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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 Military.com, 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.

Military “Iron Man” Suit Update

The moment of truth is fast approaching. The recently developed Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), is on track to be tested this summer. The high tech suit, nicknamed the “Iron Man Suit” because of its futuristic capabilities, has been stirring up a lot of conversation since production plans were first announced in summer of 2013. From our Nomex Flight Suit and battle armor, to basic uniforms, military apparel has always been developed with several things in mind including comfort, durability, and protection. However, the TALOS seems to focus more on the functionality of the suit, as a means to enhance survival efforts during battle.

Three prototypes of the suit are set to be revealed and tested as early as this upcoming June. With the big reveal being only a few months away, questions regarding the complexity of the suit’s design are arising. Here are just a few of the TALOS’s cool features:

·Fire resistance

·Bullet resistance

·Form shifting capabilities (i.e. changing from solid to liquid form)

· “Wound Stasis” feature that prevents injuries from bleeding out

·Vital sign monitoring

· “Full-body ballistic projections”

·Air, oxygen, and heat supply

            U.S. Military Officials say that the suit’s main purpose is to help with more with the defense side of battle efforts, however the suit does feature offensive capabilities such as the full-body ballistic projections as listed above. Furthermore, officials are confident that the TALOS will “[improve] survivability and capability [odds] for special operators…”, giving U.S. forces an advantage over their opposition and helping more to protect them from fatal injuries.

Sources say that the production of these futuristic suits is being worked on by a variety of organizations including, “56 different corporations, 16 government agencies, 13 universities, and 10 national laboratories”. The prototypes of the suits are to be tested in June 2014, immediately followed by any revisions or updates that need to be made so that further testing can take place. Assuming that all goes well, military officials are hoping that the suit will be operational and implemented no later than 2018.

With the prospective release of the TALOS, people are beginning to wonder what this means for other variations of armor within the military. Perhaps our Nomex Flight suits will also get to experience a futuristic makeover in the near future. For more information on the TALOS, click here.

Officials Call for Navy Uniform Changes

May 2014 will bring about a series of changes in regards to the uniforms for female Navy officers and enlistees. The announcement was made by Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus last Christmas Eve, and came as a shock to many. The general census among military personnel is that a change to the female uniforms is not necessary. However Mabus explains the reasons for the uniform change in the following statement:

“These changes ensure greater uniformity in our service and ceremonial dress, but more importantly, they send a clear signal that we are one in dress, one in standard and one in team. As you look out across a group of Sailors, you ought to see, not female and male Sailors, but Sailors,” Ray Mabus, SECNAV.

A survey with over 1,000 female Navy personnel conducted in the spring of 2013 concluded that military women welcomed the changes to their uniforms as a means to resemble the male uniforms. However, survey respondents were adamant about the fact that they wanted a quality manufacturing and redesign of their uniforms as opposed to just being forced to wear the male uniforms.

One of the changes to the uniforms include the redesigning of the Service Dress Blues for female Navy personnel ranked E1-E6. The new design for the dress blues was made to incorporate flexibility, functionality, and comfort all while maintaining the traditional sailor image. The ultimate goal of the redesign, as mention in Mabus’ statement above, is to modify the female dress blues so that they closely resemble the male uniforms.

The other change that is being made to the female Navy uniforms is for those who are ranked an E7 or above. This change consist of the redesigning of the combination covers and again are being made to look and operate very similar to the male combination covers. The new version of the female combination covers will be identical to the men’s but will be more fitted to the proportions and body type of women.

The new styles of both the service dress blues and the combination covers are currently going through an extensive fitting and evaluation process. The goal of this process is to not only make sure that these items are comfortable and suitable for women, but also to ensure that durability and functionality of the items perform properly.

Once the final designs are set and approved by military officials, the manufacturing efforts will be underway. The thorough testing and creation of the new uniforms is set to be completed by the spring of 2014, after which a formal introduction and implementation of the suits will ensue in May of 2014.

For timely updates and more information on this matter click here.

United We Stand

For centuries America has been known as the “home of the free, and the land of the brave”; and it is a number our brave men and women who are currently leading the relief efforts in several recently devastated parts of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan plowed through much of the region nearly a week ago.

The “super Typhoon”, as many are referring to it as, brought an unimaginable amount of destruction to the area, resulting in over 3,600 confirmed deaths. While the number of fatalities continues to rise each day, the reality of the devastation caused by the Typhoon is becoming overwhelming for most. In addition to the high death toll, the disaster also left over 12, 000 people injured, nearly 600, 000 homeless, and several thousands of individuals still unaccounted for.

Our U.S. Marines and Navy personnel are helping aid members of the community that were affected by the typhoon by supplying food, water, personal items, and helping build temporary shelters. Food and medical assistance are high in demand, however volunteers, officials, and medical staff are working hard to meet the needs of each individual. A large amount of the U.S. military are also assisting in the search for all those who are still missing, which is a reported 1,179 people.

Filipino government officials expressed their gratitude for the U.S.’s timely response to the worst natural disaster, ever recorded in the history of the Philippines. “Having the U.S. military here is a game-changer. For countries that we don’t have these kinds of relationships with, it can take a while to get help. But with the U.S., it’s immediate,” said a representative for the Filipino military. Indeed this is what our country is all about; selflessly assisting others during dire times of need, uplifting the distraught citizens of surrounding countries, and lending a helping hand whenever possible. In addition to constant military presence, we as a nation have contributed over $22 million to go towards relief efforts.

Our dedicated men and women never hesitate to offer their assistance whenever and wherever needed. As they stand tall in their combat coveralls and Nomex flight suits, which we of course manufacture, their humble service to the Filipino civilians is much appreciated, not only by the government of the Philippines but by their friends, family, and an entire nation back home.

The generosity that our great nation has shown towards the Philippines during this tragic time will be forever remembered. I’m sure I can speak for our entire nation when I say that we are proud of our military troops, and we stand behind them as the lead relief efforts in the Philippines. To unite during tragedy is perhaps the greatest display of support. As the famous saying goes, “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided”.