With carrying heavy chart binders a thing of the past, pilots now need a bag to protect their iPads and ANR headsets while providing space for charging cords and other electronic accessories. That’s why Sporty’s redesigned its Flight Gear line of pilot bags for the next generation of flight.
“The iPad has changed the way many pilots are flying – and what they are bringing to the cockpit in their flight bags,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “The active pilots at Sporty’s recognized that need in their own flying and set out to create pilot bags that reflect the needs of current pilots with dozens of pilot-friendly details.”
The Navigator features exterior pockets, including a padded headset pocket, padded iPad pocket, iPad accessory organizer for ADS-B receivers and a GPS, quick-access file folder pocket and a front cord storage pocket. The patent-pending HideAway Headset Pockets can be opened to offer additional organization for multiple headsets, RAM Mounts or a video camera system. When not in use, the pockets zip closed and stay out of the way. The main compartment can hold books, kneeboards, radios, a GPS or even a change of clothes, Sporty’s officials said.
“We sized the Navigator so that it is large enough to carry everything you need for a flight, but not so big that it is cumbersome or hard to store in the cockpit,” Zimmerman continues. “You can carry multiple headsets, an iPad, backup charts and all the accessories without feeling as if you’re lugging a suitcase.”
With a six-year warranty, the Navigator features double-stitched seams, water-resistant rubber bottoms and metal hardware. Price: $99.95.
Three other Flight Gear bags are also available. The Crosswind bag has all the essentials and is ideal for student pilots, Sporty’s officials said. The Mission bag’s slim, flexible design is designed for experienced pilots with less to carry. Finally, the Flight Gear backpack offers pilots a high tech pack with aviation pockets.
Sporty’s will embroider up to three initials on any Flight Gear bag.
For more information: Sportys.com