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Stupid questions about Naval Aviation (Pt 2)

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BarrettRC8

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Dryness ??? That was the 'old' complaint ... even later in the airlines. Mebbe contacts are more 'juicy' today ... ???
No dryness. That only happens after a night of boozing and having left them in until the sun begins to rise the next day.

Supposedly current contact designs allow your eyes to "breathe" better by allowing more oxygen through - At least that's what their marketing would have me believe. Like I said, I've had no issues so I'm inclined to believe them. That being said, our flights in the T-45 don't last more than 1.5 hrs, so who knows what would happen if up at altitude for several hours.
 

BusyBee604

St. Francis/Hugh Hefner Combo!
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Can you wear contact lenses in the jet? I've heard rumors of the lenses sliding down when you start bending the jet around---doesn't sound too fun.
You guys are fortunate, back in the day (50s-60s) NO eyesight waivers for selection as a Naval Aviator candidate. 20/20 or better or PDQ (corrective lens a no no}. This standard was requiired to be met each year (in single-seat A/C). The biggest sweat on the annual physical was always the eye test & weight!:piggy_125
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Brett327

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No dryness. That only happens after a night of boozing and having left them in until the sun begins to rise the next day.

Supposedly current contact designs allow your eyes to "breathe" better by allowing more oxygen through - At least that's what their marketing would have me believe. Like I said, I've had no issues so I'm inclined to believe them. That being said, our flights in the T-45 don't last more than 1.5 hrs, so who knows what would happen if up at altitude for several hours.
I can attest, having worn them for 9+ hours at altitude, that dryness isn't a concern.

Brett
 

scoolbubba

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Dryness ??? That was the 'old' complaint ... even later in the airlines. Mebbe contacts are more 'juicy' today ... ???
I've never had a complaint. To be fair, when I rack out in the warpig, I take mine out. I keep no less than 3 pairs of flight glasses on me when I'm flying, plus a spare pair of lenses. I've never had a problem with dryness, even on a 12+ hour mission, but that's including several trips to the rack where I took them out, put them in solution, and threw them back in when it was my turn to go fly again.

Supposedly, my lenses are some of the more permeable contacts on the market. The only time I've felt any irritation was on a 2 day bender when i left them in overnight, two nights in a row.

Felt like someone glued the damn things to my eyeball, but damn....she was hot.
 

Brett327

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I've never had a complaint. To be fair, when I rack out in the warpig, I take mine out. I keep no less than 3 pairs of flight glasses on me when I'm flying, plus a spare pair of lenses. I've never had a problem with dryness, even on a 12+ hour mission, but that's including several trips to the rack where I took them out, put them in solution, and threw them back in when it was my turn to go fly again.

Supposedly, my lenses are some of the more permeable contacts on the market. The only time I've felt any irritation was on a 2 day bender when i left them in overnight, two nights in a row.

Felt like someone glued the damn things to my eyeball, but damn....she was hot.
Three pair? Is that really necessary? ;)

Brett
 

BarrettRC8

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I can attest, having worn them for 9+ hours at altitude, that dryness isn't a concern.

Brett
Good to hear.

I've never had a complaint. To be fair, when I rack out in the warpig, I take mine out. I keep no less than 3 pairs of flight glasses on me when I'm flying, plus a spare pair of lenses. I've never had a problem with dryness, even on a 12+ hour mission, but that's including several trips to the rack where I took them out, put them in solution, and threw them back in when it was my turn to go fly again.

Supposedly, my lenses are some of the more permeable contacts on the market. The only time I've felt any irritation was on a 2 day bender when i left them in overnight, two nights in a row.

Felt like someone glued the damn things to my eyeball, but damn....she was hot.
Why so many extra pairs of glasses? I've had one set at the bottom of my nav bag since I started flying and have yet to pull them out.

*knocks on wood*
 

scoolbubba

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Good to hear.



Why so many extra pairs of glasses? I've had one set at the bottom of my nav bag since I started flying and have yet to pull them out.

*knocks on wood*
One pair in my survival gear, one in my helmet bag, and a set of script sunglasses in my pocket. Plus, I forget stuff all the time. Extra pairs is my insurance policy.
 

A4sForever

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.... Extra pairs is my insurance policy.
No shit -- I dropped my 'cheaters' under the seat one dark & stormy night while boring holes in the sky circling around Marshal -- couldn't get to them -- forgot to put the spare in my 'clean' zoom-bag's 'cigarette' pocket -- HORROR SHOW GETTING ABOARD USS BOAT ENSUED !!!

After getting aboard, that was the night I decided to quit smoking cigarettes forever ... but decided to drink more ... :)

My B/N was a washed-out pilot -- but he had better eyes than I (I could 'do it', just couldn't 'see it' ... he could 'see it', just couldn't 'do it') -- he was NOT amused and subsequently edited his start-up challenge-response checklist to include:
'GLASSES' ... 'GLASSES'?? ... 'GLASSES'???:)
 

Catmando

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TINS - I once had an eye problem that grounded me for a couple of weeks. Got an up-chit and went to El Sweato for FCLP bounces.

As a practical joke on my RIO (ironically named Rioux and pronounced the same way), I pretended that I could not see the "ball" until we were really in close. It was driving him nuts, as he kept asking, "Do you see it now.... you can't see it? ...you gotta see it by now!" etc. Then I would finally say I had a ball, but I couldn't tell if I was high or low, and for him to tell me where I was.

[Of course all my passes were pretty good.]

Upon landing, he immediately went to the Ops. O and CO, saying that I was nearly blind, and I should be grounded immediately! In on the joke, they all had a good laugh. But I don't think he ever forgave me for that. :icon_smil :icon_smil
 

Kaman

Beech 1900 pilot's; "Fly it like you stole it"
Not a NavAir story, but does go along with line of discussion on eyewear. My first landing with my "new" line-less bifocals was at night in a SAAB 340 on RWY 1R at Dulles (IAD). Severe clear, no wind...They felt that landing for a few days afterwards...NO flare...I still hate those damned glasses and I actually need trifocals so I can see the overhead panel and don't turn off a GEN instead of the seat belt sign:)
 

usmarinemike

Solidly part of the 42%.
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Why does my pocket check list say "the telephone number for inflight emergencies is" (followed by a phone number) on the first EP page?

There's no way it's what my imagination wants it to be.
 

NightVisionPen

In transition
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I'm not sure what your imagination wants it to be, but it is for real. We had a guy bolter on the carrier in a Hornet one time and his beer cans popped up (wing fold handle still pressed in and turned to locked). Everyone was worried about his ailerons fairing and/or his wings starting to fold. We weren't sure what was going to happen if he boltered again and had weight on wheels. Guys started digging into the NATOPS while I called the number right there from the carrier. A guy answered immediately and asked the nature of the emergency. They transferred me to an engineer and right away he said that the wings will not fold and the ailerons will not fair until after the handle is pulled back, weight one wheels is activated AND he was below a certain speed (forget the number). I thought that was some stellar Boeing customer service.
 

usmarinemike

Solidly part of the 42%.
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That's pretty wild. I thought there was no way that could be what it was. If you didn't have a plausible story I wouldn't believe you, though.
 

phrogdriver

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"Press button 1 if you have an in-flight emergency...press button 2 if you have a ground emergency...press button 3 if you have just had a mishap and need to get your story straight..."

"Damn it lady! Speak louder! I've got a helmet fire going on here!"
 
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