Flight Gear Tailwind Backpack
This bag has quickly become a favorite at Sporty’s Academy, our on-site flight school.
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This bag has quickly become a favorite at Sporty’s Academy, our flight school. With dedicated pockets for a computer and iPad, you’ll find yourself using this bag every day for work or the gym, as well as flying. With a heavy duty carrying handle and padded, no-slip shoulder straps, the Flight Gear Tailwind Bag will put up to the rigors of daily flight training abuse.
- Headset hanger to keep your headset
suspended and protected
- Padded pocket with computer and iPad sleeves
Cavernous center compartment with
plenty of room for books and kneeboards
Two exterior side pockets are perfect for a
water bottle or backup radio
- Exterior flashlight and fuel tester pockets
- Organizer pocket with key holder
- Felt-lined pocket for storing sensitive items
- Two internal mesh side pockets
- Internal gear wall for removable Gear Mods
Four webbing loops for attaching gear with
carabiner clips or hanging sunglasses
Padded shoulder straps with quick pull loops
for fast adjustments
- Padded yet breathable back pad
- High visibility interior
- Heavy duty handle
- Three year warranty
Functional storage for important items while keeping quick access to the gear you need the most is key to the design of the Tailwind backpack. Two open top side pockets are perfect for a radio, water bottle, or windshield spray bottle. A flashlight/fuel tester pocket on each side of the bag makes preflight easy and provides quick access without having to fumble with zippers.
An organizer pocket on the front of the bag is great for pens, business cards, logbooks, and more. An integrated key clip helps to keep your keys from getting lost and a zipper pocket keeps important $100 hotdog menus safely stowed. This pocket can be personalized with optional embroidery (additional $9.95).
A velvet-lined top pocket is perfect for a set of reading glasses or sunglasses, but also makes a great catchall for loose items that you normally keep in your pockets. The heavy-duty, reinforced carrying handle makes maneuvering with this bag easy.
The padded computer pocket is sized to fit a laptop and an iPad, including larger Macbooks and iPad Pros. An elastic strap with a hook and loop end is used to secure each for transport. Between these two pockets, there is plenty of room left over for a few charts or flight plan forms. A thru hole at the top of the pocket provides access to the main pocket, so you can charge your iPad with a battery brick (sold separately) in the main compartment.
The main pocket has a ton of space for stowing large gear. A unique headset hanger allows you to suspend your headset from the top of the bag, rather than let it get beat up at the bottom. Two side mesh pockets are perfect for backup battery bricks or barf bags. A gusseted front flap allows the main pocket to open without falling all the way to the floor of your cockpit.
A unique Gear Mod wall is found at the back of the main pocket. This wall was specifically designed with a soft, velvet-like material. This is perfect for attaching Gear Mods, independent pockets that attach with hook and loop fasteners and make it easy to further customize your Flight Gear bag. Need an extra pocket for a backup battery? There’s a Gear Mod for that.
The Flight Gear Difference
The small details are where this bag really shines. Thick plastic hardware allows the bag to be sturdy, yet lightweight. The unique crosshatch fabric is ripstop and moisture resistant. While you can’t go deep sea diving with it, you can run from the plane to the FBO in the rain. Small loops are found underneath the carrying handle and are perfect for hanging sunglasses or attaching gear with carabiners. The high visibility interior keeps small items from getting lost in the dark corners of your bag. The padded, breathable material under the shoulder straps makes heavy loads comfortable and keeps your back cool.
Sporty’s Flight Gear bags have set the standard in aviation
for nearly three decades. With pilot-friendly designs and
high-quality craftsmanship, tens of thousands of pilots
have trusted Flight Gear to protect and organize their gear,
from first lesson to airline cockpit.
But we’re never satisfied, so we’re always looking to improve our products. After all, we have the best test pilots in the world: you, our customer. Thousands of pilot reports, good and bad, have been painstakingly reviewed to find the features most wanted in a flight bag.
The result is our latest generation of Flight Gear bags, brand new for 2021. Each of these six models represents the ultimate combination of rugged construction, thoughtful design, and affordable prices. You can pay more, but you won’t find a better flight bag.
There are few things more annoying than a broken zipper or a ripped seam, which is why we work directly with the factory to ensure these bags will meet or exceed the high expectations of pilots everywhere. Reinforced handles, non-slip shoulder straps, quick-grab zipper pulls, padded iPad pockets, and strengthened hardware make Sporty’s Flight Gear bags ideal for any mission.
While durability is extremely important, pilots always stress about weight. These new bags needed to be lightweight, but without sacrificing quality. We found the perfect balance of lighter fabric and hardware, without skimping on the zippers or stitching. The result is the lightest line of bags we’ve ever produced, because useful load is for passengers and fuel, not flight bags.
Bags designed to carry 40 pounds of paper charts have given way to smaller, smarter bags for electronics. Sporty’s latest generation of Flight Gear bags feature custom pockets for storing and protecting headsets and iPads, not Jepp binders. We also added lots of organization for cables and other small gear, so important tools don’t get lost.
Every pilot has their own list of must-have items for flying, so flight bags must be customizable. We’ve accomplished this goal with a line of Gear Mods, that can be moved from one bag to another. After all, searching for a charging cable and backup battery pack can be a real pain in a tight cockpit.
High Visibility Interior
A spacious bag won’t help you stay organized if you can’t find your gear. Flight Gear bags feature high visibility interiors, so your pilot supplies won’t be hiding in a dark corner when you really need them.
Sporty’s offers optional custom embroidery on all Flight Gear bags, perfect for initials, names, or N-numbers for an additional $9.95. We can make your bag distinctively yours.
Sizing - which bag works for you
Are you a student pilot? Weekend warrior or professional pilot? Size matters when it comes to your flight bag. The Tailwind Backpack is perfect for the pilot who has more to carry. Here's how it compares to the rest of the Flight Gear line.