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Top 5 Gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is approaching and the hunt for gifts has begun! We want our fathers to feel appreciate for everything that they do. If your pops is a big aviation enthusiast than these are the top 5 gifts for him. All these gifts can be used on the aircraft or anywhere else your dad wishes to go. From creating great memories from video footage to looking fresh with a nice tie and NAV kit bag.

1. GoPro HERO5 Session

GoPro HERO5 Session

 HERO5 Session can capture stunning video handheld, or mounted to your favorite aircraft, vehicle, or gear; edit the material later with GoPro’s Quik app, and create a breathtaking video in only a few minutes. More than 30 mounts and accessories are available to you when you wish to broaden your creative horizons.

2. Flying Fortress Navy Blue Silk Tie

Flying Fortress Navy Blue Silk Tie

Navy Blue silk necktie honoring the B-17 Flying Fortress. While you might not be able to take the controls of the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress, that doesn’t mean you can’t show your stylish admiration for the famed 4-engine heavy bomber. This eye-catching silk necktie pays homage to the iconic USAAC aircraft with a variety of intricate sketches of the plane all along its length. The soft yellow outlines of the B-17 perfectly complement the necktie’s classy Navy Blue color. Measures 57″ x 3¼”.

3. 2060 Altimeter Alarm Clock/Desk Model Pen Set

2060 Altimeter Alarm Clock/Desk Model Pen Set

This item replaces the traditional analog clock face with a strikingly realistic display of an aircraft altimeter. It’s great for the office! The unit boasts ultra-rugged, high-impact styrene construction paired with a cutting-edge, American-made Quartz movement for a level of accuracy that’s second to none. The clock measures 3½” x 3½” and comes mounted on a 2″ x 7¼” base. Requires a single AA alkaline battery for power and includes a 1-year warranty. The ultimate combination of quality, affordability, and style that aviation-inclined office warriors will appreciate.

4. Leatherman Wave with Nylon Sheath

Leatherman Wave with Nylon Sheath

Calling Leatherman’s Wave a multifunctional tool just doesn’t do the item justice. It’s more like an entire tool chest that happens to fold up and fit neatly in your pocket. Long known as the absolute best multi-tool on the market, Leatherman has refined the highly capable Wave with stronger pliers; longer wire cutters; larger, all-locking blades; and a host of other user-friendly improvements. Among its 17 tools, the Wave brings users spring-action scissors, a medium screwdriver, large & small bit drivers, bottle & can openers, wire cutters, wire strippers, needlenose & regular pliers, and much more.

5. B-17 75th Anniversary Nav Kit Bag

B-17 75th Anniversary Nav Kit Bag

You don’t have to be a veteran or a warbird buff to appreciate the splendor of this magnificent Nav Kit Bag honoring the 75th Anniversary of the venerable B-17 Flying Fortress. As one of Boeing’s most beloved historic aircraft, this tote bag features an elegant sewn-on patch of the well-known Boeing Totem, as well as screen-printed “B-17 Flying Fortress” script on one side. The other side pays homage to the legendary bomber with a bit of tail art commemorating the B-17 Nine-O-Nine. The bag’s 20-oz twill fabric and heavy cotton webbing handle and shoulder strap ensure it’ll hold up for years of reliable use, while its antiqued brass zipper further adds to the tote’s overall grandeur. At 16.5″ x 9″ x 12″, this stylish bag is an ideal accessory for the cockpit or a run-of-the-mill day trip. A fantastic, top-quality product that any aviation enthusiast is sure to love.

Here is the link to the website: https://www.pilotmall.com/

Happy Mother’s Day!

Margaret Phelan Taylor

Honoring Our Female Aviators

Today we will be giving a shout-out to Margaret Phelan Taylor. She is a mother, wife, teacher, and pilot. During WWII following the attack on Pearl Harbor, there was a great shortage for pilots in 1942. The military began developing a resolution for this issue by training women as pilots. This program for female aviators was called the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP. Mrs. Taylor was one of more than 1,100 young women, all civilian volunteers, who flew almost every type of military aircraft. Although the WASP did not actively participate in warfare they still played a crucial role in the U.S Military. They didn’t receive official military status until 65 years after the program ended. On March 10, 2010, the WASP were finally granted Congressional Gold Medals in a special ceremony on Capitol Hill. This was a historic moment that was long overdue. These brave women are now in their 80’s and 90’s and only about 250 of the WASP were in attendance. Let us celebrate all the amazing mothers that have shaped our lives!

female aviators

Photo credit* http://whistmm.blogspot.com/2015/04/focus-margaret-phelan-taylor-and-wasp.html

Top 5 Unique Gifts For Pilots

Pilots are unique, and your pilot is even more special! This list of the Top 5 unique gifts for pilots includes the things they need, and the things that will make any pilot smile. These perfect gifts will allow them to enjoy the sensation of being a pilot both in the air and on the ground.

