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Helmets - Should you? and Which?

Old 24th Aug 2004, 11:38
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I've had a Gentex ,Alpha and now using the Gallet LH 150 which in my opinion is far superior to the other brands in comfort and consrtuction quality.

The noise attention is not as good as the Alpha and so I use foam earplugs to compensate.

Trevor Norris from Flight Helmets Australia is the authorized dealer in Oz and I highly reccomend his services

Fly Safe
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Old 13th Sep 2004, 04:49
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Gentex Helmet parts

Hi All.
Just wondering if anyone has spare parts or know where to get them for Gentex helmets.

Im after the two parts which the visor slides up and down. They cover the visor mounts.(not sure what they are called).
Prefer white, but can repaint.
Cheers for any help.

Old 13th Sep 2004, 05:04
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Try www.aviationhelmets.com
or www.flightsuits.com
I've used the former and found them to be very useful and inexpensive
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Old 13th Sep 2004, 05:07
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Excellent, cheers Helimatt.
Old 13th Sep 2004, 13:26
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TryFlighthelmet for spares as well, used parts, but cheaper...
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Old 14th Sep 2004, 05:23
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Thinking about upgrading my SPH-5.
Is any one flying with the new Gentex HGU series?
Trying to decide between that or a Gallet, thoughts appreciated.
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Old 14th Sep 2004, 06:39
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I've had an HGU56 for about 4 yrs now and am very happy with it. Replaced an old heavy SPH4. I needed as much headroom as possible (I'm tall). I specifically tried on compared the CGF with the 56 side by side & in a headroom limited 206 and the 56 was more compact on top and gave about 1" more headroom - also I like the covered dual visor, vs. the exposed variety or the one with a removable cover, also I found it more comfortable and it is relatively light. I upgraded the liner and earcups with Oregon Aero ones.

It looks quite big (wide) when on, but the top is flat and works well with the Astar long-line window. One negative is if you are flying a longline with the door off and stick your head out when in cruise, the width does catch the wind and will tug your head pretty good - you learn not to stick your head out to far at any real speed. If you are in very dusty conditions I found you have to clean the tracks that the visors run on occasionally (when they become sticky), but other wise, not problems.

I first went for a Large, but had to exchange for a Medium - my hat size is 71/4".
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Old 15th Sep 2004, 07:26
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Thanx squirrel, I havent been able to find any one with it.
Its not that I dont like the Gallet, just Ive been really happy with my SPH-5, but its a little on the heavy side, and I could use the lower profile.
Fly Safe.
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Old 16th Sep 2004, 21:37
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You're right on that one, I have not seen anyone else with one in the commercial industry, but it is popular with numerous police aviation units in the US as well it is the US military issue (Army I think), for whom I understand it was designed.
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Old 17th Sep 2004, 05:34
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Gentex SPH5 forsale

I have a Gentex SPH5 forsale. Has the Oregon Aero Hushkit, Softseal earcups and the coil cord. 450 shipped in the US, Ill ship it to OZ or NZ for the difference.

Drop me a PM if your interested.


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Old 12th Oct 2004, 15:46
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Helmets - which brand?

HI All

I'm looking for some advice on Helmets. I've read a lot of threads on why one should wear a helmet but was wondering which brands have a solid reputation for safety, comfort etc. Not too bothered about budget - only have one head afterall!

Gallet and Gentex I'm aware of and those pro Gentex seem to say that Gallets do not meet rotor impact specs, whereas Gentex do. (This might be out of date).

Any pointers, real experience with certain brands would be appreciated.

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Old 12th Oct 2004, 18:51
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Go for an Alpha, I have one they are very light and comfortable. Drop me an e mail and I will pass on details of where to buy for 60% of list price.
If you don't buy an alpha make sure it has twin visors, clear and tinted.
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Old 12th Oct 2004, 20:13
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I would say go for the Alpha helmet; had a Gentex for a while and found that unless you half strangled yourself with the strap the helmet did not feel comfortable especially doing vertical ref work. Had the Alpha for four years now and it works great. Also got the double visor. Sure it's more expensive than the Gentex but as the old Bell motorcycle ad said "If you've got a 10$ head than buy a 10$ helmet"
I guess I spent too much money
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Old 12th Oct 2004, 21:19
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The Alpha every time. I have the ANR version. Comfortable and quiet.

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Old 13th Oct 2004, 06:22
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I don't know the Alpha (by the way some links would be nice), but I would definitly prefer the Gallet to the Gentex for constant use.
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Old 13th Oct 2004, 13:50
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Just my two cents. Since you have the money, borrow one of each. I used Gentex for years and they seem to work OK. Price was free as they were Military and issued. I still have a couple. I sent one to www.flightsuits.com and they redid the electronics to be compatable with Civilian stuff. Never had problems while working in one , but I think I would have gotten it adjusted had that been the case.
Never used the Alpha but have seen it. It looks pretty good and would seem to be more comfortable.
Just about any rotor that hits your Brain Bucket while turning is going to mean at the very least an early retirement........if your lucky
Your choice
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Old 13th Oct 2004, 16:24
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i use a gallet with twin visors...

light, comfortable... but pricey..

and the fit is really good.
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Old 13th Oct 2004, 16:43
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Hi Reefdog

Are you convinced that Gallet are up to spec? They look good (whatever that's worth) but I was a little concerned about impact protection.

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Old 14th Oct 2004, 18:03
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Hughes500 - I sent an email, don't know if you got it but I'd like to have that link for buying a helmet at a good price!

Any other recommended outlets?
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Old 15th Oct 2004, 04:50
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yeah col

the gallet and myself have been through one engine failure together..

if you get a good wack in the head i dont think any skid lid is going to help much..

other brain buckets put to much pressure on my neck and headache and neck strain is very uncomfortable..

each to their own......
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