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27/p Nomex Flight Suit Vs. MK14a Royal Air Force Flight Suit

Flight suits have long been a key factor in safety for pilots around the world. Some of the most popular flight suits on the market today are the 27/p Nomex flight suit and the MK14a Royal Air Force Flight suit or, RAF for short. These suits are both high quality garments that protect users from the various dangerous associated with flying a plane. Although both products do serve a purpose research has suggested that the American made 27/p Nomex is more effective because of the various safety features it provides. Below are some key points about the differences in each of these flight suits:

The 27/p Nomex is sewn to exact military specifications featuring the patented Nomex material. This material is not a lubricant that you simply put on the suit, but made of actual fibers that are sewn into the suit which is comprised of a blend of 92% meta-aramid, 5% para-aramid, and 3% conductive fibers. This material is flame-resistant and was designed for pilots in case they wound up in the worst of conditions. Due to its quality construction, the Nomex flight suit material is extremely light weight and does not fade due to its superior quality.

While the MK14a RAF unit is manufactured to the exact specifications of the British Royal Air force and does have flame-resistant material, the features of the Nomex flight suit, worn by all U.S flight crews, contour to the body in a more exact manner and offer a better fit. The Nomex flight suit has features such as an adjustable waist belt with hook loop closures that align the contours of the suit to your body and makes for a more concise frame which prevents snags or rips. Furthermore the 27/p has a Bi-Swing back that allows for more comfort and improves the range of motion due to the construction of the material.

The 27/P also has six primary pockets that are easily accessible, and several accessory pockets that allow for ease and organization. The RAF has two waist pockets with access to inner garments and an upper arm pocket with three pen holder divisions. Both suits have a verity of pockets so it’s truly a matter of preference when it comes to where the pockets are and how much they hold, however the 27/p does offer more options when it comes to pocket size and variety.

When it comes down to it flight suits are much more than a simple uniform. They provide safety and protection to the men and women in the aviation industry. The 27/p Nomex flight suit offers superiority in all categories. In terms of utility the 27/p beats out the competition with a multitude of main pockets and accessory pockets for max versatility.  And when it comes to comfort no other suit offers such features as the adjustable waist band or Bi-Swing back that maximize conform and accessibility. The 27/p is the clear choice when it comes to protection, utility, and true superiority made in the U.S.A. Click here to learn more about Carter’s 27/p Nomex Flight suits.



Carter’s Nomex Flight Suits are NIR-Compliant

During a military battle, one of the best defense tactics is to see your enemy, but avoid being seen by your enemy. NIR-Compliant uniforms help soldiers, marines, and airmen do just that.

These uniforms and military gear utilizes a unique cloth that allows members of the military to “appear at the same radiation level” as the surrounding atmosphere which consequently helps them to go undetected by their opposition. Carter Industries Inc. is proud to say that our 27/p Nomex Flight Suits are NIR-Compliant.

NIR which stands for Near-Infrared, is an invisible level of radiation that cannot be detected by the average human eye. Because of this, devices called NIR Image Converters were introduced in order to be able to detect infrared radiation which allowed individuals to detect soldiers, marines, and other members of the military.

Before the Image Converters were created there were devices that were able to sense temperature which made it easy for members of the military to be detected, since of course, the temperature of a human body can be easily distinguished from any terrain. Because of this, NIR-Compliant gear, is now becoming a standard for military clothing and equipment. It allows military members to go unnoticed by their opposition by blending the radiation of the individual with the battle atmosphere.

Perhaps the easiest way to explain the NIR-Compliant technology, is to compare to camouflage clothing and gear. Camouflage was invented so that members of the military, hunters, etc. would be able to blend in with the background and go undetected by opposing parties and animals in the case of hunting.

In addition to preventing detection by NIR Image Converters, NIR-Compliant clothing and gear are also made to be “less visible in low-light environments by reducing the reflection of light”.

Not only are Carter flight suits NIR-Compliant, but they also contain a host of other features. These features include, but are not limited to, flame-resistance, breathable fabric, 2-way zippers, various functional pockets, and a glove-like fit. Our signature CWU 27/P Nomex Flight Suits are manufactured in the USA under the compliance of the Berry Amendment and we remain the only manufacturer that can provide you with a certificate of compliance, guaranteeing that our suits meet the military standard MIL-C-83141ª.

For more information on our flight suit, or to purchase yours today, click here.

Why Choose Nomex Over Other Materials

Nomex is a flame resistant material that is used in a wide variety of settings. Nomex material can be found in the following applications: flight suits, military apparel, race suits, firefighting apparel, automobiles, and many more. The reason that you will find this material in so many applications is because of the benefits that it provides those industries. Below are 4 benefits of choosing Nomex material over other available material.


