Our lovely winter in the Midwest has kept me on the ground for quite some time now. Frigid temperatures, low ceilings, snow and ice - not much has gone my way lately. But I'm still around (house-hunting, in case you're curious) and figured I'd take the time to put up another post I've been working on for a while. Hopefully the weather cooperates and I'll get something about actual flying up again before too long!
I only really asked for one flying item for Christmas this year, which most pilots will probably find hard to believe. But seeing as how I bought myself the Lowrance 600c GPS a few weeks before the holiday there wasn't much else on my gadget list. So what did I ask for and receive? Why, a BrightLine Flight Bag.
Looking at the "gear" side of the BrightLine Bag
Since I started flight training I had been keeping all my flying gear in two bags - the little portfolio style one from ASA that came with my Private Pilot kit and one that came with my headset. I shoved the headset, digital camera, and everything else electronic into the headset bag and all my charts and flight planning stuff in the other. Obviously I (for those who know me and my overly organized self) wanted something a little more compact and functional.
Over the past year, I caught a lot of pilots talking about the BrightLine Bag on the AOPA Forums. It's designed by a pilot and has a bunch of individual compartments that hold just about everything we tend to carry around all the time. The continued reviews touting its quality and design sold me over and I lucked out when my Mom got me one for Christmas.
Turned around to view the "chart" side of the bag
So what do I think about it? Put simply, it lives up to the hype. Everything that was in my two bags before is in the BrightLine Bag now - and it's much smaller than the ASA bag was alone! The pockets and compartments absolutely do keep things organized and accessible and I find that to be incredibly valuable. You can separate the bag in half - one side holds your headset and gear and the other is designed to hold charts - to leave charts and flight planning forms on the ground when you don't need them for local flights.
Here's everything in my bag:
- Cell phone
- Protein/granola bars
- Fuel tester
- 2 flashlights
- Leatherman tool
- Pens and pencils
- Spare pair of eyeglasses
- ICOM A14 portable transceiver (review)
- Headset adapter for radio
- Spare battery pack for radio
- Digital camera + suction mount
- Lowrance 600c GPS + yoke mount
- AMOD 3080 GPS Logger
- 8 AA batteries
- Metal E6B
- 5 sectionals
- Cessna 150 POH
- Checkmate checkbook for the C150
- Emergency Substitute Pilot (ESP) checklist
- Survival checklist
- Shoulder strap for the bag
Inside the "gear" side of the bag
Opening up the "charts" side of the bag
I really can't recommend this bag enough. It's pricier than some out there (around $120) but worth every penny. You can't really put a price on having everything easily accessible in the aircraft - especially if you need something in a hurry. If you're in the market for a new flight bag, definitely be sure to give the BrightLine Bag serious consideration!
Rating: 5/5 Cubs
If you decide to purchase this bag based upon my review, I would greatly appreciate if you do so by clicking one of the BrightLine Bag links in this post. Thanks! -Steve