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Resources we Recommend for Pilots and Those Learning to Fly.

Welcome to the Hangar.Flights Resources section, a curated list of the tools and resources we strongly recommend for starting your aviation journey or enhancing it. We have personally tested most of the recommendations on this page.

 

Before digging into the awesome resources we know and trust, an important disclosure:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, we will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have experience with most of these companies, and we recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you.

Aviation Brands we thrust and recommend

Faro Aviation

Faro's Aviation Headsets

FARO Aviation has been a leading aviation supplier since 1999. Pilot owned and operated, they offer a range of commercial-grade, active and passive noise-reduction headsets and accessories.

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Rod Machado

Rod Machado's Learning Materials

Rod Machado has logged over 8,000 flight hours and has been teaching and speaking to pilots in the 50 states and Europe since 1973. He simplifies the complex, makes bland topics interesting and educates with humor.

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Faro Aviation

AVI-8 Pilot Watches

AVI-8's collection of timepieces seeks to honor both the aircraft and the untold story of the airmen who have dedicated themselves both in and out of the cockpit to bring these incredible machines to life.

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Aviation Headsets that don't break the bank

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 student pilots, price is often a big factor when deciding which headset to buy. Here are a few headsets that offer great value for their price!

Faro G2 ANR Pilot Headset with Mp3 Input

Price: $350.99389.99

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Faro G2 ANR Pilot Headset with Mp3 Input
Last update: 19 March 2019

KORE AVIATION KA-1 Premium Gel PNR Pilot Aviation Headset with MP3 input and Carrying Case

Price: $159.99

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KORE AVIATION KA-1 Premium Gel PNR Pilot Aviation Headset with MP3 input and Carrying Case
Last update: 19 March 2019

Aviation Headsets that provide the best quality and features

If you have a little more to spend, there are some great headsets on the market that offer all the whistles and bells you might need.

Again we recommend one of Faro's headsets, the Faro G3 ANR that offers a light-weight, carbon fiber, ANR headset with Bluetooth.

If your budget allows a $1000+ headset, we suggest buying the Bose A20. It has all the features you need, together with the superior sound quality we are used from Bose. At this price point you expect the best, the Bose A20 does a great job delivering just that.

Faro G3 ANR Carbon Fiber Aviation Headset with Bluetooth

Price: $620.99689.99

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Faro G3 ANR Carbon Fiber Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
Last update: 19 March 2019

Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth

Price: $1095.95

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Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
Last update: 19 March 2019

Find out more about how to pick the right aviation headset in our detailed guide.

Flight bags that will protect your gear

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.

The first one we recommend is the Flight Outfitters' Flight Level bag. It keeps all your air travel essentials at your fingertips and the durable nylon and a braided steel handle mean this bag will withstand all the usual airport wear and tear with ease.

Flight Outfitters The Flight Level Carry-On Travel Bag

Price: $129.95

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Flight Outfitters The Flight Level Carry-On Travel Bag
Last update: 19 March 2019

if you have a slightly bigger budget and want a more stylish bag, we can also recommend Lightspeed's The Gann flight bag. Spacious but cabin-friendly, this carpenter-style bag is a great companion to the pilot who has everything - and likes to take it along.

Lightspeed Aviation - The Gann, Leather Flight Bag

Price: $249.00

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Lightspeed Aviation - The Gann, Leather Flight Bag
Last update: 19 March 2019

Pilot Watches that are both useful and stylish

The AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane is the classic aviation-inspired chronograph. Classic case shape lines house detailed dials, colours, and graphics that celebrate the spirit and adventurism of an era gone by. Straightforward hour indexing, bold hands, and detailed vintage designed subdials of the chronograph are all blended to create a timepiece that is elegant in design, precise in performance and stylish in its comment on the wearer. Strapped with a genuine leather strap that is both dressy yet casual, this is a timepiece that nods to chivalry and performance.

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AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane

Price: $168.00210.00

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AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane
Last update: 19 March 2019

In commemoration of the RAF’s 100th year anniversary, Avi-8 announced the 1960’s and 1980s edition of the Centenary Flyboy.

Following in the success of the 1920’s and 1940s issues, which have since sold out, the newest releases in this once only drop of Avi-8 timepieces look to be similarly well received. Utilizing the same chassis, and movement each collection nonetheless hints at each decade of aviation achievement.

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AVI-8 Flyboy Centenary 1960s

Price: $286.80358.51

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AVI-8 Flyboy Centenary 1960s
Last update: 19 March 2019

Books that will inspire you

The Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual: Or, How to Survive Flying Little Airplanes and Have a Ball Doing It

Price: $17.1418.95

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The Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual: Or, How to Survive Flying Little Airplanes and Have a Ball Doing It
Last update: 19 March 2019

The Flying Life: stories for the aviation soul

Price: $14.95

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The Flying Life: stories for the aviation soul
Last update: 19 March 2019

Books that will teach you

Flying is fun, and with Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook, learning about flying is now fun, as well.

If you want to learn to fly, or even just learn about what makes a plane fly, you'll find this lavishly illustrated, fast-paced book to be the best available guide. Written in a clear and witty style, the Private Pilot Handbooks contains more than 1,200 illustrations and photos that are a standalone education about why we can fly.

Studying for your private pilot oral and knowledge exams? Everything you need is in this book. It's not just a beginner's book - it's a comprehensive and useful reference resource for private and even professional pilots. As one flight student said, "This handbook explains why things are the way they are, in a way that's easy to understand. I learned lots of things in Rod's book that I had not read ANYWHERE else, despite years of reading aviation literature."

Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook

Price: $64.95

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Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook
Last update: 19 March 2019

Rod Machado even went a step further: he now offers his complete digital Privat Pilot Collection with 40% off!

This collection gives you all the study material (and more) needed to begin your adventure at learning to fly and becoming a licensed private pilot. And, for a limited time only, you'll receive one of Rod's popular aviation eLearning courses to make your experience even more enjoyable.

Rod Machado's Complete 'Digital' Private Pilot Collection

Price: $199.95338.70

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Rod Machado's Complete 'Digital' Private Pilot Collection
Last update: 19 March 2019

Courses that will actually help you

Understanding Weather - Rod Machado's Interactive eLearning Course

Price: $89.00129.00

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Understanding Weather - Rod Machado's Interactive eLearning Course
Last update: 19 March 2019

Flight Simulator gear to help you train

Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe DVD - PC

Price: $59.99

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe DVD - PC
Last update: 19 March 2019

Saitek PRO Flight Yoke System

Price: $189.95

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Saitek PRO Flight Yoke System
Last update: 19 March 2019