Great Gift Ideas for Pilots!


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If you think back to your days when starting out on your flight training, we all have unquestionably received a few unexpected pilot-specific gifts. Last year, a friend of mine recently started his first corporate job flying a Lear 35. That Christmas, his Dad bought him a t-shirt which proudly stated “Lear Jet Pilot” on the front. While nothing compares to how proud his Dad was of his son for landing his first professional flying job, it never hurts to have a wish list for our non-pilot friends and family to reference for the holidays!    Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 10.51.31 AM

Garmin’s Holiday Gift Guide has our latest and most-requested aviation portables, applications and accessories. Looking for some additional guidance? Below are some of our top picks for pilots:

  • Garmin Pilot application for iOS/Android – Pilots around the world who are looking for an all-inclusive aviation application will find full-featured navigation, worldwide weather, terrain/obstacle information and more! This app is available on both iOS and Android operating platforms.
  • VIRB Elite HD Action Camera – Capture exciting in-flight videos with VIRB, which includes the option to overlay altitude, airspeed and heading information within the video.
  • D2 Pilot Watch – A watch designed with pilots in mind, D2 includes a WAAS GPS receiver, altimeter, a compass and options to navigate using our signature Direct-to or Nearest functions.
  • Aviator Action Pack – VIRB Elite and the D2 Pilot Watch are conveniently bundled in this package and as an added bonus, D2 remotely controls VIRB Elite so it can start/stop video and take photos, which makes capturing that in-flight shot even easier!
  • VIRB Elite Aviation Bundle – VIRB Elite, our headset audio cable, prop filter, D2 Pilot Watch and all Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 10.33.44 AM
    of the accessories needed to take-off and go flying with VIRB Elite are packaged together to give the pilot in your life literally all he or she needs!
  • GDL 39 / GDL 39 3D – Receive subscription free weather and traffic information for display within Garmin Pilot or a number of our portable products. The GDL 39 3D adds the display of back-up attitude information.
  • aera 795/796 – A 7’’portable back-up GPS that’s perfect for any and every cockpit, the aera 795/796 series also offers obstacle, terrain, airport directory and SafeTaxi databases to make navigating at any airport, a breeze! 
  • aera 500 series – This 4.3’’ feature-rich navigator offers a high-resolution map display with terrain and obstacle information, as well as an automotive interface – perfect for those $100 hamburger flights!

We have a variety of gifts that are perfect for that pilot on your gift-giving list and don’t forget to take advantage of our 2014 Garmin Aviation Holiday Handheld Rebate , which could save you up to $100 on a qualifying portable purchase through December 26, 2014. 

In attempt to save some of you from sporting a “Lear Jet Pilot!” t-shirt this holiday, I hope Garmin’s Holiday Gift Guide helps you narrow down your list, whether you are the gift giver or receiver!

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