madmaveric wrote:pockets ... now why didn't I think of that,
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It's probably because of learning in the winter I'm normally wearing a big jumper but I think shirts/trousers with pockets on will be on next shopping list.
You could do worse than keep an eye on Craghoppers web site for thier sales - the Kiwi trousers have big map (opps, chart!) pockets in the legs, with handy velcro closures, and the Kiwi shirts have a couple of useful pockets for pens, spare glasses etc - handy when it's too warm for a body warmer ... They also wash and dry easily, useful after the more exciting moments during training...
JJB sports do (or did, have they gone bust?) a handy stopwatch on a string for about a fiver - nice big numbers and buttons on it as well. I also saw a bright yellow version (maybe at Argos) which would be easy to find if you dropped it. Great for very young pilots
As someone said, there is a retractable sharpie - handy in the cockpit,no detachable top to lose! (Picked up a set of non-retractable sharpies, 4 colours, for less than 3 quid from W H Smith recently)