Heading for a flight deck career?

Affirm? We can help.

Padpilot creates the interactive ebooks and training resources used by flight schools and training organisations all over the world to teach student pilots their aviation theoretical knowledge.

So while we can’t teach you how to fly, we can help you ace the theory exams you’ll need for your pilot licences.

We have lots of useful information for aspiring and student pilots, including how to choose the right course, school and study method over on our Students page.

Or check out the quick links below.

How to become a pilot

You can learn to fly for fun with a Private Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) or (Helicopter) or become a professional pilot and fly passenger airliners, cargo, corporate jets or helicopters commercially with an Airline Transport Pilot Licence.

If you want to work as a pilot, you’ll need to decide on either a modular (step by step) pathway or an (all in one) integrated course.

Different courses suit different budgets, time frames and lifestyles, but the qualification you gain at the end of the process is the same.

Get all the info you need in this blog post.

Theory courses

Already know what you need to study?

Explore Padpilot interactive ebooks for each course via the links below – and get free samples from the Apple Bookstore to try before you buy.

Pilot Foundation Course

Flexible solutions for training providers

  • Interactive theory books
  • Regularly updated content
  • Quizzes & progress tests
  • Instructor presentations
  • Learning management systems
  • Compliance & admin assistance
  • Technical support
  • Customer care

Maths and Physics for Pilots

Do you need to be maths genius to be a pilot?

Surprisingly, no. But you will need a good ‘high-school level’ of competency, plus quick mental maths skills.

If your maths skills are a little tired our free ebook will bring your knowledge back up to speed. You’ll get a simple refresher on all the maths and physics basics you need to know before begin-ning pilot training.

This little book has helped thousands of future pilots prepare for selection and ground school. Download it now and get ready for your future training.

ATPL theory help

Are you’re already a student pilot, but your school doesn’t use Padpilot books for ground school, don’t worry.

You don’t have to be enrolled with a Padpilot partner school to use our books. Anyone can download a single subject, or the whole series from the Apple Book Store – and benefit from simple explanations and all the interactive content.

And, if you’re studying on your own at home or via Distance Learning, you can get our free guide here.

I initially started my ATPLs with a different provider and got nowhere until I purchased the Padpilot iBooks. 6 months and fourteen exams later, I was done. Can highly recommend them!



Compared with other ATPL materials I tried, Padpilot books were by far the most enjoyable ones for reading.



Love your books. They're improving big knowledge gaps I had, especially for Meteorology. And super nice job the way you designed the PoF book as well - it helps so much with understanding everything.

Michael Pace


I'm ATPL distance learning with another training provider. Having come across your material and purchased the content for my current module, I find it far superior and will be purchasing the rest of your ATPL catalogue.



Just wanted to reach out and say thank you for your books and resources. I’m currently an ATPL student and my flight school uses your books. It’s clear how much effort the team has put into producing these books - the diagrams, 3d models and mini videos are all amazing and really do help us get a good understanding of the sometimes complex systems. It’s amazing how this content has been incorporated into the books, as well as the added features such as the quizzes at the end of each chapter. I also had the pleasure of meeting two members of the team at the Berlin show. They were incredibly kind and open-minded when I gave feedback on potential developments as to how the industry can improve the way the course is taught. Keep up the good work.

Adam Oarda


Find a pilot training school

Choosing where to enrol for pilot training is a big decision. It’s your dream – and a big investment – so you want to get it right.

There are small flying clubs and international academies – so how do you choose the right one, and the best course, for your future career?

We have 140+ organisations worldwide who use Padpilot materials to deliver a modern, engaging theory education for the next generation of pilots. They’re all partners in excellence, delivering best practice pilot training, so check them out. Many are at Pilot Expo!

We recommend visiting each school you’re considering, and read our blog on the 13 questions to ask training organisations before you go.

Best selling books

Trainee pilots have downloaded more than 300,000 Padpilot ebooks since we launched in 2011.

Many of those downloads have been from Padpilot partner schools, but many are also downloaded by students who prefer Padpilot books to the ones provided by their own ATO.

Check out all the interactive features and find out why we add case studies, TEM flags and interactive content over on our Product pages. Free samples of all books are available.