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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.


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.


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.

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)

Swayne Martin

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, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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