Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Flightcom's Denali D90 ANR Headset Rocks

Our flight instructor, Paul, has just bought Flightcom's newest ANR headset, the Denali D90, and is raving about it.   He confirms Flightcom's claims that it's lightweight, comfortable and provides excellent performance.  Among other great features, it is cell phone/MP3 capable, stereo and has auto battery shut off to extend the battery on the ANR.   He likes that the headband fits well and that the ComLeather Ear Seals are extremely comforable.  The added bonus is that it comes in its own padded headset bag.  Even better is the price, at $439.00, it's one of the most reasonably priced ANR headsets on the market.  If you want to  learn more than what Paul has to say,  check out our link.  Flightcom D90ANR Headset

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Props to PayPal

This is a short note to thank PayPal for working with us on getting a pilot located at an FBO all the pilot supplies he needed.  In my previous blog, we wrote about how we recently changed our credit card processing over to PayPal so we are still learning the ins and outs of how the system works.  

Back to the story....A pilot placed an order for a Flyboys kneeboard and a checklist ring...only one!   He will definitely need more if he is to properly affix his checklist pages to the kneeboard.  Quite often, pilots place orders and then wish to add an item after the order has been placed.   I called Paypal to find out how we charge cards if this happens especially because we needed to get this pilot his additional checklist rings.  I told the Paypal rep the situation and he quickly offered to waive some service charges for us in order for us to get the pilot all that he needed.   Thanks to Paypal and even greater thanks to all those serving our country!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Touch & Go Adds Paypal to Checkout

Touch & Go Pilot Supply announced today that it now offers PayPal as an alternative payment method for customers at checkout.

PayPal offers so many advantages to customers, is used worldwide so we are thrilled to add this as an option for our pilots.   We still accept all major credit cards but customers with PayPal accounts can select whichever payment method they prefer now. 

For more information about Touch & Go Pilot Supply or their products, visit the website at or call toll free at 1-877-627-8395.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Conserve with a GATS Fuel Tester

With so much necessary concern for the environment, it is vital for everyone, including pilots, to do their part.  Studies have shown that over 3 million gallons of AVGAS (aviation gasoline) are poured on aircraft parking ramps every year from sampling fuel during preflight inspection.  As a pilot, FBO or aviation technician, there is a requirement by law to dispose of your “sumped” fuel properly.

A previous procedure for disposal of “sumped” fuel was to simply throw it onto the tarmac, expecting the fuel to evaporate.  This practice causes air pollution, as well as possible runoff issues contaminating the soil and ground water.

Several options and devices are available to assist with the testing and proper disposal of preflight fuel.  One excellent option is the GATS (Gasoline Analysis Test Separator) jar developed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  A preflight procedure using the GATS jar allows the return of clean fuel back into the aircraft fuel tank and contaminated fuel to be dumped into a disposal unit located on the ramp.  How it actually works is that it separates any co-mingled fuel and water and is designed to allow only the fuel to be poured back into the fuel tank through the filter which traps the water behind. 

By using these fuel testers, such as the GATS jar, pilots are practicing environmentally responsible procedures and properly disposing of “sumped” fuel.  In fact, this GATS fuel tester not only protects our environment but also saves money by returning clean fuel to the aircraft tank.

As an incentive to customers to help protect the environment, we can offer a discount to flying clubs or flight schools when purchases are made in bulk.  GATS jars, available in 12 oz. and 16 oz. sizes, can also be custom labeled with the logo of your company or school.

-          Pilot Shop News Staff from EDMO & TAG Staff

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Why Our Flight Instructor Loves the Express Flyer Flight Bag

Our Flight Instructor, Paul, loves his Express Flyer Flight bag manufactured by Noral Enterprises for so many reasons.  Every time he wanders into the Flight School, he’s got this trusty bag with him.  It’s not too big measuring in at 11”H x 10.5”W x 10”L but seems to keep him well organized for each flight.  The other day, between flights, I decided to ask him what he loves about it.  Some things I knew but others, I suppose only a pilot would appreciate so this is what I learned.

First of all, this is virtually the only bag that is still manufactured in the United States.  With so many of our goods made overseas, it’s wonderful to actually purchase an item proudly made in the U.S.A.  In fact, we often get calls from customers wanting to know where certain products, including flight bags, are made.  When I tell them that Noral still manufactures its products entirely in the U.S., customers are more than pleased to make a purchase.

