Avination, welcome to the first ever Pilot to Pilot gift guide. These are just some of the things that you will need as a pilot. If you want to add anything to the list, let me know via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The number one aviation product I recommend to anyone is a Bose A20 headset. If you want to be a professional pilot I recommend saving up to buy this headset, it is a gamechanger.
If you aren’t a Bose fan you can always check out LightSpeed.
If you are looking for a headset and don’t want to spend premium $$$ then check out David Clark. I used a David Clark headset all the way up to my first aviation job. It was a great headset for the money.
Other option for your first headset ASA.
iPad mini 4
This is also an aviation must have. The iPad has revolutionized and modernized aviation, if you don’t have an iPad then you’re doing aviation wrong.
Other options… There are no other options buy the iPad.
There is no reason to buying an iPad unless you pair it with a subscription to ForeFlight. Using ForeFlight makes you wonder how pilots used to operate in the past.
Another app to check out is Garmin Pilot.
The cheapest and easiest way to getting XM weather and traffic updates on your iPad (aside from creating your own).
If you are not balling on a budget then you could go with Stratus 2s.
Being organized while flying is key to a safe flight, one way you can accomplish this is with a kneeboard. This will keep your iPad securely on your leg and give you all the accessories you will need for your flight.
For all non-iPad users here is a kneeboard trifold.
I can tell you from experience that the sooner you start an electronic logbook the better. Don’t be the 2,000-hour pilot that decides to make the switch, it is not enjoyable. But, what is enjoyable? Being able to hit “Fly Now” and “Stop” and having your flight automatically logged for you. #Magic
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2018 FAR AIM
If you are just beginning the process of becoming a pilot then this will be your new best friend. A shiny, brand spanking new edition of FAR AIM. I prefer a physical copy, this way I can highlight, doggy tag, or write down anything that will help me remember the regs.
Written Prep books
If you are studying for your private pilot written test there is no better resource than the ASA prep book.
Once you further your training I would recommend Sheppard Air for all your written tests.
This book will help you prepare for pretty much any question your examiner will ask you.
There are also great resources on youtube to help you prepare for your check-ride.
Airplane Flying Handbook – a great resource to help further your aviation knowledge.
Everything Explained for the Professional Pilot – My personal favorite book!
But, I personally recommend your favorite Bookbag. For me, that is the North Face Router Book Bag. This bag lets me take my computer, chargers, a few days worth of clothes and all the books to keep my aviation knowledge sharp.
Every pilot needs a great flashlight. When buying make sure you get one with a red light!
Other Miscellaneous things you might want/need
AA batteries – You never know when your Bose will run out of juice.
External Battery for iPad/Phone – This way you will never have to worry about running out of battery.
Jet Fuel for pilots AKA Coffee – This one is pretty self-explanatory. Especially when you wake up at 3 am for a flight. Coffe is a must for every pilot.
Things you don’t need but probably want
What I wear – There is no better way to feel out of shape by your watch reminding you that you have been flying a plane all day. It is cool to see what my heart rate is doing in stressful flying conditions though.
What I want to wear – I mean who doesn’t want a flight computer on their wrist. Garmin if you’re reading this, hook a dude up!
Last but not least…
Pilot to Pilot Swag
Avination, let me know if you want anything else on the list!
PILOT TO PILOT PODCAST EP 26 FEATURING AVIATRIX AND CFI EMILY MELDRUM.
What is going on avination, and welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast. This week I am talking with CFI Emily Meldrum.
In this episode, Emily and I talk about.
- How her dads love for aviation helped get Emily into Aviation.
- Why she joined Aviation Explorers in High School.
- How an annual slowed down her private pilot training.
- We talk about why my training took so long.
- Why she switched flight schools.
- Why she chose ATP.
- How to choose a flight school.
- She talks about what her ATP experience was like.
- Why they didn’t transfer any of her previous time.
- The “six-month program” took over a year.
- How ATP works for a very certain type of person.
- How you need to do your research on what flight school to choose.
- How you can’t let anyone push you to take a check ride when you aren’t ready.
- We talk about the differences between the two flight schools she attended.
- What made flight training fun for Emily.
- What Emily’s least favorite part of training was.
- We talk about Emily’s training from Private to CFI.
- Why ATP is not very forgiving.
- How and Why ATP will kick you out if you can’t keep up.
- How she had 4 different instructors during her instrument training.
- How she never flew through a cloud until she was a flight instructor.
- Why you shouldn’t be afraid to fly in clouds.
- Why Emily thinks the check rides are easier than the actual training.
