Flying Helmets

Serious about protecting your head?  A hard shell aviation helmet is for you!

The sky is a great leveller, it takes no prisoners.  It can be a beautifully serene place on a sunny day, or murky, cold, dark and dismal place to be on a drizzly winters evening.  Aviation has helped us to explore the world around us, it has bought commerce, travel and sport..but it can be a dangerous environment to operate in.  Aviators know to expect the unexpected and preparing for that ’emergency event’ should all be part of every aviators standard routine.  To put your mind at rest and allow you to concentrate on the mantra ‘AVIATE, NAVIGATE, COMMUNICATE’  we can supply you with vital head protection in the form of Gentex Europes ALPHA helmet range.  After all, you only get one head!

Key Survival Equipment Ltd. can provide full training, maintenance, fitting and support services for your ALPHA helmet.



Adjustment mechanisms within the helmet should accommodate a rapid, safe and comfortable fit for a wide range of head shapes and sizes.

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A robust passive noise reduction (PNR) headset is important for keeping engine/outside noise away from sensitive ears, and it is often paired with a boom microphone.  Microphones come in three types – carbon, active or electret. Oxygen mask can also be used with some helmets (if required).  Helmets can be fitted with ANR (Active Noise Reduction) or  CEP (Communications Ear Plug) systems.  If would like a helmet with either ANR or CEP then it’s worth looking at the ALPHA 900 helmet which features these as optional upgrades.


It is worth getting a helmet with single or double visors and outfitted with polycarbonate visors.  These visors will protect your eyes from bird strike and provide impact protection.  Standard visor types are clear, tinted (for glare protection) and/or yellow (for high acuity).


Visor covers protect the visors when they aren’t being used.  Rigid Visor Covers (RVC) and Semi Rigid Visor Covers (SRVC) are usually used in helicopters.  Soft cloth visor covers are usually fitted when the helmet is used in aircraft with reduced head height or easily scratched canopies (Pitts, T.6, Spitfire, etc)..


To enable you helmet to be used in a variety of different situations, it should be compatible with a wide range of comms systems, be able to be used with protective clothing and offer multiple options and accessories.


Modern Helmets are typically  constructed from epoxy resin aramid and carbon fibre.  Impact attenuation is often provided by an impact liner which will closely follow the inner contours of the helmet shell.  The helmet shell can be painted with polyurethane paint which can improve the overall performance/resistance to fluids i.e. synthetic lubricating oils, hydraulic oils and organic solvents.

Gentex helmets are highly customisable, and are suitable for use in a wide range of aircraft. Contact us for details.