I’d like to know who came up with the idea for Father’s Day. Not that all dads’ don’t deserve the recognition, and thanks for all they do. I can tell you from experience; one day isn’t enough to redress that balance.
But, from my experience as a Father’s Day gift giver and recipient, it’s clear that it started with either a greeting card company, a sock or tie manufacturer – or maybe a cologne bottler. After all, haven’t those become clichés for the holiday itself?
So, this year wouldn’t you like see your aviation-loving father or father-in-law – or for that matter, your face, light-up when they (you) get a really cool, flying related gift that they (you) really want? Talk about your Hallmark moment…
After receiving a lot of phone calls asking the, “Hey Matt. What should I get my dad?” question, I thought you all could use a little help. So, I did a quick search on GCA’s website of the top five; most searched aviation gifts for this Dad’s Day. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
What pilot father’s flight bag couldn't use a new handheld VHF COM? And the Rexon line is some of the best. Along with the full spectrum of VHF COM frequencies, these water-resistant handhelds feature 10 weather channels, 100 memory channel presets 121.5 emergency frequency recall, and much more.
With all his other responsibilities – like spending time with you – dad doesn’t have a lot of spare time to get out and fly. Well, no matter if he’s high-time or a student pilot, the new-generation HoneyComb Alpha Flight Control Yoke delivers a whole new level of realism and control to any flight simulation system. It’s the next best thing to being in the left-seat.
Bad things happen to good pilots, good fishermen, good hikers, good bikers, and well, just about anyone who leaves the couch. No matter what your dad does for fun, the Artex Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) makes the perfect gift. With the push of a button, it automatically sends out a distress signal over COSPAS SARSAT’s worldwide emergency search and rescue satellite network so rescuers can locate dad’s exact position. It’s not only a gift for dad; it’s peace of mind for you.
Your dad may not be a professional pilot, but Flight Outfitters’ “Lift” flight bag will make him feel like one. There’s plenty of room for his iPad, Artex PLB, Rexon handheld VHF, Pilot’s Tool Kit, cell phone, connectors, paper charts – does anyone still use those? – and more. Everything he needs for any kind of flight. And with its reinforced sides and steel reinforced handle, there’s no chance of all this stuff spilling out on a busy ramp.
Nothing can ruin dad’s flying fun like an AOG situation – especially if it happens away from home. This handy Pilot’s Tool Kit has the commonly used tools and components to fix common problems and help get dad back in the air. To make it easy to store in the back of the airplane or the hangar, it’s all contained in a rugged, roll-up pouch.And, on the slim chance that your flying father already has everything here, give me a call at 863.709.9714 (x 112), and I’ll be happy to help you find the one gift that will make him forget all of those socks.
Until next time, fly safely and have fun,