New theory resources for the Private Pilot Licence (Helicopter)

February 12, 2024

Digital helicopter theory books for PPL(H)

Following the launch of our commercial helicopter theory series, we’re excited to announce the launch of the essential prequel: helicopter theory books and instructor resources for the PPL(H).

Whether you are learning to fly for fun, or are en route to commercial qualification, this is the theory set you’ve been waiting for.

Written specifically for rotary pilots (no unnecessary fixed-wing content here!) with stunning images, 3D models, video content and interactive study aids, Padpilot books help pilots prepare for the PPL(H) theory exams and bring the theory to life, making understanding aviation theory easier, more engaging and more memorable.

Learning to fly starts on the ground

The helicopter theory books for PPL(H) series consist of 9 digital volumes, fully compliant with the EASA syllabus.

Together, the nine subjects deliver a thorough introduction to helicopter flying. With straightforward explanations – and the comprehensive interactive learning features Padpilot is famous for – they’re the most up-to-date and engaging PPL helicopter theory books on the market.

PPL (H) theory subjects

  • AGK 1 – Systems & Engines
  • AGK 2 – Electrics & Instruments
  • Air Law & Ops Procedures
  • Communications
  • Human Performance
  • Navigation & Radio Aids
  • Principles of Flight
  • Flight Performance & Planning
  • Meteorology

Smarter studying

  • 2 year subscription
  • Study Aids: highlight, search, make notes & annotate with a stylus
  • Interactive 3D models, animations & video explanations bring theory to life
  • Reading Time is recorded automatically
  • Available as a complete set
  • Assumes no prior knowledge
  • Ideal for hobby pilots
  • Perfect preparation for commercial training

On any device

Padpilot helicopter theory books can be accessed on Android, Apple and browsers. To subscribe to Padpilot books simply:

  1. Download the eReader app from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Order a book subscription here:
  3. Download instructions are emailed to you.

Each subscription allows downloads onto 3 devices – meaning you can study for the theoretical knowledge exams on your existing phone, tablet or desktop.

“The new PPL(H) resources are modern, interactive, and uniquely designed specifically for helicopter pilot training. Our team of Subject Matter Experts, graphic artists and editors have created interactive, engaging books that bring PPL(H) theory to life and perfectly complement our ATPL(H) materials. We’re delighted to be able to offer a complete ground school solution for helicopter pilot training.”

Nathan Gray, Head of Learning and Development, Padpilot. 

Ground school resources for helicopter training providers

Elevate ground training with a tailored package of teaching and learning resources for the PPL(H) theoretical knowledge element. These can include editable classroom presentations, learning management systems, progress tests, and compliance & technical support.

Would you like to see the new helicopter theory books for PPL(H) and instructor resources in action? Book a no-obligation Exploration meeting here to find out how Padpilot can support your organisation in delivering a smarter ground school education.

Ready to study? Order the PPL(H) books here.

Other Padpilot theory books

PPL(H) is the latest book series to be added to the Padpilot eReader. Other theory book sets are:
Foundation | PPL(A) | ATPL(A) | ATPL(H)

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



I studied carefully every topic in the ATPL material to gain comprehensive knowledge. I was well prepared for the new exam content and scored above 90% in every subject!



Padpilot books make studying incredibly easy because you can search keywords for specific subject areas.



Excellent work on the helicopter ATPL books - and desperately needed in a training environment where so many resources are based on fixed wing theory.

Jakob Dingemans


With the introduction of the EASA 2020 syllabus, we wanted to modernise the theory material. Padpilot offered the most reliable, up-to-date, and interactive content. The extra features, such as Case Studies and TEM flags, add to our students’ learning experience, and our instructors can personalise the classroom presentations that work so well alongside the book content. We’re proud to be the first ATO in Germany to sign an agreement with Padpilot.

Aerotours GmbH Flight Training School


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