1. Flame Resistance. The first and foremost benefit of choosing Nomex over other types of materials is its flammability resistance. If you are involved in an industry and threat of fire or heat can cause injuries to your employees then you want the best material at stopping both the heat and flame itself. Nomex not only exceeds all major standards for flammability it also easily outperforms other types of materials that are used in similar apparel. When compared to 100% cotton or a Cotton/Polyester blend on a vertical flammability test, the Nomex material only chars about 3 inches while both others char 12 inches. This clearly demonstrates that the Nomex is a higher quality material and much more effective in stopping flames, thus resulting in safer workers.


2. Durability. When working in a field that requires this type of apparel it is critical that the apparel is not only flame resistant but also durable. A product that only last a couple months is cost prohibitive, regardless of the potential benefits. Products made with Nomex are durable and can last up to five years when properly taken care of. This can be two to three times the lifecycle of similar apparel made from different material.


3. Comfort. Despite its durability and flame resistant qualities Nomex is extremely comfortable. Its design allows it to have all of these qualities but still feel and act like traditional fabrics used in these applications. It is also more lightweight than its traditional counterparts, adding to the comfort to those who would wear this type of apparel. This comfort means that the apparel can be worn on a daily basis, which also adds to the cost effectiveness of the product.


4. Ease of Care. Another great benefit of Nomex is how easy it is to take care of it. Unlike many specialized materials used in these applications apparel made with Nomex can be washed either at home, industrial laundry facilities or via dry cleaning. The ability to wash products made with Nomex at a variety of facilities greatly increases its usability because it allows for the product to be washed in any setting as opposed to more specialized materials which may need to be sent out and cleaned, leading to down time and the need to have multiple pieces of apparel per person. Again this also adds to the cost effectiveness of this product.


Ultimately the Nomex material has numerous benefits and this is why it is favored throughout the various industries that utilize it. The next time you are looking for the various types of safety apparel, be sure to check and see if the product has Nomex in it, it could very well make the difference between walking away from an accident or suffering severe injuries.


The Evolution of Military Aviation

The military aviation industry has certainly come a long way. In 1903, the Wright Brothers successfully completed the first powered flight, by the mid-1920s, commercial flights were abound and by the later 1940s, passenger flights were available. The emergence of military planes came about by World War I and, albeit, the planes were considered inferior to that of the enemy, the American military had established a very powerful and progressive position in wartime aviation.

So what is in store for the future of military aviation? Modernization of current models, faster jets and more capable unmanned drones are just some of the concepts for military aircraft in the coming decades.


Future Priorities of Military Aviation Programs

A recent Forbes magazine article details some programs that, even in the face of congressional budgets, will not be on the chopping block. In fact, 3 of 5 five programs the U.S. Army and Air Force want to modernize for the future are air and space programs. The F-35A stealth jet striker is set to replace the F-22 fighter, which were terminated by the Obama Administration in 2009.

The next of the 3 air warfare priorities were new aerial re-fuelers, a project to be accomplished by Boeing. The last of the priorities are new LRS-Bs or Long Range Strike Bombers. The current bomber force is reaching its max out age of 30 years and will need to be replaced or upgraded.


Future Concepts of Military Aviation

One of the developing concepts, according to a July article in the Washington Post, details a fighter jet that will have the ability to “break apart” midair, while delivering whatever mission it is on, and then “repair” itself back together. The concept, developed by BAE Systems, is called “The Survivor” and with a light fluid network of nanotubes, the hope is that the jet can separate and come back as one while splitting clouds in the sky.

The U.S. Navy intends on purchasing 60 more MQ-4C Tritons, or unmanned drones, with the hopes of giving them more capabilities besides collecting intelligence from other countries. But according to, some believe the future for unmanned drones is dwindling. The U.S. Navy wants to design unmanned drones to fly for up to 14 hours without the need of refueling but other agencies believe that will reduce not only the drones service life but it may eventually cripple the drones abilities to escape radar and other detection.

The Sky is the Limit: Aviation’s Top Paying Careers

It has been over a century since the groundbreaking passenger flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903. Since then, the art of aviation has become a multi-billion dollar industry. From terrorists’ threats and heightened security, to rising oil and airline tickets prices, the airline has remained one of the economic driving forces with no indication of slowing down. As long as people are still in need of travel, the airline industry will continue to thrive.

This growing industry not only supports the economy, but our communities as well. With the rise in travel demands comes a rise in employment opportunities. But which positions are the most beneficial, and how much do these positions make on an annual basis? Below is our list of the top 5 careers within the aviation industry, and details regarding employment requirements.

1. Director of Aerospace Program Management (~$151,000 annually): It is most likely that this candidate will possess a graduate level degree in business, in addition to an engineering degree. Directors are involved first-hand in the company’s business practices, such as developing corporate strategies, negotiating building contracts, and assuming responsibility for the company’s earnings reports – whether they are good or bad.

