Future of Flight and Aviation

A Look At The Future Of Flight


 The Future of Flight


Man has always been fascinated with flight, with mythical tales dating back to ancient times, such as Icarus. In China at around 400 BC, the discovery was made that kites could fly in the air and since then, humans have been obsessed with the idea of flying themselves.


The history of aviation is one littered with important landmarks and continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Here’s a look back at the journey to take to the air and where aviation is likely to be heading in the future.


The History of Aviation


Before thinking about where flight is heading it’s first, necessary to take a look at where it’s been. For centuries, the focus was solely on trying to create bird-wings for humans but the differences in the musculature and bone density prevented take-off.


In the 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci started to come close to a viable idea with his “Ornithopter” sketches that would later form the basis for the modern helicopter.


The Montgolfier brothers were the first to get mankind airborne with their hot air balloon in 1783. Otto Lilienthal, a German engineer, was the design a glider capable of carrying a person for long distances.


In 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright were the first to create a plane with an engine and a propeller and successfully completed a flight. From this moment, humans were truly airborne for the very first time.


Over the following decades, the design of airplanes became increasingly sophisticated with lightweight metals such as aluminum replacing wood and fabric, and radar, communications equipment, and autopilot systems gradually introduced.


What’s next?


With forecasts predicting the number of air passengers to increase to 7.8 billion by 2036, there’s a need for aviation to grow and develop at a rapid rate. Carbon emissions and the concern over the environmental effect is another reason why the industry is drawing on the latest technology.


Concept flights have proven that electric planes are a possibility but more work is still needed on the density of the batteries. Although current technology isn’t quite where it needs to be to achieve an electric transcontinental flight, the indications are that it’s not far off.


Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are two new areas which have attracted a lot of interest. However, rather than buzzing around restricted areas and causing alarm, these types of technology have the ability to revolutionize the industry.


One product already in development in Europe can be flown in three different modes: with a pilot on board and in control, remotely by a pilot on the ground or flown remotely but with an additional pilot in the cockpit for vigilance. The ultimate aim is for customers to be able to use these aircraft like a taxi, entering their destination and flying off into the distance – almost like an Uber of the sky.


This may sound farfetched but AI already has the capability to take off, land and cruise the planes without human intervention, so technology is just a short few steps away. Other visions for the future of aviation include blended wings and high-res images of the sky outside being projected onto the walls of the plane. Pilots will still be needed and they’ve not been forgotten; new technology is in development which sits over their eyes to provide enhanced vision and perception of everything from terrain and airspace to traffic and weather.


Carter Industries Inc. have always been at the forefront of innovation, with Nomex flight suits and coveralls supplied to both the military and commercial sector alike. The future of aviation looks exciting and you can be sure that Carter Industries Inc. will be continuing to equip pilots with the products they need.

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Why Safety Is Key For Pilots

Why you should take every precaution when it comes to Flight Safety

Although pilots are always highly trained, it is still vital to take every possible precaution when flying to ensure that any unexpected event can be addressed without any excessive risks. There are many essential precautions which should be taken before taking off on any flight, and here we look at the important steps for any pilot to put in place to ensure their own safety and the safety of their crew.

Using The Pre-Flight Checklist

It’s important to never underestimate the importance of the pre-flight checklist. It should be gone through carefully and methodically each and every time. No steps should be skipped, even when time is tight and the checklist should always be completed on paper, never by memory.

Avoiding Cockpit Distractions

There is already a lot to think about in the cockpit, from instruments to the radio and from ATC to navigation. Therefore, eliminating any unnecessary distractions is very important to minimize any potential problems. During any of the critical flight stages, no distracting gadgets should be used and no conversations should be held. Saying distraction free and on task always keeps the pilot and their passengers safe in-flight.

Avoiding Pressure To Fly

If the weather appears to be questionable or there is any other reason to suspect that it may be a bad idea to take to the skies, it’s important to postpone the plan to take off until another time. It is never worth taking the risk of exposing yourself and any crew or passengers to potential hazards in the air.

