Sunday, May 1, 2005
10+ Most Useful Cockpit Gadgets
A buyer’s guide to the latest must-have gear for aviators
Almost every pilot searches for the right tools to make any flight a safe and enjoyable one. Whether it’s a gizmo that enables us to enjoy that short $100 hamburger flight or a portable piece of equipment that can save us baggage space during long cross-country treks to the backcountry, we’re always in need of that extra-special something that will make our trips a whole lot easier and the ride a whole lot more fun. So to help narrow down the search, here’s a list of the latest pilot gear essentials that you not only will find helpful, but also fun to play with—both in and out of the cockpit. Ranging from pocket-portable must-haves to all-in-one toys, these gadgets offer unique features that will enhance your flying experience, making your trips a breeze. With these nifty, time-saving and hassle-free gadgets in your cockpit, all that’s left for you to do is to just sit back, relax and fly.
1 WARM WEAR Stay warm in the cockpit with the Micro Puff Jacket. This windproof and waterproof cover-up isn’t too bulky to wear in tight cockpits and can be rolled up to save room in your luggage. It even has a hood that can accommodate headsets, as well as two interior pockets and a separate stuff sack.
Contact: Patagonia, (800) 638-6464, www.patagonia.com
2 UNDER LOCK AND KEY The Pacsafe 140 keeps all your bags and miscellaneous items secure in one place. Its high-tensile, stainless-steel eXomesh netting technology keeps your valuables from rolling around unwittingly in the cabin. Plus, it comes with a polycarbonate locking device, a hardened shackle padlock and a draw cord that attaches to a secure fixture—perfect for fly-ins.
Contact: Pacsafe, (800) 873-9415, www.pac-safe.com
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