captain777
Posts: 254
Joined: Sat Dec 27, 2003 10:57 pm

Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 1:06 am

A bit of a wiered question but I'd like to know whats the most popular sunglasses is that most pilots wear, (both civil and military pilots) Photos would be useful and the names of the brands


Thanks in Advance  Wink
the sky is the limit.............actually FL410 is the limit
 
Newark777
Posts: 8284
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 6:23 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 1:09 am

Aviators.  Wink

Honestly, I don't know.

Harry
Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
 
norcal
Posts: 1507
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 1:44 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 1:15 am

$1 aviators (plus S&H), they are on ebay, they are aweseome and you will pay a fraction of what you will pay for the "real thing." Actually I would buy 3-5 pairs so that you make the S&H worth it, also you will have back ups in case you lose them or break them. I haven't broken any of mine yet, they are quite durable.
 
User avatar
HAWK21M
Posts: 29867
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 1:17 am

Aviators from Ray-Ban is common out here.
regds
MEL
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
 
User avatar
GEG
Posts: 303
Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2004 11:45 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 1:22 am

I have a pair of polorized Bollé and I noticed that they will make the LCD screen on the stereo in my car and truck appear black when looking through them. I don't believe they would be good for flying as they might also have the same effect when looking at instuments.  Smile -Dan
I have no idea what I'm doing...
 
Wayfarer
Posts: 252
Joined: Wed Jun 29, 2005 11:32 pm

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 2:12 am

I think this pilot's sunglasses is true professional sunglasses designed for pilots


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Eyrolle Raphaël

EASTERN AIRLINES: We Are Still Here Today
 
IAHERJ
Posts: 527
Joined: Sun Jun 03, 2001 1:52 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 4:28 am

I prefer Serenghetti's and am on my fourth pair at work and have retired my older work glasses to the automobiles and boat. Work great, last long time!!

IAHERJ
dba 717 FO
Actually flown: EMB-120 EMB-145 B717 B737 B757 B767
 
dl021
Posts: 10836
Joined: Fri May 21, 2004 12:04 pm

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 4:35 am

"I have a pair of polorized Bollé and I noticed that they will make the LCD screen on the stereo in my car and truck appear black when looking through them. I don't believe they would be good for flying as they might also have the same effect when looking at instuments. -Dan"

Polarized sunglasses are definitely out for flying. They make it difficult to see your instruments and change your visual acuity. ASk any pilot or IP and they will tell you that is the case.

The average pilot I know wears whatever is comfortable, and I do tend to see Ray Bans (aviators) more often than not. That said my friend Bob the Scottish Georgian loves his really ugly womens sunglasses that I'm sure he stole from his wife....since they were already paid for. Cheap bastard!  Wink
Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
 
MH017
Posts: 1473
Joined: Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:17 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 4:38 am

Captain777,

My favorite glasses are Randolph (also worn by USAF) and they're fantastic !!!
don't throw away tomorrow !
 
NZ747
Posts: 849
Joined: Mon Dec 13, 2004 2:01 pm

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 7:32 am

I am a student pilot, and I use Oakleys. But there are certain types of glasses that are a no no.

Cheers
 
74-2xx
Posts: 23
Joined: Tue Sep 18, 2001 1:11 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 8:45 am

As a student pilot I also use Oakleys (polarized). Probably down to personal taste as much as anything.
Regards.
 
NWArocks
Posts: 15
Joined: Sun Jan 02, 2005 1:02 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 10:00 pm

Sunglasses...

I'm not sure about "most popular" and really have never cared if I was "fashion forward" in my selection of shades. If you are asking because popularity might be indicative of good quality and purposefulness (in regards to aviation) then I'd suggest you give Ray Ban's a look. I've been using them for years and have always been satisfied. Reasons:

The lenses. I'm 40+ now, but still have 20/15 vision. Any imperfection in a lens drives me nuts. I find myself forever looking in that direction to see the distortion. I've yet to own a pair of Ray Bans that weren't optically perfect (at least to a level that was perceptible).

74-2xx mentioned personal taste--That is important. Ray Ban glasses are offered on a wide variety of shapes and styles to fit many different shaped and sized heads and provide the coverage desired.

Personally, I like the RB2009 and RB2030. Why? They are light-weight and wide enough to provide good coverage when the sun is at a side angle. I fly commercial and military aircraft. On the commercial side I have an ear insert for monitoring the comms. The sunglass frames I suppose wouldn't matter much. On the military side, I usually wear a headset. For prolonged use, I've found that wire frames get pressed into my head and leave a "hot spot" just above the ears. Not particularly pleasant. The light plastic frames of the two models I mentioned above don't do this. Consequently, they're what I fly with.

