The Contrail FL350 travel case is the perfect blend of quality and design the modern traveling professional demands. At first glance, you immediately notice the quality and attention to detail that only a career in aviation and professional bag design can produce.
Very happy with the Contrail 350!
— Len D, American Airlines
I have been using my FL350 for a couple of months now. It is the perfect size for my iPad, 1" supplemental manual, pens, Advil, sunglasses, Mini Mag, etc. Handsome and holds up well. I highly recommend it to all pilots who don't need a flight kit anymore.
— Steve B, Capt A319/320/321, New American Airlines - CLT
The FL350 bag is just the right size bag for the professional pilot that uses an iPad or smaller computer on trips. Has just the right amount of storage in just the right places. I fly International trips and can't believe how much more convenient it is to carry this size bag. The quality is outstanding. I would highly recommend this bag to anyone!!
— Steve C DAL F/O 767
The bag is a great bit of kit. As we complete our transition from using paper manuals to iPads, I find the FL350 bag to be very compact, yet hold all of the essential items of professional gear I need for a trip. Thanks for making a quality product -- it's obvious this was designed by a pilot for pilots.
— Captain Fred B, American Airlines – 777
I’d like to have a chin waggle with you about these bags that Ron makes. Do a lot of travelling down under, the FL350 is perfect......empty, she holds 6 cold tines (beer)....pens, phones, and a regular assortment of things that can’t be mentioned here. I’ve dropped it, thrown it, had it thrown at me, spilt beer on....and she comes through unscathed...in short, she’s a beauty!!!!......the FL420 is on order...I need something that holds an even dozen...cheers.
— Kiwi, AWA, Capt., Airbus 319/320/321
I am thus far very happy with my FL350. It fits everything I need to carry with me very well. When we dump the need to carry the 10-1's and enroutes it will only get better. Very satisfied and have told all I fly with "just what are you waiting for, this thing is great!"
— Mike F. Captain, American 767 Intl.
I like my FL 350 bag, I need to put my flashlight and my reflective vest in my suitcase until enroute charts are iPad approved. The iPad fits nicely in the back, in the next compartment I have 2 divisions of enroute charts along with sunglasses and cheaters. The next compartment had paper checklists and recent bulletins (thin) and in the front I have the iPad hypercharger with cord, and my headset. That’s it, it's stuffed full.
— Bob D, AA 777 CA
Flight Test – FL350 iPad Flight Kit by Contrail
Recently, I had the pleasure to “flight test” a brand new, iPad specific pilot flight kit designed by Ron Bloom. With the global paradigm shift in the airline industry towards tablet computers, and away from paper, the need has arisen for a “new generation” pilot kitbag. Since the iPad (and other tablet computers) can remove about 35 pounds of bulky paper from the traditional airline pilot flight kit, the need to drag an oversize flight bag through airports is now non-existent.
The Contrail FL350 pilot flight kit solves the problem. This flight bag is an excellent solution for pilots who are no longer required to carry the traditional paper reference materials.
On a recent trip from Los Angeles to Shanghai China I had the opportunity to load up a FL350 and flight test one of these new iPad kit bags. I currently fly 777’s for a major US airline that has eliminated most of the paper that our pilots have to carry in their flight bags (my airline still requires us to carry paper enroute charts for the division that we are flying).
The FL350 was a real pleasure to use. A note about the quality of this flight bag – the construction of the bag, the material selection, and the zippers are all top quality. The location of the zippered compartments, and the interior capacity inside those compartments is superb. This bag should provide years of excellent service.
The front compartment includes a soft lined pocket for a cell phone (large enough for a Samsung Galaxy II), a passport pocket, room for business cards, and netted accessory pockets for iPad connection cables with room to include a portable GPS antenna. There is also a pen/stylus specific location, and room for reading glasses, and a flashlight.
Compartment two, includes space for the paper flight plan and an international travel documents folder.
I used the main compartment space (which has two zippers and a very deep capacity) to store my paper enroute charts. On top of the main compartment is a heavy-duty handle so that the FL350 can be carried like a traditional briefcase if the pilot so desires.
Additionally, the FL350 comes with a shoulder strap, and the backside of the bag also has a fixed strap so that the bag can be secured over the top of a luggage handle. There is a special small pocket built into to the back of the bag so that an identification card can be securely held in place. Yet another excellent feature of the FL350 flight bag is the security functionality, which allows the user to unzip the iPad storage area, and butterfly the bag open for the TSA x-ray inspection. This feature allows the bag to lie flat across the scanner and the iPad or other computer does not have to be removed from the bag.
Both “halves” of the bag have enough space to store an iPad in each side if desired. One internal compartment is large enough to carry a small laptop such as the 13” or 11” MacBook Air, or Lenovo ThinkPad. For my trip, I carried one iPad, and one 11” MacBook. Everything fit perfectly.
The final compartment in the back of the bag includes a “hard-sider” insert to further protect the iPad from damage in case the bag is accidently dropped, squished, or otherwise compressed.
Since I am a commuter, I greatly appreciated the size of the FL350. There is room for magazines, or other reading materials. The bag is “right sized” to easily fit under the passenger seat – even on smaller jets like the RJ.
Using the bag in flight was easy and intuitive. On the 777 aircraft, the bag fits nicely on the tables to the left and right of the pilots. This makes accessing charts, pens, and anything else inside the FL350 very easy.
I found the bag to be superior to the old, traditional flight kit. It’s so nice to get away from the heavy, oversized kitbag! The FL350 has been specifically designed for pilots who use iPads or other tablet computers on the flight deck, and I’m sure it will be a big hit with all pilots who no longer have to carry the legacy paper reference materials.
— Hank P. Jr., Captain, Boeing 777