Whether you’re a student pilot or a have thousands of hours logged, pilot bags or flight bags are essential. I’ve used a number of bags in my time, but more recently had the opportunity to review and put a Jeppesen Aviator bag through its paces. Jeppesen have long been known for market-leading quality products and are usually the first name I think of when looking for aviation gear and I had very high hopes for this little bag.
The Jeppesen Aviator bag falls in to the small to medium size-range, is made of a water resistant nylon and comes standard with detachable headset and transceiver bags. It has one large zippered pocket on the front with pen/torch holders and a large center compartment with a double zip. The Aviator bag has a small carry handle with a leather clip and a detachable shoulder strap as well. Empty the bag weighs 2.8kg and measures 40cm X 28cm X 14cm.
The Road Test
On initial inspection, the Jeppesen Aviator bags looks neat and tidy. It’s rather compact but still allows you to carry a fair bit due to the large center compartment. The material feels very water-resistant and the build appears to be quite good. The front pocket is slim but is good for holding log books, manuals etc. I’m not a massive fan of the Brightline style add-ons, however it does work quite well on this bag to have one for your headset and one for a transceiver or, in my case, go pro accessories. It’s just nice to have them separate, rather than cramming them in the main section of the bag.
I mentioned earlier that the build quality looks quite good, which it does. In reality though, it leaves something to be desired. After stocking it with an AIP and ERSA, maps, kneeboard and other documents, the shoulder strap decided it had had enough and soon after one of the zips also gave up the ghost. I don’t believe I over stressed it and, to be honest, it should be able to take more of a beating than that.
I do like the amount of room that this bag has and the nylon sides do allow for a bit of stretching when required. The plastic divider in the main compartment however, is all but useless and was one of the first bits to go. The double zip on top is great in that it allows for easy access to the main compartment however, it’s quite fragile and needs to be used with care.
Overall, the Jeppesen Aviator bag provides value for money. It’s great for student pilots and private pilots that don’t carry a lot of gear. For those who like to carry loads of kit, I would suggest moving up to a larger bag to avoid over stressing the Aviator bag. The additional detachable pockets allow you to carry extra gear when required or can be removed for a lighter load.
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1. Large center compartment 2. Detachable headset and transceiver bags 3. Water resistant construction 4. Reasonably priced
1. Double center zip is fragile and can break 2. Shoulder strap can't be used when the bag is heavy 3. Not a lot of padding in the actual bag 4. Pencil holders in front pocket too shallow