Hello, I am trying to get a head start while I am deployed, is it a good idea to start memorizing the FAR’s
While that sounds good in theory I don’t know a single pilot who’s memorized the FARs. You’ll learn the important ones in training and if you want to have an idea of what’s in there then by all means give it (and the AIM) a read but few things require memorization. The #1 answer in EVERY aviation oral exam is “I don’t know off hand BUT I know where to find it”.
Oh okay. So without access to the resources that I will gain when I enroll in ATP, where should I find study guides for the private pilots written
If you want to have a good working knowledge of basic aviation, aerodynamics etc the FAA has a plethora of books online for free. I particularly like the Airplane Flying Handbook and the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/). As for studying for the Private Written you can check out Sporty’s Study Buddy (also free) http://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/learn-to-fly/faa-private-pilot-test-prep.html. BUT, as you know when (if) you enroll with ATP you’ll be given the King’s materials which goes much deeper than just the rote AND you really don’t need to start studying for that too early. A few weeks prior to taking the exam is usually more than enough.
Oh okay. Thank you for your help Adam.
If you want to get ahead, I would pick up a copy of Jeppesen’s Private Pilot Manual and start studying that, it is essentially Flying 101.