The Honourable Company of Air Pilots incorporating Air Navigators

Flight Planning

Flight PlanningSixth edition by PJ Swatton

Part of a series of training manuals for students taking commercial pilot and air transport pilot licence examinations, this covers all aspects relating to plotting and flight planning - form of the earth, navigational planning techniques and the principles and practice of flight planning. It has been completely revised to take account of the recent Joint Aviation Authorities of Europe syllabus for flight crew licensing.

  • up-to-date with the latest Joint Aviation Requirements for Flight Crew Licensing
  • part of a highly regarded, well established series for pilots
  • improved layout for ease of learning
  • features model exam questions and answers
  • a new edition of Underdown: Ground Studies for Pilots Vol. 2 (ISBN 0-632-03602-8)


Navigation revision; Meteorology revision; VFR flight planning; IFR flight planning; General fuel requirements; SEP aeroplane fuel planning; MEP aeroplane fuel planning; MR3T aeroplane fuel planning; The in-flight fuel requirements; The computer & ICAO ATC flight plans; Extended range twin operations; Answers to sample questions. 264 pages, illustrated hardback, £28.50, ISBN 0-632-05939-7.

This is the 6th Edition of a book designed to get pilots through the JAR Syllabus and subsequent examination. It Is one of a series the other titles being Radio Aids, Navigation, Flight Instruments Meteorology, Flight Instruments and Automatic Flight Control Systems. As such it is updated from the previous CAA Examination requirements, however like all such books it is designed to “cram” one through the examination rather than teach and appreciate what is properly needed for flight. 1 found the use of decimal parts of an hour rather than minutes for sectors of some of the flight plans particularly distracting.

There are copious quantities of "specimen questions" together with the answers. The planning process is concentrated on multi-engined piston and medium range jet aircraft consistent with the aims of the book - to get an aspiring airline pilot through the CAA/JAR Examination. The space devoted to computerised flight planning is small and there are no examples of how to do gross error checks on such plans.

Over reliance is placed on Jeppesen gmbh Documents as examples. So much so that one wonders if it is not a Jeppesen handout. The book would be considerably enhanced if the illustrations were done in colour rather than black and white which tends to confuse the aspiring aviator.
Overall it fills a niche in the training of prospective pilots.