2. Airline Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer (~$117,000 annually): While most pilots are militarily trained, there are also college degree programs and outside training programs available from FAA-certified flight training schools. Piloting is not a profession limited to commercial flights; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34% of commercial pilots additionally dust crops, test new planes, monitor traffic, fight fires, and other ‘non-typical functions and ‘odd-jobs’ that call for their specific flight experience.

3. Aerospace Project Engineer (~$82,000 annually): Ideally, the engineer in this position would understand the ‘ins and outs’ of aerospace engineering, but would also have the drive and organization to act as a team leader, directing projects and delegating responsibilities amongst the rest of the team. They will also become involved in managing project budgets, hiring and training their staff, ensuring their team’s work, and other essential administrative tasks.

4. Aircraft Maintenance Manager (~$74,200 annually): This demanding position calls for both technical skills and team leadership. The manager is knowledgeable, ensuring that their teams perform regular maintenance by the book. Along with scheduling and management, the individual will also hire and train the team members themselves.

5. Air Traffic Controller (~$62,500 annually): Renowned for being one of the top paying positions in the aviation industry that can be obtained with only an associate’s degree, this stress-filled, demanding career has its benefits. The work is distributed amongst more than one controller; there are controllers for: ground movement, takeoff, in route flight time, landing, etc. These positions are highly competitive, although there is slowly becoming an increase of vacancies in controller positions which are available to be filled by those who qualify.

         Of course, these are not the only careers that pay well in the aviation realm. There are plenty of high paying positions, including the following: Sky/Air Marshals (~$62,100), Airline Inspectors (~$60,600), Aircraft Mechanics (~$50,500), Avionics Technicians (~$49,300), and Aircraft Loadmasters (~$40,900). Some well-known positions: Flight Attendants (~$46,900), Flight Dispatchers (~$41,700), Airline Security (~$33,500), Baggage Handler (~$30,900), Ticket Reservation Agent (~$27,700), and Aircraft Fuel Attendants (~$26,400).

It is evident that aviation is one of the top paying industries in the world today. Although entry level positions offer less than degree-seeking positions, there is one thing that is certain: no matter where you start in aviation, there is plenty of room for growth in order to achieve professional fulfillment and financial success.

$9.4 Million ICVC US Defense Force Contract

On July 22, 2014, we were awarded the ICVC contract for the US Defense Forces.  The contract  awarded was for a maximum of $9,417,600 and it ends in July 30, 2015. To read the full press release click here

The Benefits of Nomex Flight Suits

Designed with both protection and comfort in mind, Nomex flight suits are built with a host of features that aid in the difficult tasks in which military pilots are expected to carry out each day. From its fire-resistant structure to its easily accessible pockets, flight suits are responsible for saving lives and preventing tons of injuries. Here are a few of the features of the Nomex flight suit in further detail.


1.      Convenience. The original flight suit amounted to a bulky, overweight suit that lacked durability and made it hard for pilots to move in them. These days flight suits, specifically Carter’s Nomex flight suits are made with the Nomex material to ensure flexibility and allow wearers to move more easily. The Nomex flight suits are also conveniently equipped with six functional pockets and a two-way zipper which makes the process of taking the suit on and off, a simple task.

2.      Safety. Because Nomex flight suits are most often used by military personnel, safety was a huge concern while it was in the design stages. One of the biggest safety features of this type of flight suits is its flame-resistant material. The interlock technology provided by the Nomex material, helps to keep users safe in case of a fire or minor explosion and greatly increases their chances of survival.

3.      Comfort. As previously mentioned, outdated versions of flight suits were made of heavy materials that made the suits bulky and uncomfortable to wear. The purpose of the heavy material was to keep the suit wearers warm. However suits these days not only provide warmth, but comfort as well and without giving users the feeling of being weighed down. Carter’s Nomex flight suits are made to provide a glove-like fit and are equipped with an adjustable waist belt as a means to fit various body shapes and sizes. In addition the suit has a breathable design that allows air to escape when the body is overheated but also provides warmth through insulation properties for when the atmosphere is a little cooler.

4.      Quality. Carter’s Nomex suits have superior quality in relation to virtually any other flight suit manufacturer. These suits are solution dyed which helps resists fading and discoloration. In addition the Nomex material is sturdy, secure, and constructed with a rip-top fabric that decreases the likelihood of tares and snags.


Because we are the leading producer of Nomex flight suits, Carter Inc. ensures the best quality flight suits in the country. Each flight suit is manufactured in the USA under the compliance of the Berry Amendment (mil-c-83141a). Although the bulk of our business comes from the U.S. military as we are their sole provider of flight suits, we also sell directly to individuals without the extra mark-ups that other flight suit manufactures require. For more information on our flight suits call us today at (800) 420 7814.

