An illuminated kneeboard
Pooley’s CBL-8 Control Board with LED Torch www.pooleys.com £39.50 inc VAT
New from Pooley’s, the CBL-8 is a strong, rigid fold-over pilot’s kneeboard organiser finished in a durable navy blue leather-grain PVC with metal protective corners. Kneeboards don’t get much press coverage, but a well-designed one like this, fitted with spring clip for retention of log pads, landing and approach plates and frequency lists, is still a useful thing to have in the cockpit — even in the ipad and GPS era.
The design includes all the familiar basic features — a spring steel expanding bracelet clip to hold chinagraph/lead pencils or pens, clear plastic flip-over protective covers on front and inside, clear pockets to hold protractor, plotter, calculator etc, reinforced eyelet for stopwatch holder and wide elasticated velcro fastening thigh strap. It also contains four plastic wallets to hold approach plates. The LED light is an excellent additional feature: it has a flexible neck that allows it to be positioned and stowed with ease and, slipped out from its pocket, offers handy emergency illumination.