We were interested in what pilots are placing in their packs nowadays, so we put that question out to AOPA’s social-media following. We also sought suggestions from a few of the most active in-house aviators. Find out what they were here.
What about you? What item do you always pack?
As an old, VFR only pilot - applicable sectionals, E6-B, airport guide, electronic E6-B, log book, folder with pad of paper, flash light, pens, owners manual, some other miscellaneous items. I do have a second case that holds my iFly GPS with accessories.
- Kneeboard (with mini-legal pad, miniature screwdriver and 2 instrument covers)
- Nomex flight gloves
- iPad with Foreflight and a host of aviation handbooks and aircraft manuals (operating, parts, maintenance, etc)
- Spare AA and AAA batteries in Stor-a-Cell carriers
- 12v dual socket 2x2.1 amp USB charger with cables for iPad and Stratus
- Wall charger and cables for iPad and cell phone
- Small LED flashlight
- Spare iPad stylus pens
- Eyeglass/screen spray cleaner and cloth
- Flying glasses
All in an ASA Dispatch Bag. And, of course, my Leatherman Wave is on my belt.
Headsets, charts, handheld radio, flashlight, pulse oximeter, PLB, Stratus, foggles, kneeboard, etc., are things that can be either left in the plane or hangar if you are an owner but must be carried in a flight bag as a renter.
It’s a question with answers that might not correlate with each other.