A lot to unpack in this question besides the kneeboard i posted earlier.
My must haves:
Pen holder that velcros to the arm. Super handy, especially with the combat shirt
Foreflight, with a badelf gps receiver or stratus. Yea i know they have built it GPS but that sh*t cuts out pretty often. Try flying with foreflight on your phone, good luck.
Have Alse put a hear through on your helmet when you can
Oregon aero hush kit.
Whatever big bag you get to travel with, make sure it has wheels, waterproof helps.
Gerber…youd be surprised how often you will use it
Show up with at least baseline knowledge. If you explain to me that airspace goes from A-G from the ground up based only on altitude, we’re off to a bad start. I expect you to know at least who you should be trying to talk to when flying, not being able to draw a diagram of the entire fuel system.
If an IP asks you the “im a drop of oil” question. They most likely arent well liked by anyone.
You will get additional duties, excel at them, they write your OER
Be an asset not a liability. Dont be the guy we have to worry about getting drunk and doing dumb sh*t
You’re reputation will follow you. Everyone knows everyone in aviation.