Practicing Emergency Procedures

While no pilot ever wants to have to put their emergency procedures to use, they must always be fully prepared for any eventuality. That means reviewing the procedures to be put in place for all common in-flight emergencies on a six-monthly basis is essential for any pilot. This will ensure that the pilot has the right skills in place to cope with any possible problem which could arise in the cockpit.

Wearing A Flight Suit

Although all pilots are extremely well trained and must stay up to date with all the key techniques involved in making the full range of flight maneuvers, there is always a possibility of something unexpected occurring at any time in-flight. There have been many stories in the media recently about airplanes malfunctioning. While this is still a very low risk, it is very important to be well prepared just in case by wearing a Nomex flight suit. They are the top choice of the US Defense Force thanks to the exceptional level of protection that they offer to flames and extreme temperatures as well as chemical degradation and abrasion. Nomex flight suits can withstand tensile stress at temperatures up to 400 degrees Celsius, ensuring the best possible safety of the wearer in the most dangerous conditions. As a Nomex flight suit is also very comfortable to wear with a breathable fabric construction which ensures coolness and a glove-like fit, it is the ideal choice for any pilot to wear in the air.


3 Reasons to Choose a Nomex Flight Suit

Why choose a Nomex flight suit?

Carter Industries Inc. has been in business for more than two decades and is responsible for designing and creating premium military apparel. A favorite of the US army, the Nomex Flight Suit brings together the latest technology and a deep understanding of clothing design: the result is a premium garment that is as comfortable as it is functional.


The Nomex Flight Suit is similar to a jumpsuit in design but made specifically for wearing while flying – whether in a military aircraft, helicopter or glider – it’s an essential piece of kit that keeps the wearer safe and warm at high altitudes.


Need more convincing on why the Nomex Flight Suit is the best option on the market? Here are three compelling reasons to choose Carter’s creation when looking for the best flight suit.



1 – It’s Made from High-Quality Material

Crafted in the USA, the official Nomex Flight Suit is made from material of the best quality. Nomex is a fabric made from the synthetic fabric Aramid. The way that Aramid is constructed makes the end result strong and durable yet lightweight for ease of movement. Nomex provides reliable protection without restriction, allowing the wearer freedom and flexibility so they can perform to the best of their capabilities. Imitations of the suit often compromise on quality, making them less durable and giving the wearer less flexibility. For genuine, quality Nomex you can trust, always opt for a Carter Flight Suit.


2 – It’s Very Comfortable

Comfort is essential when moving around an aircraft. The Nomex Flight Suit is designed to keep the wearer warm, dry and unrestricted at all times. Aviators are operating at a high altitude where the temperature can be sub-zero, and in high pressure situations that require fast reactions: the Nomex suit allows freedom of movement and gives the wearer the comfort they need to do their job effectively and efficiently.


3 – It’ll Keep You Safe

Safety is the number one priority when designing premium flight apparel. Carter understands the way a body interacts with clothing, and the strict requirements for safety that are unique to being inside an aircraft. The Nomex Flight Suit is fire-retardant, which protects aviators if a fire were to occur. There are also many pockets in the suit, which makes it very practical for carrying tools and equipment. The suit is also colored in tan or khaki to make the wearer camouflaged when undertaking military operations. To find out more about the safety features of the Nomex suit, check out Carter’s information on suit safety.



Investing in a quality Nomex suit means making an investment for the future. These revolutionary flight suits are durable, comfortable and packed with all the safety features you need to feel secure and confident when you’re in the air.


The Nomex Flight Suit is the result of years of research and innovation, and we’re proud to give our troops the apparel they deserve. Our suits are always in high demand, so we have a


Carter is the only official producer of Nomex, and the only place where customers can buy the genuine article.








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High Quality Products Guaranteed

High Quality Flight Suits and Coveralls


The quality of suits and overalls made by us at Carter Industries has been given the highest honor. We now supply our quality products to the brave soldiers and pilots in the US military. Check out the options below to learn about three of our most celebrated creations.


Nomex Flight Suits


A Nomex flight suit is the perfect suit for pilots who are also used by military personnel. These suits are made right here in the USA to comply with the patriotic Berry Amendment.


