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9th Aug 2008, 10:50
Hi, hope this thread isn't too random for here.

Was wondering if anyone could advise on the best sunglasses for ATPL training out in Spain (must say I am leaning towards RB Aviators - but which ones? Polarised? Non-polarised?). Also, need to buy my own 'rubber soled black shoes', can one get these from Clarks or is there an aviation shoe specialist?

All advice gratefully received. Ta.

9th Aug 2008, 11:35
NEVER Polarised, you get all sorts of psychadelic patterns on windscreens, and can't see the weather radar ! ( and maybe not the GPS / FMS either, but I never had the pleasure ) Probably blanks out a lot of the 'Glass Cockpit' too if you turn your head. Dunno, but worth thinking about.

Nice thin side pieces to go under a headset - unless you have one of those quiet cockpit ear-bud things.

but if The Rain in Spain still Falls Mainly On The Plain - why do you need sunnies ?

Shoes - no aviation shoe specialist that I ever knew of- what's Special about black shoes ?

Avoid platform soles, and have metal studs placed in the heels so that the Training Captain / Examiner can hear your feet coming off the brakes as you apply full power for take-off. Make a point of this.

Tip: Never admit your mistakes in a self-deprecating sort of manner, the examiner might not have noticed, don't draw attention to it.

9th Aug 2008, 11:45
Muchos gracias Speedbird!

9th Aug 2008, 11:49
Choose a pair of sunglasses that keep the colours true (red and green are the most important). A good lens should give decent UV protection and glare reduction. When you're wearing them you will notice a marked improvement when viewing clouds in bright, hazy conditions. I use Raybans, there is a range to choose from.
Thin arms useful under headset. As mentioned already, don't go for Polarised, they will obscure instrumentation when viewed at the wrong angle.

As for shoes, wear whatever fits your feet comfortably. No prizes for stylishness, it doesn't matter.

9th Aug 2008, 11:49
Casanova -
Are you going for pilot training - or a fashion show...?
Recommend neutral grey or green "Rayban" type glasses, non-polarised...
Rayban being expensive, you can find same style i.e. in air force surplus supply stores - i.e. made by US Optics or other imitations... probably sell for US$20.oo or so... Buy the ones with "hooks", so they are holding tight to your ears, and wont slip off your nose. I have seen them with gold or black frames.
Shoes, any sport shoes with rubber soles. The Adidas or Nike's top brands NOT required... Your social standing might suffer with cheaper brands, but you ability to handle airplane or simulators rudder pedals and brakes will remain same.
Suggest you get yourself some black T-shirts to wear in the bright sky and sunny airspace... as a measure against the glare your white shirts into your instruments...
I used to wear "bicycle race gloves" for hand comfort (and sweat) - These gloves have no "fingers"... so you can still turn your QRH pages, or write down your ATC clearances when wearing the gloves...
Sorry, I do not like Gucci, or anything out of fashion magazines...
Happy contrails

9th Aug 2008, 12:10
Muchos gracias Speedbird!

Usted es agradable ( or something )

9th Aug 2008, 16:47
Big discussion recently about sunglasses here:-


Use the advanced search function on google and check out the medical and health forum of pprune. Lots and lots of bright people posting about why you want photochromatic etc. I personally have Serengeti Pergusa shades with the drivers gradient and find them perfect for the glass cockpit screens at work.

9th Aug 2008, 17:37

Does anyone have a specific make and type of sunglasses that are good for flying.

9th Aug 2008, 17:48
Rayban aviators with the G15 lenses are the best. All other Raybans are just fashion items and dont cut the mustard. Just remember when picking a pair that pilot sun glasses are a tool and not for looking good in

9th Aug 2008, 18:34
Thanks everyone. All input very much appreciated. :ok:

10th Aug 2008, 23:55
...well, since you'll be going to Spain, remember what the locals say: "el hábito no hace al monje" :cool:

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