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Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?  
User currently onlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1632 posts, RR: 20
Posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 9854 times:

Hi all,

I thought it might be interesting to start this thread and see what all the pilots out there are carrying with them in their bag. It doesn't matter whether you're a student pilot, an ATP or somewhere in between.

I decided to take a couple photos too, since a picture's worth a thousand words.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v293/N243NW/IMG_7795b.jpg

In my bag:
Headset
Logbook
Applicable FAA PTS (currently working on Commercial AMEL)
FAR/AIM
POH for plane(s) currently flying (for me it's the Arrow and Seminole)
Sporty's kneeboard with handy facts printed on it
Sectional, terminal area, and L-charts
U.S. Terminal Procedures
IFR Flight File w/commonly-used IAPs
E6B
Plotter
Pens, pencils, and highlighter
Fuel tester
Stall warning horn tester for reed-type systems
Flashlight with red and white lenses
Timer
Earplugs
Hi-vis orange vest
Camera

Now it's your turn!


B-52s don't take off. They scare the ground away.
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User currently offlinelowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 9821 times:

Headset, sunglasses, laptop w/power cord, CR2, short ruler, pens, pencils, scratch paper, stapler, clipboard, Nasa forms, various company forms, flashlight, ear plugs, passport, small bottle of excedrin, camera, calculator.


Proud OOTSK member
User currently offlinenjxc500 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9771 times:

Found a great buy on a GPS personal locator beacon....plus a much brighter flashlight and spare batteries.

User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9773 times:

Headset
Foggles
Detroit sectional
Northeast volume 4 (PA/WV) terminal procedures book
Northeast and East Central A/FDs
Plotter (the kind with the spinning wheel)
E6B
Two pens
Highlighter
First class medical
Logbook
Temporary Airman Certificate
A tiny certificate showing I completed the course on the DC metro area's SFRA
Cheat sheets on the wonderful world of IFR flight
Cheat sheet on numeric codes to bypass voice recognition crap when calling AFSS (which I loathe)

Soon to be included:
Kitchen timer
L-29/30 enroute chart
Two LED flashlights (one with a red gel)
Batteries for kitchen timer and flashlights

All this in an AOPA freebie pilot's bag I got for renewing my membership, and it's served me well.



Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2698 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9748 times:

Left side:
1" Jepp binder laying down
2-2" Jepp binders on top
Telex 750 in the gap

A layer of Sani-com 3205 alcohol wipes along the bottom
Large size 'alligator clip'
A bag of green tea powder from Japan

Right side:
Canon 7D with 24-105mm f/4L IS in small case
First day of the trip, a huge salad on top of the camera, rest of the trip, a bag of cereal and whatever other food is there

Along the far edge standing up: "Aviator's Quick Reference Map of the United States"

Also I just found a pair of chopsticks on the bottom.


User currently offlinecobra27 From Slovenia, joined May 2001, 1014 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9717 times:

ray ban sunglasses, palining to buy icom ic-a6 condoms, (if I ever become airline pilot)

User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 9682 times:

i got 30lbs worth of crap. will post pics later if i have time

User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 79
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 9580 times:

High-vis vest (required on our flightline)
2 x flashlights (1 Maglight LED, one normal)
3 x gel pens (red,blue,black)
Office kit (pens/pencils/charger/flash drive, etc.)
Business cards
Company credit card
Telex 750 in a soft case
License
Magnifying glass
Ear plugs
Alcohol wipes
Sick sacks
Prestamped/addressed envelopes (for sending insurance forms home)
Book 'o' knowledge (2" binder of all the paper), currently held together with speed tape
Clipboard
Laptop + power cord + spare battery
Eyeglass cleaner cloth
Laptop lock cable
Leatherman knock-off
Afrin
AOPA timer
Sleep mask
Overnight kit (deoderant/toothpaste/etc.)

and, at the moment, ~150 airplane patches, but that's not normally there.

Tom.


User currently offlinecptspeaking From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 639 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9564 times:

Wow - I remember when I used to actually carry all that crap with me all the time.

