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From the Ground Up [Paperback]

Sandy A. F. Macdonald
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Dec 30 2002
A celebrated book on the subject of aeronautics, this ground school manual for pilots was originally written for the training of pilots in the Commonwealth during World War II. Updated with American specifications, standards, and procedures in general aviation, it includes discussions of the airplane, theory of flight, aircraft engines, airports, airspace, air rules and procedures, meteorology and aviation safety, and human factors. An extensive glossary and index help pilots keep current with changing technology and regulations affecting the aviation industry.

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Sandy A. F. MacDonald was a pioneer of what still stands today as the standard curriculum for ground school flight training throughout the world. He received the Writing Award from the Aviation/Space Writers Association of America and the Sherman Fairchild International Flight Safety Award. Isabel L. Peppler has been the editor of From the Ground Up for more than 30 years.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Heads up - This is the US edition! May 7 2009
Format:Paperback
I recently purchased this book to help with my ground school course. During class the instructor mentioned that while most of the material is applicable to Canada there are some crucial areas where the regulations are different and suggested I buy the Canadian edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For The Aspiring Pilot! April 24 2008
Format:Paperback
My copy of "From the Ground Up" is over 10 years old, yet I will still use it as a reference if I have a basic question about something flying related. This book is the perfect companion for a new pilot starting their flight training and ground school classes. While one generally wouldn't sit down and read this book for pleasure (although I do know some very enthusiastic flight students who have!), for such a technical book, it is a surprisingly easy read. It is well laid out with numerous headings and subheadings so if you're looking to find out information about a particular technical aviation topic, it is easy to find.

The book does not get into more advanced topics such as airline operations or instrument flying, or the `soft' factors such as career advice, but what is does cover is extensive. It comprehensively explains the basics for topics that all new pilots should be familiar with such as: Aircraft and Engine operations, Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation and Radio Procedures and, Airmanship.

"From the Ground Up" is a great book for the new flight student eager to learn about the technical aspects of flying.

James Ball
Author of "So, You Want to be a Pilot, Eh?"
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars awsome awsome awsome Dec 29 2003
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Format:Paperback
I have not quite completed reading this book because it is not necesairie for my current training. I am 15 years old and a royal canadian air cadet and take some courses through my squadron so I can learn to fly an dthis is the book we use but make sure you have the rite edition I got stuck with an american addition wich is different than any other edition because the laws are differnt and the air space regulations are different other than that this has been an awsome book to study with and I suggest to use a highliter to highlight important info that you could easily reffer to another good thing is the test in the back is very helpful. Good luck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily understood, superlative content March 25 2005
By Fred - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm a book freak: I have several--some would say too many--books on every subject I'm interested in. I have Kershner's material, I have the Thom series (great set, by the way!), and I have the funny but instructive book by Rod Machado.

These all have their different methods of knowledge transfer, mostly good. However, I find some topics improperly covered; a situation I can only attribute to language. These authors know what it is they are talking about but transferring that knowledge via the written word is difficult. One such topic, for example, is altimeter settings. With the possible exception of Trevor Thom, most of the others didn't do as good a job as they could have.

From the Ground Up is small (physically) by comparison to the manuals by Machado and Thom but it does such a good job of precisely and knowledgeably covering all the topics a prospective--and currently active--pilot needs to know that the reader does not notice! How refreshing. Reading the sections covering altimeter settings, the author(s) simply and quickly impart the essence of the topic so that I am thoroughly satisfied I completely understand.

I couldn't recommend a better book on the subject--except again for anything by Trevor Thom.
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the BEST Dec 4 2012
By S. Kingel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Used this in 1984 to learn the basics before I started flight school.
Man, I was way ahead of the curve. Able to get my license with minimum hours.
That saves money--the instructor doesn't have to spoon feed you everything.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the standart. Sept. 3 2009
By Doug Assis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Nowadays "from the Ground Up" is the standart in Flight Schools. Not a lot to add to that but that if you are a canadian student, make sure to buy the "Millenium Edition"(what is not this one) that is specific for Canadian flight instruction.
Happy sailling
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars awsome awsome awsome Dec 29 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have not quite completed reading this book because it is not necesairie for my current training. I am 15 years old and a royal canadian air cadet and take some courses through my squadron so I can learn to fly an dthis is the book we use but make sure you have the rite edition I got stuck with an american addition wich is different than any other edition because the laws are differnt and the air space regulations are different other than that this has been an awsome book to study with and I suggest to use a highliter to highlight important info that you could easily reffer to another good thing is the test in the back is very helpful. Good luck.
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