Small cockpit, small tools

September 26, 2010 by Jill W. Tallman

We knew that a 2,600-nm trip in the Fun to Fly Sweepstakes Remos would require that we pack lightly. So PIC’s Patrick Smith and I found the smallest bags we own for a weeklong cross-country that will take us to seven or more states.

What we discovered coming out from Maryland to Illinois for the Midwest LSA Expo is that “keeping it small” is a good plan of action in general. Our CLAW tiedown kit, weighing just eight pounds, fits nicely in our baggage compartment along with our two bags and various and sundry other items needed for a┬átrip like this.

Small is good when it comes to navigational aids too. The paper charts we need are stored in the Remos’s zippered door pockets. In the air, however, when you have a nicely compact unit like the FlightPrep ChartBook electronic flight bag positioned on your knee, all your charts–and every other chart you might possibly need–are available at your fingertips, and you don’t even have to unfurl them at an inconvenient time. Don’t forget that the winner of the Fun to Fly Remos will also receive a ChartBook EFB for his or her cross-country adventures.

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