Shopping for pilots can be tricky at best. There is so much aviation gear on the market, and, without trying things out, it’s hard to know what products work well and which ones don’t. Here is a collection of some of our favorites — gift ideas for all budgets that are sure to put a smile on the faces of your beloved flying friends.
When Pipistrel unveiled the prototype of its new, ultra-efficient Panthera this spring, we – like so many in the aviation community – were more than a little impressed. With the claimed ability to cruise at 200 knots while burning just 10 gallons per hour, as well as the legs to go 1,000 nm – with all four seats taken – the composite airplane with retractable landing gear brings the meaning of innovation to a whole new level. With a price tag beneath $500,000, as well as hybrid and purely electric versions that also are in the works, the Panthera is definitely near the top of our airplane wish list.