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Sunglasses Advice

Postby rcigliano » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:03 pm

The Eaglet I fly has a Garmin 296 in the panel which is difficult to see in the sun light. There is a window over head and there is a lot of light coming in to the cockpit.

Any advice on what type or brand of sunglasses to get in order to be able to see the screen better?
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Re: Sunglasses Advice

Postby PilotBillFromTexas » Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:27 pm

Maybe a little hood might do the trick.

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Re: Sunglasses Advice

Postby rcigliano » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:05 am

The GPS is panel mounted so the hood is not good.

I have heard that the sunglasses should not be polarized. Anybody know anything about this?
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Re: Sunglasses Advice

Postby ruckin » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:31 am

I have also been told that polarized glasses should be avoided. LCD or pretty much any "glass" screen is polarized and it seems like it is always oriented so the polarization in the glasses conflict with the screen so you can't see it.

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Re: Sunglasses Advice

Postby PilotBillFromTexas » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:52 am

I use the Serengeti Drivers. I think that they're pretty good. They do come in polarized and non-polarized versions and you definitely do not want polarization.

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Re: Sunglasses Advice

Postby champguy » Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:10 pm

I was trying to remember the name, have a pair, and they are a very nicely made. I believe Sporties has stick on lenses to give you bi-focals if that is all the correction you need.
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Re: Sunglasses Advice

Postby rcigliano » Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:43 pm

ruckin

You are right. I found this while doing a search on the AOPA forums. According to the FAA polarized sunglasses are not recommended.

http://www.faa.gov/pilots/safety/pilots ... lasses.pdf

POLARIZATION. Polarized lenses are not recommended for use in the aviation environment. While useful for blocking reflected light from horizontal surfaces such as water or snow, polarization can reduce or eliminate the visibility of instruments that incorporate anti-glare filters. Polarized lenses may also interfere with visibility through an aircraft windscreen by enhancing striations in laminated materials and mask the sparkle of light that reflects off shiny surfaces such as another aircraft’s wing or windscreen, which can reduce the time a pilot has to react in a “see-and-avoid” traffic situation.

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I saw the stick ons you saw in Sportys. I was thinking about getting them, My 40+ MkII EBs needs some help.

I am going to the eye doctor tomorrow. I will see what he has.
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Re: Sunglasses Advice

Postby rcigliano » Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:40 pm

Back from the eye doctors....

My prescription changed slightly so the doctor suggested that I bring in my old pair of progressives when I pick up my new pair and have them tinted (I didn't know you could do that). So for only about $15 I will have a pair of prescription sunglasses.

Problem solved.
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