Buying Christmas presents for your loved ones is difficult at the best of times, but especially so if they’re an avgeek – making sure you buy exactly the right thing (and hoping they haven’t already gone out and bought it themselves).
Short of asking them straight out, it’s nigh on impossible.
So, if you’re wondering what to buy an aviation enthusiast, here are our top prezzie picks for the festive season.
What to buy an Aviation Enthusiast
£100 or less
1. Flight simulator experience
A good simulator can not only put you at the controls of a commercial airliner, but is capable of offering a fully-immersive in-flight experience: from simulating inclement weather conditions and a variety of airports and locations to replicating parts of the cabin so that friends and family can join in as well. Short of obtaining a commercial pilot’s license, this is the next best thing.
2. Plane Tag
Hand-cut from the skin of historic aircraft, a plane tag makes a unique and thoughtful accessory for any aviation fan. Choose from a wide range of commercial and military planes, laser engraved with an image of the aircraft, an authentic collector’s number and the tail number, allowing you to track the plane’s journey through time. So, now your loved one can hold a piece of aviation history in the palm of their hand.
3. Piston Desk Watch
Born from 1940’s-era Jacobs radial engine pistons, these understated desktop timepieces lend a touch of class to any office space. Machined at a 60-degree angle for easier reading, the desk watch provides an innovative and subtle nod to your loved one’s appetite for aeronautics.
£100 – £1,000
1. Quadcopter Drone (with camera)
While you can pick up one of these for as little as 50 quid, it’s worth bearing in mind that you get what you pay for. A professional-standard quadcopter providing high-quality live FPV (first-person view) video can fetch up to several thousand pounds. For the amateur aviation enthusiast, however, anywhere between £500 and £1,000 can bag you a very decent drone indeed.
2. Recycled Aircraft Seat Bag
It’s exactly how it sounds – some enterprising companies have taken it upon themselves to produce collections of accessories and bags from old aircraft seat upholstery. What have resulted are a series of distinctive, handmade holdalls (not to mention rucksacks, tote bags, passport and card holders) that are sure to make heads turn, avgeek or not. But hurry, some of these products are available to order for a limited time only!
3. Radio Scanner
A must for any burgeoning aerophile! Reputable manufacturers include Uniden and ICOM.
1. Pilot Watch
Timeless and sophisticated in their simplicity, pilot’s watches have never been more popular outside of wartime. Straddling the line between sports and dress watch, their versatility is part of their widespread appeal. Watchmakers with an established aviation heritage include Breitling, IWC, Zenith, Longines and Omega, to name but a few. And, while you can certainly purchase an aviation-style watch for under £1,000, stretching the budget to obtain a timepiece from one of these highly-respected brands would certainly represent money well-spent.
2. Flying lessons
Give your loved one the gift of flight from a smidge over five grand. Including the required 31 hours of flying time, all ground exams and ground school, you can learn to pilot a Piper PA28 and achieve a Light Aircraft Pilot’s License (LAPL) – less stringent than a PPL and perfect for flying in the local area. For more advanced training, a Private Pilot’s License (PPL) – available from over £7,380 – is the next step. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that participants will find the requirements in terms of flying time and the medical assessment more demanding.
3.Private jet charter
The ultimate in luxury air travel. The beauty of an executive charter is that every element is tailored to your exact specifications, from the aircraft to the routing; the in-flight entertainment to the drink and dining options. You can take to the skies in exquisite comfort, at a time and place to suit you. Because when you fly by private jet, the journey is just as important as the destination.
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