I decide to take a look and see how he has organized his pilot gear.  I don’t think he’ll mind.  In the large front zippered pocket in the front, I find a Pilot’s License and some other papers.  In the zippered pouch behind, is his headset and since this pocket is large enough to hold any size headset and the one that he’s got is of average size, he likes that he can also manage to also squeeze in a can of aircraft cleaner.  To the side are some pocket sleeves where he has placed a fuel tester in one and a flashlight and pen in the other. 

Access to the main compartment is through a double zippered flap with pull cord and it is very roomy.  He’s got all other necessities in here such as a  kneeboard, logbook, flight computer, terminal procedures, oral exam guide, some sort of maneuvers manual and sectionals – that have expired by the way so I will have be sure to get him a current supply.  

There is also a pocket sleeve at the back where he has slipped in a navigational protractor and inside there is a zippered section where he’s got a pencil and eraser.   It is made with two carrying handles that has a padded band if you wish to keep them together and I just noticed on the front of one the of handle straps that there is a plastic holder where a carabiner holding keys or whatnot can hook on.  Another very handy feature indeed!

Noral makes this flight bag using very durable ¼” foam padded nylon and it is so well sewn that Paul has been using his flight bag for a couple of years now and it still looks brand new with no wear and tear.  The zippers are extremely heavy duty as well.

Wow!  There is quite a lot of pilot gear in this durable, smaller size flight bag. No wonder Paul likes it so much.  

Monday, May 21, 2012

Custom Flight Bags by Brightline

BrightLine is now introducing the FLEX Flight Bag System.  This is the first custom flight bag system ever produced in the aviation industry.  This manufacturer has listened to customer feedback and suggestions from pilots for years and, as a result, has developed this new concept to meet every pilot’s needs.

What this new system means is that customers can now customize their own flight bag to meet their specific needs and hold their gear.  No need to panic! Five new Brightline preconfiguredflight bags of various sizes are also available and the original and best-selling Brightline (now the B16 Contain) is still on the market and available for sale but it has been redesigned for the FLEX system.

The FLEX systems starts with the ever popular standard Front Bag and allows pilots to custom make their own bag and by either adding outside pockets,  inserting one of three different size core center sections and finally, adding outside end caps to finish it off.  Not only can pilots make this bag to meet their needs but the option is there to reconfigure it when needs change.  You can even switch around sections based on any situation. 

The FLEX system components are:

Front Bag – The starting point of most configurations.  Originally designed to hold 2 headsets and has a divider shelf.  Comes with Main Handle, Shoulder Strap and interior divider shelf.

Rear Bag – Designed to hold paperwork but can also hold a 13” laptop, change of clothes, or anything else of the like you need to fit.  Has a nylon strap on top that can act like a handle

Center Section 2 – Narrow so designed specifically for laptop use.  Can carry 13” laptops, iPads and documents.  

Center Section 5 - Designed specifically for IFR pilots.  It has top and rear access along with a divider shelf.  The B10 Classic is good for VFR to light IFR flying but if you add this section, you can now carry IFR Binders, clipboards and your laptop or take it off if flying VFR

Center Section 11 – Designed to carry a lot like extra binders, laptop.  Good for overnight trips. Recommended for law enforcement or medical fields.   Comes with handle and shoulder strap.   

Front & Rear End Cap – Zips onto exposed front& rear center sections of bag.  Front cap has 3 sections to hold smaller items. Rear end cap finishes exposed part of bag and can slip in items into zippered area.

Side Pocket Alpha – Holds Hand Held Radio or water bottle

Side Pocket Bravo – Two half height compartments.