In fact, we have teamed up with the US Defence Force to provide them with almost 100,000 of these suits. This has put us in the perfect position to maintain quality while producing large quantities. So, even if you are not part of the US services, you can still get your hands on a reliable Nomex flight suit without having to wait.


People love these suits because they are adjustable for the perfect fit, have six pockets for unbeatable storage and have a convenient two-way durable zipper. The safe-flame design is of unbeatable quality, which has proven to last the toughest of challenges.


Utility Coverall


For the workhorses with their feet firmly on the ground, you can also get a quality suit designed to last. A utility coverall provides extensive protection against day-to-day activities for those that require them. This product is a popular choice amongst mechanics, woodworkers and those in similar professions. Some cooks even choose these utility coveralls to keep them protected in the heat of service.


This product looks the part too. It has a shirt-style collar and a slide front closure. The functionality of this suit outshines competing options as well. The ankle and wrist openings can be adjusted for a perfect tailored fitting and has multiple conveniently-placed pockets. There is even a pencil opening on the breast pocket which is ideal for workers who need to measure or take notes frequently.


UCP Combat Vehicle Crewman’s Overalls


Another option for military personnel is the UCP Combat Vehicle Crewman’s Overall. Unlike our other military-approved suit, this one is more suitable for on-the-ground servicemen and servicewomen.


This does not mean it would not be unsuitable for domestic uses as well. One of the key features of this product is in its material. These overalls are flame-resistant which can handle the heat of the battlefield and the heat of other working environments. Other notable features with these overalls are the universal camouflage design, their breathability and adjustability to get a great fit.


Don’t Wing It, Choose Carter Industries Instead


To find out more information on any of the above products then speak to us at Carter Industries. We stock the three options above with guaranteed quality. Our products have been recognized as the best in the business, which is the reason we supply the US armed forces, as well as repeat customers in the general public.

A look at Buzz Aldrin’s Life

Thank You Buzz Aldrin


Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr., or more universally recognizable, Buzz Aldrin, is a prime example of someone who has achieved in multiple areas to become a monumental figure in the history of mankind. From his early days as a fighter pilot to his development into one of the most celebrated and recognized astronauts ever to his new-found talents as an author – he is a remarkable man we can be proud to call American.


His Military Days


Buzz Aldrin somewhat went against his father’s wishes to use his engineering degree and instead chose to become a fighter pilot for the US Air Force. His time with the services enabled him to fight in the Korean War. His talents as a fighter pilot did not go unnoticed with his peers and superiors. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Award before returning to university to earn a Ph.D. in astronautics at MIT.


His NASA Achievements


Following his graduation, he was quickly ushered to NASA’s space programme where he became the first Ph.D. holder to obtain a place in NASA. One of his earliest achievement while working for NASA was developing training techniques for astronauts walking with less gravity. He used underwater training to simulate spacewalking. At the time, he did not realize that he was preparing himself to walk on the moon a few years later.


This was to be just one of a series of firsts for the NASA genius. He completed the longest spacewalk at the time at a staggering five hours. He is also responsible for taking the first space “selfie” after he photographed himself after part of his equipment failed.


Later, he accomplished what most people know Buzz Aldrin for. He was the second person to walk on the moon. This was a televised event that drew in the largest audience in history at that moment. Following this event, Buzz Aldrin and his colleagues became heavily decorated and he even had an asteroid named after him.


His Later Career


After his time with NASA, Buzz Aldrin went on to exhibit his talents in other areas. He became an author of science-fiction novels, wrote memoirs about his one-of-a-kind experiences and even wrote children’s books. These are must-reads for any Buzz Aldrin fan or general space enthusiast.


A Big Thank You To Our US Forces!


We want to take the time to wish all of our servicemen and servicewomen a wonderful holiday season. We are thankful for the risks you take to keep our country safe. We hope you enjoy the time you get to spend with your families and wish you all the best for the year ahead!


As you serve us so well, we continue to strive and serve you as best we can. We endeavor to continue providing US military personnel with exceptional suits and overalls that keep you unseen and protected at all times.

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What Does NIR Compliant Mean?

