What Pilots Are Packing In Their Flight Bags
Daria Knupp
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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?
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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.
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Bruce Sdunek:
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.

I have a sectional, POH, parts catalog, and an assortment of pens/pencils in that bag and resides in the back. My flashlight is in a side pocket within reach. Don't really use the bag after my student days but it's large enough for a day of clothes. My tablet is what I use for navigation and flight planning is done on aopa's flight planner. I didn't keep my e6b after student days. My flights are typically within my state or really close in proximity so it's almost always the case that I am usually able to fly by dead reckoning and pilotage. My tablet has fltplan go installed and I use that quite a bit. the tablet is attached to my kneeboard. I haven't had problems with it overheating even at higher altitudes. I don't keep my log book with me in the plane. It is at home in my fireproof safe.
Ronald Levy
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  • Headset
  • 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)
  • Stratus2
  • 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.
 
This is highly dependent on whether you own, rent, are in a club, in a partnership, etc.  The biggest contrast is between a renter and sole owner.  If you are an owner, especially if you have a hangar, you can leave many things on the airplane or in the hangar. If you are a renter you must carry everything in your flight bag.

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.