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8 Gifts For GoPro Pilots

GoPro cameras are a great way for pilots to document, share, and improve upon their training. Through using a GoPro, you'll have the ability to record training experiences, or just make a fun flying memory.





1) The GoPro Itself ($129.99-$499.99)

If a pilot you know doesn't already own a GoPro, this might be the perfect gift for them. It's become my all-time favorite pilot tool. I love being able to go back and re-watch flights that I enjoyed. To see available cameras and prices, click here.

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2) Battery BacPac ($49.99)

GoPro batteries only last a few hours. With an external battery pack, you won't miss filming any of your flight. It's been a great form of insurance for filming; I never have to worry about the camera shutting down. Click here to purchase.

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3) LCD Touch BacPac ($79.99)

Unless you own the newest GoPro, the Hero4, the easiest way to see what your flight footage will look like is through an external LCD Backpack. I enjoy using the LCD BacPac to set up new shots and angles for some pretty awesome looking footage. Click here to purchase.

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4) Cockpit Intercom Adapter ($39.99)

Want to record in-cockpit audio with your footage? This adapter allows you to do just that, recording radio calls and cockpit conversations. I initially had trouble learning radio calls in controlled airspace (since my home airport is non-towered). With the audio adapter, I was able to re-play and listen to my mistakes, helping to improve my radio skills. Click here to purchase.

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5) Large SD Card ($49.99-$79.99)

Recording HD footage for an entire flight takes up a lot of memory. Pilot should have a 32GB or 64GB memory card for their GoPro. Like the extra battery, it's nice to know that you won't have a GoPro shutdown halfway through a flight. Click here for a purchasing guide.



6) Propeller Filters ($29.99-$59.99)

When a camera records a spinning propeller, it creates a strange, distorted looking image. With a propeller filter, the distorted prop disappears and your footage looks much more realistic. As I learned from experience, make sure to keep your filters by themselves in a cloth bag or the original case. I went flying one day and realized that my filters had scratched over - needless to say, the footage didn't turn out well! Click here and scroll down for a range of propeller filters. (Make sure you buy one that matches the right GoPro type)

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7) Head Strap Mount ($19.99)

Want to show people what your cockpit view is like? For 1st person cockpit footage, the head strap mount is extremely simple to use - just slide it over your headset. I especially enjoy showing non-pilots what my view looks like, showing them everything I do in the cockpit from takeoff to landing. Click here to purchase.



8) Suction Cup Mount ($39.99)

For shooting stable footage, you'll want a suction cup mount. The mount works on aircraft windows and other smooth, solid surfaces. I own 2 suction cup mounts - one for each of my GoPros. They're the single most important accessory that I own. Without them, it's extremely challenging to take good footage of your flight. Click here to purchase.

Want some tips for in-flight filming? Read this article for details, examples, and advice.

Want to give something other than a GoPro? Check out 8 more great gifts for pilots. We hope you have a great holiday season!


Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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