Private Flying LAA/BMAA/BGA/BPA The sheer pleasure of flight.

What to wear

Old 14th May 2016, 00:12
  #1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: UK
Posts: 2
What to wear

OK - for all the 'weekend' flyers...I am interested to know what do you wear to go flying?

I wonder if there is, or should be some decent clothing brand that is aimed at light aircraft pilots.
For example - how about a lightweight jacket which is reversible with hi-viz on the inside. Then I can wear it ground-side like normal, and reverse it 'airside' instead of looking like a plonker with my nylon hi-viz...Or, how about trousers with decent zip pockets and maybe a neat attachment for a kneeboard integrated...or a way to get the cable of my headset out of the way by attaching to my shirt through some loops?

Maybe I am alone here - but I have never really seen any fashionable, decent quality clothing that was designed with light aircraft pilots in mind...or maybe you think it is not to get views!
ANCO is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 11:59
  #2 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Abu Dhabi
Posts: 204
"Light aircraft pilot" and "Fashionable" are two phrases which should never be mixed.

Bit like putting Australian and culture in the same sentence.
Small Rodent Driver is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 12:24
  #3 (permalink)  
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Berkshire, UK
Age: 75
Posts: 8,286
Smoking jacket, cavalry twills and a top hat sound about right....
Old 14th May 2016, 12:56
  #4 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: EBZH
Posts: 2,483
Do not forget hi-viz bikini's for the occasional lady G/A pilot.
Jan Olieslagers is online now  
Old 14th May 2016, 13:03
  #5 (permalink)  
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Age: 58
Posts: 4,282
I wear cotton or wool (more trousers and long sleeve shirts, than short) unless very warm, or water flying. Leather shoes. I prefer clothing which is less likely to burn, or stick to my skin if burned. My shirts don't have planes on them, as the other planes I fly might be offended.

I will have a high visibility vest or jacket aboard, because if I go down in the bush, I would like SAR to be able to see me. If the airport authority asks me to wear it, I probably will.

I wear a lifejacket for all water flying. In the cold season I will wear a floater suit for lake ski flying, or a full dry immersion suit for extended over water flying.

For one week of flying in 1985, I wore shirts with epaulets and bars, because the Captain handed them to me and said "Please wear these". Other than being asked by an employer, I have never worn bars. I did wear a tie while flying right seat in the corporate Cheyenne for a year, because the employer had a dress code. I respect that, but did not like it!

I wear a watch which is very east to read - it does not have a multitude of minuscule numbers on the face, as I cannot read them anyway, and no one I know would be impressed by them.

And, I wear a David Clark headset, which I bought new in 1983. A really good purchase decision.
Pilot DAR is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 14:23
  #6 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 851
I wear designer underwear. In the event of an accident, I want to be treated with respect. It's fake, but they won't know that.

It's best to have all eventualities covered.

Here's a clip for your headset cable.

Last edited by Flyingmac; 14th May 2016 at 14:42.
Flyingmac is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 14:28
  #7 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: North Cornwall
Age: 69
Posts: 424
Natural fibres, cotton or wool, as Pilot DAR has said. In the unlikely event of fire makes the medics work easier and the recovery faster.
srobarts is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 16:21
  #8 (permalink)  
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Greater London Area
Posts: 166
I prefer to go flying instead of thinking of my clothes ...

I guess it is like somebody told me long before, when I was learning how to handle a sailboat: stay away from the ones dressed in marine blazer, white trouser and shiny shoes and go for the others capable of mastering the sea.

I just leave on what I wear anyways, nothing special about piloting (ok, unless on professional duty, but even then casual is my preferred).
Fly4Business is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 18:37
  #9 (permalink)  
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Glens o' Angus by way of LA
Age: 56
Posts: 1,974
In the summer months I prefer the rather sporty looking ensemble of a New Holland boiler suit and running shoes, however in the winter I revert back to the tried and trusted padded boiler suit and rigger boots. When visting the clubhouse at Perth with a view to impress I have been known to go all out in the fashionista stakes with an "vintage" army jumper, cargo trousers and wellies usually assessorized with a Maule baseball cap.

