Gift Ideas for the Airplane Enthusiast

There a lot of great gift ideas available for the aircraft fanatic.  Go to amazon and you will see numerous ideas.   One trick I like to do, so to look at the most popular aviation products on amazon and then to look at the “Customer who viewed this Item also Viewed”  & “Frequently bought Together” sections.  This is a great way to identify related products which can become the perfect gift.  

What I have tried to do on this page, is to collate some of the most popular items and to summarize the positive and negative feedback.   The products I am collating are related to when I search amazon for my  Stormforce Tie Downs.  I believe if you are interested in tie downs, aircraft or aviation in general they will be of interest to you.

 I am not affiliated to any of the products that I gave collated on this page, but if you do purchase an item through one of my amazon affiliates links, amazon does give a small commission at no additional cost to you.  

 

Pilot Logbook

Angled Pitot Tube Cover by Plane Sights

GATS Jar Environmentally Friendly Fuel Tester

 

Pilot Logbook

Pilot Logbook

An ideal gift for any pilot, the standard pilot logbook, ASA-SP-57 is great for beginners or advance weekend pilots an aviators.    ASA’s logbooks have been “The Standard” of the industry for over 30 years and comply with the FAA’s record keeping requirements. Versatile, easy-to-use and flexible enough to fit any pilot’s needs, student or ATP.

Summary of Amazon Positive Feedback (Star Rating of 4 or 5 Stars)

With over 135, 5 and 4 star reviews the overwhelming view is that this is of good quality, sturdy, perfect logbook for beginners and is ideal for beginners or experience pilots.

Summary of Amazon Negative Feedback (Star Rating of 2 Stars or less)

Of the 6,  2 & 1 star reviews, the main complaint is that it is very standard and the quality is only modest which is a very subjective measurement

 

Summary

Overall this is a perfect aviator’s logbook and ideal and practical gift for all types of Pilots.   Based on the amazon reviews, the gift will be well received and well worth the $12    Check the Pilot Logbook on Amazon

GATS Jar Environmentally Friendly Fuel Tester

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Fuel testing is a must for any small aircraft.  Per flight inspection is critical.   The 12oz. Gats Jar fuel tester is a easy way to collect, pre flight inspection, fuel samples.  It then separates any co-mingled fuel and water, by allowing only the fuel to be poured back into the tank through a special built-in filter which traps the water behind. This allows the fuel samples to be returned to the aircraft instead of being thrown on the ground.  After the water is trapped in the container, and the fuel is back in the tank, the captured water can then be thrown on the ground without polluting the soil, and the ground water with leaded fuel.  Studies indicate that over 3 million gallons of AVGAS gets poured on the ground in this country every year just by sampling fuel during pre flight inspections. This product is the only “environmentally responsible” fuel tester on the market.  It also filters out particulate fuel contamination and makes octane recognition simple and certain.

Summary of Amazon Positive Feedback (Star Rating of 4 or 5 Stars)

With over 49 customer ratings, off which 80% are 4 or 5 star indicates that this fuel tester should be high on your list.  The most common positive feedback was round it size, it holds plenty of samples and it is easy to pour the fuel back into the tank.  

Summary of Amazon Negative Feedback (Star Rating of 2 Stars or less)

Off the one and two star reviews the concerns focused around life expectancy, and the inserts potentially falling off and into the tank.

Summary

Well worth the $20 on amazon – if you are in the market for Environmentally Friendly Fuel Tester, you should check out the GATS jar on amazon.    

Angled Pitot Tube Cover by Plane Sights

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This is an important accessory to anyone pilots kit.  The covers bright colors stands out in bright daylight or when darkness falls.   More importantly, it fits virtually any size pitot tube and the Velcro tabs keeps it securely in place, keeping those rodents out.  

The pitot tabs have large Velcro tabs that ensure the cover stays securely in place under to most challenging conditions.   It fits tube lengths not exceeding 6.75” and a diameter not exceeding 7/8”.

The covers fit all Beechcraft, Cirrus, Diamond, and Grumman Mooney aircraft, most Cessnas and Pipers, and other aircraft equipped with angled pitot tubes. Reflective is 7.75″ long

Summary of Amazon Positive Feedback (Star Rating of 4 or 5 Stars)

With over 20, 5 star reviews the overwhelming view is that the cover is well made, fits and locks up well.  The well-made design should last for years.

Summary of Amazon Negative Feeback (Star Rating of 2 Stars or less)

Only one customer gave this product 2 stars, for what I consider and invalid reason.   They claim that it does not cover a Garmin Pitot / AOA mast.

Overall

Well worth the $16 on amazon – if you are in the market for a cover or want to get one as a gift for a small aircraft pilot – you can’t go wrong with this one.    Check the Angled Pitot Tube Cover out on Amazon