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Rod Machado’s Sport Pilot Handbook Announced

Sport Pilot Handbook

A new book is now available from Rod Machado, one of the nation’s top aviation educators and humorists. Three years in the making, Rod Machado’s Sport Pilot Handbook is a serious text written in his characteristic fun and witty style. The 582-page book contains more than 1,000 original color illustrations and photos and is intended to help pilots update their knowledge and prepare for FAA sport pilot exams and biennial flight reviews.

Written in first person, this one-of-a-kind manual presents its information as if Rod is sitting next to you, personally explaining all the necessary aspects of flying to help make you an informed, confident, and competent sport pilot. It’s written and illustrated entirely by one instructor—a CFI with nearly four decades of flight training experience. Rod said his intent was to create a book that wasn’t only fun to read, but conveyed difficult concepts using pictures, analogies, metaphors, and humor.

The book gives unique presentations on aerodynamics, engine operations (including Rotax operations), flight instruments (including glass cockpit instruments), 3D representations of our airspace system, and clear down-to-earth explanations of pertinent FAR Parts 1, 61, and 91. The very latest information on sport pilot regulations is also presented along with all the required endorsements necessary for sport pilot operations. If a 582-page book seems too daunting, newcomers should remember that the typical Federal Aviation Regulations and Aeronautical Information Manual (FAR-AIM) is about twice the length and contains no intentional humor and very few illustrations.

Rod says the book could be helpful for instructors because they could direct the student to read a particular chapter, allowing the CFI to spend less unnecessary time on the ground reviewing previously forgotten material. Rod Machado’s Sport Pilot Handbook is available for $59.95 by calling 800-437-7080 or clicking the “Secure Ordering” button at www.RodMachado.com. The book is also available as an application for your
iPad or iPhone for $44.99 from the iTunes store where you can see some screenshots showing the extensive use of color in the publication.

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