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Microlight Pilot's Handbook (Airlife Pilot's Handbooks) [Paperback]

Brian Cosgrove
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30 July 2002 Airlife Pilot's Handbooks
The microlight aeroplane has brought flying within the reach of many. This updated handbook aims not only to prepare pilots for the PPL(A) Microlight examinations but also to teach them to fly safely and to develop understanding of meteorology, navigation, aerodynamics, and the legal dimension too.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; 7th Revised edition edition (30 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840372869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840372861
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 18.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive book on Microlighting theory 19 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Brian has written the definitive book covering all aspects of microlighting theory. It is a must for anyone intending to obtain a PPL Microlighting license. Each section is clearly written and backed up with excellent line drawings. When I obtained my license I found the book invaluable, and even now I still go back to it from time to time to refresh my memory. This is a must-have for everyone flying, or intending to fly, microlights
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Microlight handbook 21 Dec 2002
By A Customer
An absolute must for the new wannabe microlight pilot.After searching around, this book can only be described as the Microlight pilots bible.Very easy to understand and full of pictures and diagrams.Money well spent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good concise overview of NPPL requirements 11 Mar 2009
By damoske
As far as I know, 'Cossie' is essential reading in any case for any microlight pilot - I've yet to start my training, so can't compare to experience yet.

However, it covers the syllabus, usually with a chapter for each exam, in good detail - it uses good simple analogies to explain concepts, and you have to remind yourself that almost every word that you read forms part of the syllabus and needs to be understood and committed to memory to pass the exams. The pink-shaded areas (and there are only a handful of these) go into more detail than required in the syllabus, for those interested in learning more.

What it doesn't do, is give you a clear checklist/memory map of what you need to know, so you may need other study guides to cement your knowledge. Also, there are no exercises (I lie.. there's one!), so there's a long way to go between reading this book, and being able to practice what it contains.

So what this is, is a detailed introduction. If you're considering an NPPL, and want to see in detail what is involved, or if you're preparing for an NPPL and need an easy-to-read book to introduce concepts and theories to you, then this is it. But you'll need more to be able to use all this in practice - I assume either the school helps you with this, or you'll need some more books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor if you are not an ab initio to aviation. 20 July 2014
By Scapa
Format:Kindle Edition
OK. A poor book if you come from any other flying discipline, almost all of it is just very basic general aviation stuff like basic met, air law etc. I expected it to be much more focussed on microlights specifically. I would like to give it 1 star but as the title suggests that it is a microlight handbook, not a general aviation book with a few microlight specific bits. But if you don't know anything at all , i.e. a complete ab initio, then it would score higher.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for student pilots 28 May 2014
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Idea if you're studying for the NPPL(M) Air Law, Met, Tech, Human Performance Exams but it does seem to lack a bit of detail for the Nav.
Overall though a good book and worth a purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have the 7th edition as well 21 May 2014
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This Book is the de-facto standard book to possess for a microlight Student Pilot and is a recommendation by most microlight flying instructors.

It is an Excellent Small Book, which can be read through in a few days, and then kept for reference, which you will do time and again

All of the answers to the theory part of the ppl(m) are condensed within this book, you don't really need any other book. So if you only have a small budget, this is the book to buy.

It doesn't teach you how to fly, thats what an instructors for, but it gives you all you need to know about the theory.

If you already possess the 7th edition, then you should just do what I did, and just get the Kindle edition.

In Fact, I can see no difference in the real content between this, the 8th edition and the 7th edition, The air law section may have been updated to reflect changes in that.

Given that the author sadly died a few years before this edition came out, I'm not entirely sure who has provided the update, as its not stated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than advertised 2 Sep 2013
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This book was advertised as second hand but when it arrived I thought it was brand new! Well done Airlife.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to the field 10 July 2013
By drteeth
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before getting into a microlight one should learn as much as possible from the comfort of an armchair. This modest volume is a good introduction to the sport, assumes no prior knowledge or experience, and will allow you to apply your mind to the mental challenges of microlighting for weeks or months before you need to take the next step and actually climb into one. 'It's better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground.' anon
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