When it comes to flying, there are typically a handful of tools and trinkets you must have on every single flight. The worst thing however, is forgetting something you need because you weren’t well organized. That is why owning pilot flight bags are so important to an aviator’s flying.
Now let me tell you a thing or two about finding the perfect flight bag. The first “thing” is that there is no perfect flight bag, trust me I have gone through my own fair share of them. Second “thing” you must always remind yourself of the mission you plan to fly most and find a bag that will fit that mission the best.
If you plan to do short flights, perhaps a smaller bag capable of holding your headset and an iPad may be all you need. Longer flights or weekend trips will require something a bit bigger for clothes, food, and all the flying essentials.
In this article I will cover some of the industry’s most popular flight bags so you can decide which flight bag works best for your flying mission.
Quick comparison: Best Pilot Flight Bags
|Flight Outfitters Lift Headset Bag||• Water bottle/back-up radio pocket, Fuel tester pocket, 2 external chart pockets|
• Fleece-lined electronic accessory pockets (ADS-B / GPS / Iridium), 4 internal mesh organizers for cables and charging cords
• Adjustable shoulder strap, braided wire reinforced carry handle and metal hardware
|MyGoFlight Bag||• 2 Compartments, 4 Side Pockets - Measures 14"H x 13"L X 6"D|
• Includes aircell shoulder strap and built-in ergonomic, reinforced, steel cable handle for carrying options
• 4 outside pockets - including a quick access pocket, large pocket for radio or bottle
|Herschel Backpack||• 100% Polyester|
• Buckle Drawstring Magnetic Snap closure
• 20" high
|Flight Outfitters The Bush Pilot Bag||• Canvas with leather accents|
• Felt Flight Outfitters signature orange interior
• 2 padded headset pockets
This bag gets decent reviews with the only real concern from reviewers being that it is a bit smaller than anticipated. However, if you are a pilot that likes to travel very light this could be the perfect solution for your needs.
Flight Outfitters Lift Headset Bag
A brand that I’m personally obsessed with is Flight Outfitters. They seem to be making really unique and well constructed products and that’s why they earn two spots in this article. The first being their smaller more minimal headset bag.
With enough room for your iPad, headset and aviation radio its all you really need in a typical private pilot mission. From a design standpoint it has flashes of color and well detailed fabrics to make it look pilot professional.
I had a chance to try a friend’s out and have to say it works as great as it looks.
Flight Outfitters The Bush Pilot Bag
If you’re traveling a bit heavier when you go flying and you need some added room in your bag I would suggest looking into the Flight Outfitters larger “Bush Pilot” bag. It is a beautiful tan and looks like it can pack literally anything you need to take on your longer flight.
Personally pairing this with a smaller headset bag would be the 1-2 punch combo for all your flying needs. I personally own a larger bag and a smaller bag so I can use either for any specific mission.
Throw your headset into one of the the side pockets, your iPad in another and a pair of clothes to change into and this bag is perfect.
From the looks of the bag’s stitching on the handles and hooks it looks extra strong which is good when you have added weight in the bag pulling on the handles. I’ve owned other larger bags like this that would eventually tear at the seam however this product looks like it could withstand that weight over time.
To be completely honest, 90% of the time I go flying I use a regular ol’ Herschel backpack. Why? Well, because it works good enough for my mission. Now this is not to say that the bags suggested above aren’t needed, I think they are. The downside of a backpack is that it is difficult to find things quickly. Especially if the thing you are looking for migrated to the bottom of the bag. Frustrating!
The plus side of backpacks like this is that you can utilize the bag in your day to day life. I take my bag everywhere. However, switching out your day-to-day setup to your pilot setup can frustrating. That is why i recommend investing in a dedicated pilot bag if you can. You get that added benefit of a easy access design and you can store it when you aren’t using it.
I believe these are the best pilot flight bags out there on the market currently. Whether you are going for a weekend flight around the city or going for an overnight stay at your cabin, there is a flight bag that’s perfect for you here.
I’m interested to hear your thoughts and what flight bag you end up using for your flight adventures.