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User currently offlineFlyinTLow From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 525 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15367 times:

Hi everyone once again!

I am posting this in the Tech/Ops forum cause I'm hoping a lot of people with actual experience with my question can share their experience with me:

As a student pilot I am going to start my practical flight lessons starting July in Phoenix, AZ. That means there is no way of avoiding purchasing a pair of sunglasses. So my question to all the pilots out there:

- what sunglasses do you have?

- what are your experiences with them?

- what kind of sunglasses do you recommend? (e.g. Aviators, polarized lenses)

- what color of lenses do you recommend?

All of those questions in respect to both flying small aircrafts as well as airliners (with LCD screens, etc.).

Any comments or links with further information are very much appreciated!

Cheers,
Thilo

P.S.: sorry if this topic has been discussed, a quick search didn't reveal anything to me...


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User currently onlinePihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 4673 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 15357 times:
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You're right ! Glare can be fierce in Arizona in July !
I ha ve used the classical Ray-Ban for decades, but i found that the green lenses somehow prevent a good reading of the instruments in a glass cockpit.
Then, ten years ago, a friend of mine presented me a pair of grey lensed Randolph (simply called "the aviator") and I've used them ever since.
I advise avoiding these trendy new surfer type glasses as you could 1/= sweat into them, and 2/- you're bound to see some vision distorsion, or worse a complete blank-out of a given colour, the red in general.
Some friends swear by the Serengeti range,too and they seem better in hazy conditions...
So the choice is still yours, but go for a reputed brand with good optical lenses, go for practicality, not for looks or fashion.
Polarized lenses are an ABSOLUTE NO-NO as quite a lot of aviation lights are polarised. You might find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation if you can't see the lights !
And get a comfortable baseball cap, too !



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User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 15334 times:

Quoting Pihero (Reply 1):
I ha ve used the classical Ray-Ban for decades

My dad gave me his old pair of Serengetis to wear when I fly and I love them. The ear pieces are small enough that they allow my headset to create a good seal and keep out most of the engine noise, but the lenses cover most of my vision without discoloring my charts at all. I agree with Pihero, go for functionality, not looks...I look like a bug of sorts with them on, but I wear a different, polarized pair of Optic Nerve glasses for everything but flying.

I do agree that polarized lenses are probably a negative thing when flying, as well as be careful of the lens cover.



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User currently offlineFlyinTLow From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 525 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15247 times:

ok, sorry about that.

But then again, am I doing anything wrong with the search function? I typed sunglasses and got zero results...

And thanks for the comments before!



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User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5158 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 15234 times:

Quoting FlyinTLow (Reply 4):
ok, sorry about that

FlyinTLow, don't sweat it. The search function cumbersome at best, and you'll often miss previous message strings.

I have used Serengetis for years. They give good protection from the sun, while allowing good visibility to the glass cockpit instruments. I had to change from my age old Ray-Bans, as the G15 Grey lens would not allow me to see the CRTs in some light.



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User currently offlineSkyslave From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 15191 times:

Quoting Pihero (Reply 1):
Then, ten years ago, a friend of mine presented me a pair of grey lensed Randolph (simply called "the aviator") and I've used them ever since.

I just did a little research on these, and I'm totally ordering a pair. Now it comes down to gold frame, or chrome frame? Watch for my Oakley Wardens to pop-up on ebay.


User currently offlineMikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 15172 times:

I did buy a new one today, my old pair of Ray-Ban had a few scratches. Tried both Randolph and Oakley whisker
http://www.sunglasshut.com/sghus.cfm...egory=sunglasses&nproductid=160092
, but as last time, I bought Ray-Ban. Needed something that fits under Bose X, and the Oakley pair were just too big. The Randolph did not fit my head and felt uncomfortable. Had brown glass earlier, green today. Going to try it on monday
http://www.sunglasshut.com/sghus.cfm...egory=sunglasses&nproductid=155993

Of course not polarized, that is a no-no


User currently offlineXjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 15085 times:

If you have a few extra dollars, I do highly recommend the Oakley Half Jackets. I received three lense sets (ultra protection, overcast style, and twilight lense) and a hard case. They were not cheap, however, i can wear them up until final (if I am the PIC, i never wear sunglasses when I am landing). I can still see the GPS plain as day and they usually dont glare. I bought mine at www.avshop.com.

