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Rod Machado's Aviation Learning Center

Making learning to fly easier, more affordable and more fun for everyone.

Learn to fly or learn more about flying with Rod Machado's extensive offer of aviation courses and books

Rod Machado has been in the flying business since 1970 and teaching flying since late 1973. He's helped hundreds and hundreds of people learn to fly and can do the same for you. What you read is material based on nearly 50 years of flying and flight instructing experience. Even the most complex and nearly impenetrable subjects will become clear to you if you use his Learn to Fly products or Advanced Flying products.

"...Rod Machado's Instrument Book and the Private Pilot Book are the finest textbooks ever written to help students and pilots to understand flying from the ground up."

Luigi J. Bottini, CFII, Galaxy Aviation, 40-year Pilot, 25-year Flight Instructor

Rod Machado's Private Pilot Starter Kit

Private Pilot Handbook + How to Fly an Airplane Handbook

Enjoy Rod Machado's two most popular private pilot handbooks (physical books) for 30% off! This collection gives you all the study material needed to begin your adventure at learning to fly and becoming a licensed private pilot. The Private Pilot Handbook provides you with the information you need to pass the FAA private pilot knowledge exam and provide you with the general aviation knowledge you need to be a safe private pilot. The How to Fly an Airplane Handbook provides you with all the information you need to actually learn how to fly an airplane based on the skills Rod developed over 44 years as a flight instructor.

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Flying since 1970 and instructing since 1973, Rod has over 10,000 hours of flight time earned the hard way—one CFI hour at a time. Since 1977 he has taught hundreds of flight instructor revalidation clinics and safety seminars and he was named the 1991 Western Region Flight Instructor of the Year.


Secrets of Instrument Approaches and Departures

Interactive eLearning Course

Rod Machado's NEW 8-hour interactive eLearning course titled, Secrets of Instrument Approaches and Departures is now available! If you’re an active IFR pilot or preparing for an IPC or even your ATP or IFR rating, then this course is for you. Why? Because the IFR pilot’s weakest link is approach and departure knowledge as it relates to instrument charts.

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Understanding Weather

Interactive eLearning Course

Rod Machado's interactive eLearning course on Understanding Weather is precisely the course you need to help you make sense of the basic weather concepts you either missed or never quite understood in ground school. Presented in Rod's highly popular Laugh & Learn training style, this 5.5 hour course will have you feeling a lot more comfortable about the environment in which you fly.

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Rod Machado's new 40-hour+ Private Pilot Ground School

Interactive eLearning Course

Thinking about learning to fly? Do you want to fly for a living? Would you like to refresh your knowledge for your flight review? If so, then the place to start is with Rod Machado's new 40-hour+ private pilot eLearning ground school. This eLearning course prepares you to take the private pilot knowledge exam and provides the foundation of knowledge needed to make your flight training a more enjoyable experience.

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About Rod Machado

Rod has taught...

  • hundreds to fly from the right seat as a Certified Flight Instructor
  • thousands as a classroom instructor
  • 350,000+ through his over 400 aviation articles
  • 100,000+ through his training materials
  • Several million with his flight lessons on MS Flight Simulator

"Machado is energy,"" wrote Capt. Dave Gwinn. "He is a Psychologist, an educator, a humorist and an entertainer. He is a verbal gymnast and any one (or all four!) of his professional identities may rebound at any time."

Ready to become a pilot or learn more about flying?

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