Most Advanced Theory Books for the Current and New EASA ATPL Syllabus

Training organisations are doing their best to cope with the increased demand in the ab initio pilot training while trying to get familiar with the incoming changes of the EASA ATPL syllabus. At Padpilot, we are prepared to support our ATO partners all the way through and, if your ground school is going through this demanding process, we would like to shed some light on what is available for you — first, an overview on the key incoming changes:

“This Decision updates the LOs and theoretical knowledge syllabi, and introduces the TEM concept and its application. The updated LOs correspond to today’s operational environment and ensure that commercial pilots are equipped with the knowledge and understanding relevant to modern flight operations and current industry needs. The Decision also introduces new LOs under Area 100 KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes), which aims to consolidate students’ understanding of the different theoretical knowledge subjects within the framework of the relevant ICAO core competencies. These skills focus on the pilots’ ability to apply their knowledge and understanding across subjects and to demonstrate technical and non-technical skills. These Area 100 KSA LOs will not be the subject of examinations organised by competent authorities using questions drawn from the ECQB, but will be assessed by the ATOs to ensure that student pilots have an adequate level of competency before they are allowed to sit their final theoretical knowledge examination. This modernised theoretical knowledge training will contribute to the overall enhancement of pilots’ core competencies and their ability to make informed decisions.” — Explanatory Note to Decision 2018/001/R

At the core, the key requirement is to improve students’ knowledge and understanding across subjects which aims at the end to improve pilots’ performance and safety. For ground school, three important elements to be considered are: 1) a dedicated and knowledgeable team of instructors, 2) a well prepared thought-through training programme, and 3) books that provide students with relevant and engaging content — here is where we can help.

Our main support is to provide the most advanced and relevant EASA-compliant digital books enabling students to achieve a deeper understanding of the theory and its applications.

How our books are helping students with a better understanding of the theory?

Below, we link some book features to the Explanatory Note to Decision 2018/001/R:

— The fundamental premise of Threat and Error Management (TEM) is that threats and errors are unavoidable. Accordingly, TEM is about developing strategies to manage and mitigate the effects of threats and errors in a way that prevents them from becoming dangerous. We firmly believe that adopting TEM principles not only brings ground training into line with best industry practices but it is also essential for capturing the attention of students and motivating them to study diligently. On our books, by identifying threats and errors with red flags, we are showing students why the knowledge they are studying is important to them.


— Evidenced Based Training (EBT) is an initiative based on extensive analysis of the pattern of accidents in modern airliners. It starts by recognising that most accidents these days occur to aircraft with no serious technical malfunction. With this understanding, EBT is a philosophy which rejects the thinking that technical proficiency is separate from soft skills such as decision making and communication. Instead, it concentrates in developing the overall competency and proficiency required to deal with sudden or complex problems. On our books, we are taking the first step towards making the connections between these various strands using a “connect-the-dots” icon which includes additional key texts. These texts allow students to see how the knowledge and understanding they are learning in one subject area relates to other areas and, perhaps most importantly, relates to operational practicalities. Understanding the relationships again helps student to understand the relevance and importance of the knowledge.


— When time is not critical decisions are usually based on rational assessments of the problem and the options available. However, when time is critical, people take decisions based on their recognition of past similar experiences. At appropriate points in the text of our books, students will find mini case studies that describe significant accidents to illustrate important educational points. Students will then have additional insights from real practical experiences, raising awareness of potential threats and the importance in gaining understanding of the elements involved.


These features, combined with Touch-3D models embedded in the books and well written English explanations, support an effective and engaging learning process which builds a strong foundation for your pilot students.

The foundation of a student’s future flying career is underpinned by the sound knowledge and understanding gained during the ground school phase of training. We are delighted to be able to support our ATO partners in improving the quality of pilot training in the world and to help new partners in this process.

Cristina Messaggi — Sales and Business Development Director (


Padpilot is the leading publisher of digital aviation educational materials and has provided more than 100,000 books since launching in 2011. Using the very latest technologies from Apple and Adobe, we develop engaging learning solutions for tomorrow’s pilots, transforming aviation training into an experience which promotes deep understanding and, consequently, improved operating skills on the flight deck.