It’s that time of year where you have to open up the wallet, purse, or pocket book and buy a bunch of books. In aviation you even have to pay for the syllabus.

Well us poor pilots are always looking to save a few bucks, and I will let you in on how I paid for all of the books I needed for my Private course work.



Well I paid a little. Like $8.99 a month. I used Scribd for most of my books. The site had all of the Jeppesen private pilot books I needed and a number of other books needed to supplement my training.

Here’s the list of books I used on Scribd either for classes or just for references to aid my training.

  • Jeppesen Private Pilot Handbook
  • Jeppesen Private Pilot Syllabus
  • ASA Private Oral Exam Guide
  • FAR AIM 2016
  • Jeppesen Aircraft Gas Turbine Powerplants
  • Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
  • ASA Say Again, Please

The FAR AIM and PHAK is good for any pilot, no matter where you are in your training/career,  but here is a bunch of other great resources for different levels that I found.  There are ASA oral exam guides for instrument, commercial, helicopter, and airline transport pilots.

I’d encourage everyone to at least give the free trial a shot, especially if you’re an iPad pilot.  The app works great, and you have all your books in one place.   Another perk is that they have books outside of aviation. Personally I have used it for cook books, Bukowski, and a bunch of audio books that can be download to your phone using their app.

So before you buy that next book for class, check out Scribd to see if they have it.  The cost of 2 books could probably cover your subscription for a year.   Also, if you use the link below, you get two free months!

Hope this helps a few of you save a few bucks.  Got other ways you save on books?  Be sure to share in the comments.

Safe Flying