The Student Pilot’s Flight Manual (Softcover)

by: William K. Kershner
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A classic for beginning aviators, this manual provides step-by-step ground and flight information for student pilots working toward Private or Sport Pilot certification.
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From First Flight to Pilot Certificate

This is a ground school textbook, maneuvers manual, and syllabus all rolled into one, providing a step-by-step comprehensive course for student pilots working towards a Private or Sport Pilot certificate. This authoritative volume from the legendary flight instructor, William K. Kershner, edited by William C. Kershner, presents a wealth of practical information while encouraging student pilot decision making. The fundamentals of flying are clearly described in a methodical yet informal manner that a student can easily absorb. Includes detailed references to maneuvers and procedures, and is fully illustrated with the author’s own drawings.

This manual covers all you need to know for your first flight, presolo, the post-solo maneuvers, cross-country and night flying. First published in 1960 and updated continuously since then, this 11th Edition ensures you will be prepared for the classroom, tarmac, and the cockpit.

It is a gathering of material used in preflight and postflight briefings and in-flight instruction provided by one of the greatest flight instructors of our time. It also includes a synopsis of what to expect for your FAA Knowledge Exam and checkride. This book is not intended to only help you “get past” the exam and checkride—it also has the essential information for use in the day-to-day process of flying airplanes.

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    Posted by Patty Wagstaff, 2004 Inductee, National Aviation Hall of Fame on Feb 21st 2021

    "Since I first began taking flying lessons, I have used William Kershner's wonderful Flight Manuals—from his Student Pilot's Flight Manual to his Flight Instructor's Manual." I love the way Mr. Kershner makes fun and interesting reading of sometimes-dry subjects. His books are easy and fun to read and filled with all of the best information! I continue to recommend his books to anyone learning to fly, and have bought quite of few of them over the years to give to aspiring pilots. I cannot think of any other books on aviation that I would recommend more highly than William Kershner's Flight Manuals."

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    Posted by Rory on Sep 6th 2020

    "Hi, I'm 12 and in 6th grade. I received the 10th edition of The Student Pilot's Flight Manual when I was 10. I've always been fascinated by aviation and wanted to learn more about it. When I received this book, I was thrilled and began reading it immediately. Since then, I've learned so much! I plan to go to Northwestern Michigan College's Aviation Program. I also plan to purchase a Cessna 172S. I thank you for creating and publishing this book and making my dreams come true!"