ATPL(A) Book Bursary

April 26, 2023

Today, to celebrate World Pilots’ Day 2023, we’re announcing the launch of our first Book Bursary for aspiring commercial pilots. 

We’re excited to be able to offer 5 complete sets of our best-selling ATPL(A) theory books on our new eReader platform. (You can access the eReader platform on any device via an iOS app, android app or web browser – we recommend Chrome. Read more about the new eReader platform here.)

At Padpilot we are passionate about aviation theory! We eat, breathe and sleep it. But we know not all trainee pilots feel the same way about studying the technical knowledge needed to be a pilot. 

To become a commercial pilot, students must study and pass exams in aviation theory, often called ‘ground school’ or ‘ground training,’ as well as undertake practical flying training. In commercial training, there is a huge amount of knowledge to understand and assimilate, and we know that some aspiring pilots worry about this aspect of their course. 

We say, don’t!

It may be daunting, but our books help bring the theory to life and explain things in a simple, straightforward way. All the colourful, interactive content alongside the text really helps you understand what you’re reading. There are also study aids and quizzes throughout to help you revise and prepare for the exams. Yes, you will have to put a lot of work in. But your future career will be worth it, and the books make studying for the ATPL exams as easy as it can be.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer these bursaries and help some aspiring pilots gain their theory education. ATPL ground school can be demanding, but building a really solid foundation of knowledge and understanding is essential for every aviator”.

Graham Cownie, CEO.

Bursary details 

Our Book Bursary scheme will help 5 aspiring pilots and each recipient will get 3 years’ access to one complete set of ATPL(A) interactive theory books, worth £463.84. 

Each set contains 17 subject ebooks that cover the regulatory CAA and EASA syllabus in a simple and clear way. The ebooks also contain interactive elements, case studies and operational examples written by airline pilot authors. All these features combine to make ground school studies straightforward, engaging and memorable. 

Each Padpilot ATPL(A) Book Bursary includes the following ebooks:

  • Maths and Physics for Pilots 
  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General Knowledge: Electrics
  • Aircraft General Knowledge: Engines
  • Aircraft General Knowledge: Airframes and Systems
  • Basic Instrumentation
  • Advanced Instrumentation
  • Mass and Balance
  • Flight Planning and Monitoring
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Meteorology
  • General Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
  • Communications (IFR and VFR)
  • Aeroplane Performance

Enter now

This bursary is open to all. You can be any age, and at any stage of your pilot training journey to enter this process – and no particular device is required.

However, please remember the bursary is for a 3 year subscription. Renewals will be available but will incur a small charge. 

To be considered for one of the bursaries, please email with these four things: 

1. Your full name

2. Country of residence 

3. A link to one of your social media profiles, if you have one

4. Tell us how a Padpilot Book Bursary would help you. Maximum of 250 words. (Entries over this word count will not be considered)

Please note: any application that does not contain this information, or contains additional information not requested, will not be considered. 

Closing date is midnight on 21st May 2023.

Terms and Conditions

The deadline for application is 21st May 2023. Padpilot’s decision on any aspect of the Book Bursary initiative is final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into. No cash equivalent will be given. The bursary is for a 3 year subscription to ATPL(A) books only. Renewals will be available but will incur a small charge. The bursary is non-transferable and non-exchangeable. The recipient will be contacted via email after the deadline and will receive full instructions for downloading their books. By entering any Padpilot competition, giveaway or bursary you are automatically granting permission for us to publish your name on our social media platforms should you be a recipient. 

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As we are committed to using the best available resources for training and management we naturally selected Padpilot. The quality of material and a convenient LMS allows EFTA to deliver classroom, distance learning and hybrid courses.

Olivier Josse

Head of Training, European Flight Training Academy

Even if you are not in training to be an airline pilot I would recommend the Maths & Physics book to anybody that wants to transform their understanding of Maths (for use in any workplace) overnight.

Andrew L


We really appreciate Padpilot books for ATPL(A) and ATPL(H) theory and have only positive feedback from our students. ATPL theory is really important for future professionals and Padpilot books are great supporting materials for students - not only for exams, but also for their future job.

O. Hajzler

CTKI, Czech Aviation FC

When you are finding it hard to understand something like engines, the animations and videos are absolutely marvellous.



Having ATPL manuals as Apple Books is an amazing idea! You can have your manuals on any device and carry on studying wherever you are.




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