Pilot-Specific Sunglasses Get Gradient Tint

** Flying Eyes Sunglasses**

Austin, Texas-based Flying Eyes Sunglasses, which produce sunglasses specifically designed to fit underneath a headset, has added new lenses with a gradient tint. The lenses block more sunlight and glare on the upper portion, protecting the eyes while allowing for improved visibility inside the cockpit on the lighter-tint lower portion of the lenses, its maker says.

Like Flying Eyes' standard, prescription and bifocal lenses, the gradient tint lenses are non-polarized to help you see avionics and other LCD screens better in the cockpit. However, for those who plan to use the glasses for non-aviation purposes, such as sports that require a helmet, polarized lenses are available as well.

The lenses are made from polycarbonate, which is shatterproof and scratch resistant and provides UV400 sun protection, the highest level available. The frames are made of lightweight Resilamide, which is flexible, durable and temperature resistant, Flying Eyes says.

The Flying Eyes sunglasses come with a strap that fits snugly under the earcups of a headset, allowing for better noise cancellation, whether active or passive, compared with standard sunglass arms, which break the seal of the earcups. When the pilot is not flying, however, the strap can be replaced with standard sunglass arms for wearing the stylish glasses outside the cockpit.

The price for the Flying Eyes with gradient tint is $179, $10 more than the standard version.

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Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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