XJR



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User currently offlineBri2k1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 988 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 15060 times:

Quoting Xjramper (Reply 8):
if I am the PIC, i never wear sunglasses when I am landing

Not even when you're landing into the sun?? This is not a good idea at all, especially if you're switching on final. The time it will take for your eyes to readjust will result in a period of momentary blindness at one of the most critical phases of flight. Out of curiosity, what is your motivation for this?



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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17178 posts, RR: 66
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 15055 times:

Quoting Skyslave (Reply 6):
Now it comes down to gold frame, or chrome frame?

You mean pimp or non?  Wink Please go with the chrome...



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User currently offlineCptSpeaking From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 639 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 15010 times:

Gotta go with the classic pilot shades - Ray Bans.

A friend of mine wears Serengetis (sp?) though and loves them. I tried them once on a hazy afternoon and they cut right through the haze...quite amazing actually...

Your CptSpeaking  wave 



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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 14977 times:

IMO, there is but one option... Oakley. since i wear an Rx they're the only company that i've trsted over the years to provide me with a comforatabe and reliable eyeglass. they may be expensive, but they're worth the money. i have a few pairs now, mostly XXs and titnium chains. also just got a pair of whys.


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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 14951 times:
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http://www.airliners.net/discussions...h_ops/read.main/149181/6/#ID149181

I posted my opinion here. You are going to get a lot of opinions here but I'd like to think mine is the most informed opinion you will have. For every pilot that loves Polaroids, there is one that hates them.

a quality pair of polaroids, made by someone who knows what they are doing, is best.



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User currently offlineXjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14901 times:

Quoting Bri2k1 (Reply 9):
Not even when you're landing into the sun?? This is not a good idea at all, especially if you're switching on final. The time it will take for your eyes to readjust will result in a period of momentary blindness at one of the most critical phases of flight. Out of curiosity, what is your motivation for this?

The aircraft that I fly have sunshades that block the sun just fine. I never wear sunglasses on final because I am more comfortable landing with them off. Nothing scientific, its just easier on me. And i dont take them off right on final, they usually come off on the 45 for downwind.

XJR



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User currently offlineRadelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 14820 times:

My bet for any job/activity that might involve bright sunlight and/or glare are Maui Jim's.

http://www.mauijims.com


User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14292 times:



Quoting Radelow (Reply 15):
My bet for any job/activity that might involve bright sunlight and/or glare are Maui Jim's.

Be careful most Maui Jims are polarized.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17178 posts, RR: 66
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 14205 times:



Quoting FlyinTLow (Thread starter):
My bet for any job/activity that might involve bright sunlight and/or glare are Maui Jim's.

http://www.mauijims.com

I love my Maui's. Sooo lightweight, comfortable and durable. However as mentioned they are typically polarized.



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User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 14185 times:



Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 17):
Sooo lightweight, comfortable and durable

Check out Vedalo HD they're nice.


User currently offlineAirbuster From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 454 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14042 times:



Quoting FlyinTLow (Thread starter):

are you going to be a Lufthansa Bonanza in Goodyear? Watch out for them KLM/Sabena PA28's....you're gonna have a wild and fun time flying around AZ! And i flew around AZ with a pair of rayban aviators...

regards

AB



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User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1660 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 14031 times:

Another reason to avoid polarized lenses:

Ever caught sight of another airplane in flight because the sun glint caused a short flash off the aluminum? Polarized lenses will block the flash; not a good idea.


User currently offlineSoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 13995 times:

I use Serengeti's in gliders and Rayban Wayfarers w/ G-15 glass in power...both worked very well in Tucson and Florida, though based in NY. I like the Serengetis best as they cut glare best without the hassle of polorization...

User currently offlinePliersinsight From United States of America, joined May 2008, 499 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 13976 times:



Quoting FlyinTLow (Thread starter):
- what sunglasses do you have?

Serengeti

- what are your experiences with them?

Excellent glare reduction, I even wear them in overcast while driving, sharpens the image. Lousy durability but I destroy every pair of sunglasses I have ever owned in less than 18 months.

- what kind of sunglasses do you recommend? (e.g. Aviators, polarized lenses)


No polarized. Insturment glass is sometimes polarized, thus you can't see through it. Plus polarized lenses screw up your view of LCD stuff.


- what color of lenses do you recommend?

The standard brown.

All of those questions in respect to both flying small aircrafts as well as airliners (with LCD screens, etc.).

Any comments or links with further information are very much appreciated!

http://www.serengeti-eyewear.com/


Sam's Club usually has them pretty cheap.


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