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WSC Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical knowledge

By TrikeCFI
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WSC Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical knowledge

The Weight Shift Control Aircraft Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge is for ultralight, sport and private pilots flying trikes and weight-shift control (WSC) light-sport aircraft (LSA).

Written by Sport Pilot expert, Paul Hamilton, this handbook is inspired by the FAA "Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, "8083-25A" but written specifically for the trike pilot.

And just like the FAA handbook has become required reading for all airplane pilots, this will quickly become required reading for all trike pilots. Providing basic knowledge essential for all trike pilots—from beginning student pilots to those pursuing more advanced pilot certificates—this book introduces pilots to the broad spectrum of knowledge needed as they progress through pilot training. Studying this book, pilots gain the required knowledge to earn a certificate and understand aerodynamic theory associated with trike flight.

The book begins with a basic introduction to flying, including the history of flight, the role of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), criteria for earning the various pilot certificates, how to select a flight school and instructor, and the tests associated with earning a pilot certificate. Subjects covered include aircraft structure, principles and aerodynamics of flight, flight controls, aircraft systems, flight instruments, flight manuals and documents, weight and balance, aircraft performance, weather theory, aviation weather services, airport operations, airspace, navigation, aero-medical factors, and aeronautical decision-making.

This 2012 edition reflects the latest aviation industry procedures, equipment, techniques and regulations. It is a key reference for all the information necessary to operate a weight-shift control aircraft and for passing the FAA Knowledge Exam and Practical Test (checkride). Newly illustrated with hundreds of full-color drawings and photographs! Softcover, 8.25"x10.75", 320 pages.

Author Paul Hamilton Edition new edition 2013


  • TrikeCFI

    I just got a very pertinent message from one of the active trikers about my new Trike book. It is best said by quoting this message


    “…..  I noticed on there that now you offer the “Weight-Shift Control Aircraft Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge”. I currently just started reading the regular “Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge” (with the picture of the airplane on front) that I got when I bought the jumbo kit in 2010. Should I stop reading the regular one and order the Weight-Shift Control Aircraft one instead? I’ve already read the “Weight-Shift Control Aircraft Flying Handbook” so is there a reason to have all 3 books?”

    Summary: If you are a trike student, pilot, CFI, my trike book is so much better than the general FAA book written for airplanes.

    Here is some detailed background to clarify.

    Why this new trike book?

    Over years of training pilots to fly Weight-Shift Control Aircraft trikes, the foundation and body of knowledge for all pilots, FAA “Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge” 8083-25A was focused on airplanes, simply because they are more of them.

    For pilots learning to fly trikes, it is overwhelming and generally unproductive trying to figure out what to study and what not to study from this general FAA “Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge” 8083-25A.

    So, l always promised to provide a specific “Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge” explicitly for trikes which would supplement the FAA “Weight-Shift Control Aircraft Flying Handbook”

    How was this book written?

    I took my years of training trike pilots, doing check rides for sport and private trike pilots, using the FAA “Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge” as the Bible for  Aeronautical Knowledge and simply modified/rewrote this FAA body of knowledge for trike pilots.

    This is why some of the figures are airplanes which are used throughout the book. These airplane figures show the trike concepts clearly or they were modified as needed.