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Getting the Most from Your Flight Training - 2012 Edition

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This 170-page book is the essential guide to becoming a better pilot, paying the least, getting the most, and finishing as quickly as possible. Includes sections on Becoming a Better Pilot, Ground & Flight Instruction Tips, and Earning Certificates & Ratings. Size 8.5" x 6" Price: $14.95 (free shipping to US addresses).  ISBN: 978-1466483286

AOPA reviewed this book and said: Mention the phrase "save money on flight training," and you've got a student pilot's attention in a hurry. Darren Smith, a CFII and ATP who has written several books about flying, is the author of a book that purports to help you become a better pilot while paying the least, getting the most, and finishing as quickly as possible. Smith includes advice on getting started, how to select a flight instructor, getting into the airlines, and an introduction to radio communications. The nitty-gritty advice on saving money is found in the sections on ground and flight instruction.  Sent USPS First Class Mail with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number.


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  • I saved $1000 by page 10 by Glenn W, Pros: Practical Advice, Flight Bag Sized Cons: Wish it were double the size Review: This book saved me $1000 by page 10. This book was easy to read, in fact I couldn't put it down and read it straight through. It was full of wisdom that I've found myself going back to from time to time. It doesn't waste your time -- gets right to the point. 
  • "By page 10, I had saved $3,000. An amazing book..."  Paul J in Yuma
  • "I'm a flight school owner and you should not be revealing some of these things.  You're doing a dis-service to flight schools by cutting into our profits.  It would be much better if you said 'Buyer Be Ware' and nothing more. We won't be selling your book at our school any longer."  Scott, Florida.
  • "Like plumbing, there are always secrets which lead to high profits for the plumber, you opened the door to getting the most out of my flight training investment. Thanks Darren." Jim, King of Plumbing, Newark.
  • "Very pleased with this purchase"  William K, Dry Ridge, Kentucky
  • I just received the book today and WOW am I am impressed. It is even better than I thought it would be.  Mike N, Rineyville, KY

What's Inside This Book? (59 of the 1000 questions this book answers)

