Suit­able cloth­ing

Pilot - - Airmail - JB Mcgeechan by email

I would like to add my two penn’orth to the let­ter by Guy Story in the March is­sue. In my hum­ble opin­ion, if there is safety equip­ment avail­able then why not use it? My ex­pe­ri­ence is very lim­ited; I’m about to sit my GFT, just wait­ing for a clear weather day and an avail­able ex­am­iner. I have read plenty of ar­ti­cles and ac­ci­dent re­ports in an ef­fort to learn.

I ex­per­i­mented with dif­fer­ent flight suits, in­clud­ing a rather spec­tac­u­lar or­ange one, which was strictly a rac­ing driver suit but flame re­tar­dant/nomex and ob­vi­ously high viz. I don’t mind be­ing teased about it, all part of the fun and ban­ter of learn­ing to fly. I have now set­tled on an olive green Nomex flight suit, ac­quired lo­cally, with flame re­tar­dant leg­gings, socks and a roll neck top un­der­neath. Sim­i­lar gloves and a pull-on hood are in the leg pock­ets of the suit. I con­sid­ered my own PLB to be a fur­ther worth­while in­vest­ment and my (non-au­to­mat­i­cally in­flat­ing) life vest is worn if I am fly­ing over wa­ter. I am also look­ing at the most ap­pro­pri­ate safety hel­met with in­built head­set, which will de­pend on head­room ob­vi­ously.

The fi­nal item will be an emer­gency para­chute. I hap­pen to have a Bri­tish Para­chute As­so­ci­a­tion In­struc­tor rat­ing, so I am fairly con­fi­dent that I can suc­cess­fully use the es­cape para­chute if I ever need it. It will of course de­pend on the type of aero­plane, but I will take ad­vice, that is al­ways avail­able.

I will keep the or­ange suit for any pas­sen­gers; my daugh­ter will love it, I’m sure.

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