Side Pocket Charlie – Pocket compartment and three pen slots

Side Pocket Delta – Double wide side pocket

Given the choices, all expertly designed to meet a pilot’s need, the new Brightline FLEX design truly provides a custom gear management system.   Whether you are doing a cross country or going on a camping trip, this bag’s functionality and gear management knows no bounds and will keep your gear organized.  It works for every pilot now and can continue to meet their needs and efficiently store their gear in the future. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Why Every Pilot Must Have a Kneeboard

Pilot kneeboards are a vital piece of equipment on every flight and a very worthwhile investment for many reasons. It primarily lets pilots keep their paperwork in one place and stay organized in the cockpit during flight. It is not only hard but also unwise to flip through your flight bag to grab what is needed when flying! From a safety standpoint alone, this is a worthwhile are very reasonably priced investment. A kneeboard is a handy tool that holds charts, pens, flashlights, flight computers, maps and more in place and on your knee. They are designed to strap onto the leg to provide a hard surface to record relevant information and communications during flight.

There are a few distinct styles on the market so choosing one is basically a matter of personal preference and need.

Simple kneeboards are available for both VFR and IFR pilots and are made of brushed aluminum with a clip on top. They have rules and regulations silk screened on the boards themselves. With a Velcro strap, these boards comfortably rest on the knee with a wide elastic band. They are flat and the metal clip at the top holds charts, maps or paper in place.

If you’re looking to hold more gear, the trifold kneeboard is a good choice. They come in standard or long length and allow for more organization since the sides fold out and provide pockets on either side of the center clipboard. Like a mini briefcase, the three panel jacket allows for plenty of room for charts and more.

There are a couple of Military kneeboards on the market designed by Hendricks and Flyboys. Both are extremely versatile and well designed. Hendricks trifolds have padded backing so it straps comfortably to your knee. For fighter pilots, the 9G Plus features a negative G strap. Flyboys kneeboards work well for general aviation and military pilots alike and feature 7 eyelets that secure checklists or flight guides. These are sized to work with every military bases spacing. This kneeboard can be personalized as it can be embroidered with your name in any color and style. This is a great feature and makes for a great pilot gift.

More recently, the iPad kneeboard cases have become more popular. They are designed for use in and out of the cockpit. Made of durable Ballistic Nylon, the hard cover folds over to protect the screen. The leg strap is adjustable and can even be used to strap to a car headrest or fitness machine for video viewing.

Looking for something small and simple? Pilot chart leg straps don’t have a clipboard but instead are basically a Velcro strap. It is a simple tool that keeps your NOS book or chart firmly strapped to your leg with a clear plastic strap over the top of your materials so you can still clearly read them.

It’s clear to see why a kneeboard is an essential item that keeps pilots safe, organized and focused in the cockpit.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Benefits of Pilot Training Kits

Whether you’re just starting flying lessons, are preparing for the FAA exam or are renewing an expired license, Pilot Training Kits provide value to aviation students for a number of reasons.  We’ll explore that further but, in a nutshell, each kit is professionally and specifically designed for a particular license or endorsement and all the books and supplies needed for core aeronautical knowledge are included. 
Buying the required pilot supplies and materials individually can be costly, especially if you are just starting out.   Couple this with the cost of flying lessons and it’s best to take an economical approach to your newfound hobby or career goal whenever possible.  Purchasing the kit recommended by your flight instructor or flying school can save you dollars as well as ensure that you are totally prepared with all the correct materials for each lesson. 

There are many manufacturers of pilot training kits and the best known and most established include ASA, Jeppesen and Gleim.  Be sure to follow the recommendation of your flight school so that you are in sync with your class – there is a kit available for every rating, including Helicopter Pilot Training.   Personalized training kits for flight schools are available to meet specific training needs or if some materials seem to work better in your experience.  This provides the option to mix manufacturer’s materials or particular supplies if some are preferred over others.  Please contact us directly and we will be happy to work with you to meet your specific needs. 

The contents of each kit vary with the license or endorsement but typically include a number of ground school books in order to prepare for the FAA Knowledge exam, oral and practical exams as well as the flight test or check ride.  Typical materials include FAA materials such as a FAR/AIM, textbook, syllabus, test prep book, oral exam guide, practical test standard requirements, and various pilot supplies appropriate to the training level and requirements.  For example, Private Pilot Training kit supplies typically include a logbook, plotter and flight computer.  Most kits even include a flight bag which is a great way to keep organized.

