. Recognition of this and sound weather decisions are critical to the successful outcome of all flights. This book discusses each aspect of weather as it relates to aircraft operation and flight safety.The…
Author(s): Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

3. 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. Studying this book, pilots gain the required knowledge to earn a certificate and understand aerodynamic theory associated with airplane flight. Written for the pilot preparing for a Remote, Sport, Private, Commercial, or…
Author(s): Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA)

4. 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. The 2020 FAR/AIM book continues this tradition, containing complete and up-to-date information from Titles 14 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 and 49 CFR) pertinent to General Aviation, Sport Pilots and Flight Instructors, combined with the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), and a free email subscription service for you to receive updated information as it is released by the FAA. Convenient handbook-sized 6″ x 9″ format, full-color FAA illustrations.ASA’s FAR/AIM Series has been the standard for…
Author(s): Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA)

5. 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! The Book” is an over-the-top satirical aviation comedy that’s loosely based on real world experiences of flight instruction,…
Author(s): Alex Stone

6. 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. Although they’re privately certified, many of these unseasoned aviators are unaware of the potential accidents that lie ahead while trying to build decision-making skills on their own — many times falling victim to inexperience.Based on the first in-depth scientific study of pilot behavior and general aviation flying accidents in over 20 years, The Killing Zone, Second Edition offers practical advice to…
Author(s): Paul A. Craig

7. 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. The 2019 FAR/AIM book continues this tradition, containing complete and up-to-date information from Titles 14 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 and 49 CFR) pertinent to General Aviation, Sport Pilots and Flight Instructors, combined with the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), and a free email subscription service for you to receive updated information as it is released by the FAA. Convenient handbook-sized 6″ x 9″ format; see backcover copy and table of contents for more details.ASA’s FAR/AIM…
Author(s): Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA)

8. 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. Experienced aviation instructors will also find the updated information useful for improving their effectiveness in training activities….
Author(s): Federal Aviation Administration

9. 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.

10. Jeppesen Aviation Weather (2013)

Best Aviation Books to ReadBook by Jeppesen…
Author(s): Jeppesen

11. 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. Aircraft Systems for Pilots includes a brief study of the fundamentals of physical matter (from which airplanes are made) and mechanics (how airplane parts act and react). The author provides sufficient study of each type of system to allow the professional pilot to stay abreast of the critical learning which must occur as the…
Author(s): De Remer, Dale

12. 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)

13. 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. Through personal profiles you are able to meet the people who made significant contributions to aviation. You will explore historical evidence and see how historians use artifacts of aviation. 636…
Author(s): Anne Marie Millbrooke

14. 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. While male pilots were lauded as heroes, the few women who dared to fly were more often ridiculed—until a cadre of women pilots banded together to break through the entrenched prejudice.Fly Girls weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcée;…
Author(s): Keith O’Brien

15. 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. This expanded edition includes recent advances in technology, such as the use of composite aircraft materials, with revised examples and figures to more accurately reflect the state of the industry.For easy reference, chapters are illustrated and present specific aspects of aircraft materials, fabrication processes, maintenance tools, and federal aviation regulations.This updated edition includes:…
Author(s): Michael J Kroes, James R Rardon , et al.

AVIATION, MILITARY AND NAVAL BOOKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. The Aviation and Military Book Centre offers a vast range of books and magazines on Civil & Military Aircraft, Military Hardware & Weapons and Naval Vessels. Books shelved as aviation: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, West with the Night by Beryl Markham, Fate Is the Hunter by Ernest K. Gann, The Right For over 60 years we have stocked literature on the subject of aviation in all its aspects. Browse through our online catalogueS of books containing over 5,000 aviation titles. We update our new release page regularly so do add us to your favourites list. We hope you find this site easy to use and that you will enjoy your visit. order online, by email, by phone, come to the shop or see us at the shows Aviation books at E-Books Directory: files with free access on the Internet. These books are made freely available by their respective authors and publishers.

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 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
Publisher: Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Year: [2010], Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1176104

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

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

Commercial Aviation in the Jet Era and the Systems that Make it Possible

Author(s): Thomas Filburn
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408524

Industrial Aviation Management: A Primer in European Design, Production and Maintenance Organisations

Author(s): Martin Hinsch
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Year: 2019, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2313123

Powerplant Test Guide 2018

Author(s): Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.
Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc., Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2368465

Airframe Test Guide 2019

Author(s): Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.
Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc., Year: 2019, Size: 24 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2368466

General Test Guide 2019

Author(s): Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.
Publisher: Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc., Year: 2019, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2368467

Aviation System Risks and Safety

Author(s): Kuklev E.A., Shapkin V.S., Filippov V.L., Shatrakov Y.G.
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2387872

Sustainable Aviation

Author(s): T. Hikmet Karakoc, C. Ozgur Colpan, Onder Altuntas, Yasin Sohret
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407555

Driver distraction: a sociotechnical systems approach

Author(s): Parnell, Katie J.; Plant, Katherine L.; Stanton, Neville Anthony
Publisher: Taylor & Francis;CRC, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2415087

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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