- What planes Emily flew while at ATP.
- How they only gave her 8 hours to learn how to fly a multi-engine airplane.
- What it is like training a foreign student.
- Get to know everything and anything about ATP
- Why she loved CFI training.
- Why I hated my CFI training.
- How your DE knows that you will make mistakes on your check rides.
- How you can talk your way into trouble on a check ride.
- Why she chose to become a CFI at CAE rather than ATP.
- She tells her craziest CFI stories.
- We talk about what it is like to be a woman in aviation.
- We talk about how expensive it is to become a pilot.
- Ways to make money while training.
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PILOT TO PILOT PODCAST EP 25 FT KEVIN FROM I AM THE DRIZZLE
What is going on avination, welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast. This week I am re-releasing the I am the drizzle podcast. I am the drizzle also known as drizzle or Kevin is everyone’s favorite Instagram pilot & meme creator.
In this Episode, Kevin and I talk about.
- Why he failed his Single engine commercial check ride.
- How Embry Riddles training set him up for his airline training.
- Why it is important to learn how to say now early in your aviation career.
- How he was furloughed from being a flight instructor and ended up as a yo yo salesman at a mall.
- Why becoming a 787 captain doesn’t happen overnight
- How Embry riddle had the best avionics you could ask for in 1993.
- How they had a bunch of engine failures with 172’s.
- Talking about going from a Cherokee to a Mooney.
- How most examiners aren’t out to get you.
- How a failed check ride should be a learning experience.
- What the decision-making process is like in aviation.
- How it is important to learn how to say no in aviation.
- Would he recommend someone to go to Embry Riddle?
- That it is hard to justify spending north of $200,000 for flight lessons.
- We talk about how fast the industry can change.
- How he was furloughed from being a flight instructor.
- And how he worked in the mall aYo-Yoo Yo salesman.
- How regionals hire until they furlough.
- How you need to have grit and determination to get through this career.
- How the first thing to go during any economic downturn is aviation.
- When the bad times come we have to remember that we are still living our childhood dreams.
- How you need to keep your applications up to date.
- How you need to grind and hustle to get your hours.
- How he took a massive pay cut going from a regional to his major job.
- How you have to take some risks in this career.
- Why it is important to think outside the box sometimes.
- Don’t put yourself in a situation to where you can’t afford to take a pay cut for a job that would propel your career.
- How becoming a 787 captain doesn’t happen overnight you have to work for it.
- I ask him what he prefers airbus, Boeing or Embraer?
- How is single favorite airplane is the 757.
- How he never gets any one to come up in the cockpit of the E190.
- What the Drizzle would be doing if he wasn’t a pilot.Avination, thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, please let me know! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to me on Instagram @pilottopilot. Also, make sure to check out the Pilot to Pilot patreon page.
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PILOT TO PILOT PODCAST EP 024 FT. LOGAN FLOOD: REGIONAL AIRLINE PILOT & PLANE CRASH SURVIVOR
What is going on Avination?!
Today, I am talking with Logan Flood. Logan is a current regional airline captain, flying out of everyone’s favorite Laguardia airport. Logan has overcome an incredible amount of adversity and disabilities to get to where he is today. If you would like to read more about Logan and his accident check out this article “No One Would Ever Hire Me”
Some of the things we talk about in this episode are.
- His dream was to be a starship cargo pilot.
- Star Wars helped him find his love for aviation.
- We talk about his hometown in Nebraska.
- How he thought the only way to become a pilot was by going to the Air Force.
- Talked about how Flight Sim helped Logan get familiar with flying.
- How working at Sears led him to find out he can be a pilot with poor vision.
- How his high school teacher got him an internship at a local FBO.
- How he quit Sears as soon as he realized he could work at the airport.
- How Logan chose what College to go to.
- How he saved money in college.
- Logan was renting airplanes for $50 with the instructor fee.
- How he started his flying career.
- How Logan’s connections helped him get his first job.
- Why it is important to have a mentor in your career.
- Why its all about networking.
- How regionals used to require 2,000 TT.
- We talk about how he built his time.
- Logan goes into detail about what happened with his accident.
- We talk about the extent of his injuries
- How long it took him to recover.
- How he was able to get his license back.
- What it was like dealing with the FAA.
- How he was able to help a paralyzed student reach his dream of becoming a pilot.
- Why he thought he could never fly for the airlines.
- How he overcomes his disability,
- Why he wants to stay at Republic his whole career.
- How Logan was able to stay positive in such a horrific accident.