Flying Helmets – What should I look for?

Serious about protecting your head?

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 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 Europe’s ALPHA helmet range.

After all, you only get one head! 


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


Passive Noise Reduction (PNR) headsets are important for keeping engine/outside noise away from sensitive ears, and PNR headsets are often paired with a boom microphone.

If required, Oxygen mask can also be used with some helmets .  ALPHA 900 Helmets can be provided with ANR (Active Noise Reduction) or  CEP (Communications Ear Plug) installed.  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.


Most modern helmets will come with options for a single or double visor system. Polycarbonate visors protect your eyes from potential debris (bird strike, loose article) and provide protection from frontal impacts.  Standard visor options comprise: clear, tinted (for glare protection) and/or yellow (for high acuity).  Laser eye protection is an option.


Visor covers protect the visors when they aren’t being used.  Rigid Visor Covers (RVC) and Semi Rigid Visor Covers (SRVC) are ideal for use in helicopters and large transport aircraft.


Soft cloth visor covers are also available, and these are usually fitted when the helmet is used in aircraft with reduced head height or easily scratched canopies, such as aerobatic aircraft and warbirds (T.6, Spitfire, P-51, Bouchon, 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 integrated for use with protective flying 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 a internal polystyrene ‘impact liner’ that is moulded to closely follow the inner contours of the helmet shell.  Helmet shells 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.

Contact Key Survival Equipment for details.