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    Francis IFR Hood 5586A Francis IFR Hood
    Rated 4.12 /5 based on 25 customer reviews
    29.95
    Product description: This is the original IFR hood and it is by far the most effective for restricting vision to the instruments. Plus, its small size doesn’t obstruct your check pilot’s view. Adjustable elastic headband and cushioned face pad provide a comfortable fit. Constructed of lightweight, shock-resistant plastic.

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    This is the original IFR hood and it is by far the most effective for restricting vision to the instruments. Plus, its small size doesn’t obstruct your check pilot’s view. Adjustable elastic headband and cushioned face pad provide a comfortable fit. Constructed of lightweight, shock-resistant plastic.
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    Reviewer - medwards

    Location - , NM

    Date - 2-5-2014

    Pilot Rating - Instrument

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    Recommended Yes
    Pretty good hood
    Pros

    Definitely limits view, comfortable

    Cons

    View is so limited you need to pivot your head more than you would naturally to see the radios, compass and charts. Could lead to vertigo.

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    Location - L.A., CA

    Date - 1-15-2013

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pricey but does the job
    Pros

    Smaller than most
    Better than the spectacle type

    Cons

    Expensive for what it is and $8 postage

    General Comments

    Does the job required

    Reviewer - sf1985

    Location - Blue Ridge, GA

    Date - 7-31-2012

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Francis IFR Hood
    Pros

    Restricts vision well.

    Cons

    Nose bridge can be uncomfortable. Wearing glasses would be an issue with the hood.

    General Comments

    Well made and sturdy.

    Date - 1-31-2012

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    - Nice panel vision
    - Durable
    - Light weight
    - Useful

    Cons

    - Hurts my nose and cheek when I have to use it for longer time

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    Reviewer - skylust

    Location - Hillsboro, OR

    Date - 8-9-2011

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    works well after modification
    Pros

    really cuts off the outside world; eliminates outside glare, enabling clear view of instruments without annoying brightness from the sky; I wear large-frame eyeglasses under this device, with no problem

    Cons

    silly design as shipped because the part you can see through is cut as a half-circle (for each eye), with flat part of the opening on the bottom! (In other words, your vertical view inside the cocipit is decreased even though it doesn't need to be.) I was able to fix this silly design flaw by cutting additional plastic to turn the half-circle into a full circle; this does not affect the physical strength (integrity) of the product, which now gives a really wide opening for each eye, without allowing cheating to see outside the wind shield.

    General Comments

    A very useful solution (once modified as indicated above) to an annoying requirement of instrument training. But be aware: the plastic is high-quality and very durable, which means it's a bit heavy on your face after an hour or so.

    Date - 6-6-2011

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended No
    Pros

    They certainly restrict your view.

    Cons

    Restricts ones vision beyond reality in the cockpit. Although I agree fully that is very effective at vision restriction, it is not reality. I was able to wear them with my glasses without problems. I found it difficult to remove while wearing headphones. I kept them as I want to be very proficient and will use them again once I am proficient with foggles. They were actually more restrictive than I had even imagined. Really not able to to perform an instrument scan easily without a lot of head and neck motion.

    General Comments

    I am going to keep them but would not buy again knowing what I know now.

    Date - 5-12-2010

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Restricts peripheral vision well while still letting you see the instruments.

    Cons

    If your glasses are too wide, it may not work well for you. I have one pair of rather wide (aviator-style) glasses that I use for flying, and if I wear them with this hood they get pressed into my nose and give me headaches. If I wear my everyday glasses (which are somewhat smaller), the hood works great.

    General Comments

    If you wear bifocals, foggles and other clip-on view limiting devices don't work well because they only let you use the close-up vision portion of your glasses, so anything that isn't right in front of you is blurred. This hood will fit over your glasses unless they are very wide, enabling you to use the intermediate and distance vision portions of your glasses.

    Date - 4-7-2010

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
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    Date - 1-27-2010

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    VERY GOOD HOOD, BLOCKS ALL VIEWS MAYBE TO MUCH.