Now I just have my headset bag. I have a mini pen clipped to my airport badge, and the rest of what I need is already in the airplane. Charts, pad of paper, performance books, flashlight, fuel tester, FBO directory.

My theory on carrying all sorts of books in your flight bag - are you really going to pull out the book and look something up during a flight? Most of my students had a hard enough time going straight and level and navigating, much less browsing a 10 lb. textbook at the same time. Plus, in most light GA airplanes, you can use all the useful load you can get!



...and don't call me Shirley!!
User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9549 times:

no more flight bags for us either. I must carry a flashlight and I do print off any new airport info if I haven't been there recently.

User currently offlinemmedford From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 561 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 9525 times:

What...no whisky?

*fill fill fill*



ILS = It'll Land Somewhere
User currently onlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1632 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9478 times:

Quoting mmedford (Reply 10):
What...no whisky?

Not unless I'm calling with the current ATIS!  

Thanks everyone for the replies...keep 'em coming!



B-52s don't take off. They scare the ground away.
User currently offlinebahadir From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1791 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9387 times:

- FOM
- SOP
- Two 2 inch Jeppesen binders full of Jepps
- One 1 inch binder for trip charts.
- QRH
- Bose headset
- Bunch of hotel notepads
- LED flashlight
- some hotel pens that I collected over time
- Spare glases
- Sunglass lense cleaner..

The top 4 is 99.99% of the weight.. Why I have to carry all that stuff when electronic versions would be enough.



Earthbound misfit I
User currently offlineswiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 9331 times:

Quoting cobra27 (Reply 5):
ray ban sunglasses, palining to buy icom ic-a6 condoms, (if I ever become airline pilot)

As always; you're a fool.


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 9308 times:

Just took a peek in my Dad's...let's see

Bose Headset
Laptop
Electronic Flight Bag
Couple Jepp Binders
Digital Camera
Bunch of KFC Wet Naps
Ink Pens
Pencil
Holiday Inn Express Notepads
April & May Issue of Playboy



What gets measured gets done.
User currently offlineswiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9266 times:

Quoting N243NW (Thread starter):
Now it's your turn!

License and Medical
Cash
Flight Computer x 2 (CR2, CR1)
Headset
High Vis Vest
POH
Jepps
Extra Maps/Charts
Point & Shoot Camera
Sunglasses
Pens & Paper


User currently offlineAirbus_A340 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9248 times:

Interesting topic. My bag varies significantly to what it used to hold back when I flew GA aircraft.

On a jet for a typical flight items like jepps, vis jackets, headsets are all provided for, making space for new items in the bag.
-----------------------
So this is what is in my bag:

Required items:
License + Medical
Passport
Torch
2 X spare glasses (though I usually wear contacts)

Useful items:
Personal briefing sheets for the specific flights.
2 pens
Sunglasses
Personal notes on specific airports and the route.
"Big picture" maps with En-Route Airports for diversion

Rest items:
Sleep eye-mask
Earplugs
Jumper

Outport items:
Camera
iPad
Magazines
Travel wallet
All my chargers
-----------------------



People. They make an airline. www.cathaypacific.com
User currently offlinesaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1610 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9144 times:

Jeppeson manuals
Jeppeson Route Charts, High and Low Altitude
Aviator's reference map of the US
Flashlight (LED Maglite - Could just about double as a landing light it's so bright!)
Company and FAA required FOM and FCM
Logbook
iPhone recharging cord
Sennheiser headset
Serengetti sunglasses

And hopefully a couple issues of the latest and greatest reading material.

That's it.

[Edited 2010-06-27 06:13:53]


smrtrthnu
User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 79
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9136 times:

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 14):
April & May Issue of Playboy

Where's June?! Pilots should know the importance of keeping their paperwork current...

Tom.


User currently offlineDashTrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1528 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9107 times:

Quoting mmedford (Reply 10):
What...no whisky?

That goes in my overnight bag.


