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10 Things Every Aircraft Owner Should Keep In Their Airplane

If you own an airplane, how many of these do you keep in it?

Lane Pearman

1) Window Shade

If you're like most pilots who park outside regularly, you know how hot your plane can get in the sun. To avoid scratching your windshield, buy a microfiber window shade for your airplane.


2) Jack Points

If you blow a tire, you'll need to jack up the airplane. You can't use the tie-down connection points, because the jack can slip off and puncture your wing.

Manufacturers provide jack points to carry in your airplane that are designed to prevent this problem.


3) Spare Headsets

Keeping spare headsets in your plane is a great idea, so you don't have to bring a whole set every time you fly with passengers.


4) Cleaning Supplies

Keep a box with window and fuselage cleaning spray and rags. Always use microfiber on the windscreen!

Swayne Martin

5) Maintenance Kit, Oil, And Funnel

Having a basic maintenance kit with a screwdriver, swiss army knife, hammer, and spare parts is important. Store some spare oil with a funnel for quick servicing on the road.

6) Wheel Chocks And Tie-Downs

This one is pretty self-explanatory. You should keep wheel chocks and tie-downs for just about everywhere you fly.


7) Water And Snacks

Having a small box with extra water and snacks is a good idea for normal operations, or even in emergencies when you could be trapped with the airplane.


8) Tow Bar

If you don't have one of these in your airplane, make sure you know how you're planning to park!


9) Pilot's Avionics Guide

Every software revision typically requires an updated avionics guide that must be in the airplane with you.

Swayne Martin

10) Survival Kit

While the odds of you being forced to use a survival kit are low, numerous pilots have found themselves stranded after forced landings. Just last year an aircraft had a successful forced landing, during winter, in the Rocky Mountains. However, the occupants were underprepared and had very little cold weather gear. Make sure you're prepared for the conditions for your entire cross-country.


What else do you keep in your airplane? Tell us in the comments below.

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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