What pilot supplies do I need for flight training?

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While the list can of things a pilot can buy seems endless, we recommend the following as the basics to get going:

Home Training Materials

  • Interactive Video Course (available on DVD, online or mobile app)
  • Airman Certification Standards
  • Flight Maneuvers Guide
  • Federal Aviation Regulations/Airman’s Information Manual
  • Airplane Flying Handbook

Preflight

  • Electronic E6B Flight Computer
  • Flight Planning Forms
  • Fuel Tester

Cockpit

  • Flight Gear Bag
  • Checklist
  • Headset
  • Sectional Chart (Aviation Map)
  • Pilot Flight Log

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Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. He is an ATP and also holds ratings for multiengine, seaplanes, gliders, and helicopters. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of Air Facts, John is a Vice President at Sporty’s Pilot Shop, responsible for new product development and marketing.