Military Grade Flight Suits

When it comes to the heat of battle, just the tiniest of tactics can make all the difference for survival. One of the best tactics being, shield yourself from the enemy while knowing exactly where they are. Which is why NIR-Compliant uniforms are so vital for the military.

NIR-Compliance refers to a unique type of cloth used in the manufacture of military uniforms. This cloth has been developed to mimic the same radiation level as your surroundings. This should hide you from infrared technology.

Infrared sight, which many people know more as night vision, thermal imaging or thermal vision, is what militaries use to spot people in poor light or at during the darkness of night. This type of infrared technology, though, has two different ways of working, both of which use different areas of the infrared spectrum:

Thermal imaging

Thermal imaging is what most of us think of when we consider night vision. Such as when you watch real-life police television chases, where you see a perpetrator running through gardens who thinks he’s invisible. In reality, though, we can all see him as an orange blob due to the heat his body emits.

Thermal imaging works using the upper section of the infrared spectrum. This portion emits light as heat, so objects that are warmer will emit more light and be seen clearer. As a human runs with a core temperature of around 99 degrees Fahrenheit, this can be easily seen on thermal imaging against trees or houses, which don’t have a high core temperature.

Image Enchantment

On the lower part of the spectrum, image enhancement allows vision in darkness by amplifying the visible and infrared portions of light surrounding an object. These are boosted until it’s possible to see that object, even in poor light.

This is the method that most night-vision devices (NVDs) use these days. The NVD with have an ocular lens that contains an image-intensifier tube, which is what will collect the light – both visible and invisible to the naked eye – and boost it until you get the familiar green phosphor image that we are familiar with.

So How Does NIR-Compliance Keep Our Troops Hidden?

When a piece of clothing is NIR-Compliant it blends you into the darkness and environment around you, making soldiers harder to detect to potential enemies. NIR image detectors work by looking for changes in light radiation, if there’s little or no change, then the person will be hard to spot.

NIR-Compliant uniforms need to use a fabric blend that will neither reflect NIR or UV light. Think of it as having camouflage right down to a molecular level, rather than just a special color or pattern.

Every Carter flight suits for sale on our site is NIR-Compliant. Not only that, they are also: made from breathable fabric, equipped with 2-way zippers, flame-resistant fabric, lots of functional pockets and made to fit their wearer like a glove.

These suits are all manufactured in the USA and all come with a certificate of compliance that guarantees suits are made to military standard MIL-C-83141ª – if the military trusts us, so can you!




Charles Lindbergh

The Pilot That Captured the Heart of a Country

Charles Lindbergh “Lone Eagle”

Charles Lindbergh is most remembered for being the first man to fly solo in a non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, and for the tragic kidnapping and murder of his son. However, his accomplishments throughout is 72 years of life went well beyond these two events.


His incredible fame from his monumental achievement allowed Lindbergh to help the industry that had been a huge part of his dreams since he first watched “barnstorming” shows as a young boy. He traveled throughout the country in his plane giving speeches and promoting the field of aviation.


President Herbert Hoover appointed Lindbergh to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. He served on the board of directors for Pan-American World Airways acting as a special advisor. Lindbergh can be credited with a hand in the development of the age of commercial aviation.

The public’s thirst for Lindbergh led to him becoming a celebrity across the world. His fame even led to the beginning of a long-running media tradition. Images of the man could be found on nearly every magazine cover across the country. All except for Time magazine.


Later that year, the editors who chose not to assign a cover to Lindbergh after his flight, came up with a way to make up for their poor decision. The devoted the entire issue to him and his momentous flight. Time magazine put Lindbergh on its cover and named him “Man of the Year”, a tradition that is still used to this day.


Beyond The Sky

Lindbergh’s interests were not limited to airplanes. When he learned of the experiments Robert Goddard was performing with rockets in 1929, Lindbergh reached out to the scientist. Their friendship was one that would last until Mr. Goddard passed away.


Lindbergh helped secure the funding that Goddard used in research and experiment that would later earn Goddard the title of “father of modern rocketry”. As the astronauts of Apollo 8 prepared to be launched into space, Lindbergh sent them a message of gratitude for helping to turn Goddard’s dreams into reality.


