Sunglasses! They come in all shapes and sizes and are sold for various prices. Why are they so important in aviation? Well, some will say that “your eyes are the windows to your soul” which may be true but more importantly, they’re vital to how we view the world around us. Good eyesight is crucial for pilots and students alike. In fact, sight and vision allow us to connect with our surroundings and maintain a sharp mind.

Staring at the sun is a reality for many aviators taking to the skies, so it’s important to give your eyes some TLC and protection with sunglasses. To help you choose the best defence for them, we’ve put together a list of our favourite sunglasses for pilots and aviation enthusiasts – aviator style of course!

1. Dolce & Gabbana – DG2151 Gentleman


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If you like your sunglasses to be a fashion statement, then these are the ones for you! The latest collection of Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses – DG2151 Gentleman 01/71’s come in black and gold versions. Costing well over $270, these sunglasses are a bit on the pricey side but do look great!

2. Armani Exchange – AX2012S


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Various styles of sunglasses look different on every face shape. These Armani Exchange – AX2012S sunnies look good on everyone but are particularly flattering on rectangular shaped faces. With a sleek metal frame, an updated “pilot” shape and scratch-resistant lenses, these sunglasses are good value for money retailing around $80.

3. Polaroid – Contemporary Polarized


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If you’re after some classic black and gold aviators, then look no further! Priced at around $60, these sunglasses offer some UV protection – crucial to keep your eyes safe, and look just as good as the pricier options.

4.Randolph Engineering – Concorde Polarized


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With an Anti-scratch, Anti-reflective and UV Protection coating, you can’t really go wrong with these aviators. Made from metal and glass this pair is tough yet trendy. While they are a bit on the pricey side, retailing at around $260, you’re definitely paying for quality and not just a brand name.

5. Ray-Ban – Aviator Classic


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Ray-Ban Aviator Classic sunglasses were originally designed for U.S. aviators in 1937 so there’s no wonder why they’re the staple sunglasses for most pilots! You can’t go wrong with 100% UV protection, exceptional quality, performance and comfort. Available in a myriad of lens colours, these sunnies are worth their $200 price tag.

If you’ve got the aviators but aren’t taking to the skies just yet, why not check out The Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) and get flying today!