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Posted: 1/11/2006 6:19:36 PM EDT

My brother-in-law's birthday is soon, and I need to pick up something for him. He's a good guy, takes good care of my sister and nephew, and has been shooting with me a couple of times. He's about to graduate from a civilian aviation college, and already has his private pilot's liscense.

The last couple of Christmases I've gotten him boxed DVD sets from his favorite shows, but I don't want to rehash that again if I can help it.

I don't have the money for a kickass bomber jacket or anything expensive. I thought about a model kit of the plane he is currently training in, as a way to remember the first plane he ever flew, but I don't want to give him something he'd have to spend hours putting together himself.

Any ideas? KA3B and Planewrench, I'm looking in your direction.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:20:41 PM EDT
How bout a Garmin GPS?
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:21:23 PM EDT
http://www.flywings.com/catalog.htm

They have some neat stuff, and ship very quickly. Go to Desktop Models, they have 300 aircraft available.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:21:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2006 6:25:57 PM EDT by eye_spy]
Surefire Aviator.


..... or some kind of Multi-Tool (Gerber / Leatherman etc.)

..... Victorinox Swiss Knife. The smaller ones can be practical and cheap.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:22:11 PM EDT
hmmm...A Pilot...he must like to drink....Buy him some Makers Mark whiskey.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:30:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By eye_spy:
Surefire Aviator.





+1
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:41:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By eye_spy:
Surefire Aviator.


..... or some kind of Multi-Tool (Gerber / Leatherman etc.)

..... Victorinox Swiss Knife. The smaller ones can be practical and cheap.

I am a pilot and would love a surefire aviator. Multitools (with pliers) come in handy too. A headset/flight bag is also good to have if he doesn't have one.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:43:39 PM EDT
Well it aint a big gift but get him Where in the World is Joe Merchant by Jimmy Buffet....

Absolutely great book...has alot about flying seaplanes in and around the Keys...Banana Wind would be a good complementary CD.

Yes, I know Jimmy is a lib....but he has some really good stuff.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:44:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2006 6:46:12 PM EDT by MEI2757935]
Surefire A2 Aviator with Red LED's

Best gift I ever got as a pilot.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 6:50:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MEI2757935:
Surefire A2 Aviator with Red LED's

Best gift I ever got as a pilot.



Consider the green A2 Aviator.

-you can see the hyd fluid leaking out of your brake lines during preflight
-easier to read the charts
-compatible with NVGs (should you ever use them)

I have a green one.
Matt
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 7:00:14 PM EDT
Hello, checking in. A professional pilot will secretly cringe at any poser type gifts (believe me this has caused more than one marital spat). Even what you think is a kick ass bomber jacket will get hung in the back of the closet. The flashlight (of exceeding quality) or a multi-tool (again of exceeding quality will say "you know what you are doing and deserve the best". Gift certificates to Sportys are good too so he can buy what he really needs (usually charts or other little trinkets that you would not think of). Thats all I can add unless you hear through the grape vine about some unique thing he really wants. Planerench out. (Big ass watches are a no, no. Only poser flight instructor types wear those until they learn that everyone else is laughing at them behind their backs.)
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 7:03:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2006 7:04:41 PM EDT by CSM]
+1 on the sportys gift certificate.

Wait... one... minute...

He is a pilot in training? In this aviation job market? Food man, buy him food!
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 7:15:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Planerench:
(Big ass watches are a no, no. Only poser flight instructor types wear those until they learn that everyone else is laughing at them behind their backs.)



Oh god, whenever I see an ad for those huge "pilot watches" I think "Who in the world would EVER use this in an airplane?"
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 5:55:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By valheru21:

Originally Posted By MEI2757935:
Surefire A2 Aviator with Red LED's

Best gift I ever got as a pilot.



Consider the green A2 Aviator.

-you can see the hyd fluid leaking out of your brake lines during preflight
-easier to read the charts
-compatible with NVGs (should you ever use them)

I have a green one.
Matt



I also have the green one. I lost my red one. Bought the green, and then found my red one. Now i've got two wonderful flashlights.

+1 on being able to read the charts better.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 5:59:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CSM:
+1 on the sportys gift certificate.

Wait... one... minute...

He is a pilot in training? In this aviation job market? Food man, buy him food!



Link Posted: 1/12/2006 6:19:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Fly-Navy:
Oh god, whenever I see an ad for those huge "pilot watches" I think "Who in the world would EVER use this in an airplane?"



You can wear them………..just make sure you review your Weight and Balance!


Quib
“Scouts-Out!”
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 6:32:25 AM EDT
Not a big watch, but is a pilot type watch is a military issue GG-113. They can be found fairly easy on the Internet for about $190. The Smithsonian Store sell a Benrus reproduction one here for $130. Or if you look at the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Watch, it's pretty much the same thing and will run $200-$300 for a slighlty larger 38mm or 42mm sized version.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 6:37:19 AM EDT
Something like this is not too expensive, and handy in the cockpit on long trips:

Link Posted: 1/12/2006 8:17:00 AM EDT

Thanks for the info guys, I think I'm going to go with the Sportys gift certificate.