More than Just a Flyer

Lindbergh found another interest in 1930 when his sister-in-law developed heart problem that would eventually claim her life. He could not accept that it was impossible to surgically repair a damaged heart. Lindbergh met French surgeon Alexis Carrel, winner of a Nobel Prize.


The pair created a perfusion pump in 1935, which would allow doctors to sustain organs outside the body for a brief time. This invention was not successful in practical application. However, Lindbergh’s work led toward innovations that gave surgeons to stop a heart during surgery and the creation of the artificial heart.



Dreams As High As the Clouds

Lindbergh was a young boy when he saw a “barnstormer,” fly into town. “I remember lying in the grass and looking up at the clouds and thinking how much fun it would be to fly up there among those clouds,” he said. Lindbergh did, indeed, fly high. The rise of aviation that came in the 20th century could easily be attributed to all he accomplished.



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A Brief History of Nomex

As the building flares up in flames, engulfing much of the residence, a sad and frightening event is taking place. On the second story of the apartment complex is an elderly person who did not have the speed or energy to get out of the burning room in time. When all hope seemed lost a man – a firefighter – came, extinguishing the fiery blazes and rescuing the elderly individual inside.

Thanks to the bravery, along with the Nomex fiber that can be found in the firefighters’ uniform, the firefighter and the elderly individual were able to make it out alive. So, if you are wondering what Nomex fiber is, let us take a closer look into this fantastic material.

A Brief History Of Nomex

Nomex was first created back in the early 1960s but would be marketed in 1967. Dr. Wilfred Sweeney created it in the now world-renowned DuPont laboratory. Nomex’s technical name is ‘Synthetic Aromatic Polyamide Polymer’. This, in layman’s term, means that this is a material that has been made in a lab.

When broken down to molecular level, it is made up of four neat piles of molecules, which are:

• Carbon • Hydrogen • Oxygen • Nitrogen

The Uses Of Nomex

Although the principal purpose and use of Nomex is to protect against fire and flames (hence why firefighters and race car drivers have this fiber manufactured into their uniforms) it is also used in a wide array of different areas that range outside the realm of protection against flames.

Race Car Drivers

We have made a small reference to this already, but race car drivers wear suits that have Nomex fiber material laced into their suits. This is because of the accidents that are involved in car racing, along with the flames that can arise from these dangerous and near-fatal car crashes.

Electric Conductive Suit

As mentioned already, Nomex is a multi-faceted material. The same molecular properties that stop the flow of heat from engulfing firefighters and race car drivers in flames is the same molecular structure that stops the flow of electricity as well. Nomex is an extremely poor conductor meaning that this is an excellent insulator.

Aerospace Application

Much like Kevlar, in regards to the durability and lightweight appeal of this material, Nomex is a great material to use in aerospace suits as well as in aviation uniforms.

Nomex is a fantastic material that has not only helped to protect many people, but it has also helped many people to save others as well.

This lightweight, yet highly durable material, has also been used outside of just protecting people but also their living environment.

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How Does My Flight Suit Protect Me?


One of the main functions of wearing a flight suit is to ensure that you stay well protected from any eventuality. A flight suit must not only be comfortable to wear, but must be able to effectively resist fire and protect the wearer in infrared sights. Carter Industries’ flight suits are trusted by the US Military precisely because they can offer this essential protection.

Protection From Extreme Temperatures And Flame Resistance Built In

Carter’s Nomex flight suits are made from 92% meta aramid fibers which are not only highly resistant to extreme temperatures but also abrasion and chemical degradation. Able to effectively withstand tensile stress even when exposed to temperatures as high as 400 degrees Celsius, our suits ensure maximum safety for the wearer in dangerous conditions where flames may be encountered.

NIR Compliance For Optimal Safety In The Field

A flight suit which protects the wearer’s presence from being detected by their enemy is the best possible choice in the field. Carter’s NIR Compliant Nomex flight suits allow wearers to remain unseen by making them appear to have the same level of radiation as the atmosphere surrounding them. NIR (or Near-Infrared) Image Converters are often used to spot the infrared radiation released by humans that cannot be seen by the naked human eye. Our Nomex flight suits ensure that members of the military remain unnoticed by blending the radiation they release with the atmosphere around them.

