Suggested references for PEXO exams
Apart from CASA (and Airservices) air publications and exam support material, such as the CAR, CAO, AIP complete (including ERSA, charts, AIC), CAAP, Bell 206 Operations Handbook, aeroplane performance and loading handbook, CASA operational notes on radio aids, etc, the following publications may be useful references, for both instructors and candidates studying for the PPL and CPL examinations.
Candidates and instructors may select and use these publications at their own discretion. CASA shall not be responsible for any errors contained in these books.
For TEM study
1. CAAP 5.59 – 1(0)
For PPL exam candidates, this is the principal reference document on which exams will be based. For CPL and ATPL exam candidates, this is one of the publications for recommended reading.
2. Aviation Theory Centre's 'Human Being Pilot - Human Factors for Aviation Professionals' - Chapter 11.
For PPL exam candidates, Chapter 11 is optional reading material.
For CPL and ATPL candidates, Chapter 11 has useful material for studies relevant to CASA CPL and ATPL syllabi on TEM.
The other chapters of the book provide material for the study of Human Factors, which exam candidates should use at their discretion. CASA only refers to its Chapter 11 as one of the principal references for the examining of the TEM syllabi.
The Trevor Thom Manuals for the Private & Commercial Pilot Licences
- Aeroplane General Knowledge & Aerodynamics
- Meteorology & Navigation
- Aeroplane Operation, Performance & Planning
- Flight Rules & Air Law
- Human Performance & Limitations
The Burton's Professional Pilot Study Guide Series
- Volume 1 - Piston Engines and Supercharging
- Volume 3 - Propellers
- Volume 4 - Electrics
- Volume 5 - Hydraulics
- Volume 7 - Pneumatics
- Volume 9 - Undercarriages
- CPL Aerodynamics
- CPL General Knowledge
- CPL Performance
- CPL Meteorology
- CPL Navigation
- CPL Air Law
- Human Performance & Limitations
Mechanics of Flight (10th Ed) by A C Kermode
Aircraft Flight (2nd Ed) by R H Barnard & D R Philpott
Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators by H.H Hurt
Flight Theory for Pilots (3rd Ed) by Charles E Dole
Principles of Helicopter Flight by W J Wagtendonk
The Art & Science of Flying Helicopters by Shawn Coyle
Helicopter Handbook (Issue No 3) by Mike Becker
Helicopters Will Take You Anywhere by Ron Newman
Helicopter Maintenance by Joe Schafer (Jeppesen)
(Note: This book, as its title suggests, is aimed at the maintenance sector. Selective extracts may be useful and relevant information for pilot studies)
Aircraft - Human Performance & Limitations by Tony Wilson
Human Factors for Pilots (2nd Ed) by R Green et al
Manual of Meteorology Parts 1 & 2 by Department of Science (Bureau of Meteorology)
These publications, commonly referred to in flying training circles as "the blue books", are in regular use with flying schools. There has been insufficient demand to continue publishing them in hard copy, but for convenience they are now available electronically for downloading. It expected that they will be updated in the future.
VHF Omni Range (VOR) (407kb)
Instrument Landing System (ILS) (500kb)
Obtaining reference material
CASA legislative documents may be viewed or downloaded from CASA's website.
Operational publications including maps and charts, training syllabus and a wide range of reference books may be purchased from :
Airservices Australia Publication Centre
PO Box 1986
Carlton South Vic 3053
Orders may be phoned through on:
1300 306 630 (free call Australia wide),
+61 3 9342 2000(international)
or faxed to:
+61 3 9347 4407
Publications cam be ordered through the Airservices Australia publications centre website.
Alternatively, some documentation, in particular maps and operational material, may be purchased from a range of pilot shops located at major General Aviation Airports.
Advice on scuba diving information
CASA is preparing a CAAP for flight crew on the effects of scuba diving on flying, including recommendations on how long an aircrew member should not fly following a particular scuba diving session. This CAAP will provide recommendations based on recent medical findings. Until this is published, only the general aspects of the effect of scuba diving on flying (but not the associated time constraints) will be examined. When the CAAP is published, candidates and instructors shall refer to the CAAP as the 'master' reference for the study of this CPL topic.
In the meanwhile, for readers seeking guidance on how long they should not fly after a scuba diving session, they are advised to refer to their own aviation medical experts.