Link Posted: 1/12/2006 6:38:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By smokycity:
Not a big watch, but is a pilot type watch is a military issue GG-113. They can be found fairly easy on the Internet for about $190. The Smithsonian Store sell a Benrus reproduction one here for $130. Or if you look at the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Watch, it's pretty much the same thing and will run $200-$300 for a slighlty larger 38mm or 42mm sized version.



Where can one buy one of those old Benrus watches?
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:41:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2006 7:42:49 PM EDT by PeteCO]

Originally Posted By Planerench:
Hello, checking in. A professional pilot will secretly cringe at any poser type gifts (believe me this has caused more than one marital spat). Even what you think is a kick ass bomber jacket will get hung in the back of the closet. The flashlight (of exceeding quality) or a multi-tool (again of exceeding quality will say "you know what you are doing and deserve the best". Gift certificates to Sportys are good too so he can buy what he really needs (usually charts or other little trinkets that you would not think of). Thats all I can add unless you hear through the grape vine about some unique thing he really wants. Planerench out. (Big ass watches are a no, no. Only poser flight instructor types wear those until they learn that everyone else is laughing at them behind their backs.)



Yeah, when I was a student pilot I must have gotten one of everything out of the Sporty's catalog. I bought their large flight bag (and filled it) and thought I needed all that shit every time I went up. How my flight instructor put up with me I'll never know. 90% of it I never use - fucking METAR decoder wheel, probably 5 different kneeboards, E6B's, various styles of plotters - all kinds of gay shit.

After I flew a few 1200 mile cross country flights (most at night), I realized I need only a few things:

Charts
Pencil
Small notepad
Shitload of flashlights
A GOOD headset
Good sunglasses

Of course, I wasn't one of those dorks who buy a flight suit and all kinds of military-type shit (yes, they exist, you can read about it on flightinfo).
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:44:12 PM EDT
Being a minimalist in the cockpit is a good thing.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:45:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2006 7:46:56 PM EDT by Hawker]
Visit the Sporty's website. They have anything you will ever need for pilots. They usually have next day shipping if you are not too far. Plus each purchass registers him in the sweepstakes to win a new Airplane.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:48:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2006 7:51:04 PM EDT by Lightning_P38]
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:53:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2006 7:55:21 PM EDT by thee12nv]
For a reasonably priced gift check out
http://www.onesixright.com/

One Six Right - The Romance of Flying just released within the last few months
It is a DVD supposed to have really neat flight footage and music

Edited to add as a private pilot I would love to have some time in a Pitts or any acro plan actually.
FYI my birthday is in February
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 8:14:09 PM EDT
Pete, I can say that in winter, a nice set of .mil flyin gloves kick serious ass. Sometime those heaters don't work too well.

But yeah, my normal gear for x-c is

headset
sunglasses
writing utensil
applicable charts
knee board
plotter
flashlight
calculator(­yeah, I know, not essential, but hey, I am an engineer.)
bottle of water

ps. A pet peeve of mine is holding a flashlight while flying. I found a really handy light that is made for military helicopter pilots. It is tiny, has bright green LEDs, and mounts on your boom mic on the headset. What is really cool about it is that can be operated completely hands off!
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 8:24:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CSM:
ps. A pet peeve of mine is holding a flashlight while flying. I found a really handy light that is made for military helicopter pilots. It is tiny, has bright green LEDs, and mounts on your boom mic on the headset. What is really cool about it is that can be operated completely hands off!



I have a neat little one, I am actually fiddling with it as I browse Arfcom. It's made by "CMG Infinity", runs on one AA cell, and has a neck lanyard. Hanging around my neck, it works great for charts and actually lights up the panel quite well (one red LED). The way the tail end is made, I can stick it in my mouth, biting down on it, to use for looking more closely at something specific.

The best part is this - TWO YEARS ago, I put a "dead" AA battery from a mini-maglite in it, and I use it to read in bed at night. That battery is still running strong.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 8:29:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By eye_spy:
Surefire Aviator.


..... or some kind of Multi-Tool (Gerber / Leatherman etc.)

..... Victorinox Swiss Knife. The smaller ones can be practical and cheap.

+1
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 1:30:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PeteCO:

Where can one buy one of those old Benrus watches?



For an original just have to look around. Hit a few watch bopards like Equation of Time or the Poor Mans Watch Forum. The One sold by the Smithsonian is a Benrus, it's mechanical (you have to wind it) and is supposed to eb exactly like the old ones. The price isn't too bad either at $130, it's just not a "real" military issued one.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 2:26:11 AM EDT
I got one of these knee boards for my dad when he was flying.

from London bridge trading.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 3:49:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By smokycity:

Originally Posted By PeteCO:

Where can one buy one of those old Benrus watches?



For an original just have to look around. Hit a few watch bopards like Equation of Time or the Poor Mans Watch Forum. The One sold by the Smithsonian is a Benrus, it's mechanical (you have to wind it) and is supposed to eb exactly like the old ones. The price isn't too bad either at $130, it's just not a "real" military issued one.



i bought one of those watches from the smitsonian.
Kinda neat but the band is a little the smallish side. Its about bout the same size as a casio g-shock band.
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