Not only can NIR Compliant flight suits prevent the wearer’s detection by an NIR Image Converter, they can also make the wearer less visible when in a low light environment as they reduce light reflection. This makes them, overall, the safest option when in the field.

The Ultimate In Comfort

When you feel comfortable in your flight suit, you can focus fully on the operation in hand. Carter’s flight suits are designed to be extremely comfortable to wear thanks to their breathable fabric construction that keeps the wearer cool, a glove-like fit, adjustable Velcro waist belt, two-way zippers and a number of highly functional pockets that allow for the storage of all of the essentials when out on the field.

You’ll Have Complete Peace Of Mind

Carter’s signature CWU 27/P Nomex flight suit is made in the USA, so you can be certain that only the best equipment and materials have been used in its manufacture. As our flight suits are also made under compliance of the Berry Amendment, you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are wearing the safest and highest quality flight suit on the market. We even supply you with a compliance certificate, so you have a complete guarantee that every flight suit meets military standard MIL-C-83141a.

When you choose the Carter Nomex flight suit, you can be confident that you are choosing a manufacturer that you can trust. The US Military trust us to design and manufacture their flight suits, so you can depend on us too.



A New Use for our Suits: 313 Ghostbusters

When we ship out one of our NOMEX suits, we expect a pilot to be flying in it. However, there are more uses than you would think!

While they may not be flying, they’re stopping the flying ghosts! The 313 Ghostbusters in Detroit are a passionate group of people that bring joy to the community by bustin’ some ghosts and keeping the city safe.


We had an interview with one of the Ghostbusters, George, about what his organization does and the impact that they have on the Detroit.


What is your organization?

Bustin’ makes us feel good because we do good! 313 Ghostbusters is a group of folks that have come together to do some good in Detroit. Ghostbusters fandom spreads all over the world and we are using our own love for the franchise to help give back- right here in Detroit! There is a positively charged response when we are seen at events which gives us the perfect platform to discuss local drives, charities, and fundraisers with fans. We also love to take photos and give people the opportunity to quote the movie with us, ask us who we are going to call and use our equipment.

As Ghostbusters, we promise to: 1. Use our guise as Ghostbusters to help local charities. 2. Act and imply that we are actual “Ghostbusters” at events. 3. Bring smiles and photographic opportunities to all. 4. HAVE FUN


How do you use your flight suit?

I wear my flight suit all over the Metro-Detroit area doing charity work as a member of the 313 Ghostbusters. I’ve worn it raising money for the Detroit Children’s Center, participating in the annual Detroit Autism Hero Walk, and visiting patients at the Detroit Children’s Hospital just to name a few occasions.


How did you start doing this?

For over 10 years I’ve been making costumes as mostly a hobby. About 2 years ago I made a pair of elaborate Ghostbuster costumes for my wife and myself for Halloween. Little did I know there was a huge Ghostbusters presence in the Detroit area. Shortly after posting a picture on Facebook, I was contacted by other Ghostbusters and found myself joining this wonderful fandom and charity group.


Why do you do it?

Just about the only thing I love more than making costumes is working with charities and non-profits. Getting to do meaningful work, raise money for great causes, and bring smiles to faces is just about the most rewarding thing I can do with my time.


How long have you been bustin’ ghosts?

I’ve been a charitable Ghostbuster for about 2 years as of this October.


Why do kids love it?

I think why kids love it, is the same reason I love it. I can think back to when I was little-watching something I could really enjoy with my dad. It is all about how you connect with the things you like. The idea of being or seeing a Ghostbusters to a kid makes life less scary. It represents silly fun that a kid or adult can connect with instantly in a meaningful way.


Do you have any stories worth sharing?

I pretty much have to go have an ugly cry after most of our children based events. The kids we work with are usually experiencing some pretty difficult points of their life. I can think about a dozen stories of seeing a kid’s face light up and say how excited they are to meet us, tell us just about their entire life story, and ask to become a team member either on the spot or when they grow up.


If you want to learn more or show some support for their cause, please check them out here:

Website: https://www.313ghostbusters.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/313Ghostbusters/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/313ghostbusters/