Recently, the trend has been moving toward kits which replace traditional ground school books with digital download in an eBook format.   This is a great solution for both instructors and students looking for an updated training solution.  These have arrived on the market recently are definitely becoming more popular.   Included in the box is a Redeem Code in order to access and download for use.  These can typically be downloaded on your PC, Mac, tablet, iPad or mobile device.  Prior to purchase, it is important to ensure that the download is compatible with your operating system and the minimum technical requirements are clearly provided on each product description.

It is clear that the easiest and most economical approach to gaining your license or that next endorsement is through pilot training kits.   They contain all the FAA books, texbooks and test prep materials you’ll need to prepare for success.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Military Inspired Flight Jackets Trend

Alpha Industries manufactures authentic military inspired flight jackets and apparel. For over 50 years, Alpha continues to product flight jackets meeting the high standards of original military specifications. It is this fact that makes these products truly authentic. Although the company makes several popular items, the ones that stand out as a part of classic American military fashion are the MA1 Flight Jacket and the M65 Field Jacket. Alpha worked with teh military on their design and function which continues to make these jackets unique.

The Alpha Ma1 Flight Jacket is available in a variety of colors and has a trademark bright orange lining and a signature utility/pencil pocket. The wind-resistant and water repellent M65 Field Jacket first developed in 1965 and still remains a best seller today.

Alpha Industries started off providing flight jackets to the military and is now a leader in military inspired fashion.

Friday, September 16, 2011

ACK E-04 ELT News

ACK's E-01 ELT has been discontinued and has been replaced by the ACK E-04 406/121.5 MHz ELT. The E-04 has been designed as the same shape and size as the E-01 so aircraft owners replacing the units can use the same mounting tray and straps without having to modify anything. However the internals are completely different so internal modifications between the E-01 and E-04 are not possible.

The 406 MHz beacon's transmitted power is 50x greater than the old 121.5/243 beacons. Location accuracy without GPS is greatly improved over the 121.5/243 ELTs. With GPS, location accuracy can be within several hundred feet. The ACK 406 ELT has been approved in Eurpean countries and has Transport Canada TSP approval.

The ACK E-04 ELT Kit includes: transmitter, lithium battery pack, external antennak, remote control, mounting tray and retaining straps, plug-in audible alert, remote cable, coax cable and installation manual.

ACK E-04 Retrofit Kit

ACK's E-04 Retrofit Kit is a 406 MHz direct replacement fo the E-01 which will fit in the E-01 mounting trays and use the same remote control panel indicator. Therefore, this retrofit kit is what aircraft owners would buy if they currently have ACK's E-01 installed in their aircraft.

It will include on they components needed to change it over to the E-04 and this includes: The new 406/121.5 frequency antenna, the Audible Alert Indicator, Installation Manual, and the E-04 itself. It will not include the Remote Control Panel Indicator, Remove Cable, Antenna Coax Cable, or mounting Tray and Straps. The E-04 external antenna will utilize a current antenna mounting and wiring installation.

Features of the ECK E-04 Retrofit Kit include that is accepts GPS position input data from Bendix/King, Garmin, Nema 0183 GPS. The new antenna is swept back 20 degrees, and features a new molded plastic base. Five (5) watts @406 MHz of 24 hours, and 100Mw @ 121.5MHz for 48 hours. Also features a new simple plug in audible alert indicator. The new lithium battery pack offers a 5 year battery life and makes it substantially lighter. It can be used with Ameriking remote panel indicator.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

AvComm PNR Headset Technology & Features

Introducing AVCOMM's aviation headset series featuring PNR audio technology (patent pending), the latest advancement in acoustic sound management. AvComm's design team met the challenge to find an alternative to heavy ANR circuitry and batteries that didn't provide the full benefit of noise reduction over the entire frequency band and to overcome the problem of compromised passive noise attenuation should the ANR feature fail or be turned off.

AVCOMM's new PNR design features a dramatic reduction in annoying inner ear cup vibrations while increasing noise attenuation and decreasing headset weight for added comfort. High efficiency ultra-lite samarium cobalt speakers with a powerful magnetic core and diaphragm provide richer, smoother frequency response for both voice and music. Revolutionary speakers combined with an advanced speaker installation technique delivers audio performance that is simply outstanding.

To demonstrate the advantage of PNR performance, tests were performed in our facility on headsets from three leading ANR manufacturers to compare ANR to AVCOMM's PNR technology.

