For 70 years, it has been the authoritative and primary academic resource to hundreds-of-thousands of student pilots in Canada, throughout North America and around the world.
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Our Founding Author

A pilot for thirty years, a veritable encyclopedia of Air Regulations and navigational data, and the author of millions of words on aviation, Alexander Forsyth MacDonald was a pioneer of what still stands today as the standard curriculum for flight school training throughout the world.

“Sandy” MacDonald never let his wide experience permit foregone conclusions or second-hand information cloud his writing. Any fact that he committed to paper was checked and double-checked by recognized authority. Because of this meticulous care, the book From The Ground Up has become the reference manual of choice for flying school and clubs in some 28 countries around the world.


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About Us

Who We Are… Founded in 1967, Aviation Publishers Co. Ltd. was established to carry-on the publishing of the widely respected and highly acclaimed ground school aeronautical textbook, From the Ground Up. As custodians of this iconic title, we’ve diligently applied ourselves to respecting and maintaining the excellence created in this work by “Sandy” A.F. MacDonald [...]


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Our Founding Publisher

Bill Peppler, Chief Editor and Publisher of From The Ground Up, is a recipient of one of Canada’s most prestigious aviation awards, The Trans-Canada McKee Trophy. Presented by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI), and awarded annually since 1927, The McKee is awarded for outstanding achievement in the field of air operations, and recognizes “a sustained high-level of performance” in the advancement of the use of aviation. The Trophy resides at Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in Alberta, Canada.


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