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Old 01-26-2007, 03:12 PM   #1  
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im an idiot and lost my pair of sunglasses (again) this week. ive been looking around, but i was wondering what were some of the better pairs of sunglasses that work well for the cockpit? ive been looking at polarized sunglasses, but ive heard that you wont be able to see crap out of most airliner's cockpits since theyre polarized as well. any thoughts?
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:22 PM   #2  
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im an idiot and lost my pair of sunglasses (again) this week. ive been looking around, but i was wondering what were some of the better pairs of sunglasses that work well for the cockpit? ive been looking at polarized sunglasses, but ive heard that you wont be able to see crap out of most airliner's cockpits since theyre polarized as well. any thoughts?
Its BS, I wear polarized and fly an airplane that is mostly CRT with no problem. Might be a different story if you fly something with LCD screens. I lose a few pairs of sunglasses a year so the cheapest, non-dorkiest looking pair I can get at Walgreens seems to be the best. If I could have one thing in a pair of sunglasses is to have lenses that were non-reflective on the backs. Kind of annoying when the sun is coming in at an angle and reflecting off your face and all you see is a reflection of your eye ball. Don't buy expensive sunglasses because you will inevitably bend em, break em or lose em in a hectic 6 day leg of bag drags.
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:23 PM   #3  
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Ray Ban's for about $120. They look professional enough for the cockpit and you can still use 'em anywhere. Make sure you haggle a free hard case outta the deal (avoids the bending/breaking/losing part). The Sunglass Hut I went to tried to screw me out of it until I said "No Thanks."

Of course...I talked my captain into buying a pair today and 10 minutes later he sat on them in the cockpit.
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:36 PM   #4  
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I use two pair of sunglasses. The first is a $10 pair of generic sunglasses for everyday wear. The second are my Serengeti's. I have gone through 3 pairs in 6 years; the first two died because I wasn't careful with them. Now I keep them in my flight case and only use them for flying.

It is well worth the money to protect your eyes.
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:58 PM   #5  
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Not sure where you're from, but there is a girl that works at SunglassHut at PHL who will give you a pretty good discount if you stand there and flirt for a little while... I actually think it was the manager.
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Polarized is bad for two reasons. Polarization is directional...

1) Airliner cockpit windows are polarized in a manner designed to not interfere with your ability to see other aircraft. Unfortunately this causes visible interference with when you wear polarized shades (it's not really that bad, but it's noticeable).

2) This is the biggy...the light reflected off of another aircraft may be inadervently polarized by the reflecting surface. If this polarization lines up right with your sunglasses, it will turn the other airplane invisible (until it changes angle or gets really big ).
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I wear big Gucci glasses, the Bit*** dig em hahah
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I used to wear polarized sunglasses in a King Air, and there were black spots in the windshield.
Ive broken enough RayBans to where I settle for $20 specials.
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Ive been looking at polarized sunglasses,
Polarized don't work on the MD-80. The windows get obscured and the digits of the DFCG look inop.

Go to Costco and buy several. Try um and return the ones that don't work.
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I love these non-polarized Smith Soundbounds. They DON'T SCRATCH, aren't polarized and are very solid.

http://www.shop.com/op/~Smith_Southb...0?sourceid=298

I have a gaiter strap and I haven't lost them yet.
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