Test Parameters
• All headsets ran were brand new and tested in "out of the box" condition.
• No change was made to manufacturer standard clamping pressure or ear seals.
• All ANR test headsets were powered by new batteries.
• The sampling microphone was placed at the entrance of the test participant's ear canal.
• Only the left sides of headsets were tested.

Test Variables
• The test shows the comparison of noise attenuation of each headset under identical lab conditions. Outside the lab environment, a variance factor would be required for difference in human anatomy (head and ear shape/size)
• Results are averaged over each octave band.
• There may be slight variance from headset to headset in the same brand.

Test Conditions
• Sound – level: 110dB (average)
• Sine wave frequency sweep: 50 Hz to 8 kHz.

Stainless Steel Headband

Banded in stainless steel for long life and ease of maintenance.
Rustproof and very easy to adjust for a perfect custom fit.

ABS Ear Cups
Classically designed and manufactured from high impact ABS plastic for tensile strength, chemical and heat resistance.
Easy to clean with liquid household detergent.

Pivot Adjustments
Dome and stirrups swivel to provide universal ear dome fit.

Acoustic Foam Ears Seals
Deluxe acoustic foam ear seals made with a special cellular foam and a PVC shell for soft and supple comfort.

Samarium cobalt speakers, known for their light weight and high efficiency.

Noise Cancelling Microphones
Highly reliable electret noise cancelling microphones for excellent sound quality.

Insulated Tensile Wiring
Used throughout. The high flex bending capability (similar to telephone cabling) gives this wire its distinctive durability. Flexible copper wire with spiral shielding eliminates radio frequency interference (RFI). A polyurethane cover provides added abrasion resistance, strength and flexibility.

Gold Plated Plugs
Plugs are gold plated for positive contact and superior signal transfer.

AvComm's PNR Headsets include:
AC-900 PNR
AC-454 PNR
AC-250Kid's PNR
AC-200 PNR

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

eFlyBook TripFolder Feature

The primary function of the eFlybook is to store and display Instrument Approach Plates.

eFlybook TripFolder allows you to predefine route legs, charts and sequence. Now you can fly with all of your charts accessible with a single button!Current EFlyBook users will see the new TripBuilder button appear in your update client window. Activation of the new eFlybook TripFolder is simple - Insert your memory card into your computer then click the button to activate.

About eFlyBookeFlyBook electronic document (eDoc) viewr is a major breakthrough is display and document viewing technology. eFlyBook is a portable electronic device that contains all of the U.S. digitized terminal procedures, IFR high and low altitude enroute charts, U.S. airport facility directory, the FAR/AIM, and can accommodate other user installed eDocs such as books, newspapers, magazines, pictures, and many others.

eFlyBook brings revolutionary technology right to you fingertips with impressive features such as an ample 8.1 inch display in a 1/2 inch thick, consumption providing days of interaction, incredible document viewing capability, and so much more.

eFlybook brough together award-winning chart viewing and compression technology and the new eReader developed by iRex Technologies, and produced an unprecedented tool to clearly read, interact with and manage eDocs.

The eFlybook is priced at $899.00. For more product information about the eFlyBook, click here.

ICOM A14 and A-14S Transceiver Product Review

ICOM has just released the latest in their line of VHR Airband Transceivers, the IC A-14 and IC-A14S.

While both of these all new VHF Air Band Transceivers and weather receivers perform a lot of the same functions, there are a few differences between the two that set them apart.

The IC-A14 full keyboard type allows you to input the channel or frequency directly and has an exclusive button for the 121.5 MhZ emergency channel and also has a total of 200 memory channels that can be names with an eight character channel name for easy recognition. For fast and simple operation, these channels can be grouped into tem memory banks.

While the IC-A14S has a simple keypad that is designed to provide simpler operation with a minimum of buttons that is great for ground crews. This unit has a total of 100 memory channels that can be named with an eight character channel name also. The IC-A14S has the full 100 memory channels, but does not have the memory banks as provided on the IC -A14.