    Cons

    VISION IS RESTRICTED TO WHERE YOU CAN'T SEE YOUR LAP OR A YOKE MOUNTED GPS. MAKES IT HARD TO SEE CHARTS. I CUT SOME OF THE PLASTIC AWAY TO HELP SEE DOWN.

    General Comments

    GOOD HOOD MAKES IT HARD TO SEE OUT AND DOWN YOU MIGHT NEED TO MODIFY IT TO TAKE AWAY AOME OF THE TUNNEL VISION.

    Date - 9-23-2009

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    No way of cheating with this view limiting devise. The blackout/disorientation is total. After one week of use, feel my flying is more precise.

    Cons

    ( No Cons Listed From Reviewer )

    General Comments

    Excellent learning aid!

    Date - 8-31-2009

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Exceptionally comfortable and secure with a compact, yet very effective visor. It also fits well under the headsets. Another good thing is, because of it's small size, it is always out of the way, yet very easilly retrieved from the floor behind the front seats.

    Cons

    The visor still lets some of the external view to be seen. I would say you get about 98% immersion with just a tiny portion of your upper left field of view exposed to the outside environment under normal head position.

    General Comments

    I was worried because I bought this without being able to try it on. But I was very lucky as this IFR hood is great.

    Date - 8-25-2009

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
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    General Comments

    Until I started using the Francis Hood, I had been using my instructors foggles. Afterwards my performance slightly suffered because the Francis Hood was apparently working too well.
    My best guess is that I must have been unconsciously taking in peripheral situational clues using the foggles which allows for certain light (i.e. VASI on an ILS) and subtle motion detection.
    The Francis Hood, completely eliminates this visibility and peripheral vision, except for a small spot to the left.
    I can almost relate it to flying at night.
    Ultimately I think this will help me train better for instrument conditions.

    Date - 7-2-2009

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    well constructed and durable.

    Cons

    vision too restricted. Not suitable for use with glasses.

    General Comments

    I thought the product was decent in its durability and well- constructed, but it's not usable for people with glasses so I had to return it. I'm also a little concerned about how severely it restricts overall vision; while the side vision that is often visible through other hoods is gone, it so is the downward vision which is needed for reading plates and any controls under the instrument panel. I could see myself doing a lot of quick up and down head movements, which I wasn't crazy about.

    Date - 5-29-2009

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Great for IFR training or just to seat at your PC, and practice some homing, tracking or holding at the Flight Simulator.

    Cons

    On a hot cockpit during a sunny day, for its black color you will begin to sweat! You have to adjust the back strap otherwise pretty annoying

    General Comments

    Very recommended. If you don't want to cheat, this is for you

    Date - 5-12-2009

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    The best on the market. Other "foggles" allow you to peek at the ground. Not these, you see ONLY the instruments.

    Cons

    Looks fruity.

    General Comments

    ( No General Comments Listed From Reviewer )

    Date - 3-11-2009

    Pilot Rating - Instrument

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    ( No Pros Listed From Reviewer )

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    Date - 2-6-2009

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    The hood completly eliminates outside view and restricts vision to the instruments. It fits well and it's comfortable through the entire duration of the flight.

    Cons

    None.

    General Comments

    This IFR hood performes better than any other I have tried.

    Date - 12-5-2008

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Effective device. Strong and durable.

    Cons

    The device I received was not fully painted. The top of the bill was white, and was obviously missed in the final painting process.

    General Comments

    Other than the missing paint, this product is a great product. I have tried several other sight-limiting devices, and none compare to this.

    Date - 12-3-2008

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended No
    Pros

    no lenses to get scratched

    Cons

    made for people with small noses

    General Comments

    ( No General Comments Listed From Reviewer )

    Date - 12-3-2008

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Rugged and comfortable and I can wear my glasses with them! I wanted a compact hood that really provided tunnel vision so there was no way to cheat as I sometimes unintentionally do these work and they are very compact and do not block my CFII view in the cockpit like the larger hoods.

    Cons

    Non to speak of.

    General Comments

    ( No General Comments Listed From Reviewer )

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