The Best Aviation Gift for Pilots!
There is something unique about those of us who love aviation! When it comes time to give an aviation gift, it can be a real challenge. Because we love to share our passion for aviation, we want to provide some aviation gift recommendations for your loved one.
Randolph Sunglasses ($$): Their Aviator sunglasses are iconic! While is a personal choice, their "23k Gold" work very well for flying because they are light enough when you are flying in the clouds, but dark enough when is sunny.
Wall Clock ($)
Having an aviation-themed wall clock will let everyone know, you love aviation. You can select from an Altimeter, Airspeed Indicator, or attitude indicator. The Altimeter version is my favorite because the needles are similar to the real instrument.
Don't let the title discourage you. This book is a great source of reference material for anyone looking to start or to continue working on their flight training. The book comes in electronic (app), and paper versions. Both versions are good.
Pilot Logbook ($)
While many pilots have switched to the Electronic Pilot Logbook, the paper version is much more personal. This is a great gift for a new pilot. Make sure they record their flight experience with a solid looking pilot logbook.
This is the top of the line aviation headset. We recommend getting the Bluetooth Version.
Before you buy this gift, pay attention to the headset connectors. Not sure what they use? Ask them to talk about their headset, and pay attention to the plug: 2 plugs (most common), single plug (big version of an audio jack) or some futuristic looking plug.
The latest Bose aviation headset is the Bose Proflight Headset. This is mainly for quiet airplanes. If the airplane they fly has propellers (fan looking blades), just get the A20.
Yes, they are other brands of headsets. But overtime, the extra few hundred dollars will really pay off, The A20 is truly a great headset.
iPad Mini ($$)
The iPad Mini is the way to go for pilots. Make sure you get the CELLULAR version ( you don't need to pay for the data subscription), because that one has the build in GPS, which your pilot will need. The size does not matter too much, but the versions do. Some apps stop working with older units, it is very important to try to get the latest model.
Ram Mount ($)
If you get an iPad mini as an Aviation Gift, you will need a strong mounting device. We have flown with the Ram Mount in small airplanes and in airliners. It works! This version only fits the iPad Mini.
My daughter has loved her “Space Girl” since she was 4years old. Why aim for the sky when you can go to space?
You can print the aviation sectional chart of your local area and overlay it on several articles.
Discovery Flight ($$)
Find a local flight school and give them a call. There is usually a very short discovery flight and a longer discovery flight. This is a great gift if your loved one is new to aviation.
Simulator Lesson ($$)
Our 2-hour lesson simulator lessons can be tailored for both serious pilots and for youth interested in learning about aviation. Depending on the lesson of experience we tailor each lesson.
Home Flight Simulator Gear:
Yoke and Throttle Quadrant ($$): Honeycomb Alpha Flight Simulator Yoke and you will need Additional Logitech/Saitek Flight Simulator Throttle Quadrant
Rudder Pedals($$): Logitech (Saitek) Flight Simulator Rudder Pedals
The Logitech Flight Sim Joystick($) has all the basic functions of the yoke, throttle quadrant, and rudder pedals all-in-one
Flight simulator requires a pretty strong computer if you want them to look like the one in the marketing videos. You can lower the graphics requirements in a more basic computer.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 ($) Only works on PC
X-plane 11 ($) Work on Mac and PC
X-Plane Flight Simulator (Free) for iPad only* But you can buy airplanes in the app.
Home Flight Simulator Lesson($) We provided virtual lessons from Simulator to ground school to prepare for the checkride.
Didn't find what you were looking for?
Here are some stores that will help you in your search:
Banyan Pilot Shop Located in Florida, this store is one kind.
The Airplane Shop One Store, located in New Jersey, sells high-quality static model aircraft, among other things.
Sportys Online Very well known aviation store.
If you have more ideas, please let us know in the comments below.