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I'm going to be starting flight lessons in a week or so at a local flight school. And I was wondering what your recommendations would be for what I actually take up in the air with me in my flight bag. Obviously this will change over time, though (I'm going for private to commercial certification, along with instrument and multi ratings).
So, what do you all take up with you? What's your current certification level, current "relationship" to aviation (major airlines, regional, private), and so on?
As a professional fighter pilot, my space is limited in the cockpit, so efficiency is a must. I don't carry things just to carry them. For local sorties I take my checklist, Hi and Low charts for the area I'll fly in, and approach plates for the places I MAY need to land. I'll photocopy the primary approach I'm going to fly and keep it on my kneeboard, along with a clean white piece of paper for writing notes. I don't fly with a "whiz-wheel" though I do have one on my watch if I absolutely need it. That's about it. If you are looking for stuff to put in your bag, check out my online store at AeroWarehouse.com!
Be minimal. Charts for your area of travel and surrounding also. You may have to divert, so be prepared. A notebook or scratchpaper, for writing clearances, etc., several writing pens.
Take extra care to avoid activities that might detract from flying.
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