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The Best Tools and Gear for Student Pilots (2018)

Having the right tools will make your life as a student pilot a lot easier. But which gear do you need and how do you decide what to buy?

The Best Tools and Gear for Student Pilots (2018)


One of the most important things you will need as a student pilot is a proper aviation headset. Not only does it help you to communicate with your instructor and ATC, it's also crucial to protecting your ears. You will spend a lot of hours in the cockpit of a piston engine airplane, having a decent headset will make these hours a lot more comfortable.

For students, price is a big factor to take into account when deciding which headset to buy. Here are a few headsets that offer great value for their price!

Faro G2 ANR Premium Pilot Aviation Headset with Mp3 Input

Kore Aviation KA1 Series PNR Pilot Aviation Headset

Kore Aviation's KA-1 is the perfect aviation headset for all: pilots, passengers, instructors, student pilots, flight schools and more. It provides maximum comfort with ultra-soft gel ear seals, clear sound with exceptional noise reduction, durability built to last and luxury you can feel with the highest-quality materials at the best value price. Designed, engineered, and manufactured by pilots and headset experts with over 30 years of experience, KORE AVIATION guarantees quality with a 5-year Manufacturer's Warranty serviced in Pilot Care Centers located in the U.S.

If you want to learn more about headsets, what to look for and which brands we recommend, check out our 2018 Headset buying guide!

Flight Bag

To transport all these tools and keep everything organized, a good flight bag is essential. Your headset, books, charts and other tools will follow you wherever you go, a good flight bag will not only make your life easier, it will also protect all the precious and expensive gear you bought.

These are some of the best flight bags you can find as a student pilot and we heard a lot of good things about them!

Flight Outfitters The Flight Level Carry-On Travel Bag

Jeppesen Student Pilot Bag

A great first bag for the student pilot. Features include: outside pockets, removable shoulder strap, double zipper opening, reinforced bottom, PVS backed 600 denier poly. Size: 10 inches x 5.5 inches x 17 inches.

If you want to learn more about flight bags, what to look for and which bags we recommend, check out our 2018 Flight Bags buying guide!


ASA VFR Tri-Fold Kneeboard

For the pilot who needs to carry more, this folding kneeboard provides maximum storage space, encourages cockpit organization, and serves as the pilot's desk during flight. The left panel has ample room for small books, papers and items that don't fit elsewhere. The center panel holds the kneeboard under clear plastic with a pen/pencil holder and buttonholes on either side — allowing a pilot to fold back one or both panels with the leg band. The right-hand panel contains a clear pocket for easy map viewing, and the elastic leg bands Velcro® closures fit any leg size comfortably. Black nylon with embroidered silver wings logo. The kneeboard is 6-1/2" wide x 9-1/2" high.

ASA KB-1 VFR Kneeboard

Navigation and Flight Planning

ASAs Color E6B Flight Computer

Fuel Tester

Aircraft Fuel Tester

Handheld Radio

Icom IC-A14 VHF Air Band transceiver

Making radio calls often causes stress and discomfort to student pilots, listening to ATC conversations can be a great help to improve your own radio skills. The Icom IC-A14 is one we personally own and recommend!

The IC-A14 is the ideal flight companion for the student pilot. This radio practically pays for itself by saving pilots both engine hours and fuel during preflight communications with the tower.

Yaesu FTA550L Handheld VHF Transceiver w/Li-Ion Battery

Cameras and accessories

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Aviation In-cockpit Bundle

Garmin has announced an aviation-specific addition to the VIRB action camera family - the VIRB Ultra 30 Aviation In-cockpit Bundle. Offering several new accessories tailored to capturing rich, high-definition footage in-flight, the VIRB Ultra 30 Aviation In-cockpit Bundle includes a VIRB Ultra 30 waterproof action camera with the power to shoot stunning ultra HD footage at 4K/30fps. VIRB Ultra 30 contains a suite of new features, including voice control, an intuitive LCD color touchscreen and one-touch live streaming. Built-in 3-axis stabilization and enhanced connectivity with a variety of Garmin products combine to provide pilots with a premier action camera tailored to capturing superior in-flight footage.

Digital Audio Recorder Adapter for GA Aviation Pilot Headsets

Perfect for recording your ATC calls and instructor's feedback to use for debriefing and learning!


Jeppesen Pilot Logbook

Pilot's Pocket Handbook

ASA Private Pilot Kit - Part 61

ASA student pilot kits provide the books and supplies a student pilot needs to complete training at an exceptional value.

The Part 61 and 141 student kits ensure that FAA regulatory requirements are met, and are the perfect training solution for both instructors and students. For students taking flight training courses at a smaller flight school or through a freelance instructor, this Part 61 Student Kit includes everything they'll need, packaged in the ASA Pilot Briefcase.

The Complete Private Pilot by Bob Gardner is the primary textbook for this kit, and the top-selling ASA FAR/AIM and Private Pilot Test Prep books are also included to assist in preparing for the FAA Knowledge Exam. The Practical Test Standards, Private Oral Exam Guide, and Visualized Flight Maneuvers for High-Wing Aircraft help take students through their Oral and Practical exams. Also in this briefcase is a fiberboard E6-B flight computer and Ultimate Rotating Plotter for all flight planning, and a Standard Pilot Logbook for keeping track of flight time.

ASA student kits bring pilot training to a new level, providing one-stop-shopping for the student and instructor. Personalized student kits for schools are always available through ASA's Personalized Aviation Custom Kits (PACKs) program, and we are happy to work with schools to develop customized kits to meet their specific training needs.

Jeppesen Private Pilot Kit - Part 141

FAR/AIM 2018: Federal Aviation Regulations / Aeronautical Information Manual (FAR/AIM series) paperback

Now includes the new "Remote Pilot" and "Unmanned Aircraft Systems" regulations (drones), 14 CFR Parts 48 and 107!

The 2018 FAR/AIM book contains complete and up-to-date information from Titles 14 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 and 49 CFR) pertinent to General Aviation, Sport Pilots and Flight Instructors, combined with the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), and a free email subscription service for you to receive updated information as it is released by the FAA. Convenient handbook-sized 6" x 9" format.

ASA's FAR/AIM Series has been the standard for printed reference books containing the aviation industry's regulations for more than 30 years. ASA consolidates the FAA regulations and procedures into easy-to-use reference manuals full of information pertinent to pilots, flight crew, and aviation maintenance technicians.

Private Pilot Test Prep 2018: Study & Prepare

Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: FAA-H-8083-25B (FAA Handbooks series)


ASA Private Pilot Virtual Test Prep

Watch and timer

ASA Flight Timer 2 - Digital Aviation Flight Timer

Garmin D2 Pilot Watch

Last update on April 18, 2018.

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