Both of these new units include a 2000MaH Lithium Ion battery and charger, which is the most powerful battery that has ever been offered to an ICOM air band transceiver. They also feature multi-level low battery indication with beep alert. This will give you as many as 18 hours (approximately) of trusted use while still provided 5 full watts of transmit power.
The rugged, water resistant designt is another great feature provided on these units which will ensure usability in even wet conditions. ICOM also includes a standard BNC type antenna connector which is most common for the majority of air band panel mount radios in the aviation industry, making the ICOM a great back up radio in almost any aircraft.

700 Mw Loud audio is provided also. Because air band radios are typically operated in high noise environments, ist is essential for the radio to provide loud and clear audio. Both the IC-A14 and IC-A14S employ a BTL amplifier that doubles the audio output, offering loud and clear audio that will cut through cabin and tarmac noise. These units are also backlit for easy night time operation.

With all of the features that these aviation transceivers offer, it is easy to see why ICOM is a trusted leader in the aviation industry for so many years.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

GeoPilot II Plus Portable GPS

AvMap/Navigation's new GeoPilotII Plus is a unique "fly and drive" navigation system that is equally at home on the road or in the air. This new version of AvMap's proven GeoPilot portable GPS navigator offers the ability to guide general aviators anywhere they want to go. And when they land, it's ready to perform double duty as an advanced, large screen portable in-car navigation system with voice prompte turn by turn directions.

The GeoPilot II plus features a 5 inch, bright color LCD TFT display with loads of pilot friendly features. Large control buttona dn AvMap's unique thumb stick cursor control make filght programming quick and easy. The map page is fully customizable, letting pilots choose map only, map with data fields or map with split screen HSE display. Aeronautical Nav Data provided by Jeppesen with low altitude airways (Victor Airways), is combined with the FAA private airpoart (US only) and vertical obstruction databases for increased situational awareness. High-resolution mapping provides pilots with TAWS (Terrain Awareness Warning System) functionality, providing color-coded land and obstruction elevation relative to your altitude.
The GeoPilot II Plus is capable of storing 15 flight plans of up to 100 legs each. Important calculator fuctions - including fuel, winds, timers and trip computer - help you stick to and stay with your plan reaching your destination safely and efficiently. This advanced system also offers a user-customizable aircraft checklist (preflight, in flight and post flight).

Turning the GeoPilot II Plus into a car navigator is as easy as popping out the aviation card and putting in the car card. Whether battling cross town traffic or heading out to the open highway, the GeoPilot II Plus makes it easy with clear, voice-guided directions. Detailed street maps provided by TeleAltas included complete street mapping for all of the US and Canada, as well as over 11 million points of interest. Full routing and display functions include avoidance of toll roads and freeways, shortest time or shortest distance, 3D view ability and much more. There is also a full simulator function to help users get more familiar with its operation. The large display is sunglight viewable and offers automatice brightness control, preserving exterior vision with providing optumum display readablility in all light conditions, whether onboard the cockpit of the plane or in your car.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Alpha Industries - Top Flight Jacket Manufacturer

Travel back to 1959. Knoxville, Tennessee. The United States Department of Defense recruits Alpha to revamp its military jacket. Why? Because as the jet age takes flight to greater heights and ground troops encounter trickier terrain, the technological needs and real-life demands of our soldiers change. Simply put, but not simply achieved, Alpha re-engineers outdated designs. As better fabrics are developed and tested, Alpha makes better jackets for our soldiers-better designed, better produced, and more reliable. Alpha garments are ranked as warmer, more comfortable, and designed to meet any climatic challenge or test of time.

Today, Alpha Industries is not only a global enterprise, manufacturing and selling its products throughout the world, but also the premier supplier of jackets for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army, and Marine Corps. Alpha sets the standard as a leader in cutting-edge outerwear design. From flight decks to civilian sidewalks, Alpha stands on the frontlines of quality and fashion, as a testament to innovation, creativity and manufacturing know-how. The honest truth is that Alpha is tried, and tested, and proven. And that's where you come in. Now it's your turn to try it out.

About Alpha Industries
Over 40 Million Served Alpha's history as a manufacturer for the U.S. Military is a long and successful one. For over 40 years, the United States Department of Defense has relied on Alpha Industries for outerwear to protect Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Since first opening our factory in 1959, Alpha has continuously manufactured the M-65 Field Coat, fabricating more of these coats than any other company. And, since the mid-1960's, we've manufactured virtually every MA-1 Flight Jacket used by U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy pilots. All told, Alpha Industries has produced over 40 million pieces of military outerwear to perform under the most severe conditions imaginable.

