The B4 SWIFT-ECHO is exactly the same as the standard B4 SWIFT, except for two simple changes to make it work slightly better for Airline Crew.
It comes with SPE (water bottle not included) instead of the SPA, and the J-Hook Main Handle (accepts J-Hook) instead of the plain Main Handle.
- Pocket Cap Front
- Flat Cap Rear
- Side Pocket Charlie
- Side Pocket ECHO
- Main Handle J-Hook (Does not include a J-Hook, but it does have grooves for fitting into a J-Hook)
- Shoulder Strap
- Interior of CS4: 13.5" tall, 10.0" wide, 4.0 inches deep. (34cm x 25cm x 10.2cm)
- Exterior of entire bag: 14.0" tall, 10.5" wide, 6.5" deep. (36cm x 27cm x 16.5cm)
- Keep in mind that the bag material is flexible, so the size of the interior storage may be able to "stretch" out just a bit in one direction or another. Also keep in mind that over-stuffing your bag can cause seam or material failure, and this is not covered by warranty.
The B4 SWIFT-ECHO makes a perfect VFR Flight Bag for Airline Captains as there is room for one or two headsets, one or two iPad, a full-sized water bottle, plus all the small stuff you'll want along for the ride. The B4 SWIFT-ECHO includes the unique Main Handle J-Hook that is designed to fit onto the J-Hook of most rolling suitcases. It also serves as an unbeatable carry-on personal bag when traveling on commercial flights, or just as a terrific daily bag for a wide variety of personal and professional uses.
The B4 consists of the POCKET CAP FRONT, CENTER SECTION 4, FLAT CAP REAR, along with two Side Pockets, Echo and Charlie. It also includes the MHJ and SS. It does NOT include a SLIM HANDLE KIT. If you ever think you'd like to remove the CS4 and zip just the two End Caps together to make the B0 SLIM, you'll need to make sure you also order an SLIM HANDLE KIT.
The CS4 provides four inches of storage depth, but keep in mind that there is also two thin flat storage areas BETWEEN the three modules. (Remember, it is a soft bag so it can expand slightly in every direction.) Keep in mind also that you can add any other Center Section to the B4 (like zip a CS2 in between the CS4 and the FCR) to add more storage on certain days. Any FLEX System module can zip onto any other FLEX System module.
This configuration will very commonly be used to carry two full-sized aviation headsets of any brand. (There is a nice, slightly-tricky way place two large headsets - like the BOSE A20 - inside this space. Just "intertwine" the ear cups in opposite directions. It's really nice to fit two headsets of any kind in such a relatively small space.) There is a specially-designed pocket on top of the CS4 to hold Sunglasses and their case.
A small collection of charts or flight docs can go in the space between the CS4 and either of the End Caps. A 13" Ultrabook or MacBook Pro can also fit into this "in between" space, and the iPad (or other tablet) can go in the main pocket on the FLAT CAP REAR
The B4 SWIFT also works amazingly well as a daily personal bag and/or as a commercial carry-on bag. A 13" laptop plus a load of documentation plus an iPad, plus all the small stuff like cables, adapters and support stuff for all your technology, your digital camera, snacks, etc - all of this fits easily in this bag. Even your noise-reduction headset for those long flights.
The FLAT CAP REAR module offers two flat pockets on the outside, and one flat half-height slip pocket on the inner surface of the module. The primary outer pocket is accessed from the top and has a cover flap that is secured with Velcro. This where you'll likely store your iPad (as long as it's not in a thick case), or a manilla folder or two for some documents, or a magazine. There is a second flat panel that covers two-thirds of the outside of the main panel that is broken into two halves - an upper panel and a lower panel. By default, the bottom edge of the upper panel is "tucked" into the top edge of the lower panel. This allows both panels to act together as a single slip pocket that works great for sticking a boarding pass or other simple paperwork here. If the top panel is "untucked" from the bottom panel, this allows the telescoping tubes of a suitcase or folding cart to pass through and the panel serves to secure your bag to those tubes (especially when this FLAT CAP REAR is attached to other modules to form bigger bags like the B2 COMPUTE, B4 SWIFT or the B7 FLIGHT). Then, when you're done putting your BrightLine Bag on top of your suitcase, you can just "tuck" the top panel back into the bottom panel and it becomes a slip pocket again.
And finally, the SIDE POCKETS. The side pockets attach to the side of any module that has a FLEX-Mount Side Pocket Station. In the case of the B4, the side pockets will mount on the sides of the CS4. This mounting method is super-secure, simple to install, and best of all, your pockets don't LOOK like they're detachable.
SIDE POCKET CHARLIE is often called the "Pen Pocket". It has four pen slots on the outer surface plus a zippered pouch that has room for pens, marker, highlighter, spare reading glasses, etc. Of course, many people will put completely different things in there besides pens. It's a great pocket many different purposes. SIDE POCKET ECHO is called the "Water Bottle". It will hold any size water bottle from 0.5 L to 1.5 L. The pocket is adjustable, so it can be set to hold any size water bottle perfectly. The main panel is made out of Neoprene, so it is insulated.