I'm looking for a light for my kneeboard, what do you guys use or recommend?
Personally, I use 3 different things, just depending on circumstances or my mood...
1. Headlamp. Until you fly with one you don't know hard they rock. Get one that can flip up a Red filter for in-flight, and drop down to use the White light for pre-and-post flight tiedown activities. Petzl has a dozen varieties which will do the job well.
2. Lighted Pen. Yep, they are kind of hokey, but they get the job done.
3. Insight iSEE LED. It's primarily marketed at Cops, but it works OK in the plane. It is an LED light that slips in your shirt pocket, and shines down at your lap, though it is meant to shine at a ticket book or Driver's License held in front of you for Cops working at night. I end up using this one a lot when I don't have a headlamp with me, or can't wear one for some reason.
I've tried somebody else's lighted kneeboard, the standard .mil model, and I didn't care for it.
Thanks for the reply. I can see how a headlamp would be convenient, but I can't use one. I think the iSEE led looks promising though, will have
to look into that. I was also told that the finger light is useful, but I'm not sure that I would like that strapped to my hand all the time.
I know what you mean about the lighted kneeboards, not looking at one of those. I had the standard .mil model, not a fan. Just looking
for a good hands free way to light approach plates and such since the cockpit lights are dim when they do actually work.
I used to fly a lot of NVGs while on active duty. Haven't used a lighted knee board since flight school back in 79.
What worked well for me was a finger light and a mike mounted lip light.
The clip light sounds like a good idea.
I probably should have titled this thread differently. Now that I look at it again it does look like I'm looking for some type of
lighted kneeboard. I'm happy with my kneeboard just looking at the available options as far as lights go. I have friends that
fly with the mic light they seem to think its the way to go, but not having a mic rules that out.
I picked up a really cheap clip on light from the automotive section and like it enough that I think I may try one of the nicer ones.
Still up in the air on the finger light though. Would you recomend it as a stand alone light without the mic light?