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    Stratmando Posts: 11,188, Reputation: 508
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    May 8, 2009, 05:55 AM
    Auto Darkening in aircraft?
    Are their any Auto Darkening Aircraft Windshields, Goggles or glasses that auto darken like welding helmets for Lightning, Lasers, weapons firing?
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    May 8, 2009, 10:23 AM

    I haven't seen any commercially. Maybe someone else has. I've flown with one in the military.

    The laser thing is a real problem and may get worse. That may be the impetus for some company to put one on the market.
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    May 19, 2009, 01:32 PM

    There are some sunglasses that auto darken but they do not react quick enough to counter for a laser, weapon or lightning. A welders helmet might work but they cut your day time vision by nearly 50% when they aren't detecting a flash, not good for a pilot.
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    May 19, 2009, 02:13 PM

    How about the lens for one eye, should one become temporarily out of order, you could have redundant sight?
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    May 26, 2009, 10:27 AM

    The one eye thing was one of the temporary 'fixes' to the potential blinding by lasers pending a real fix. I believe the emphasis has been on goggles rather than the canopy, although lasers with different wave lengths is a poblem. Not sure what the latest technology is.


    Not sure you want the canopy to autodarken for lightning. It might make a night landing in stormy weather a bit tricky. Perhaps if you could some how turn feature off electronically...

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