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Old 12-30-2012, 03:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone here Wear a Flightsuit?

A flightsuit is something I got used to back in the 70s & 80s in the military. Towing gliders with the Air Cadets, famil flying and 6 months with a Tac Hel SQN.

My new one is from Gibson & Barnes, Nomex & made to measure. Zippers are protected and don't wear the upholstery. I find them as comfortable as my PJs and great in cold weather. Anybody else like these things?
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't say I do ... Nomex would be useful in a worst case scenario, I suppose. Do you overheat during the summer?
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The issue suits are a bit warm, but the Gibson & Barnes lightweight one is really cool. You can't see it but better designed pockets as well.
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I'll save it for when I move up from a 172. For now I've discovered a pretty comfortable outfit for most temperatures, and use velcro to store all of the necessary things in the cockpit.
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I find that zoombags are fairly common in Commonwealth countries. Many Canadians, Aussies and Brits wear them. Not so common here in the US outside of the Warbird groups.
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I wear one every day, even when I'm not flying. Got 5 green, 4 tan, last I counted. I just wish they were more socially acceptable because I'd throw out all my other clothes and wear "bags" all the time.
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I find that zoombags are fairly common in Commonwealth countries. Many Canadians, Aussies and Brits wear them. Not so common here in the US outside of the Warbird groups.
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Good point. Probably because of the northern climate.
The airport personel dug my hangar out today & I went flying.

No speed bag. The parka was tossed into the back seat (it's -6C degrees) and I jumped into the front seat. Yup...if I had my flightsuit on, I would NOT have got that band of COLD across the kidneys.

Even leather seats are COLD at -6C.

At -10 or colder, I don't fly. Cold metal breaks easy.

In older days flying my dad's 7AC Champ on skiis, a Skidoo suit was a good idea.
Or a speedbag with thermal underwear.
Those were the days of draining the oil and taking it in at night, wrapping the cowling and using propane heaters to warm the cylinders.

I envy you guys who live in certain states where the climate is described as " only 2 bad flying days a year!"
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