Flashlights can offer a valuable tool during pre-flighting or in the cockpit. They can be a life-saving tool as well, in case of an emergency or electrical failure at night. In this guide, we list a few of our recommendations when it comes to flashlights and headlamps for pilots.
When it comes to flashlights, there are a few different options to consider.
To start, we have two main types of lights, the standard flashlights to hold in your hand or the headlamps that mount on your head to free your hands. This second type can be very convenient as you often need both hands in the cockpit. The first type offers more flexibility, mostly out of the cockpit when doing your walk-around, for example.
Furthermore, it's important to pick a flashlight that can switch to different colors. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the flashlight has a red color, which prevents your eyes from losing their light sensitivity when turning on the light.
It's a good idea to pick a flashlight that has independent switches for the different colors of light. You don't want to scroll through blinding white light to get to the night vision-friendly red light.
All of the flashlights mentioned in this guide are able to switch to different colors, including red.
Most flashlights you will find are powered by a few changeable batteries, mostly AA-batteries. Other types might have rechargeable batteries that can plug-in a power outlet or USB port to charge. Although it might be a little more expensive to change AA-batteries frequently, they do offer the advantage of being able to switch quickly, while a rechargeable battery often has to charge for a few hours before it can be used again. Most pilots already have spare Alkaline batteries in their flight bag anyway for headsets and other gear.
The Smith & Wesson Galaxy 13 LED Flashlight is highly durable and functional in any situation. This flashlight is 6.5 inches long and weighs only 7.7 ounces. It illuminates up to 19 lumens in its full-size design. The Galaxy 13 features a patented dual switch system for quick and easy selection of red or white light. It also includes a holster and lanyard.
This AirClassics flashlight has both white and red lenses for preflight and night flying, and a MIL spec blue-green lens for map reading. The Flightlight is water-tight, corrosion-resistant, has an extra bi-pin bulb stored within, and features a clicking ON/OFF for maximum battery life. Focuses from spot to floodlight. Black machined aluminum with ASA wings logo. Two AA batteries and spare bulb included.
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The Pilot Flashlight was designed specifically for aviation. Two buttons will independently control the two types of light. No more scrolling through the blinding white light to get to the red light. The knurled grip and included wrist strap will make keeping the light close at hand easy. For those inevitable times when a pilot holds their flashlight with their mouth, a soft silicon bite ring protects you teeth for scraping against the metal. Uses 3 AAA batteries.
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Flying at night can be a daunting task. Having both hands free to handle the workload during these tense situations is extremely important. This dual-color headlamp puts the right type of light right where you need it without tying up your hands. Dual switches allow you to turn on just the white light, or just the red light. This means you don't have to scroll through different lights and ruin your night vision. Each color of light has a high and low setting to maximize battery life. Uses 3AAA batteries (included).
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Last updated on January 21, 2020 by Senne Vandenputte