Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Stretching Your Wings

Advanced training is the ticket to taking your flying to the next level

FLIGHT BAGS: What The Pros Carry

Rich Stowell
Leading instructor of spin and emergency recovery techniques, and author of two aviation books about spins

BrightLine Bag
• headset with cloth helmet
• skull cap to wear under the cloth helmet
• Nomex flying gloves
• ear plugs
• pens, paper, sticky notes
• AOPA Air Aid (straight-edge ruler with sectional and WAC scales and other useful info)
• small color-coded airspace guide
• aspirin (after a day of inverted spins, I might need this!)
• fuel strainer with screwdriver attachment
• small flashlight
• Leatherman tool
• iPhone

For cross-country flying, I attach the “paperwork” compartment to the bag with maps, AFD and other cross-country materials.

Note that although the flight bagcomes with me to the airport, it stays on the ground when I perform spins and aerobatics. Whatever I need while engaged in such flying is securely zipped up in my flight-suit pockets.

Max Trescott
2008 National CFI of the Year and author of two books on glass cockpits and GPS/WAAS technology

Lightspeed Zulu headset case
• Lightspeed Zulu headset
• ASA Hoodwink foldable IFR hood
• patch cable to connect intercom audio to Kodak Zi8 video camera
• granola bar
• smartphone with AOPA Directory and WingX
• 8.25x5-inch Black n’ Red bound notebook
• deck of cards

I’ve condensed what I carry tothe point where I use my headsetcase as a flight bag. I’m able to get by with this minimalist approach since almost all of my flying is teaching in glass aircraft, which have a lot of built-in information.

I sometimes supplement all this with sectional charts, IFR charts, Optima’s Pilots Guide to California Airports or the Seaplane Pilots Association’s Water Landing Directory.


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