Study Note 10 – The Complete Private Pilot

Here is what I learned while I studying the book “The Complete Private Pilot”. Most of the note text are in English, and may not translate to Chinese any more.

It is a great book that everyone who is or want to become a private pilot should read it.

In this section of ‘The Complete Private Pilot’, I studied electrical navigation using VOR (VHF Omini-directional Radio) and GPS (Global Position System), note that, it seems NDB (Non-Directional Bearing), include ADF (Automatic Directing Finder) navigation, was removed from FAA private pilot written test criteria, wasn’t it?

Actually, the VOR navigation is a very difficulty part for VFR learning, especially for newcomer using Chinese. So what I have done first is to understand what is “radial” and “course“. For VOR navigation, “radial” means lines coming from the station, and “course” means the opposite direction. From my experience, if you understand what is “radial” and “course”, it would much more easy to understand VOR navigation.

It is recommended that install a VOR simulator app on the go, but most of them are commercial app and cost lots of money! And I also suggest open source flight simulator – FlightGear ( which is not only include VOR, but also a full function, FAA certificated PC flight simulator.

Another big thing that related GPS navigation, the author tell more about how to use GPS and avoid its pitfall, much more beyond what FAA written test required.

All 4 pics of notes here, note that some of them from the original book, so all pics coming from original book are not authorized for re-posting, please don’t re-posting any of these pics to any other website or even in your blog, unless you buy this book.



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