What's in your Pilot bag?

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  1. easik

    easik Pre-takeoff checklist

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    In other words; what aviation gear do you typically carry with you. I'm curious to know what everyone else carry with them on a normal flight. As a VFR pilot, what I generally have is my headset, logbook, charts/notepad/calculator and a pencil, may be some camera gear.

    What's in your bag? VFR or IFR
     
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    But just when I'm instructing...
     
  3. RDUPilot

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    Hmmmm, let me see....

    • Newly purchased Lightspeed Zulu 3 [still waiting to use]
    • ipad w/ Foreflight
    • ipad w/ MiraApp [checklist] @midlifeflyer sold me on it
    • backup IFR charts
    • back AF/D errr Chart Supplement
    • batteries
    • bottle water
    • Knock off GoPro's
    • Flashlight
    • gloves
    • headache medicine [FAA approved]
    I think that about does it...
     
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    Headset, flashlight, company phone and a stapler.
     
  5. MauleSkinner

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    I use the CR5 prayer wheel.
     
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    Headset, company IFG, and a gun (required).
     
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    Never had a need for a flight bag. I do carry my helmet in and out of the plane but only in the Cub.
     
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    Headset, pen, paper.
     
  9. Ted DuPuis

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    iPad and headset is all I carry.

    Curious, do they specify the required gun or do you get to pick?
     
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    Well, there's a rack full of guns and we check one out prior to the flight, then check it back in after the flight. But they're all the same make and model. We have long rifles as well but they stay on the plane.
     
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    Do you really expect me to answer that on a public web forum accessible by the DEA, the IRS, the FAA, and my wife?
     
  12. easik

    easik Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Lmao... well let's keep it legal. You may proceed with caution Sir :D
     
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    Interesting info, thanks.
     
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    A pencil.
     
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    Student pilot on left, instructor on right.....
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    My flight bag....

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    Yep! The size of my flight bag, and the contents, have both gotten smaller as my flight time has grown.
     
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    Logbook stays home after I got my license, unless I fly with a CFI.

    Highlighter, chart and ruler for planning and backup.

    iPad WiFi only for charts and info, flight dedicated non-service iPhone for GPS.

    Knee/clip board, pens, and paper.

    2 granola bars, water.

    Some weather planning forms, and my spare checklist.

    Spare key. Thumb drive with maintenance and parts manuals.

    Ziplock with change and small bills for tips and snacks.
     
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    I thingies: Ipad, mini-ipad for backup, kneepad for mounting the ipad, USB cables for charging ipads.

    USB drives: subscription data for avionics, airplane logbooks.

    Flashlights.

    Printouts of the approach plates for my destination.
     
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    midlifeflyer Final Approach

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    I guess backhanded compliments are still compliments, huh? :D Did you buy a subscription or are you using the freebie?

    [For those who don't know, my comment about MiraCheck has consistently been on the order of, "I don't like electronic checklists, but MiraCheck is the best I've seen."]
     
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    I knew it!!

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    I fly club planes and have been caught a couple of times without things I really needed, so my bag is more full than some of yours. I'm daydreaming of the day when I own my own plane and can just leave all my crap in it!

    Headset
    iPad, charging cable, RAM mount
    Small clipboard
    Checklists
    Couple of different small flashlights
    Spare batteries
    Scout ADS-B
    Pens & pencils
    Foggles (just because the bag has plenty of room and I'll lose them in the house)
    1 oz sunscreen
    1 oz bug repellent

    Until I got the RAM mount for the iPad I was happy with a little headset bag. Now I have a medium/big bag, which is roomy enough to fit headsets for my kid and fiancée when they're coming with me. I could probably a change of clothes and a toothbrush in there if I were going on an overnight trip by myself.



