The Aviation Theory Centre Story

The Aviation Theory Centre (ATC) is a Australian family-owned business that was developed to provide the aviation industry with the highest quality training manuals and reference media for pilots – for all licence levels and ratings.

The company has been in existence for more than twenty-five years, originating in Melbourne and relocating to Brisbane in 2009. Aviation Theory Centre researches, authors, illustrates, and edits all of its own material. Aviation Theory Centre has established an ongoing network of consultants who advise, critique and edit the drafts.

In 2024 the late David Patrick Robson was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his work in aviation.

ATC is survived by David Robson’s family members and his books will continue to flourish and inspire future pilots to be their best.

Our Manuals are CASA Compliant

The Australian series of manuals complied with the CASA syllabus which in turn, was aligned to ICAO requirements. More recent editions have been amended to include changes proposed by the Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS). In the past, Aviation Theory Centre also prepared books for publication in the US and UK through partner companies, ASA and Pooleys, respectively.

Australian Defence Force

In 2004, Aviation Theory Centre was awarded a contract to develop a library of reference texts for aircrew of the Australian Defence Force (Army, Navy and Air Force). These manuals were available to Defence personnel only – as printed and then electronic books. The set of e-manuals is called the Professional ADF Aviators’ Reference Manual (PAARM). We completed five editions from the original printed books, through CD editions to a fully downloadable, tablet-compatible library of e-ditions. Editing and production of the PAARM has now been taken over by the ADF. Defence personnel should access the Defence Intranet to access the latest edition.

AirServices Australia

ATC was contracted to produce a set of manuals for air traffic controllers’ training at their college at Tullamarine. This set was titled the ARM (Aviation Reference Manual) and is now administered by that college.