2015 Flying Holiday Gift Guide

Check out the ultimate pilot gift guide.

Lightspeed Zulu PFX Headset

One of the quietest aviation headsets we’ve ever tested, the Zulu PFX adapts to your ears, environment, and preferences to deliver excellent noise cancellation with Streaming Quiet ANR. Providing ­exceptional audio clarity and quality, the headset’s capabilities can be customized through the FlightLink app, which also allows you to record and play back audio and stream music from iOS devices to the headset.

PowerUp 3.0

PowerUp 3.0 Paper Airplane
PowerUp 3.0 | Buy It Now Jon Whittle

Designed for aviation enthusiasts of any age, the PowerUp 3.0 transforms paper airplanes into personal drones. Simply attach the crashproof carbon-fiber body to your paper airplane (templates included) and remotely control it using the free app on your Bluetooth-connected smartphone or tablet. With a 180-foot range, you can fly your paper airplane for about 10 minutes before recharging it with a micro USB.

08 Left Aviation Art

08 Left Aviation Art
LAX Los Angeles Tower 20 x 30 Metal Print | Buy It Now Jon Whittle

Give your favorite aviation lover a unique gift with 08 Left’s custom aviation art. Choose from a selection of 55 control towers or browse other designs inspired by more than 350 domestic and international airports. Selections are available as customizable prints, throw pillows, coasters and more.
$22 to $159.99 | 08left.com

CruzTOOLS Pilot’s Tool Kit

CruzTOOLS Pilot's Tool Kit, pilot tools, pilot mechanic tool
CruzTOOLS Pilot’s Tool Kit | Buy It Now Jon Whittle

This handy tool kit was designed for pilots on the move. All of the essentials for on-the-go repairs fit neatly in CruzTOOLS’ tough, roll-up pouch, which stores easily. In addition to a variety of wrenches and more, the kit includes a telescopic mirror, 30 feet of safety wire and a special aviation spark-plug socket.

FODY Tempus Pro

FODY Tempus Pro
FODY Tempus Pro Jon Whittle

Do you know someone who geeks out over weather? (As pilots, that’s never a bad thing.) Fody’s Bluetooth weather station measures precise, full-range weather data and sends personalized weather alerts to your smartphone or tablet. Up-to-the-minute microclimate data is available through Fody’s free app, which can be installed on multiple devices.
$159.99 | myfody.com

Apple Watch Sport

Apple Watch Sport
Apple Watch Sport | Buy It Now File Photo

Take advantage of the plethora of pilot apps on the market by pairing an Apple Watch Sport with your iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus (shown above) or 6S. On the ground, the watch will register real-time data through your iPhone’s cellular or Wi-Fi connection, and, in the air, it connects to a Stratus ADS-B receiver.

Profits from this PROJECT(RED) Apple Watch Sport band ($49) benefit the Global Fund to support AIDS relief programs in Africa.

$349 to $399 watch, $649 phone

ForeFlight Mobile

Access the most recent color-coded metars and favorite airports, view flight instruments, set flight timers, monitor your GPS location and more with an easy glance at your wrist using the ForeFlight mobile app on an Apple watch. Annual subscription rates vary in the U.S. and Canada.

$74.99 to $149.99 | foreflight.com

Garmin D2 Bravo

Garmin D2 Bravo Watch
Garmin’s D2 Bravo pilot watch | Buy It Now Jon Whittle

Garmin’s D2 Bravo pilot watch features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, real-time weather reports, and routing functions that locate the nearest airports. In addition to its inflight functions, the D2 Bravo wirelessly connects to Garmin cameras, like the Virb XE, allowing you to control the camera from the watch. Bonus: The Virb XE has built-in GPS and G-force sensors, and captures an array of performance data that can be overlaid on the video footage.

$699 D2, $399.99 VIRB

Scheyden Waylite Sunglasses

Scheyden Waylite Sunglasses
Scheyden Waylite Sunglasses Jon Whittle

Surprisingly light and durable, these sunglasses are unmatched in clarity — a standard for Scheyden’s eyewear. The arms are thin and incredibly flexible, allowing for a comfortable fit under a headset and making them ideal for long-term wear. Waylites also feature water and oil resistance, and UVA and UVB protection.

$169 to $199 | scheyden.com

Saddleback iPad Air Case

Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course
Saddleback iPad Air Case | Buy It Now Jon Whittle

Available for the first- and second-generation iPad Air, Saddleback Leather’s iPad Air case protects against shocks and scratches, adapts as a stand, and features a “finger pocket” so it can easily be held in one hand. Also from Saddleback Leather, this beautifully simplistic passport sleeve keeps travel documents in one place. The flaps on each side hold the passport open, allowing it to be shown without being removed from the case.

$98 case, $49 sleeve

For the budding pilot on your list, Sporty’s Learn to Fly course is available on an iPad or iPhone. The 3-in-1 syllabus includes ­training for Private, Sport and Recreational licenses.

$199 | sportys.com


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