Nowhere (to my knowledge) does it say in the regs that you can't fly with polarized lenses. Some problems with heated windscreens are the only problem. Really, a personal preference.
I just ordered a new pair of serengeti's. model # 6745. Polarized. Best sunglasses I've EVER owned. Been a Ray Ban person for the last 15 years. Ordered from internet retailer for 33% less than "mall" price.
Polarized lenses wash out LED displays such as stormscopes and glass cockpits, I was going to get a pair but when I told the Lady I was a pilot she wouldn't sell them to me, fearing I would only have to return them. This is what I was told, probably is BS but her reasoning kinda made sense.
Yes, LED's wash out (turn black opaque) when turned sideways. Cell phones, hand held GPS's, et al. have LED displays. CRT's (cathode ray tubes) as found in glass cockpits do not have this feature. As far as some CRT's having polarized glass shields, I don't know. As far as the E-120 and CRJ, I have had no problem reading the screens. As stated before the heated windshields sometimes show lines of polarization. This is dependent on the temperature of the windshield surface and the angle of the sunlight passing through the glass. Usually not a problem. Most (if not all) glass cockpits have CRT's and not LED's.
Unless you answer your cell phone sideways or look at you Garmin sideways, you should not have a problem.
Serrengettis are my favorite, tried raybans don't like.
non polarized claases is what you will need.
Also look through some winsheilds(with polarized glasses) and you will get distorted views with and strips through the your vision due to some of the stuff put on the windshields. it happened on king airs, I'm sure it happens with others
I'M KIND OF A NUT FOR SUN GLASSES. THE SERENGETTIS ARE GOOD RAYBANS ARE OK, BUT I HAVE NEVER HAD BETTER THAN MAUI JIMS. THEY ARE PRICY SO BE AWARE. BUT I HAVE TWO PAIR THAT I WOULD NOT BE WITHOUT. THE COMMODORE STYLE ARE CLASSIC AVIATOR CUTS, THE OTHER STYLES ARE WRAP AROUND. YOUR CHOICE.
GO TO A GOOD OPTICAL SHOP AND CHECK THEM OUT.
Just wondering, are your maui jim's polarized. I want to get a pair of maui jim voyager's but they are polarized. I have heard some people have problems looking through heated winsheilds and certain instruments.
Maui Jim's are by far the finest sunglasses made. I fly with them everyday, in glass cockpits and YES sometimes you will have difficulty seeing somethings. Has to do more with the angle of sun shining in the windows than anything else. If your trying to protect you eyes, which is the point isn't it? The maui Jim's are the finest.
I've tried all sorts of sun glasses, and I'll have to agree with the guys above - the Maui Jim's are without equal. The LCD displays really haven't been a problem to read from any normal sitting position in the cockpit. Definitely worth the money....and that's coming from someone with a flight instructor's salary!!
My Maui Jims' are prescription, yes they are polarized, and no they are not a problem, even in glass cockpits. Stand by when you write the check though.............you will make that sound like a chicken when the square egg comes out!!!