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  what you will need
  what to expect when flying
  first time experience flying
  flight training FAQs
  how aircraft fly
  about the aircraft
  inside the cockpit
  how to control an aircraft
  how to read an air map
  basic aircraft navigation
  about airfields
  choose the right flying school
  what pilot ratings mean
  all about pilot ratings
  flight training links

what you will need

For your first lesson you can probably get away without any equipment of your own. However, if you already feel that you were destined to fly you might like to get yourself a pilot's log book (nice to log your first flight) and Flying Training Manuals recommended by your flying school. These cover most of the flying aspects of the course. Most Pilot Supplies shops should be able to provide these. As the course progresses you will need the following:

  Knee board.
 Pens & china-graph pencils
Aircraft Check List
 Books  covering:
Aviation Law
Air Navigation
 Human Factors & Pilot Performance
 Aeroplane Technical
Aviation Headset
Flight computer (mechanical not electronic)
Ruler (showing nautical miles at 1:500,000 and 1:250,000)
1:500,000 aeronautical chart/map
A watch with an easy to read display (It does not need to be an aviation watch)