January 28, 2010
By Ian J. Twombly
For pilots who have trouble seeing both the instrument panel and picking out other aircraft, runways, and other distant objects, the folks at TruFocals think they have the answer.
TruFocals work by using two different lenses for each eye—one that’s a fixed lens with a corrective prescription for distance, and an inner liquid lens that’s adjustable. By sliding a small piece of plastic at the top of the bridge, the wearer can adjust the focal point of the inner silicon-based liquid lens, and thus use the same pair of glasses for all of his or her vision needs. The good news for pilots is that the outer lenses also can be tinted for use as sunglasses.
Because the design requires the lenses to be round, only one style of frame is currently available, although buyers can choose a color. The company doesn’t release the weight of the glasses on its Web site, instead saying they are comparable with regular full-frame glasses.
A pair of TruFocals cost $895.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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