3 Most Common Types of Protective Suits

There are a number of careers that pose the potential risk of danger to those within the field and therefore require protective clothing. From a diver’s wet suit to a police officer’s bullet proof vest, protective uniforms and clothing play a vital role in helping to ensure the safety of workers in various fields and decrease the likelihood of injuries and fatalities. Just like our line of Nomex Flight Suits, the following list of protective suits are built with care and quality with the intent to help workers to carry out dangerous tasks while on the job. Below is a brief description of each type of protective suit along with details regarding their specific features.

1.      Hazmat Suits. Hazmat suits are worn for protection against hazardous materials, as well as dangerous chemicals and toxins. They are generally worn by people who work in environments that are dangerously contaminated, but are also worn by several law enforcement agencies such as the DEA, whenever necessary. There a two main categories of hazmat suits. One that is often referred to as a splash protection suit, provides protection against dangerous liquid-based chemicals, while the other provides protection against toxic gasses and vapors. Within these two categories lies a number of different classes of suits depending on the level of protection that is needed. The most protective suits are classified as “Level A”, while the least protective are “Level D”.

2.      Firefighter Suits. Putting out blazing fires is perhaps one of the most dangerous jobs there it. Because of this, firefighters are equipped with a heavy duty protective suit, loaded with features to help keep them safe. It goes without saying that the main feature of a firefighter suit is its fire resistant material made of Kelvar and Nomex. Most firefighter suits also provide protection against toxic gases and dangerous chemicals. There are several different types of firefighter suits, ranging from a 200 degree level of heat protection, all the way up to a 2000 degree level of heat protection. A few of the smaller features include the green reflective stripes to allow firefighters to be located in darker environments, and tiny hooks along the zipper to ensure that the jacket does not fly open during harsh weather or extreme fire conditions.    

3.      Wetsuits. Worn by watersport enthusiast and career divers, wetsuits while seemingly simple, provide lots of protection. The neoprene material provides quality insulation allowing users to maintain their normal body temperature even in dangerously cold water conditions. The structure of the suit makes it durable and flexible making it easy to move around and swim in. When it comes in contact with water, the neoprene material creates tiny bubbles in the fabric which helps increase the buoyancy in the water.

Like many of the suits listed above, Nomex Flight Suits are built with quality for protection purposes. Its unique design helps to ensure both the comfort and safety of its users. The most useful features of the Nomex Flight Suits are the high temperature resistance and its breathable design structure. For more information on our flight suits visit our product page by clicking here

Flight Suits for Mars

Renowned rocket scientist Dava Newman presented her designs for three space suit prototypes during the 2013 TED Women Conference held in San Francisco this past December. Newman, who is currently an aeronautics professor at MIT, calls her design, “the world’s smallest space craft” and hopes that the suits will be ready for operational use in time for the long awaited voyage to Mars.

During her presentation Newman went into detail about the three suits outlining their many features and the design structure of each. Below is a brief description of each of the three suits.

Suit #1: Newman had Mars in mind when she designed this particular suit. This suit features an adequate amount of “pressurized atmosphere”—one of the main things needed to be able to remain in an environment like Mars. This suit also has a unique feature of which Newman refers to as “muscle wires”. Muscle wires are an active material made from nickel titanium that improve the overall flexibility of the suit, making it easier for users to move around comfortably.


Suit #2: Although it is not meant to be worn outside of the space ship, this type of suit, referred to as an exercise suit by Newman and her team, is definitely one-of-a-kind. The harsh structure of a traditional space suit has often resulted in the loss of muscle mass and strength in astronauts. This often occurs because of the limitations that astronauts are forced to withstand due to the area confinements within space ships. This suit is specially designed to work the muscles of its users simply by wearing it and ultimately helps to ensure that wearers maintain their muscle strength during long voyages.


Suit #3: The third suit which is also not meant to be used outside of the space ship environment, is vastly different from the other two suits because it is meant to be worn inside of a traditional bulky space suit. This suit acts as a protective lining and contains a superior padding system that helps to diminish any soreness or physical issues that wearing the traditional bulky suit alone my cause. Newman’s goal in designing this suit was to find a solution to the severe should problems that many astronauts developed after being in a traditional suit for long periods of time.

All three of Newman’s designs are being described as some of the best updates in the space suit industry. Newman hopes that these suits will be proven to be beneficial to the astronauts and their journey to Mars should one ever occur. Furthermore Newman plans to spend the next few years developing even more space suit designs in the hopes of one day accomplishing her lifelong dream of creating, “the world’s coolest space suits for Mars.”

$12.7 Million Nomex Flight Suit 27p Contract

April 10, 2014 DLA awarded a the Nomex 27/p flight suit contract to Carter Industries.  The contract was for a maximum of $12,761,280. and the performance completion date is, April 15, 2015.  To read the full press release click here.