Soon-to-be-student

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Soon-to-be-student

Postby LNSflyer » Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:19 pm

I am going to be starting to train for a private license, and I was wondering if anybody had suggestions for gear. I already have a Sigtronics S-40 headset, and am thinking about getting a FlightGear bag from Sporty's.
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Re: Soon-to-be-student

Postby MrSparkle » Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:30 pm

So, what a great decision. I'm thinking don't go overboard $$$ wise as a student, save the bucks until you have your certificate, then reward yourself with some new, fancier, gear. You may want to use a kneeboard, I use the Sporty's Classic VFR Kneeboard which is only $12.95. It has a good pen clip. A flight gear bag will be very useful, but again, I would not go overboard. Sporty's VFR Flight Gear Bag at $49.95 looks like it would serve you well. By the way, I recently replaced my 20 year old Sporty's gear bag with a new Pilot Flight Bag from Brightline Bags. I like this bag, especially the more upright stance from my old Sporty's. At $129 it might be a nice reward for passing that PP checkride. Best of luck to you.

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Re: Soon-to-be-student

Postby PropFan » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:21 pm

Good advice from Mr. Sparkle. Keep it simple. I, too, have Sporty's VFR Flight Bag, and it has served me well. For ground instruction, you'll also need a plotter and an E6B. I strongly prefer the rotating style of plotter. It's not a bad idea to start with the traditional, circular E6B and then graduate to the more expensive electronic version as budget permits. You can use either type for your written exam.

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Re: Soon-to-be-student

Postby Andrew B » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:14 pm

I have the sportys IFR bag and im a VFR pilot..... I do really love my bag cause of its space and its size, It will easily fit a few headsets so that will give you an idea ove capacity. I really love it, but its very similar to the VFR bag so it doesnt matter which one you get.

But stick with the Flight Gear series, very good products and durable.

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Re: Soon-to-be-student

Postby jackhodgson » Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:16 am

It seems to me that pilot bags are a personal things, like high-wing vs low-wing... but here's my two-cents:

For years and years I had a Sisson Satchels bag, which I loved.

http://www.sissonsatchels.com/

But a year or so ago I watched this video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx6z514a3tc

... and immediately ordered one of these Brightline Bags. And I really do like it.

http://www.brightlinebags.com

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Re: Soon-to-be-student

Postby LNSflyer » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:13 pm

jackhodgson wrote:It seems to me that pilot bags are a personal things, like high-wing vs low-wing... but here's my two-cents:

For years and years I had a Sisson Satchels bag, which I loved.

http://www.sissonsatchels.com/

But a year or so ago I watched this video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx6z514a3tc

... and immediately ordered one of these Brightline Bags. And I really do like it.

http://www.brightlinebags.com

// Jack


Jack,

Thanks for showing my the info on the Brightline bags. I have heard nothing but good reviews about them, and I think I have found a bag.
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Re: Soon-to-be-student

Postby kswim94 » Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:23 pm

Previously, I would fly with a typical flight bag. Recently I experienced a moment of lucidity and got a "pilot's caddy" from Sporty's. http://sportys.com/PilotShop/product/11883

Turns out, even during long IFR cross country flights, I've found that I never need most of the stuff in my flight bag. So I managed to put my "must have" items in the caddy. It's design makes it VERY easy to simply reach back to the floor behind me, feel around, and grab what I needed. Not having to mess around with a zipper/snap/velcro makes a big difference. I learned from a spatial disorientation trainer that you want to avoid turning your head while in IMC.

Takes up very little space on the floor in the back seat - no problem flying with my wife and two kids. Maybe it's not as cool looking as a standard IFR flight bag - but way more practical.

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Re: Soon-to-be-student

Postby rcigliano » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:54 am

I also have a Brightline bag and HIGHLY recommend it. It has more pockets than you can ever fill up. To me it is the best bag out there.

It fits very nicely in the back of the PiperSPort and I love the capability of splitting the bag in 2. I keep the second half for my XC stuff so if I am just doing local flights or pattern work, I do not need to carry the full bag.

As for the knee board, is there a stick or yoke in the plane. For a yoke, your typical VFR tri-fold kneeboard is fine. If you fly a stick, that won't work. One section of the tri-fold will keep being hit by the stick. I use the Ultimate kneeboard because I fly a stick, http://www.mypilotstore.com/mypilotstor ... paign=base.

I bought a lot of my gear on Ebay. It is a great way to save some money. Don't forget about a transceiver. I have the Sporty's SP-200. It has been working great for me for 6 years. You can get this pretty cheap on Ebay.

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Re: Soon-to-be-student

Postby ATC_Ben » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:20 pm

You don't need to go too bling for the training. I did all my private (and commercial) navs with just an ordinary clipboard but one that has a cover on it, so when it's open all the way you have the clipped part up and then under that (have the hinged part facing forward) you have a space to put all your charts etc.

Over time you'll develop a 'system' for sorting out your 'airborne filing cabinet'.
I don't know how the AFD works in the US, over here we have the ERSA (En Route Supplement Australia) which has the same info in it. It fits quite nicely in front of the seat against that ridge in the floor in a Warrior though! Now I've moved to Jepps I discovered that two binders fit nicely in between the front seats in an Aztec!
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Re: Soon-to-be-student

Postby flyinyak » Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:00 pm

First post!

As a fairly recent PP - Feb 2009 - I'm still using the bag that came with my Jepp ground school books, E6B, etc. Not that fanciest thing by any means - it's just a bag :-) . I also bought a David Clark H10 13.4 headset - works great for my needs. The only upgrade item I bought was a Sporty's electronic E6B that I used after I got my cert.

Good luck!


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