User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1547 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9105 times:

Just dumped mine out to clean up, so this is timely. I've got:

Headset
Local Sectional/Low En-route chart
Flashlight
Note paper
Kneeboard
Sony PRS505 (with the entire US approach charts/Airport Facilities Directory)

-DiamondFlyer


User currently offlinefutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 9091 times:

Quoting Airbus_A340 (Reply 16):
Torch

 Wow! Isn't that a fire hazard?!  

I have my FOM, CFM (akin to a POH), 2 Jepp binders, clipboard, extra papers, some pretzels, flashlight, Airborne tablets in case, chapstick, passport and a couple spare pens as well as my sunglasses case.

[Edited 2010-06-27 09:10:23]


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User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9071 times:

If you do any deadheading and check your flight bag be sure to take your license/ medical/ passport out! We don't carry flight bags anymore (thank goodness) but we have had a number of backpacks stolen even during check-in at hotels!

User currently offlinezeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9105 posts, RR: 75
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9069 times:

License/Medical
Company ID
ICAO crew card
ALPA accident contact card
ALPA accident report statement
Company contact numbers
Global medical assistance numbers
Immunisation records
Consular assistance numbers
Passport
Logbook
Flashlight and spare batteries
CRP-1
Calculator
Business cards
Spare cell phone and down route sim cards
Down route public transport tokens
Pens
Notepad
Spare room key to put in the slot inside the hotel
Sunglasses
Personal medical items
ear plugs
ipod

Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 18):

Where's June?

Thats obvious, in his hand, what other reason would he have to visit his Dads flight bag :p



We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking – Santosh Kalwar
User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 825 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9067 times:

People still use the E6B? Wow, that's stone age.

I don't have a flight bag. The cockpit EFB has performance software, Ops Manuals, Jepp charts, WSI weather..all with GPS interface.


25 N243NW : I'd probably use an electronic one by now, if it weren't for the fact that most of my instructors and check airmen like to see the good ol' version d
26 dw747400 : I've found private pilots tend to get larger and larger flight bags, building a collection of heavy books and gadgets as they add ratings. Suddenly, w
27 N243NW : Exactly...although I often use tools like SkyVector and NavMonster for online flight planning, nothing is faster in the cockpit for calculating groun
28 ThirtyEcho : Wouldn't fly anywhere without an E6-B. Very useful for doing quick currency conversions since you don't have to punch in a bunch of numbers.
29 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Meh, haven't had time to look around my flightbag, and it has hazardous levels of dust on it, but you'll find 80% of all the things listed individuall
30 DashTrash : Don't carry one anymore, but when I did.... Jepps FOM POH MEL sunshades headset drink mix Excedrin Tums speed cards / torque charts weight and balance
31 Starlionblue : I say potato, you say potato...
32 swiftski : With respect, I know many who would disagree with you on the EB6 [or equivalent]
33 Post contains images DashTrash : No respect required , but thank you. I've never seen one in the cockpit of a US airliner. The FMS does everything you need, and even if it was deferr
34 BlueJuice : I have the same bag with nearly identical contents. Sub the Piper manual/checklist for a 172SP, the David Clarks for Sennheissers, and toss in a few i
35 WESTERN737800 : 3 maglights, 1 big one, 2 small ones. An icom handleld radio. A garmin handheld GPS. A David Clark headset. Local approach charts, sectionals, wacs, a
36 YWG : Headset Approach plates (CAP) HI/LOW Charts Log Book LIcense, Medical, Company PPC Card Pens Calculator CAMERA (Because you never know what you will s
37 Post contains images mrskyguy : I love that bag.. so much so that my wife saw its utility and snagged it when I wasn't looking.
38 Post contains images modesto2 : Flight Operations Manual Company Flight Manual Contract (VERY IMPORTANT!!!) Jeppesen Charts (two large binders and one small binder) Sunglasses (Seren
39 Post contains images NWADC9 : I've gotten several of the blue ones that have a small pocket on the front and a large compartment for a headset. I've noticed they also have a newer
40 spudsmac : I travel light: sectional airport diagram headset logbook medical+certs+id pen
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