From the Ground Up 29th Edition

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The gold standard textbook to accompany any student in their flight training.

Used in the Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot Ground School Courses. Many choose to purchase with the associated workbook, and Flight Training Manual.


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Nearing its 80th year of publication, this award-winning title continues to provide complete and detailed information on the overall subjects of Aircraft Operations, Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation & Communications, and General Airmanship.

The new edition’s chapters delve deeply into their well-established subject matter. Elapsed content has been removed, and the very latest in new content has been added throughout.

Through its evolving editions, many generations of readers have been challenged by the concepts and theories that require thorough understanding in advance of the sought-after hours of flying enjoyment that are the ultimate goal of all who seek to earn their wings and expand their knowledge of flight theory and practice.

The content of From The Ground Up may, at times, seem adverse and complex but the path to understanding the fundamentals of flight is one that reaps much in the way of personal reward for all those who maintain the course.

Indeed, it was by design that its original author, MacDonald a man recognized as a father of what still stands today as the standard curriculum for ground school instruction devised this training manual to be comprehensive and current while conveying its material in such a way as to enhance the readers understanding of the written word.

Not one to permit his vast experience to allow for foregone conclusions, his meticulous care in the creation of From The Ground Up has became the hallmark for its wide-spread use and respect as the reference manual of choice in hundreds of flying schools throughout Canada and around the world.

Updated regularly, From The Ground Up has long been considered an essential resource for all with any interest whatsoever in aeronautics, aviation, and flying.. 

As ever, chapters within the book’s sections include: The Airplane, Theory of Flight, Aero Engines, Aerodromes & Airspace, Aeronautical Rules & Facilities, Aviation Weather, Air Navigation, Radio, Radio Navigation, Airmanship, Human Factors, and Air Safety.

Updated Appendices include a Sample Examination, a revamped Glossary, and an expanded, extensive and valuable Index.

With every re-print of the previous edition of this title, content received its share of updates.

From the Ground Up Improvements

Thus, From the Ground Up, 29th Edition contains not only all the updates explicit to this new version, it also contains all the incremental updates that were added during the publication lifespan of the very successful 28th Edition.

Significant to From the Ground Up, 29th Edition is the refinement of its interior appearance.

A heading numbering system has been applied to the book, rendering its structure – and its numerous embedded headings – easier to follow.

This new format also caters to the book’s appeal as a sought-after reference resource, thereby making specific subject matter much easier to pinpoint. Building on this latter new format, every section of From the Ground Up, 29th Edition is now pre-faced by an overview that identifies page numbers for each topic within every given chapter.

Thus, looking up a topic is now quicker than ever.

Various images have been improved, many to a very significant degree. Also, extensive attention has been put towards the layout of tabular information. Several new tables have been added to the book.

Furthermore, older tables have been updated to provide a much better “look,” as well as an enhanced means for students to study content.

From the Ground Up Book and Pilot Training

Used in the Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot Ground School Courses. We are very serious when we say, this book is an absolute supplement to any course you will take at any level in aviation

ISBN 978-0-9730036-3-5

Softcover, 372 pages, 8.5″ x 11″

Front cover of From the Ground Up. Used in flight training and pilot training across Canada. Commonly known as the FTGU.

1 review for From the Ground Up 29th Edition

  1. Roxanne Kassinger (verified owner)

    I ordered the book because I misplaced my original and I couldn’t move forward with my ground school. I spoke with Matt and they shipped it out right away. I received the order in 2 days. Thanks for the assistance guys!

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