Q : Why should
I fly in a flight suit?
A : It’s a more practical and functional garment than daily
clothing, it keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer and
some of our suits are protective in the event of fire. It's
the garment of choice for the majority of aviators outside
the airline branding.
Q : Why a tailor-made
or custom-made suit?
A : Everybody is different and people come in all shapes and
sizes, that is the reason why we at AIRWEAR® favour tailor-making
over standard off-the-shelf garments. You get the best and
most comfortable fit. Isn’t that what it’s all about ! A touch
Q : What is the
difference between poly-cotton and pure cotton?
A : Poly-cotton is a fabric manufactured with a blend of polyester
or nylon (petroleum by-products) and cotton, a natural fibre.
A poly-cotton garment will crease less than a pure cotton
garment. Mechanically poly-cotton is also 15 to 25% stronger
than pure cotton. There are two disadvantages to poly-cotton:
it is hotter than pure cotton and in the event of a contact
with fire, it becomes a very dangerous garment to be wearing
since the fabric will melt and burn into the skin with lethal
Q : What is the
difference between an AIRWEAR® cotton suit and an AIRWEAR®
A : The level of protection against fire. A pure cotton suit
offers some degree of protection since cotton is a natural
fibre and burns slowly, alike wool. An AIRWEAR® Kermel™suit
is manufactured with a fabric developed specifically for fire
protection. It "buys" you time.
Q : How do I choose between a cotton suit and a Kermel™suit?
A : That depends on how much you value your skin.
Q : What is the difference between a Nomex™suit and a Kermel™suit?
A : The goal is the same: protection in the event of fire.
The difference lies in the way the yarn is produced, two completely
Q : The old Nomex™Air force suits used to be very hot and
itchy on the skin. Are the new suits better?
A : That was very old technology, things have changed. Our
Kermel™suit "breath" very well, as good as a cotton
suit. There is no skin irritation whatsoever due to the few
percent of Viscose contained in the Kermel™fibre which provides
a very soft and comfortable skin feel. It’s twenty first century
Q : How should I maintain my flight suit?
A : Wash it separately from your other laundry in warm water
with a good quality commercial washing powder. Never use bleaches.
No heavy spinning. Hang up your suit to drip dry and iron
inside out, if necessary. Take care not get the iron into
contact with the zips.
Q : How long does a cotton or Kermel™ suit last?
A : From experience with our customers, provided a suit is
looked after, our AIRWEAR® cotton suits will last up to
four years of intense use. Fabric fading usually becomes then
an issue. Kermel™ suits are incredibly fade resistant as the
yarn is core dyed and will outlast any other suit. In the
long run, this is the best value for money.
Q : I fly an open cockpit microlight aircraft . What is
the benefit of an AIRWEAR® microlight suit?
A : Our suits are manufactured with a specific combination
of layers of materials that provide 100% wind protection,
retain body heat and can therefor be worn comfortably in ambient
temperatures as low as -20ºC. Modern attractive colours
are favourites in this category of flying
Q : How do I wash a microlight suit?
A : Again separately, in cold water, with standard commercial
washing powder and no spinning. After wash, hang up your suit
to drip dry. No ironing whatsoever!
Q : Can I wear a standard flight suit for microlight flying?
A : Certainly. For summer flying, this is an ideal suit for
We modify our cotton flight suits for that purpose adding
clear map pockets on the thighs, long zips on the back of
the legs and velcro tabs on the ankles. Since fire hazards
are almost non existent on weight shift microlights, we often
use a poly-cotton fabric for added strength.
Q : What material is used in the pilot gloves?
A : We use Argentinian lamb leather, the best and softest
leather available on the market.
Q : Who wears a leather helmet and what is the quality of
A : Mainly open cockpit pilots do. Often a bit of nostalgia
is involved since our helmets are based on the WW2 British
Air Ministry issue. The headset is a middle of the range set
of good quality with gel filled muffs providing a very comfortable
fit. Excellent value for money.
Q : I use sneakers to fly in my light aircraft. What would
A : Not a good choice, since the vast majority of that type
of footwear is made of synthetics. Should you get hot feet
(!), it could become a serious problem with it’s consequences.
Best is a pair of comfortable ankle high leather boots. We
offer two types of AIRWEAR® boots, the original SAAF military
boots and a lighter version for light aircraft and microlight
If you have more
questions, please feel free to e-mail us.