3-Bars Make The Difference
Long before anyone even knew the name Alpha, the three bars they put on their flight jackets had earned quite a reputation among purchasers of surplus military apparel. In surplus stores throughout the country, customers sought out the jackets with the three bars on the military specifications tag.

There's an interesting story behind this; when Alpha Industries received a military contract and that contract was fulfilled, "surplus" materials were always left over. In order to use these materials and keep our factories operating, we continued to make jackets following the strict military specifications. These jackets would be sold to surplus stores. But, for internal purposes, we needed to develop a way to separate these jackets from the ones that were actually going to be shipped to the military.

Alpha Industries Flight Jackets going to the military the label contained a single black bar separating the identification of the type of jacket and its specifications. Alpha developed a replacement label to be used for surplus jackets. The only difference between this and the actual military label was that we put three black bars between these two pieces of information. And this label was the only difference between these surplus jackets and those that were actually to be worn by the military. Other contractors also manufactured surplus coats, but they changed to lower grade materials using lighter fabric, thinner insulation, less durable zippers and fasteners. And they didn't change the internal labels; their garments still had the single black bar. Over time, customers at surplus stores began to notice that the jackets with the three bars were the best. And no wonder; because, after all, these were the exact same jackets that American pilots and ground crews were wearing at bases around the world. In fact, if you look closely at the Alpha logo, you'll see that we integrated these three bars into the mark that has come to symbolize our company and its products.

Known Around The World
From the streets of virtually every city in the U.S., to the streets of Europe and Japan, the Alpha name is known. In fact, at one time a single store in Japan had a waiting list of over 900 people hoping to get an Alpha jacket. Alpha continues to produce the same quality garments be began making back in 1959, only now, we adjust and modify our products to meet your demands. Alpha continues to be the most sought after Authentic military brand in Europe and abroad.

Why is the MA-1 orange on the inside?
In 1960, the MA-1 was changed to a reversible jacket with an orange lining instead of green. By reversing their MA-1 jacket to the orange side, downed pilots could easily be located by search and rescue teams.

What is the sleeve pocket on the MA-1 for?
This pocket was originally created to hold a pack of cigarettes. Why is there a tab on the front of the vintage MA-1? True to the original military spec, this tab was placed on the front of the jacket so that the pilot could clip his oxygen mask to it.

What is the M-65 made of?
The fabric for the M-65 outershell is a wind-resistant 50% Cotton/50% Nylon Sateen with a 225 lb. Breaking strength.

Has Alpha ever made a floating jacket?
Yes. It was called the Impermeable Extreme Cold Weather Waterproof Clothing Ensemble. This was originally designed for U.S. Navy shipboard use during extreme cold, wet weather.

Why are the "pen bullets" sewn into the MA-1?
These bullets are sewn into the MA-1 to cover the tip of the pen when it is placed in the pen pocket, assuring that the ink does not leak on to the sleeve of the jacket.

Why are the pockets angled on the CWU 45/P?
When the jacket was designed officers realized the need for pockets from a functional standpoint, but did not want their pilots walking around with their hands in their pockets. Consequently, they asked that the pockets be angled and placed high on the front of the jacket.

Recognize the Original
Don't Settle For Less Than An Original

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Alpha jackets get high praise--there are knock-offs around the world. So, you need to know how to recognize an original. There are telltale signs to look for.

The first, and easiest to find, is the authentic Alpha three-bar logo. There is a tab version of this logo on the sleeve of our flight jackets. Also, look in the pocket of our reversible models and you should find a larger logo patch in there as well. Finally, look at the black-and-white military specification tag. In between the identification of the type of jacket it is and the actual specifications, there will be three solid black bars.

Other signs include the feel of the fabric. Fabric for Alpha jackets has a heavy, high-quality feel. Look closely at the seams and you'll notice authentic Alpha jackets have a distinctive pucker, created by following the strict military standards for tear strength at the seam.

And the brass zippers will have the word ALPHA and/or ALPHA logo on it.

Alpha Industries. The world's leading brand of authentic flight jackets.