Looking to the future, at some point, I may need prescriptive lenses. At that time I'll see who offers the best customization. Until then, I for one shall remain a loyal Ray Ban customer.

Cheers,
 
VEEREF
Posts: 560
Joined: Wed Jun 09, 2004 12:55 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 10:02 pm

I loose them and break them so much that whatever is on sale at Target or Kohl's for under $10 works for me as long as they are UV rated.
Airplanes are cool. Aviation sucks.
 
md80fanatic
Posts: 2365
Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2004 11:29 pm

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 11:37 pm

I have had many pairs of sunglasses in my time, but these I found to be the best.

Ray-Ban "Cutters" RB-4027 601-S/4H

Easy on the eyes, lightweight, and no alteration of the image of LCD screens. Also they cut through glare like a champ. A bit on the expensive side and they are made (and supposedly sold) only in Italy. Of course you can get them online in a few places....like this one.

http://www.framesdirect.com/rayban-r...ewear-gsprdt-tclbtd-lb-pa-ljn.html

I managed to acquire mine in Austin Texas when the owner of a sunglass store accidently placed his "demonstration" pair for sale.  Cool
 
JBirdAV8r
Posts: 3454
Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2001 4:44 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Sun Jul 17, 2005 11:59 pm

I personally use Oakley sunglasses (the Minute frames). They wrap nicely, and I like the optics. The Randolph Aviators are classic and good for flying, but they look like crap on me.

I don't use polarized sunglasses as they have a tendency to produce undesirable effects when looking at certain LCD screens and through curved glass/canopies.
I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
 
captain777
Posts: 254
Joined: Sat Dec 27, 2003 10:57 pm

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Mon Jul 18, 2005 1:12 am

Hi thanks to all of you guys for your replies. I have to say that You've all helped alot !  Wink And it seems to me that I have fallen in love with the Ray-Bans, I've always liked the glasses that Tom Cruise wears in the movie Top Gun and I think that the Ray Bans looks just like them.

As for the Oklaey's : ( No offence to all pilots who wear them ) But I think that they don't suit Proffesional Airline Pilots, and I don't really think that I have ever seen a 'heavy' airliner pilot wearing them. However, I like to wear them on the beach or when I'm playing some kind of sport.


Regards to all
Captain777
the sky is the limit.............actually FL410 is the limit
 
Tg 747-300
Posts: 1282
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 1999 6:08 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:36 am

I'm wearing glasses, so til now I've only used clip on's. But since we have lots of expertise on aviator sunglasses around right know, i would like to aske if somebody knows how/where (since i guess its possible) you cann get Randolphs or Ray Ban's (Top Gun look) with prescription lenses? Anybody knows prices etc.

tg 747-300
intentionally left blank
 
NW747-400
Posts: 364
Joined: Tue Jun 08, 1999 4:42 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:09 am

Aviators...most common
 
c5onknees
Posts: 152
Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:54 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Mon Jul 18, 2005 1:03 pm

TG you can get precription sunglasses from your eyeglass optomerist's office they can be made for your presciption, I have a pair of ray ban wayfarers that have been relensed and the color of the lens is Green 16 which is very dark but great for flying and boating. It costs more for the lenses I think it was around 75.00us, well worth the cost.Also make sure they are not polorized as you cant look thru the nesa glass on the windshields
 
MD88Captain
Posts: 1224
Joined: Wed Nov 14, 2001 9:50 am

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:33 pm

Serengetti makes awesome lenses. I prefer them over any other brand for flying.
 
legacy135
Posts: 966
Joined: Sat May 14, 2005 11:06 pm

RE: Pilot's Sunglasses

Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:44 pm

Quoting DL021 (Reply 7):
Polarized sunglasses are definitely out for flying.

Be careful with Polarized Sunglasses. Many airliners have polarized windshields, so if you try to look trough a polarized windscreen with a pair of polarized glasses, all you will see is everything in a crazy design of rainbow colors.
I personally have a pair of pretty normal sunglasses from the optometrist store giving a maximum of protection to the eyes. The only thing I really need to take care if I want those glasses for flying is to have that part going behind the ear quite slim, the way it won't hurt if I am wearing the headset for a while.
What they sell in "Pilot Stores" as the ultimate pilots glasses may be sometimes more for enhusiasts than for real use. But if someone likes to pay that little extra....  Wink

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 817Dreamliiner, ACDC8, atcpeter, boscmh, CanadaFair, cougar15, ehaase, Eirules, flydia, GloomyDe, Google [Bot], Google Adsense [Bot], KarelXWB, kgaiflyer, MEA-707, NZdsgnr, Polot, rheinwaldner, rutankrd, The777Man, TZTriStar500, Yahoo [Bot] and 300 guests