Best of the Web: Last minute Christmas gifts for pilots

Christmas will be a week from now but its not too late to get the pilot or aviation buff in your life something special. Hence, here are a few Christmas gift ideas:

imageThe Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf Timepiece. Swiss watchmaker Breitling has produced a special timepiece as part of its year-long salute to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation. The Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf is the first piece of the series and is available at Breitling’s flagship Manhattan boutique and through its network of authorized retailers for a retail price of “only” $4,500. For more information, visit Breitling.com.

The Khaki Flight Timer. In addition, Hamilton, which was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is now part of the Swatch Group, has launched its latest pilot watch, the Khaki Flight Timer. The watch was designed in cooperation with Air Zermatt (Switzerland’s helicopter rescue and transport service) and incorporates a dedicated pilots’ logbook that records details of up to 20 flights along with 99 landings for each flight. For more information, visit HamiltonWatch.com.

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More Gift Ideas From Sporty’s. In addition, General Aviation News has mentioned a whole list of gift ideas for pilots from Sporty’s that include a Pilot’s iPad Cleaning Cloth imprinted with aviation information ($4.95), an iPad Stylus/Pen ($9.95), an AOPA Survival Knife ($27.95), Sporty’s Deluxe Flight Timer ($26.95), a Flight Gear Tri-Fold Kneeboard ($27.95), Instrument Stoneware Coasters ($21.99), an AOPA Flashlight ($29.95), the MyGrip Light ($19.95), a Four Forces of Flight T-Shirt ($16.50), a barnstormer’s Silk Scarf ($21.99), a Dynamic Falcon Remote Control Mini-Helicopter ($18.99) and a Pilot Welcome Mat which also reads: “A pilot and a normal person live here” ($26.99). For USA based readers, orders placed with Sporty’s up until Friday, December 23, at 5 pm Eastern time can still apparently be delivered in time for Christmas.

Warbird Calendar. For warbird fans, the Historic Flight Foundation in cooperation with several Cascade Warbirds photographers, has published a beautiful 2012 calendar featuring warbirds. The calendar is offered for $20 and 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the Cascade Warbirds Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit CascadeWarbirds.org.

New Flight Simulators. Finally, armchair pilots might enjoy Aerosoft’s brand new version of Madeira X complete with stunning graphics of the island plus the recently released Antarctica X for FSX which also contains awesome graphics (owners of the Aerosoft DHC-6 Twin Otter will get a 10% discount on Antarctica X when entering the Twin Otter serial key during the order process). In addition, there is also a new flight simulator for the Boeing Model 75 Stearman – one of the most widely recognized biplanes in the USA that was also the country’s primary basic trainer throughout World War 2.

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