N243NW
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Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:31 pm

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!
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:42 am

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.
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 4:28 am

Found a great buy on a GPS personal locator beacon....plus a much brighter flashlight and spare batteries.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 4:33 am

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
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:32 am

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.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:01 am

ray ban sunglasses, palining to buy icom ic-a6 condoms, (if I ever become airline pilot)
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:50 am

i got 30lbs worth of crap. will post pics later if i have time
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:53 pm

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.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:36 pm

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!
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:16 pm

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.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 4:03 pm

What...no whisky?

*fill fill fill*
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:16 pm

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

Not unless I'm calling with the current ATIS!  

Thanks everyone for the replies...keep 'em coming!
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:56 pm

- 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.
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:46 am

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.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:03 am

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.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:43 am

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
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:20 am

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
-----------------------
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:53 pm

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]
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:08 pm

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

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

Tom.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:14 pm

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

That goes in my overnight bag.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:20 pm

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
From my cold, dead hands
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:06 pm

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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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:43 pm

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!
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:46 pm

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
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:50 pm

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.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:10 pm

Quoting 26point2 (Reply 24):
People still use the E6B? Wow, that's stone age.

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 during stage checks and checkrides. I'm sure I wouldn't fail simply by using a modern calculator, but the classic whizzy wheel is tried and tested and may even earn you brownie points from a check airman that's been flying for half a century.

I'm glad that so many pilots have participated; it's given me some good ideas for my own bag. I think I'll throw in a couple sick sacks, a bottle of aspirin, and some granola bars.
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:27 am

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, when they get their first flying job, be it as a CFI, airline/135 pilot, aerial photographer, meat bomber, etc. the bags start to shrink.

Personally, I bring:

Headset
E6B
Plotter
Current Sectional and Terminal chart
Flashlight
Pens/Pencils
Spare batteries
Logbook
POH/Checklist if not in the aircraft I'm flying

When going IFR, I throw in a case of charts that weighs more than my flightbag, but for VFR cruising in the local area I keep it light.

Quoting N243NW (Reply 25):
I'm sure I wouldn't fail simply by using a modern calculator, but the classic whizzy wheel is tried and tested and may even earn you brownie points from a check airman that's been flying for half a century.

Personally, for certain computations I've found the traditional E6B faster and easier to use than it's electronic counterparts. On the ground, I plan with a computer or an electronic E6B, but in the air I normally prefer my whiz wheel.
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:10 am

Quoting dw747400 (Reply 26):
Personally, for certain computations I've found the traditional E6B faster and easier to use than it's electronic counterparts. On the ground, I plan with a computer or an electronic E6B, but in the air I normally prefer my whiz wheel.

Exactly...although I often use tools like SkyVector and NavMonster for online flight planning, nothing is faster in the cockpit for calculating ground speeds than the E6B - simply align the miles and the minutes and voilá.
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:19 am

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.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:02 pm

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 individually by everybody so far, without duplicating.

The one thing I have that I don't see anybody else having is a C172 stall horn. Makes a great whistle to annoy the crap out of people 
Quoting 26point2 (Reply 24):
People still use the E6B? Wow, that's stone age.

I much rather use the manual one than an electronic one for personal use. However, If I ever get a damned job flying, I'll probably switch to electronic for precision, but keep the manual one for backup
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:37 am

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 pad
magazine / book
extra sunglasses
snacks
extra pens
calculator
those ring reinforcement deals since Jepps are on thin paper
extra ear plugs
extra mic condoms (those black foam thingies that cover the microphone)
on occasion, a Tyvek suit so it looks like the lav service guy is also flying the plane. Always enjoyed that one....

Some of that stuff was not really necessary. I always figured things like speed cards and torque charts that found the floor often were probably coated with lav leftovers tracked in on shoes. Sunshades because the airline was too damned cheap to provide them. Brought my own headset because the airline issue ones were crap. Most of us always carried an extra W/B pad because the company never put extras in the airplane. You could usually find some extras in the crew rooms. The most important "no go" items were the Tums and Excedrin. Those two substances along with ear plugs are the only known treatment for crew scheduling, asshole co-workers (thankfully very few of those) and airline management.

When I unloaded that bag after my last flight, I couldn't believe the amount of junk I had accumulated. Nearly three years later, most of it is still in there, sans snacks of course.

Two things you don't bring to an airliner cockpit:
strap on kneeboard
E6B

Either will get you strange looks and "discussed" in the crew rooms.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:53 am

Quoting futureualpilot (Reply 21):
Quoting Airbus_A340 (Reply 16):
Torch

Wow! Isn't that a fire hazard?!

I say potato, you say potato...
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:17 am

Quoting DashTrash (Reply 30):
Two things you don't bring to an airliner cockpit:
strap on kneeboard
E6B

With respect, I know many who would disagree with you on the EB6 [or equivalent]
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:33 pm

Quoting swiftski (Reply 32):
With respect, I know many who would disagree with you on the EB6 [or equivalent]

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 deferred, there just isn't much a standard calculator won't do. I was flying with an IOE captain once who was jokingly talking about a new guy that brought a strap on kneeboard and E6B with him on his first trip. While I'll totally agree that using an old fashioned E6B is a valuable skill that's been partially lost in todays technical world, they just aren't used in an airliner anymore.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:13 pm

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 individually wrapped handwipes completes my kit. Just have my PPL for fun.
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:00 am

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, and enroute charts. A notepad and bunch of pens. The big AOPA airport directory. A bunch of batteries and chargers for everything. A fuel tester. A combination screwdriver and pair of pliers. Foggles. A handmic, because I had bad luck with ptt. switches and gave up on them. Some of these things I never use, but at least I got em with me at all times.
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jul 03, 2010 11:34 pm

Headset
Approach plates (CAP)
HI/LOW Charts
Log Book
LIcense, Medical, Company PPC Card
Pens
Calculator
CAMERA (Because you never know what you will see)
Ipod
Wallet, car keys, cell phone
Leatherman Multi-Tool
LED flightlight
Gum
Ear plugs
A few granola bars incase i'm stuck for food high and dry.
Overnight stuff
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:09 am

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 3):
All this in an AOPA freebie pilot's bag I got for renewing my membership, and it's served me well.

I love that bag.. so much so that my wife saw its utility and snagged it when I wasn't looking.  
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Sat Jul 10, 2010 5:38 pm

Flight Operations Manual
Company Flight Manual
Contract (VERY IMPORTANT!!!)
Jeppesen Charts (two large binders and one small binder)
Sunglasses (Serengeti)
Flashlight
Ear Plugs
FOOD  
 
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:09 am

Quoting mrskyguy (Reply 37):
I love that bag.. so much so that my wife saw its utility and snagged it when I wasn't looking.

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, better bag. It's black and gray, and the front is a large compartment for a headset (I also have my foggles and timer thrown in here) and on the back is a divided compartment for charts, pens, logbook, etc. In addition, the sides have small compartments for a radio, flashlights, cell phone, etc. It's deeper than the blue one, and holds more stuff more organized. I love it, and best of all, it was free for renewing my membership; I wait to renew my membership until they start offering freebies, usually flight bags, but I've also noticed they have a kneeboard floating around, so I'm hoping to snatch one of those this go-around  
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RE: Pilots: What's In Your Flight Bag?

Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:52 pm

I travel light:

sectional
airport diagram
headset
logbook
medical+certs+id
pen

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