Free Pilot Training Books

June 5, 2020

There is not much in pilot training that is free, but we have three books for aspiring aviators that will help get you started, whatever stage you are at.

Free PPL book – Maths and Physics

If you want to learn to fly for fun, then a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is the way to go. As part of your flight training, you’ll need to pass nine theoretical knowledge exams, which our books can help you prepare for. And, if you decide to continue on to commercial flying, the theory you learn during the PPL will give you a great preparation for ATPL theory studies too.

We’ve produced a free introductory ebook that will give you the basic maths and physics you’ll need before starting PPL theory training. Work though it at your own pace to refresh your knowledge and revise the maths and physics from school that you may have forgotten! Like all our books, it can be downloaded onto any Apple device from our online book store here.

Padpilot PPL (A) Theory Books:

Maths and Physics for Pilots (FREE)
Air Law
Aircraft General Knowledge
Flight Performance and Planning
Human Performance
Navigation and Radio Aids
Operational Procedures
Principles of Flight
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Free ATPL Book – The Padpilot Guide To Distance Learning

While pilot training is undoubtedly an investment, fortunately the ground school phase is the least expensive element. Choosing to complete your ATPL theory exams via distance learning can reduce the cost still further. For modular students, ATPL ground training comes after the successful completion of a Private Pilot Licence, whereas full time integrated pilot training students will begin their course with the ATPL theory classroom phase.

‘The Padpilot Guide To Distance Learning’ is a free ebook is designed to help trainee pilots study for the EASA ATPL theoretical knowledge exams without getting overwhelmed by the size of the syllabus. You may be a modular student who is distance learning ATPL ground school, or you may be a ‘pre-courser’ – someone studying ATPL course material in order to prepare for a future professional pilot training course sometime in the future.

Whatever your situation, if you would like an ATPL theory study guide, and a basic programme of which ATPL subjects to start with, this book can help. Along with the latest information on how best to study, there are explanations of how to use the interactive features within Padpilot books to enhance your learning and improve memory retention. For pre-coursers, the book also explains how to build your aviation knowledge, which ATPL subjects to start with, and which to save for your ground school course.

Free ATPL Book – Maths and Physics

Regardless of whether you choose a modular or integrated pilot training route, the syllabus and regulatory exams are the same. Many aspiring pilots feel daunted by the ATPL theory exams and are keen to brush up on their maths and physics knowledge before going through pilot selection, or embarking on a professional training programme.

The free Padpilot ATPL Maths and Physics ebook will help you prepare. It contains the same course content as the PPL Maths and Physics book, so you won’t need both, and is a comprehensive brush up of the maths and physics you’ll need to be confident with before starting commercial pilot training.

Work though it to help you prepare for your chosen Approved Training Organisation’s selection process, or at the beginning of your ATPL theory course. Once you have completed it, you’ll be ready to tackle the more complex elements of the syllabus.

Plus, in using this book, you’ll experience a few of the interactive features built into Padpilot books. With animations, videos and study tools, our books help bring complex aviation theory to life, and are so much more than just PDFs converted for digital reading.

Padpilot ATPL (A) Theory books:

  • Maths and Physics for Pilots (FREE)
  • 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
  • View Books here

“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

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To be able to provide flight training that's as good as possible, you need the right theoretical material. It’s important to be always up to date in this industry, and so we're very happy to use training materials that are digital and updated regularly.

G. Salminen


Thank you so much for your patience and outstanding customer service! I highly appreciate this helpful and efficient attitude, also the high level of customer service. Thanks a million again.



Padpilot are ahead of the game; the books are beautiful, well structured and include the KSA areas for the 2020 EASA requirements. They’ve implemented new technology, such as AR and are a good match for our training philosophy which is, ‘personal pilot training, in style’. Padpilot books are convenient, paperless, and a fun way for students to study. And of course, Padpilot always offers great customer service.

K. Vereeken

CEO, Europilot Centre

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



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




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