Pilot Supplies From a Pilot Shop: Is It Better Than Getting Them From Your Flight School?

Pilot Supplies From a Pilot Shop: Is It Better Than Getting Them From Your Flight School?

 

When I started my aviation training, I didn’t know what a pilot shop was. I didn’t know that I could get all the books and supplies I needed online from a pilot shop. Thus https://www.fallonpilotshop.com/  I expended twice as much on pilot supplies from my flight school than what I would have expended on a pilot shop. I ended with gear that I didn’t need or that was not practical during flight.

For example, I bought the knee board that the school was selling me, and during my first cross country flight I quickly realized that the knee board would just come apart and was very unpractical. I then went to a pilot shop and bought a knee board I was comfortable with, for half of the price I paid the flight school.

Learning to fly can cost a lot of money. Student pilots often need to pay not only for airplane rental and flight instructor time but also for pilot supplies like log books, aviation headsets, flight computers, aeronautical charts, training textbooks, and a flight bag to carry it all.

Flight schools often sell those items at a steep price, and naïve student pilots often buy them from their flight schools on account that they supposedly know better about what a pilot needs and what the   supplies and a bigger selection.

It is OK, and recommended, that student pilots get the supplies they feel comfortable with. You are better off, and more secure, flying with pilot gear that you like and trust, not with pilot gear that was sold to you because it was what gave the flight school a higher margin of profit.

 

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