Pilot Ian

Hey there! I'm a private pilot with ~100 hours behind the yoke. Here I am documenting my pursuits in flying. To fund this, I help brands with their creative and strategic marketing efforts (also within aviation). :) Say hi, and I hope you enjoy the reads.

Best Aviation Survival Kits for Pilots

Best Aviation Survival Kits for Pilots Best Aviation Survival Kits

Most of the accessories that pilots buy are exciting; getting that box in the mail marked “Bose”, or “Garmin”. Those sorts of tools are like candy to the discerning pilot. But then there are items which we would rather not acknowledge if we can help it, and certainly do not revel in when they arrive; […]

Best Pilot Flight Bags For Aviators

Best Pilot Flight Bags For Aviators Best Pilot Flight Bags For Aviators

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 […]

51 Best Gifts for Pilots & Aviators

51 Best Gifts for Pilots & Aviators giftsforpilots

It’s officially the holiday season, or at least I define it as such when October hits. As we rev up for the gift giving season it’s time to prepare yourself for giving the perfect christmas gifts for pilots or aviation lovers in your life. Below I hope you find the best aviation gift to give […]

September 2016 Monthly Flight Hacking Report

September 2016 Monthly Flight Hacking Report flight training costs

It feels like just last week that I was writing to announce that I was starting this thing tentatively named “Flight Hacking”. Maybe that’s because it was exactly one week ago. For those of you unaware of what all this flight hacking is, in brief it is a challenge I have created towards finding ways to […]

The Ultimate Guide to Helicopter Pilot Training

The Ultimate Guide to Helicopter Pilot Training helicopter pilot training

It’s no secret that I love rotary wings. Although I was born into aviation as a fixed wing pilot, my dream has always been to venture into the helicopter pilot training world. Since I have dabbled in and out of venturing into the land of helicopters, I thought I would share a comprehensive guide to everything […]

Aviation Products for Pilots, Airplane Owners and Enthusiasts

Aviation Products for Pilots, Airplane Owners and Enthusiasts

For every pilot there are a few essential aviation products needed to begin a life of flying airplanes, calling out weather, and planning your flights safely. This extensive guide will help you know the essentials and where to begin. If you are new to aviation or if you are looking to refresh your pilot bag, aircraft hangar, or […]

Best Handheld Aviation Radio Comparison

Best Handheld Aviation Radio Comparison best-handheld-aviation-radio-comparison

It’s no secret I am a sucker for a good a aviation radio for my pilot bag. I’ve written about the aviation transceiver that I own and love dearly already. So if you would like a comprehensive review of that feel free to take a gander. Here is a handheld aviation radio comparison of some of […]

Socata TBM700 – For What It’s Worth

Socata TBM700 – For What It’s Worth socata tbm700 takeoff

Some pilots are gifted with the ability to just vomit information left and right about every single aircraft known by man kind. Me, not so much.  I instead know a little about a lot of airplanes. So as I dig into reviewing airplanes in this random segment called “For What It’s Worth”, I will spin my […]

Let’s Talk About Emergency Squawk Codes

Let’s Talk About Emergency Squawk Codes Emergency Squawk Codes

It’s embarrassing, but recently my study buddy (and friend) and I had a lapse in memory when it came to emergency squawk codes in aviation. Yes, I know it sounds crazy but for the love of airplanes we couldn’t remember which code was for which emergency scenario in flight. Today, I’m going to make it stupid simple […]