All I want for Christ­mas...

Pi­lot con­trib­u­tors of­fer their list to Santa, some en­tries se­ri­ous, some quite bonkers

Pilot - - BOOKS & GEAR -

At the other end of the scale, colum­nist Pat Malone wants a Leonardo (Agusta) AW109SP Grand­new [sic], cus­tom-built to his per­sonal spec­i­fi­ca­tion, in metal­lic black with white Nau­gahyde leather trim, full IFR kit in­clud­ing TAWS, EVS avion­ics and all the bells and whis­tles. “But if it won’t fit in the sack I’ll set­tle for the ba­sic Grand.”

Sim­ple and prac­ti­cal re­quests came from flight-testers and colum­nists Dave Un­win, Bob Davy, Bob Grim­stead and Colin Good­win. Dave wants a re­ally high qual­ity multi-tool, the Victorinox Swiss Tool BS, Bob D a me­tre of high strength Vel­cro: you stick some on the back of your iphone, ipad or ipad mini and mount it con­ve­niently on your fly­ing panel. The other half of his gift would be a USB port wired into the air­craft “an­other cheap mod”. Bob G wants a 21item Leatherman Surge, “since it ful­fils all the tasks of both my orig­i­nal Leatherman (in Aus­tralia) and the later Leatherman Wave I now have in Eng­land (oh, and a ride in a Hunter)”, while Colin would like a very small toolkit for fix­ing “those things that go wrong when you’re 500 miles from home”.

Con­trib­u­tor Nick Bloom not only knows what he wants but can tell Santa where to find it! That’s an im­mac­u­late re­pro­duc­tion Keil Kraft kit rub­ber-pow­ered balsa model - the Auster, please, Santa. But if that’s not avail­able, he’ll set­tle for a trial les­son in a glider or he­li­copter or a ride in the back of a two-seat Spit­fire.

Pos­si­bly tongue in cheek, pho­tog­ra­pher Keith Wil­son asks for a Nikon cam­era that al­ways takes per­fectly sharp, per­fectly ex­posed, per­fectly framed and spot­less im­ages ev­ery sin­gle time he presses the shut­ter, re­gard­less of weather con­di­tions and any other fac­tors af­fect­ing the im­age!

If sir would be happy with a sil­ver one, Avpro has this one on sale for $5.96m

Spot­ters would, of course, have eyes only for air­craft...

Dave Uwin sug­gested the Victorinox Swiss Tool BS (£150 - £160)

Bob Grim­stead wants a Leatherman Surge. Widely avail­able, typ­i­cal UK re­tail price £110

Laser-cut re­pro­duc­tion Keil Kraft kits from­tage­mod­el­com­ and avail­able in model shops in­clude the rub­ber-pow­ered Achilles ( £29.99)...

... a forty-inch span Piper, in the form of the Su­per Cruiser 40 (£59.95 and also de­signed for diesel/glow-plug power)

... Cessna 170 tail­drag­ger (£59.95, fit­ted here with a PAW 049 diesel, avail­able new at £81.59) and...

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