The information you want. The knowledge you need.

At Padpilot, we recognise that big dreams often start early.

Becoming a pilot is the ultimate dream for many – and is often considered as a potential career from a young age, long before training can actually start. Many would-be pilots are keen to find out more about what life is like as an airline pilot, military pilot or helicopter pilot; how the industry works; what to study and if help is available?

The most frequently asked questions we receive from aspiring pilots are usually about how, and where, to gain the qualifications required by employers; what knowledge and skills are required – and simply, ‘how do I become a pilot?’ These future aviators are not yet ready to begin training, but want to learn, research and prepare for a flying career now. The information gathering process can be overwhelming when you’re just beginning, but we have made it simpler.


Introducing the new Pilot Foundation Course from Padpilot.


We have put together a three part Pilot Foundation Course that answers the most common questions about flight crew careers, and provides inspiration and practical information in equal measure.  Together, the iBooks provide a solid foundation of industry and technical knowledge, equipping any aspiring pilot for future success.

Book 1: You, Yourself and Aviation

Book 1 is a comprehensive introduction to the aviation industry, flying careers and an explanation of the training routes to becoming a professional pilot.

Covering a wide range of topics, from a brief history of aviation to a day in the life of different types of pilots, this iBook will equip the future aviator with an overview of available career options and the skills, personality traits, and training required to achieve each of them.

You, Yourself and Aviation is available from the iBookstore.

You, Yourself and Aviation

Book 2: STEM-A

All pilot training requires a basic understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). To become an airline pilot you do not need a science degree, but you will need a high school graduate level of scientific knowledge.


Comprehensive preparation for your future aviation studies


The second iBook in the foundation course provides the STEM subject knowledge needed for the beginning of commercial pilot training and meets the requirements of theoretical knowledge training organisations.

STEM-A is not a mandatory part of training, but a solid grounding in these important subjects cannot be overstated. The knowledge gained will underpin all future aviation theory education and help trainee pilots understand the more complex areas of study.

STEM-A is available from the iBookstore.

Book 3: Basic Aviation Theory

The final iBook in the series is a pre-course introduction to aviation theory. The theoretical knowledge phase of professional flight training (usually referred to as ‘ground school’) is often the phase that aspiring pilots are most concerned about – and with high exam marks and first time passes being beneficial for future job applications, many students are keen to prepare well for this element of training.

Basic Aviation Theory is a pre-PPL overview that gives future cadets an important introduction to the theoretical knowledge they will encounter during the ground school phase of their commercial pilot training. Designed to introduce basic concepts before training begins, students are equipped a foundation of knowledge that will enable success with advanced ATPL theory.

More thorough than our free introductory Maths and Physics iBook, this new manual provides a comprehensive preparation for commercial pilot training.

Some ATOs (Approved Training Organisations) are now creating pre-entry courses for future students using this material. Please contact if you would like more information about this for your school.

Basic Aviation Theory is available from the iBookstore.

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