‘Tis the season for pilot gatherings, gadgets, and gifts.
Garmin D2 Delta Aviator Watch ($899.00-1,249.00)
Garmin’s newest and smaller-sized family of GPS aviator watches, the D2 Delta series, offers aviators new levels of capability and connectivity such as dynamic color mapping, NEXRAD weather, automatic flight logging, alerts for course deviations, pattern altitudes and more. Pilots can synchronize their watch with their avionics for enhanced GPS navigation and mapping data. With advanced aviation and sport watch functions, these sleek new designs – available in three sizes – accent any style while helping navigate the day. These watches also include handy features such as storage for up to 500 songs and our Garmin Pay contactless payment solution. For more information, visit www.garmin.com.
Released earlier this year, the Bose ProFlight is the smallest aviation headset Bose has ever produced (4.9 ounces compared to approximately 12 ounces for the Bose A20 headset) and is best suited for lower noise cockpits found in turboprop and turbine aircraft. New features include three user selectable levels of noise cancellation, a unique tap control for talk-through communication and quick release, side-swappable boom microphone, and down cable – all engineered into a stable, in-ear configuration. The new Bose ProFlight is FAA TSO and EASA E/TSO-C139a certified. For more information, visit www.bose.com.
A pilot-favorite, Garmin’s latest VIRB camera breaks new ground. The powerful, easy-to-use, and compact VIRB Ultra 30 shoots ultra HD video (4K/30fps) with built-in image stabilization and GPS logging. The complete aviation kit includes an audio cable for recording cockpit communications, a prop filter to remove distortion and mounts. And for easier use, voice control lets you start and stop recording or even take a picture with a simple spoken command. For more information, visit www.garmin.com.
Jet Shades was founded by an engineer and private pilot in Florida who saw the need for a new concept providing sun protection in the cockpit. His solution: develop a quickly installed and easily removable tinted window panel inside the existing window opening. After considerable research, numerous prototypes, and flight testing, Jet Shades was born. Jet Shades are the only anti-glare, anti-heat, removable window panels that entirely fill the cockpit side windows. Jet Shades reduce heat, reduce instrument glare (lessening eye strain), and protect pilots from harmful UV rays. For more information, visit www.jet-shades.com.
Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver ($699.00)
The Stratus 3 by Appareo is the latest generation of the company’s weather receiver. The everyday cockpit companion offers subscription-free weather, ADS-B traffic, backup attitude, and GPS position right to a tablet. New features include auto shutoff, smart WiFi, open ADS-B, new ADS-B products, synthetic vision traffic display, and a two-year warranty. Stratus has accumulated millions of flight hours in everything from the Piper Cub to military fighters, and now it’s smarter than ever. For more information, visit www.appareo.com
A trusted brand among frequent travelers, these carry-on bags have undergone rigorous testing and come in numerous shapes and sizes. One unique feature is the ability to expand the bags by up to 25 to 35 percent when more packing space is needed, then compressing it back down to the original size for overhead storage. And from bumps and scrapes to tears, Briggs & Riley claims to be the only brand with a true lifetime guarantee – repairing bags free of charge if ever broken or damaged (even if by an airline). For more information, visit www.briggs-riley.com.
JClassic Wooden Propeller ($199.00)
From the pioneers of flight to fast flying machines of WWI, airplanes featured wooden propellers similar to this one. This authentic reproduction is hand-crafted of solid mahogany wood with .05 mm brass-hammered edging around the blades and a detailed brass center hub. It measures 6’l x 6.5”, and includes hanging hardware. For more information, visit www.sportys.com.
Over 80 years ago, the original A-2 was introduced and has since become a cultural icon, worn by World War II aces and Hollywood stars alike. This beautiful A-2 is crafted with the original Mil-Spec #A2-98 as our guide but updated for today’s pilot. The jackets are made by Taylor’s Leatherwear, a company that has been designing and manufacturing leather jackets for pilots since the 1940’s. All Taylor’s Leatherwear jackets are guaranteed for five years. For more information, visit www.sportys.com.
With GPS, Return Home and Follow Me technology, this drone is smarter than ever and will know where to go and who to follow. Plan out a flight or hold a position with increased accuracy for even more flying fun. Use along with the free Sky Rider GPS app to access these fun features as you pilot the skies. For more information, visit gpx.com.
Flight Gear Backup Battery for iPad ($79.95)
The all-new Flight Gear Backup Battery for the iPad is the pilot’s answer for charging mobile devices on the flight deck. This battery packs some serious power with 20,000mAh of capacity but retains a slim shape that will fit in any flight bag. Two 3 amp USB ports deliver enough power to charge multiple iPads while they are being used. A total of four USB ports are available. For more information, visit www.sportys.com.
JETPUBS Cockpit Posters ($74.95)
Whether for décor or training, these high-quality posters can be customized to provide detailed information on everything inside the cockpit of your specific aircraft. These posters are an excellent tool for practicing checklists and individual study, with over 130 different aircraft available. Each set comes in full color and includes up to three panels depending on the cockpit’s layout. Lamination is available. (Listed pricing is for pilot size, 18” x 36”). For more information, visit www.jetpubs.com.
Toast Tech Covers ($59.00-99.00)
Enhance your device with the durability and grace of a real wood cover. Toast combines distinctive design, precise engineering, and beautiful natural materials to outfit tech gadgets in sleek, sustainable style. The covers are laser-cut with exacting precision and finished by hand to highlight the individual grain patterns found in the different pieces of wood, making every Toast case one-of-a-kind. For more information, visit www.toastmade.com.