 

  1. Garmin D2 Pilot Watch

dark watches

This watch was specifically designed for Pilots! Featuring Garmin’s signature direct-to and nearest navigation functions, as well as a built-in altimeter with adjustable baro setting, altitude alerting capabilities, display of both local and Zulu/UTC time, and the ability to seamlessly integrate with the Garmin Pilot app, VIRB action camera, and more. This is the perfect gift for your pilot, with a stylish look!

2. Remove Before Flight T-Shirt

Remove Before Flight shirt

These T-Shirts are a fun way for your Pilot to show their enthusiasm for flying, even when they’re not at the airport. Enjoy a good laugh with your Pilot over this awesome shirt! Also available in tank tops, boxers, sweatpants, etc.

Honorable Mention: I’d Rather Be Flying shirt

I'd Rather Be Flying Shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For anyone who enjoys the Sports Chalet license plates, this is basically the t-shirt version. Works as a great gift for Cessna pilots and commercial pilots alike.

3. Bose A20 Aviation Headset

Bose A20 Headset

The A20 headset gives your Pilot 30% greater noise reduction than conventional aviation headsets, so they’ll enjoy a peaceful flight from short stops to long hauls. It weighs just 12 ounces, with sheepskin cushions and minimal clamping force, so it’s one of the lightest and most comfortable aviation headsets you’ll find. All designed to let your pilot focus on what matters, flying.

4. Cockpit Coasters

Cockpit instrument coasters

This aviation coaster set is made to simulate, as closely as possible, a primary flight instrument. Each coaster features the actual shape of an aircraft instrument and a dial that closely represents that of the standard flight instrument. This is a fun gift that every pilot will enjoy!

5. Pilots Lighted Kneeboard

Pilot Kneeboard

This deluxe kneeboard features a unique lighting system that incorporates a rheostat for adjusting brightness and is perfect for both late night flights and the flights during the brightest hours of the day. Kneeboards were first adopted by the Air Force and Navy because of their proven reliability, high quality, and lightweight construction. They make flights smoother and more organized, meaning safer flying! This is a pilot must have!

 

Valentines Day, and every day is the day to remind your pilot how much they mean to you, and that you are thinking of them. Find all of the items above and much more by clicking on the websites below:

https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop

https://www.pilotmall.com/category/gifts-toys-artwork

https://www.mypilotstore.com

 

Tips & Tricks to a Low-Cost Annual Inspection

An annual inspection does not have to be a high cost, high frustration event. By including preventative maintenance, communication, and continuity into your maintenance practice, your inspection cost could be reduced. Below are six tips and tricks we recommend to keep your cost low.

 

1. Practice Preventative Maintenance

-If you do proper maintenance throughout the year, you won’t end up with a TON of extra, little items that have to be completed at the annual inspection. For example if you have an oil leak or a small avionics issue on your Bonanza, bring it in and get the squawks fixed.

2. Have a Times Sheet

-Know when costly items are due. This will give you a realistic expectation of what to expect at your next annual. For example, the 72 month landing gear inspection on a Beechcraft King Air is a high dollar inspection. However, it is scheduled maintenance and can be prepared for by looking ahead on your times sheet.

3. Space out costly items

-When dealing with timed items on your aircraft, it may not always pay to wait until the 11th hour to have them complied with. If you have a 10 year prop overhaul due on your Beechcraft Baron, the same time as the 500 hr mag inspection, and the 10 year fuel & oil hoses are due, make a plan to space them out over the course of several inspections to spread out the cost. Inversely, you may choose to do them all during one annual inspection, and consolidate your expenses. You’ll have one expensive event, but the others will be much lower in cost. Planning ahead and figuring out the right option for you is key.

4. Talk to your mechanic

-Discuss what your objectives for the annual are. Do you need this to be a slim annual year, or do you want everything fixed to perfection.  Airworthiness items have to be complied with regardless; However, non safety concerns such as cosmetic items can be pushed back. Make a game plan so you are both on the same page.

5. Go Fly!

-This is by far the most enjoyable tip on the list, but it doesn’t make it any less important. It is well documented that the more you fly an airplane, the better condition the engine is going to stay in. So get out there and punch some holes in the clouds.

6. Have continuity in your maintenance

-By using the same mechanic shop a relationship is built, you get to know and trust your mechanic. Often the argument to this is the benefit gained by having a “fresh set of eyes.” While this is of some value, it could be argued that the benefit of developing trust with your mechanic and allowing them to build a relationship with both you and the aircraft far outweighs the alternative.

Of course, we know time is money. Some owner’s opt to keep their airplane flying as much as possible during the year, and come to terms with the idea of one big maintenance event every 12 months. The bottom line is, figure out what works for you and your budget, then communicate with your mechanic so you’re both on the same page.

Contact Double M Aviation for your next Low-Cost Annual Inspection