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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?

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.

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2) Jack Points

If you blow a tire, you'll need to jack up the airplane. And if the maintenance crew doesn't have jack points made for your plane, you might be stuck. You can't use the tie-down connection points, because they can bend, and the jack can slip off and puncture your wing.

Most manufacturers provide jack points to carry in your airplane that are designed to prevent this problem. Make sure you have them packed for your next flight.

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3) Spare Headsets

If you pick up passengers, you'll always be prepared.

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4) Cleaning Supplies

Keep a box with window and fuselage cleaning spray and rags, and always use a microfiber towel on the windscreen.

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5) Maintenance Kit, Oil, And Funnel

Having a basic maintenance kit with a screwdriver, swiss army knife, and hammer is important. In addition to that, store at least 1 quart of 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 have wheel chocks and tie-downs every time you fly.

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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.

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8) Tow Bar

If you don't have one of these in your airplane, you could have a very hard pushing your plane on to a "T" or moving it around self-fuel. We've learned this one from experience!

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9) Pilot's Avionics Guide

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

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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. If you have a forced landing late in the day, chances are search and rescue won't get to you until the following day.

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

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