If you want your local pilot shop to survive, they need to make some money. So if you have a
local pilot shop, please use them when possible. Also, we don't endorse any of the stores on this
page; we've used them before and found that they have a good selection with reasonable
As you might have surmised, New York City does not have a local pilot shop. While Strand and
the New York Public Library are among the best at what they do, their selections of flying books
are somewhat limited (and the selection of other pilot supplies is non-existent).
• A major mail-order supplier of book and equipment is Sporty's Pilot Shop. Among their
specialty products is a line devoted to AOPA branded merchendise
• Aircraft Spruce and Specialty is another noted supplier of both pilot supplies as well as aircraft
supplies, parts, and maintenance equipment
• Finally, you should not overlook Amazon.com, which has a great selection of pilot books and a
reasonable selection of other materials, acting as a storefront for specialty aviation shops such
as Gulf Coast Avionics
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Did you know?...
Sears used to publish a massive
catalog that was, in the days before the
internet, a lifeline for many Americans
living in rural areas (if you don't believe
us, ask your grandparents). Aircraft
Spruce still publishes an 800+ page
catalog filled with all manner of
aviation products. This catalog is
especially popular among small
airplane mechanics, and a well worn
(and usually greasy) copy can be found
in almost any hanger where
maintenance is performed.