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    Well, let's see

    Headset
    ipad
    stratux, battery, cables
    knee board, paper pad, pen.
    The log sheet from my last CAP flight.
    spare glasses
    old paper chart from like 3 cycles ago that I keep telling myself to throw out. I'll do it before the next flight
    3 crumbled up hangar steak wrappers
    pack of 8 AA batteries...why do I have these, I don't even haven anything that runs on AA batteries anymore
    3 more pens. I'm paranoid about losing them.
    2 flashlights...oh, wait, these run on batteries. Nevermind.
    My son's child sized Sigtronics headset. I think this can be expanded, need to look at that.
    broken plastic plotter
    E6B, but I don't know why

    I sometimes also carry my day pack which contains generic first aid and survival gear.
     
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    iPad mini and an iPad for back up. Since I video I carry a small headset bag with cameras, charging cables, and spare batteries. Everything else stays in the plane.
     
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    Of course we can't forget the original contents of a flight bag.....courtesy of Major Kong....

    - One forty-five caliber automatic
    - Two boxes of ammunition
    - Four days' concentrated emergency rations
    - One drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine,
    vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills
    - One miniature combination Rooshian phrase book and Bible
    - One hundred dollars in rubles
    - One hundred dollars in gold
    - Nine packs of chewing gum
    - One issue of prophylactics
    - Three lipsticks
    - Three pair of nylon stockings.
     
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    Stapler ???? To what, staple the FO's lips shut?
     
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    This needs audio/visual

     
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    What is this "bag" you speak of? :D
     
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    They always staple the whole package (45-50 pages) in one big wad. To make it usable you need to redo everything.
     
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    I see a lot of double iPad setups. I use my iPad for foreflight. But find it has potential for a lot of distraction but a lifesaver when ifr cleared to a different fix in the air then you filed for. So nice to look up route. I don’t think I’d havinf a backup for that as I see it as pretty full proof.
    For the double set ups out there are you guys using it more for constant navigation functions??
     
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    Flashlight (for night preflight)
    Headlamp (useful for night flight)
    Portable radio (nice for ATIS and clearance)
    Pencils
    Portable GPS with XM WX capability
    Spare batteries for headset and radio
    GPS and AP manuals (required by STC)
    Tablet with EFB maps and plates
    POH
    Performance charts and flight planning forms
    Printed approach charts of destination and home if applicable. I still prefer these if available to reading the tablet as I can clamp to the yoke easily.

    Headsets, clipboard, CO detector, fuel tester, whiz wheel, XM WX puck, stay in plane. I carry my phone with EFB software as another map backup.

    I could leave much of this in the plane, but like to have some at home for reference or maintenance.
     
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    Big iPhone on the yoke for GPS nav. No WX or traffic.

    IPad on my lap (loose) as a chart, A/FD, taxi diagrams, etc. No GPS or anything live.
     
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    I did buy the subscription... Its a very cool app, with the new headset I am looking forward in using the USB pairing so i can talk back to it while it reads my checklist. :D
    #technology
     
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    Depends on what's in the plane, but for me headset and iPad, or if it's just local just my headset, no bag.
     
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    My ipad overheats quite often, in the sun. I use it while in cruise (navigation, weather, traffic) and for approach plates. So I need a backup.

    The overheating usually happens in cruise, but recently I was doing an IPC, and as I began an approach the ipad overheated.
     
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    It depends, local flight for training, mx , proficiency, etc. = headset. few hundred miles clear and a million = headset, flashlight, multi tool and iPad to file/situational awareness. Long xc, weather, multiple day trip = full flight bag, stratus, chargers, backup ipad, pulse oximeter, flashlight, extra batteries, flashlight, multi tool, extra pens. Plus I keep database cards in my big bag.

    Jim
     
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    Headset, logbook, key to the hangar, pen, checkbook (since I'm training for commercial).
     
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    I built a computer cooling fan into my RAM mount to help with this. A sun shade also helps a lot. I'm too cheap to pay for the xnaut cooling mount.


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    Since I'm a pilot, it's a big bag that contains both my left and right testicles.
     
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