Great for Nighttime Flying
Pilot flashlights must be versatile. During the pre-flight visual inspection, pilots must be able to inspect the airplane in order to make sure everything is working and in place. For example, according to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), "parking ramps should be checked with a flashlight prior to entering the airplane." Pilot flashlights must therefore have a bright white flashlight in order to illuminate dark areas during this inspection. While flying, especially at nighttime, a red, green or blue light may be necessary to see clearly once inside the cockpit and so as to not disrupt his or her night vision. BatteryJunction.com put together a wide assortment of flashlights, all of which offer a red output, to accommodate all of your flying needs. Want a hand's free light, so you can multi-task? Feel free to browse through our entire selection of headlamps and flashlights with hat clips. We also offer an extensive selection of handheld flashlights.
In addition to safety checks and nighttime flying, aviation flashlights may also be needed during an emergency. If, for example, the cockpit fills with smoke, it is important that your light is easy to find and easy to hold. For this reason, our selection of flashlights for pilots has been limited to handheld and headlamp designs. Also it is important to note that while a red output is the most commonly used during nighttime flights, it is suggested to also consider utilizing or employing a blue-green lens or LED as well. According to the FAA, "if a red light is used for reading an aeronautical chart, the red features of the chart with not show up." Aeronautical charts are required for nighttime flying and should be evaluated and prepared prior to your journey. For added versatility, you may want to consider one of our tri-color pilot flashlights that offer red, white and blue outputs. A removable filter may also be an adequate solution for your needs.
Keep it Powered
It is advised to keep a spare set of batteries with you while flying, in order to guarantee the aviation flashlight is ready for use at all times. For this reason, we recommend using alkaline batteries, as they are easy to find and replace, regardless of where your journey takes you. Or feel free to stock up on your supplies by browsing our selection of batteries here, at BatteryJunction.com!