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?
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
Your price: $349.99
The new Faro G2 Active Noise Reduction (ANR) is designed for pilots who take flying seriously. Using the newest sound technology, G2 Active noticeably reduces cockpit noise up to 52 dB. So you can fly longer, more comfortably, in a quieter environment. It has everything you would want from an aviation headset.Buy now on Amazon
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.
Your price: $159.99
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.Buy now on Amazon
If you want to learn more about headsets, what to look for and which brands we recommend, check out our 2018 Headset buying guide!
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
Your price: $129.95
Keep all your air travel essentials at your fingertips with the Flight Outfitters The Flight Level Carry-On Travel Bag. Durable nylon and a braided steel handle mean this bag will withstand all the usual airport wear and tear with ease.Buy now on Amazon
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.
Your price: $39.95
A great multi-purpose bag for the student pilot or mechanic. Features include: seven exterior pockets, three small exterior pockets for pens or small flashlights, an interior key clip, removable shoulder strap, double zipper opening, and reinforced base.Buy now on Amazon
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.
Your price: $30.95
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.Buy now on Amazon
ASA KB-1 VFR Kneeboard
Your price: $16.00
This durable brushed aluminum kneeboard is a great way to organize your flight data, providing a strong surface for inflight note taking as well as quick access to important VFR information in the form of a permanent placard.Buy now on Amazon
ASAs Color E6B Flight Computer
List price: $34.95
Your price: $31.27
You save: $3.68 (11%)
The best slide-rule-style flight computer on the market, now enhanced with color for even easier readability. A venerable favorite, now even better! Vinyl case and instruction booklet included. Measures 9-3/4" x 5"Buy now on Amazon
Aircraft Fuel Tester
Your price: $9.42
Fits all quick-drain valves and has an adapter for recessed drains. The transparent cylinder is 6" long with octane color-coding molded in the side. Also included is a screwdriver blade with both Phillips and slotted heads.Buy now on Amazon
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.
Your price: $235.00
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.Buy now on Amazon
Yaesu FTA550L Handheld VHF Transceiver w/Li-Ion Battery
Your price: $289.90
Taking the backlit transceiver screen to a whole new level, Yaesu's FTA-550L features an impressive 1.7" x 1.7" full dot matric LCD display with a user-friendly, icon-driven menu system. Also includes internal ILS and VOR receiver.Buy now on Amazon
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.
Your price: $499.99
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.Buy now on Amazon
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!
Your price: $54.47
The Digital Audio Recorder Adapter allows you to record everything heard over the aircraft intercom system to your digital recording device. It's great for creating your own aerial videos without excess cabin noise. It will record all of the audio transmitted through the intercom system, including in-cabin audio and ATC transmissions.Buy now on Amazon
Jeppesen Pilot Logbook
Your price: $14.94
Crafted with durability and a highly-functional design, the Jeppesen Pilot Logbook has become an industry standard - made to go the distance.Buy now on Amazon
Pilot's Pocket Handbook
Your price: $9.95
Flight Calculations, Weather Decoder, Aviation Acronyms, Charts and Checklists, Pilot Memory Aids. The next best thing to having that brain chip implant! A handy collection of useful everyday aviation facts, figures and neat stuff for pilots.Buy now on Amazon
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.
Your price: $139.99
ASA student pilot kits provide the books and supplies a student pilot needs to complete training at an exceptional value.Buy now on Amazon
Jeppesen Private Pilot Kit - Part 141
Your price: $259.82
The Part 141 Private Pilot Kit is developed for the FAR Part 141 training program. Created from the best of Jeppesen's training tools assisting the student pilot with all of their training needs, who are going through a Part 141 flight training school. The kit is full of the training essentials to further assist and best prepare the student pilot for the Private Pilot written, oral and practical tests.Buy now on Amazon
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.
List price: $17.95
Your price: $13.39
You save: $4.56 (25%)
ASA has built a reputation for providing the aviation community with the most accurate and reliable FAR/AIM products available.Buy now on Amazon
Private Pilot Test Prep 2018: Study & Prepare
List price: $19.95
Your price: $13.56
You save: $6.39 (32%)
Pilot license candidates studying for the Private and Recreational Pilot FAA Knowledge Exam will find sample questions for every question in the Federal Aviation Administration exam database along with their answers and explanations.Buy now on Amazon
Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: FAA-H-8083-25B (FAA Handbooks series)
List price: $24.95
Your price: $16.96
You save: $7.99 (32%)
This official FAA handbook has been required reading for more than 30 years. Providing basic knowledge essential for all pilots, from beginning students through to the more advanced certificates, this Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publication introduces readers to the broad spectrum of knowledge required as they progress through pilot training.Buy now on Amazon
ASA Private Pilot Virtual Test Prep
Your price: $126.72
Private Pilot Virtual Test Prep™–An Aviation Ground School brings the classroom to any home TV or computer. Includes Private Pilot Prepware, 24-month subscription to Prepware Online and both widescreen DVDs and high-definition Blu-Ray disks so you can enjoy the videos on whatever player you have.Buy now on Amazon
ASA Flight Timer 2 - Digital Aviation Flight Timer
Your price: $41.99
Designed by pilots for pilots, the ASA Flight Timer is a one of a kind chronometer that fills a gap in the instruction and pilot aid category. Ergonomically designed and engineered for reliability, ease and convenience, the ASA Flight Timer should be considered essential equipment for all aviators.Buy now on Amazon
Garmin D2 Pilot Watch
Your price: $345.00
The D2 is a pilot watch designed to be as sophisticated in style as it is in function. It's the first pilot watch to help you in-flight, boasting a high-sensitivity WAAS GPS receiver, altimeter with adjustable baro setting, and 3-axis compass.Buy now on Amazon
Last update on April 18, 2018.