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Quality guides everything we do.

So we strive for the highest standards in everything we create; in writing, illustration, animation and 3D modelling. We invest in harnessing new technologies for a better learning experience. Because we know that what and how students learn, matters. Not only during training, but for the rest of their career.


The aim of training is to produce airline-ready crew, throughly prepared for the demands of modern aviation.

Exam success is an essential part of that preparation, but so is providing a memorable education that remains long after the exams are passed. We believe in bringing theoretical knowledge to life, promoting deep understanding and equipping pilots with the best possible training. Everything we do is devoted to the aim.


The industry changes constantly. New technologies, regulations and syllabus updates mean training material can go out of date very quickly..

We update our books with all relevant new information as it becomes available, so you don’t have to. Our digital publishing platform allows us to enhance, update and revise our material almost instantly. So you can be sure our materials are always up to date.

Why choose Padpilot?


The team behind Padpilot share a passion for excellence and innovation in pilot training. We have current line pilots, ATPL instructors, former RAF pilots and trainers, and subject matter experts, all contributing their expertise to our books, with Padpilot MD, Graham Cownie, as Master Editor.

The in-house Graphics Department produce all our 3D models, illustrations, videos and animations and our Customer Support team look after partner schools and individual students.

Meet some of the Padpilot team


We research the best ways to deliver training and create interactive, evidence-based learning resources for the pilots of the future.

We work closely with airlines to identify core knowledge and skills requirements. The content of our material is based on EASA Learning Objectives, plus an in-depth analysis of what students need to become competent airline pilots.


Many of the Padpilot team have been involved in aviation learning system development since 1999 – when we first published e-books, at a time when black and white photocopied notes were standard.

In 2011 we produced the first interactive ATPL manuals for iPad and we continue to take advantage of technological innovations to develop new, mobile and increasingly immersive courseware.

New technologies which could transform the way we educate trainee pilots are just around the corner. Ultra-high resolution augmented reality hardware, rapid application development software for AR and conventional 3D modelling is opening educational opportunities that have not been seen before.


At Padpilot, we are constantly thinking about how we can best present and teach theoretical knowledge – and how the latest technology can help.

That’s why we upgraded traditional computer-based training (CBT) to multi-channel mobile learning via interactive iBooks.

Now, individual exploration can be combined with instructor teaching, videos, animations and augmented reality 3D models to dramatically reduce the amount of reading a student has to do.


The pace of development in aviation is incredibly fast, so it’s likely there will always be a time lag between the newest technology and the ATPL syllabus.

It’s important that publishers overcome this delay by including descriptions of all the technologies likely to be used by a new pilot from day one of his or her professional life.

Our digital publishing platform allows us to update our material almost instantly, meaning the content is always up to date. We believe it’s vital that every student pilot should have access to aviation technology and procedures that are currently used by the airline industry.

Once a student has downloaded our books, they have them for life, and updates are always free.


The results students get using Padpilot materials speak for themselves. Partner schools are now achieving average pass rates as high as 95%. Nevertheless, we continuously evaluate what we do, to see if we can do better.

What we do

Pilot Foundation Course

A preparatory course of three books containing careers information and the fundamental knowledge needed for future aviation studies.
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A series of nine Apple Books designed to take you on the first steps of your journey to becoming a professional pilot.
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Advance your skills to the challenging environment of instrument flight with our series of seven Apple Books.
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Sixteen Apple Books providing the subject knowledge needed for the highest qualification to which you can aspire as the captain of an airliner.
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Distance Learning with Padpilot

Your guide to distance learning for ATPL theory.
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Flight Instructor Manual

Improve and standardise your instructional skills and techniques in the satisfying world of the flight instructor.
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DA-42 Type Conversion

Detailed information on the systems and operation of the Diamond DA-42 aircraft, used by many IR training providers.
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Performance Based Navigation

An interactive Apple Book created specifically for the new Performance Based Navigation theoretical knowledge requirement.
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