Going paperless is not just following a common trend – it’s much more than that. An employer does not expect workers to use a paper planner to organise themselves, so why would we want our Private Pilot Licence (PPL) students to use paper books? Although changes are often daunting, BAA Training has moved to electronic books developed by Padpilot as it strongly believes the benefits outweigh the challenges.
Padpilot – quality educational materials
Padpilot is a company that creates high-quality educational materials for student pilots who are undertaking their PPL, CPL, or ATPL pilot courses. While not being a flight or ground school per se, the company shows good digital publishing results and has earned the trust of more than 70 partner organizations. BAA Training uses Padpilot PPL(A) course to deliver PPL theory training to its students.
Content compliant with EASA syllabus
One of the most significant advantages of e-materials is that they do not become obsolete differently from traditional books. Padpilot performs regular updates to its e-textbooks, meaning that the content is always highly compliant with the EASA syllabus. According to Padpilot, other publishers do not reconcile the EASA learning objectives down to the level of individual paragraphs or chapter sections.
A positive example is that Padpilot ATPL (A) books include the new Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes areas. Padpilot has launched the upgrade to meet the recent EASA requirement to integrate Area 100 KSA into Ab Initio theoretical training.
The books a student downloads on their device remain at their disposal and continue being updated even after graduation.
Functions simplifying learning
Many believe paper books are “old but gold” and, indeed, there is something heartwarming about them. Nevertheless, the saying sounds irrelevant when it comes to serving as an efficient and interactive knowledge base for student pilots. They have to absorb so much information in a short space of time. Printed books do not provide the necessary tools to streamline their learning, not to mention that they are less portable.
Let us now give you some examples of what Padpilot e-books can and ordinary books cannot. Imagine you’re reading a printed variant and come across an acronym you don’t know. The chances are high that you will continue screening the text without ever finding out what the word means or, at best, will look it up on your phone. Neither of the options will let you enjoy your uninterrupted read.
By using Padpilot e-books, you can check definitions for words instantly as it has an embedded dictionary. You can also add your comments and associate them with your interest areas or highlight text by simply dragging your finger across. The search for the content function will provide you with contextual results and direct you to your search’s most relevant occurrence. Since the aviation world is full of acronyms, this feature will allow you to locate information much faster.
Set of nine Padpilot PPL(A) e-books
BAA Training offers its PPL students a set of nine PPL(A) theory books covering the major topics of the course content:
- Air Law and Ops Procedures
- AGK 1 Systems & Engines
- AGK 2 Instruments & Electrics
- Human Performance
- Maths and Physics
- Navigation and Radio Aids
- Principles of Flight
- VFR Communications
Each book contains detailed information, accompanied by hundreds of images, animations, and sample questions to support your learning. They provide an in-depth look at all the topics you need to know for the PPL theory exams but at the same time do not emphasize purely exam-passing. Instead, they help to develop a well-rounded, well-informed pilot.
The good thing is that many illustrations allow one to get an easier grasp of essential concepts. Wherever something can be explained with a picture or a diagram, in Padpilot books, it most probably will be. Moreover, the explanations are in well-written and straightforward English, accommodating those for whom English is not their mother tongue.
Devices on which Padpilot PPL(A) e-books work
All Padpilot books, including PPL (A) e-books, work on iPads, iPhones, or Macs (OS X Mavericks or later). The company deliberately chose not to make the books available for Android devices. As it claims, IOS and MacOs are far more secure and more popular than Android. Therefore, no hesitations could have occurred. More specifically, the device requirements are the following:
- an iPad with iOS 12 or later, or
- a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later, or
- an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later.
BAA Training PPL students can select one of the two options: purchase a full pack (an iPad plus PPL(A) e-books) directly from us or use their own suitable device and pay for the e-books only. Regardless of the option chosen, the purchased materials will be available for unlimited time.
Paperless means greener
Record Nations report that a school uses 2,000 pages per day on average, meaning that during a full school year of 160 days, over 320,000 sheets of paper are used. Or… Wasted? It doesn’t even matter what type of school they refer to and even whether the statistics are 100% correct. The naked truth is that reading regular books is not the most sustainable and eco-friendly way to learn.
The Book Industry Environmental Council (Biec) claims that the prevalent use of e-readers could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. BAA Training is moving towards acquiring a status of a „paperless ATO“ with its execution of online instructor-led training, Ab Initio examinations, Padpilot e-books replacing the old-fashioned series of textbooks, and more.
This article has talked through only a fraction of what advantages you can have using Padpilot PPL(A) e-books as reference material. During your PPL training, you would also be able to view stunning instructors’ presentations, practice during classroom (or online) sessions and during your own individual learning time. Sometimes we defy doing things since we see them as frightening. When we take them up in the end, they indeed appear to be challenging but in a good way. Starting your PPL might be just one of those things. Just think about it.