Flight Outfitters, a company that combines experience in both aviation and functional bag development, is introducing two new designs made specifically for active pilots.
“As a pilot myself, I know the challenges facing pilots. Our goal is to create reliable products that make flying more fun, more organized and more affordable,” says Flight Outfitters President Mark Glassmeyer. “We spent the last year talking to pilots to learn what they really want in a flight bag, and the result is a collection of products with the perfect mix of style and practicality.”
Both bags are built with an attention to detail honed by years of manufacturing premium luggage, he said, for example, reinforced carrying handles hold heavy loads, and the MA1-inspired orange interior makes small items easy to find in the dark. The bags have also been carefully sized, because a truly great flight bag stays out of the way, and is never bulky or awkward, he said.
The Thrust is designed with a single, adjustable padded shoulder strap to “sling it” over your shoulder. It is small enough to fit between or under the seats, yet still accommodates an iPad and ANR headset, company officials note. A variety of mesh pockets organize tools and accessories, including ADS-B receivers, charging cords, and even a water bottle. The Thrust is priced at $79.
The Lift is a pilot bag with a fleece-lined headset pocket and a protective iPad sleeve. Multiple organizer sections inside keep everything separated, while an external pocket is ideal for a back-up radio, company officials noted. A steel-reinforced carrying handle makes the Lift sturdy for even the heaviest loads, and a removable shoulder strap is included as well. The Lift is $99.