AIRCRAFT TECHNICAL GENERAL MODULE
What does a pilot need to know about the airplane? In a nutshell, a pilot should have a good idea what makes his airplane get up in the air and keep flying – basically, the airplane systems and aerodynamics. These two basic knowledge areas split into a number of specialist sections. See the end of this page for a list of links that will go into specific details for each of these sections. An aircraft consists of a number of systems, namely the aircraft structural system including control surfaces and undercarriage, avionics and instruments, the aircraft powerplant including the engine, propeller, ignition and the fuel system, and the aircraft electrical systems and vacuum systems. The flight principles area covers the fundamentals of areodynamics, i.e. basic physics of objects moving through air, airplane aerodynamic, i.e. the way airplanes in particular move through air, as well as a number of effects that are encountered when flying, such as ground effect, aerodynamics of a turn etc.
What does a private pilot need to know about aviation weather? Aviation weather is an important knowledge area for any pilot. The general principles of weather formation as well as the effects that certain weather features have on flight, in particular weather hazards to aviation - such as thunderstorms, ice or differing degrees of visibility, are part of this area. In addition, skills in reading weather charts or satelite images, as well as an introduction to the most important aviation weather forecast services form part of the pilot training. This area splits into a number of specialist sections. See the end of the page for a list of these. The knowledge areas covered on this page correspond with the area that is subject of the FAA Aeronautical Weather Question bank. If you want to check the knowledge you already possess in this area click on the link a few lines further down. Clicking on the link will open a new window, so that you can return to this page for further study. Hopefully you will be able tp improve your score after studying these pages. Please note, that the question answer page opening when you click on the link is timed and you might find it easier to try to do this first test in one go, come back to improve your knowledge and then try the test again. There are also a number of smaller tests at the end of each section that you can take and that will help you to retain the knowledge.
FLIGHT PLANNING MODULE
For flights not in the vicinity of an airport, this must include information on available current weather reports and forecasts, fuel requirements, alternatives available if the planned flight cannot be completed, and any known traffic delays of which the pilot in command has been advised by air traffic control (ATC).
HUMAN PERFOMANCE & LIMITATIONS
As a pilot, it is important to stay aware of the mental and physical standards required for the type of flying done. This page provides information on medical certification and on aeromedical factors related to flying activities.
"Radiotelephony" means transmission of sound (audio) by radio, in contrast to radiotelegraphy (transmission of telegraph signals) or video transmission.
Pilot Operating Handbook
Introduction to HUMAN PERFOMANCE & PERFOMANCE
Human factors are cited as a major cause in over 70% of accidents, and it is widely agreed that a better understanding of human capabilities and limitations – both physical and psychological – would help reduce human error and improve flight safety. Many private and commercial pilot licence examinations worldwide now include the subject of human performance and limitations. This book, written by two pilots, one of whom is also an aviation medical practitioner, provides a readable introduction to the basic concepts of human factors in aviation. It features an important section on basic aviation psychology, as well as topics on physiology and high altitude environment and health maintenance. The Third Edition has now been expanded to include more detail on the physiology of hypoxia, as well as deeper coverage of principles of aviation psychology.