An il­lu­mi­nated knee­board

Pilot - - BOOKS & GEAR -

Poo­ley’s CBL-8 Con­trol Board with LED Torch www.poo­ £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.

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