Smart books for high flyers

Not all theory books are created equal.

The exam syllabus Learning Objectives may be pre-defined, but how they are explained, illustrated, and put into context (or not) can be very different.

Padpilot specialises in creating the most advanced aviation theory resources for students and instructors. We’re not a school, we’re a digital publisher. And if you need the leading materials for elevating ground school, we’ve got you covered.

For training providers looking to take ground training to the next level, or student pilots looking for modern interactive ebooks – now available on all devices (iPad optional) – to prepare for exam success and a professional flying career, we can help.

Attaining new heights in pilot training starts on the ground.

Explore our best-selling books below.

Aviation theory courses

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


The books have a lot of references to new information, systems, and accidents that have happened lately, so you know they are very up to date.



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



The combination of text, illustrations and videos helps me understand ATPL concepts far more easily. (e.g. Gyroscopes)



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!



More resources

PPL Maths & Physics

A short, free, course designed to teach the knowledge required for PPL ground school and beyond. Work through it at your own pace to refresh the school lessons you may have forgotten.

ATPL Maths & Physics

This free course contains the same content as the PPL Maths & Physics book, so you won’t need both. Use it to revise the maths and physics needed for pilot selection and beginning commercial training.

Guide to Distance Learning

A free ATPL theory companion for modular distance learning students and anyone reading Padpilot books at home. Contains a suggested study programme, study tips and in-formation on how to use the interactive book features.

Gas turbine learning core

Build, zoom and study a gas turbine engine visually with this interactive app.Take a break from reading to play with a gas turbine engine in 3D. Contains links to our ATPL(A) engines book for more detailed study.

The Complete Flying Instructor

This volume includes detailed explanations on how to teach the Basic Flight Techniques and become an effective instructor. Written by experienced Flying Instructors to help you improve and standardise your instructional skills and techniques.

DA42 Type Conversion Course

Written by experienced instructors to help students converting to the twin-engine DA42. Includes detailed Mass & Balance and Performance calculation explanations and an introduction to the Bendix King KAP 140 Autopilot and G1000.

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