- Light weight pilot boots suitable for all types of aircraft flying.
- Especially designed without the standard cut-away boot heel to prevent the heel catching on pedals in emergency situations with disastrous consequences.(so it has a flat sole)
- It has a solid non slip tread
- This pilot boot is made of strong buffalo leather between 1.8 to 2mm thick so provides good heat and impact resistance. (not like the flammable synthetic shoes most pilots wear)
- It has a vamp lining to ensure the feet stay dry and comfortable all day long (wicking action)
- It is a single direct injected polyester polyurethane sole that makes it tough yet lighter than any other boot available
- Its much more comfortable than the old SAAF pilot boot, with a moulded comfortable inner.
- The inner sole has a static resistanceto prevent any kind of electrical shock
- This sole has a heat resistance of between 100 -110 degrees celsius – making it heat resistant
- The sole has a shore hardness of 0.64 – 065. (which is harder than tyre tread)
- The polyurethane sole is an excellent insulator against cold floors and temperature fluctuations…
- Available in sizes 7 – 11, bigger sizes possibly available on request
- Each pilot boot comes packaged in it’s own fabric boot bag, to allow for easy storage (does not collect dust), and prevents scuffing when packed for travelling.
Why Fly With A Pilot Boot?
As with most aviation wear, safety is the main CORE factor in design, and the Airwear Fly Boot is no different,
The main threat to a pilots feet are heat transference from a fire behind the firewall – in the engine area, the pedals controlling the rudder can get superheated rapidly in the case of a malfunction or fire… and this heat being directly transferred to the pilots foot has dire consequences…
Ethyl Vinyl Acetate or EVA /Polyurethane blends are the most common sole in sneakers and they get soft at 42° celsius and melt at 71° – remember this material used in soles of most expensive running shoes – is the same material used as slops/flipflops – not the best choice for heat resistance.
The Flyboot is made with a single density Polyurethane sole, with a melt temperature of 110° – yet its thickness and design gives it strong form holding capabilities and slow heat conduction…much longer than EVA – ie it will not melt into your foot anytime soon…It will also not ignite easily and produce a nasty chemical fire with noxious fumes…(which would overcome most people before actual burning occurs)In addition the Flyboot has 1.8 to 2mm thick bison leather as its upper further preventing heat.