N243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1608 posts, RR: 20 Posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9114 times:
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.
In my bag:
Applicable FAA PTS (currently working on Commercial AMEL)
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
Pens, pencils, and highlighter
Stall warning horn tester for reed-type systems
Flashlight with red and white lenses
Hi-vis orange vest
lowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 9081 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.
NWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4892 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9033 times:
Northeast volume 4 (PA/WV) terminal procedures book
Northeast and East Central A/FDs
Plotter (the kind with the spinning wheel)
First class medical
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:
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
tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8840 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.)
Company credit card
Telex 750 in a soft case
Prestamped/addressed envelopes (for sending insurance forms home)
Book 'o' knowledge (2" binder of all the paper), currently held together with speed tape
Laptop + power cord + spare battery
Eyeglass cleaner cloth
Laptop lock cable
Overnight kit (deoderant/toothpaste/etc.)
and, at the moment, ~150 airplane patches, but that's not normally there.
cptspeaking From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 639 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8824 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!
bahadir From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1757 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 8646 times:
- Two 2 inch Jeppesen binders full of Jepps
- One 1 inch binder for trip charts.
- 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.
saab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8404 times:
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
iPhone recharging cord
And hopefully a couple issues of the latest and greatest reading material.
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.
CosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2254 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8331 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!
zeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 8638 posts, RR: 75
Reply 23, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8329 times:
ICAO crew card
ALPA accident contact card
ALPA accident report statement
Company contact numbers
Global medical assistance numbers
Consular assistance numbers
Flashlight and spare batteries
Spare cell phone and down route sim cards
Down route public transport tokens
Spare room key to put in the slot inside the hotel
Personal medical items