My previous career as a model makes me somewhat particular as to what I wear even if that work did focus primarily on modeling shoes, crash helmets and balaclavas.
piperboy84 is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 20:23
  #10 (permalink)  
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Cambridge, England, EU
Posts: 3,431
Thigh boots or sandals (depending on temperature) if you're planning to arrive at a beach.
Gertrude the Wombat is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 20:48
  #11 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Aberdeen
Posts: 1,229

I would recommend trousers - at least long shorts, anything less reveals drafts you would not believe!
gasax is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 22:14
  #12 (permalink)  
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Moray,Scotland,U.K.
Posts: 1,423
Don't be discouraged by these comments by guys who fly regularly. Statistics show most new PPLs stop flying regularly soon after gaining their PPL, and then stop flying at all. They, and MS pilots, may welcome a range of clothing to show they are pilots, and may be willing and able to pay value-added prices for them.
There might be a market for your designer range.
If your trousers are better-wearing and cheaper than Asda's 5 jeans, I might consider them.
Maoraigh1 is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 22:18
  #13 (permalink)  
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: S.E.Asia
Posts: 1,781
The full works for me in the 172..otherwise sports casual
Mike Flynn is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 22:27
  #14 (permalink)  
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: UK
Posts: 3,336
Piper Cub in summer - Shorts, T shirt, bare feet.

Chippy - either scruffy boiler suit with whatever you want underneath it, or old oily jeans and ditto sweater. In winter - long johns, thick socks, several jumpers, old Barbour jacket (there's no heater).

Cessna 150 - Grey slacks, short sleeve white shirt with gold wings logo and epaulets, tie, polished black shoes, naval blazer with flying club crest and gold wings embroidered onto front upper pocket, wings lapel badge. Aviator sunglasses.
Shaggy Sheep Driver is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 22:35
  #15 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: In the boot of my car!
Posts: 6,000

Fishnet tights and suspenders for the guys with stiletto heels to get more of a fulcrum effect on the rudder pedals
Pace is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 23:35
  #16 (permalink)  
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Glens o' Angus by way of LA
Age: 56
Posts: 1,974
Originally Posted by Pace View Post

Fishnet tights and suspenders for the guys with stiletto heels to get more of a fulcrum effect on the rudder pedals
There's a mental picture I could have done without, totally traumatized.
piperboy84 is offline  
Old 14th May 2016, 23:47
  #17 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Gloster,UK
Posts: 75
I was treated to a flight in an open cockpit biplane last summer.

A sheepskin leather jacket was the obvious choice. Those lovely RAF kid leather gloves were sublime. But the draught up my trousers was not what I expected. Tights would have been welcome, underneath the 5 Aldi jeans. Cheap shoes to cope with the oily floor.

Wear nothing that can't cope with dirt and oil.
300hrWannaB is offline  
Old 15th May 2016, 00:00
  #18 (permalink)  
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne
Age: 67
Posts: 775
Many years ago my instructor told me to dress in clothes that suit the terrain you're flying over.

Drifting a bit, it amuses me to see airline passengers wearing thongs. In they ever needed to evacuate ....
fujii is offline  
Old 15th May 2016, 00:25
  #19 (permalink)  
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 371
Fujii, thongs means something different in the rest of the world.

In the northern hemisphere they call them flip-flops.

In New Zealand they call them jandals. Where the hell did that word come from?
On Track is offline  
Old 15th May 2016, 01:01
  #20 (permalink)  
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Glens o' Angus by way of LA
Age: 56
Posts: 1,974
This poor chap knew what a thong was but not how to wear it !
BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Fine for back-to-front thong man
piperboy84 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.