  1. How to prevent a flight instructor from milking you for hours, page 6
  2. The proper sequence of Private Pilot Training, page 8
  3. How to get the least expensive ground training, page 10
  4. How to get the first 5-10 hours at the lowest cost, page 12 (and make sure you dont get stuck with a lemon CFI)
  5. How to select the best flight instructor for you, page 15
  6. How to get on a path to an airline career, page 17 (remember seniority is everything and here are some secrets)
  7. How to get flight training for free if you're a veteran, page 19
  8. Part 61 or Part 141, page 21
  9. How you learn best, page 22 (the average flight instructor will have no clue, you will tell them after you read this)
  10. How to know if your pilot skills are on the right track, page 28
  11. How to make sure you're not wasting money on any flight lesson, page 31
  12. Getting past performance anxiety, page 37
  13. What makes a pilot successful, page 39
  14. Attitudes & behaviors that can kill, page 42
  15. What shortcuts can do to your lifespan, page 45
  16. The top three accidents and how to prevent them, page 49
  17. The four things that will kill you, page 53
  18. How a red rule can save your life, page 59
  19. The distractions that can cause you to make mistakes, page 62
  20. How you can enhance your situational awareness during any flight, page 64
  21. How to avoid a gear up accident, page 67
  22. The preflight briefing that you've never heard of that you simply must perform, page 69 (hint: SWAPAFO)
  23. What to look out for when flying with another pilot, page 71 (gotchas that can get you both into an accident)
  24. How to avoid an inflight breakup of the airplane, page 73 (how not to turn a C172 into ultralight parts)
  25. The three things you must do if you lose control of the aircraft in IFR conditions, page 77
  26. What's on the flight review, page 79
  27. How to screw up a flight review, page 81 (here are the gotchas that can screw you up)
  28. How your pilot skills disappear, how to prevent it, page 83
  29. How to take charge of your flight training, page 87
  30. What the cheapest flying can do to you, page 89
  31. Eleven things you must do if you want to save money on your flying, page 91
  32. How to get to solo as quickly as possible, page 93 (here are the gotchas which can drain your wallet)
  33. What the instructor must do if you dont get 100% on any FAA written, page 95 (most aren't doing it)
  34. Avoid paying your instructor to watch you preflight the aircraft, page 97 (a great moneymaker for any CFI)
  35. Taking care of the lowest paid employee at the airport, page 99 (you'll be surprised who it is)
  36. Things that make your flight instructor's skin crawl, page 103
  37. How to avoid miscommunication with your flight instructor, page 105 (or any other pilot with more training than you)
  38. The difference between a pepperoni pizza and a CFI, page 108
  39. How to tell the difference between fact and opinion, page 111
  40. Proof your instructor doesn't know it all, page 113
  41. Eleven things you must do to get the most for your money on ground schooling, page 115
  42. Thinking about becoming a CFI? page 117 (how to get started, you'll be surprised, its free)
  43. How to make sure your flight instructor is the best, page 119
  44. Things that flight instructors must do, page 121 (if their heart is in it)
  45. What Bruce Willis has to do with your flight instruction, page 123
  46. Why you'll eventually quit flying, page 125 (seems impossible doesn't it? so prevent it)
  47. How to save $8,000 if you're going to be a professional pilot, page 129
  48. What your instructor must do if you're going on a checkride, page 133
  49. Thirteen surefire ways to fail a checkride, page 135
  50. Fourteen little surprises the examiner can throw at you during a checkride, page 138 (and your CFI didn't tell you)
  51. How to make checkride anxiety disappear, page 141
  52. Shortcuts on the checkride, page 143 to 146
  53. Eight things you can do to build your flying skills after you got the private, page 146
  54. A surefire way to complete your rating, page 147
  55. What can screw up your instrument rating training, page 149 (some of which you will never recover from)
  56. How to save thousands of dollars on your IFR ticket, page 153
  57. The one tool you should never leave the ground without, page 158
  58. What the acronym CAPER means, page 165 (and I'll bet your CFI doesn't have a clue)
  59. The things you absolutely must know about your aircraft, page 172 (to pass a checkride, checkout, etc)
These questions and a thousand more are ANSWERED in Getting the Most from Your Flight Training
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  -  Pilot's Radio Communications Guide - The 70-page review guide is designed as a quick reference guide or radio communications training self study guide.  $15 value
  -  Using the NASA Form (PocketLearning) - The 50-page review guide with practical tips and advice for using the NASA form when you've violated the FARs. $12 value
  -  Winter Flying (PocketLearning) - a 50-page guide offering the pilot quick tips & techniques so you can get the most out of your winter flying - safely.   $8 value
  -  Aviation Acronyms, Contractions, & Mnemonics (PocketLearning) - the ultimate decoder ring for aviation. This 90-page book is a comprehensive reference for all sectors of avaiation.   $12 value
 
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Includes ELEVEN products
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IFR Checkride Reviewer
Practical Test Standards with Examiner's Notes
Getting the Most From Your Flight Training
Pilot's Radio Communications Guide
Safer Approaches 
Pilot's Rules of Thumb

Visi-Hold™  
Learning IFR Enroute Charts
Using the NASA form
(PocketLearning)
Winter Flying (PocketLearning)
Aviation Acronyms (PocketLearning)

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You'll get  ELEVEN great products which will give you a leg up on your training:
 -  Instrument Rating Checkride Reviewer - the best selling Checkride Preparation guide in the USA. This 220-page book will guide you through the essential knowledge elements for passing your checkride. 
Visi-Hold™ is absolutely included as a bonus. Value $20
 -  Practical Test Standards WITH Examiner's Notes - Don't just buy a regular PTS, buy the one WITH examiner's notes so you'll know what's on the checkride. Value $15
 -  Learning IFR Enroute Charts - the instructor's friend when it comes to teaching IFR charts - this 40 page guide is a comprehensive reference guide and study package.  Value $10
 -  Pilot's Rules of Thumb™ - The ultimate checklist that every pilot needs which covers 30 normal and non-normal situations and has 9 special tools that  you'll use on every flight. $4 value
  -  Getting the Most From Your Flight Training - a 170-page book is the essential guide to becoming a better pilot, paying the least, getting the most, and finishing as quickly as possible.
  -  Pilot's Radio Communications Guide - The 70-page review guide is designed as a quick reference guide or radio communications training self study guide.  $15 value
 -  Safer Approaches - how to conduct Instrument Approach Procedures to a higher standard of safety and precision.  It includes a plastic descent rate table I am sure you will keep in your kneeboard.  $8 value
  -  Using the NASA Form (PocketLearning) - The 50-page review guide with practical tips and advice for using the NASA form when you've violated the FARs. $12 value
  -  Winter Flying (PocketLearning) - a 50-page guide offering the pilot quick tips & techniques so you can get the most out of your winter flying - safely.   $8 value
  -  Aviation Acronyms, Contractions, & Mnemonics (PocketLearning) - the ultimate decoder ring for aviation. This 90-page book is a comprehensive reference for all sectors of avaiation.   $12 value

We ship everything in a huge priority mail envelope with delivery confirmation tracking number - arrives in 2-3 days.  Price: $102 - Always FREE shipping to US addresses.

