Security and safety is arguably the most important thing in the aviation industry. Everyday, aviation helps millions of people, including goods to be transported from one place to another, and it is for this reason that those who handle the aircrafts should have the necessary gadgets through which they can provide their services with endangering the lives of their passengers. At the same time, if you want to be a pilot for fun, you still need the proper gear. Here are some of the basics to start with that you can readily find in a pilot store online.
When flying, pilots can still carry a portable backup radio. There is a transceiver which transmits and receives on all the civilian aviation communications frequencies. The handhelds are called NAV/COM because they can receive signals from aviation navigational aids, while the cheaper transceivers make it possible for student pilots to listen to radio transmissions before, during and after every flight.
A good GPS system should be part of the aviation gadgets of every pilot because it gives you accurate information on your locations. The advanced ones available today come with many cool features, including weather information and radio capability. As the system is touch-screen, you can use it with ease.
Headsets and Intercoms
Aircraft propellers and engines make a a lot of noise, and to protect the hearing of pilots and aviation workers, headsets are necessary. Intercoms make it possible for the pilot and other crew members in the cockpit to communicate with one another, and there are even built-in intercoms using microphone jacks and standardized headphone in modern aircrafts. Good headsets should be capable of using active noise cancellation technologies in getting rid of any propeller and engine noise.
Plotters and Pens
Pilots need charts and maps, but those are not useful if the pilots cannot mark up their planned route of flight. Plotters are plastic-made, and come with a special aviation ruler for measuring distances or drawing straight lines. They also have a basic protractor that makes it possible for pilots to measure course angles and bearings. The pens can be used in drawing lines on the map. Some have a yellow highlighter on one end and a black felt tip marker on the other.
Aviation flashlights are also common aviation gadgets, providing red light to protect the vision of the pilot at night. Some can be clipped to the visor of your headset, your hat, or your breast pocket while there are those which work with a headband such as a modern camping light. There are also those which use halogen or traditional incandescent bulbs, while modern ones work with multicolored LEDs which can prolong the battery life for hundreds of hours.
Those are some of the most common aviation gadgets today. One thing is that they are quite expensive; however, that should not be a major concern, as security is the most important thing when flying. The media coverage following any accident, combined with the fear of flying by many passengers, makes the use of those gadgets to be very important.