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 Post subject: Flight gear bags
PostPosted: 19 Oct 2017, 16:20 
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I need small flight bag to replace the "gym bag" I am currently using. I did a search here and the last thread I found on the subject was 2011.

I'm looking for something that will fit on the floor between the front two seats (V35). My wife and I both use clarity aloft headsets so I don't need a big headset bag. Primarily ipad, handheld, stratus if I drag it along, Chargers, battery packs, small knee board sized clipboard, etc. The bright line bags are nice but I don't need all the pockets and don't need to spend $100+ either.

What are you using and what do you like/dislike? Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Flight gear bags
PostPosted: 19 Oct 2017, 17:04 
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I use your basic "ASA Aviator Trip Flight Bag." Not sure how much space there is between the front seats of a V35, but the bag is a good small-medium size for me. It was a Christmas present from my Dad a couple years ago and I've been happy with it ever since.

I carry quite a few goodies:
Inside the big part, a (single) Clarity Aloft case, a few paper pubs/charts, handheld VHF, small water bottle, and my iPad Mini. The outside pockets are good for eyeglasses pens, registration/insurance/W&B, flashlight, spare USB/cigarette lighter charging cable, and a few other odds and ends.

That's actually a lot of crap but all of it fits. :shrug:

Spruce says it's 16" wide x 11" tall x 8-1/2" deep.

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 Post subject: Re: Flight gear bags
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I love these.

https://www.brightlinebags.com

Make it as thick or thin as you need. You can add modules


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 Post subject: Re: Flight gear bags
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Mine looks very similar to this (couldnt find the exact one I bought but its a Victorinox laptop bag).

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Like you, I wanted something skinny to fit between the front seats and not interfere with sliding them forward and back. I chose one designed for a laptop as it has a padded pocket for the ipad and stratus to live in. Flashlight, tools, etc fit nicely in the front pocket where they are easy to access with one hand while flying.


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 Post subject: Re: Flight gear bags
PostPosted: 19 Oct 2017, 22:49 
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Thanks for the responses. I miss spoke about between the seats. I actually want something to sit on the floor in front of the front spar, in the middle between the seats. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Flight gear bags
PostPosted: 20 Oct 2017, 14:15 
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Might be too large and too expensive for your needs. But I've been all over the world with my TravelPro Backpack. I have the larger crew size. I have been thinking about getting this one.


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 Post subject: Re: Flight gear bags
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The multiplicity of pockets on the Brightline is a big deal. If you put everything in the same pocket every time you use it, you'll never have to hunt. For instance, I used to have a more open bag and I could never find my flashlight. Now I keep the flashlight in the bottom, front pocket and I always know were it is. Other pockets are for SD cards, cell phone, Leatherman, PLB, handheld radio and headset adaptors, and batteries. It also has a sleeve that'll hold it against the extended handle of my rolling suitcase.

IMHO, you can get cheaper, but you can't get better.


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Noral Student Flight Bag - no fuss, no muss, no zipper overload.

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I've had the MyGoFlight bag for the last few months. https://mgfproducts.com/flight-bag-plc-sport
I would highly recommend it!! Made well, and logically put together. It has just the right amount of space for my needs. (I'm a corporate Baron pilot.) Haven't had it long enough to put a good word on the longevity of the bag, but I had a Solo brand backpack that I used for most of two years before the zippers started giving out. I think this bag is made to a higher standard than my previous one! My suggestion would be to just buy it! You won't regret it.


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 Post subject: Re: Flight gear bags
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I love these.

https://www.brightlinebags.com

Make it as thick or thin as you need. You can add modules



These are great. Andrea and I both have them. Separate pockets for everything is what makes them great.

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 Post subject: Re: Flight gear bags
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Interesting thread.
I have used the bright line bag since about 2011. It looks brand new after hundreds of flights.
https://www.brightlinebags.com/

Since I love stuff in leather: jackets, briefcases, gloves, suitcases, etc., I treated myself to one of these last year.
http://www.lightspeedaviation.com/Fligh ... ?cat=35620

I must getting old and averse to change, because I have not used it yet. I've tried loading it at home a couple of times, with all the stuff I have in the bright line.... but it doesn't feel right.

Setting the stage:
I own my own plane, leave my headsets in it and rarely fly with other people in their planes. When I do, I have a spare Bose in a case by itself, flight bag stays in the car. No 796, only an iPad. No ADSB portable, etc., no go pro.
If your situation is different, I imagine you would have differing needs.

Bright line pro's:
The multiple compartments make it easy to always store items in the same place. Makes it east to find , even in the dark, behind the pax seat, etc. I like the same type of organization in my suitcases and briefcases. Everything always in the same place.
Great customer service. The zipper tabs break relatively easy. Just a phone call away and they send you a bunch by mail or at OSH.


I would love to have a brightline in leather with my tail number embroidered on it. I realize it would not be as durable.


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Adding to list for Santa. Hope I haven't been too naughty this year.

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I had a Zuluworks bag and kneeboard and they were great.. in the Cheetah. But were too low for behind the seat in the Bonanza. Searched for a while and decided on BrightLine. Had second thoughts about the cost, but thought I would give it a try. Now I am very happy with it. Ipad is always at hand. I can reach back without looking to get camera, sunglasses, water, iPad, phone, flashlight, reading glasses, book, GTN SD cards, ...

Had a minor problem with a zipper and received a new section in the mail. BEFORE I had to send the broken one back.

Worth the investment, in my opinion.

Oh, and it has a concealed carry option :)

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I use a $30 camera shoulder bag. Something like this:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/969747-REG

Surprisingly perfect number of pockets for pens, notepads, logbooks, paper maps, printed notes, Ipad batteries and cables, big slots for both of our iPads, and then I use a caribiner clip to hold the extra headsets to the shoulder straps. 10 years of this as my flight bag.


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