  


Cover - IFR Checkride ReviewerPicture of "Getting the Most From Your Flight Training"Click to see a larger picture

Cover - Radio Communications Guide







Includes SEVEN products
:
IFR Checkride Reviewer
Practical Test Standards with Examiner's Notes
Getting the Most From Your Flight Training
Pilot's Radio Communications Guide
Visi-Hold™
Learning IFR Enroute Charts
Pilot's Rules of Thumb
Free Priority Mail ShippingIFR Checkride Preparation Combo - 2012 Edition
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This package includes SEVEN great products:
 -  Instrument Rating Checkride Reviewer - the best selling Checkride Preparation guide in the USA. This 220-page book will guide you through the essential knowledge elements for passing your checkride.  Visi-Hold™ is absolutely included as a bonus. Value $20
 -  Practical Test Standards WITH Examiner's Notes - Don't just buy a regular PTS, buy the one WITH examiner's notes so you'll know what's on the checkride. Value $15
  -  Pilot's Radio Communications Guide - The 70-page review guide is designed as a quick reference guide or radio communications training self study guide.  $15 value
 -  Learning IFR Enroute Charts - the instructor's friend when it comes to teaching IFR charts - this 40 page guide is a comprehensive reference guide and study package.  Value $10
 -  Pilot's Rules of Thumb™ - The ultimate checklist that every pilot needs which covers 30 normal and non-normal situations and has 9 special tools that  you'll use on every flight. $4 value
  -  Getting the Most From Your Flight Training - a 170-page book is the essential guide to becoming a better pilot, paying the least, getting the most, and finishing as quickly as possible.
  -  Pilot's Radio Communications Guide - The 70-page review guide is designed as a quick reference guide or radio communications training self study guide.  $15 value

We ship everything in a huge priority mail envelope with delivery confirmation tracking number - arrives in 2-3 days.  Price: $80 - Always FREE shipping to US addresses.


 










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 -  Learning IFR Enroute Charts - the instructor's friend when it comes to teaching IFR charts - this 40 page guide is a comprehensive reference guide and study package.  Value $10
 -  Pilot's Rules of Thumb™ - The ultimate checklist that every pilot needs which covers 30 normal and non-normal situations and has 9 special tools that  you'll use on every flight. $4 value

  -  Safer Approaches - how to conduct Instrument Approach Procedures to a higher standard of safety and precision.  It includes a plastic descent rate table I am sure you will keep in your kneeboard.  $8 value
 -  Visi-Hold™ - know your holding entries instantly.  Value $10

Purchased separately, this is a $32 value at a 15% discount!   Only $27 (Free Shipping to US addresses)Sent First Class with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number.  Upgraded shipping available, click the orange FREE shipping icon for more information. 

  


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Includes THREE books:
Aviation Acronyms
(PocketLearning)
Using the NASA Form (PocketLearning)
Winter Flying (PocketLearning)
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Save $5 - Get the entire PocketLearning library, the pilot's reference library at a great price.  Includes THREE great publications to help you tune up your flying:
  -  Using the NASA Form (PocketLearning) - The 50-page review guide with practical tips and advice for using the NASA form when you've violated the FARs. $12 value
  -  Winter Flying (PocketLearning) - a 50-page guide offering the pilot quick tips & techniques so you can get the most out of your winter flying - safely.   $8 value
  -  Aviation Acronyms, Contractions, & Mnemonics (PocketLearning) - the ultimate decoder ring for aviation. This 90-page book is a comprehensive reference for all sectors of avaiation.   $12 value

Purchased separately, this is a $32 value at a 15% discount!   Only $27
(Always FREE Shipping to US addresses)Sent First Class with Delivery Confirmation Tracking Number.  Upgraded shipping available, click the orange FREE shipping icon for more information. 

 

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