Francis IFR Hood

$34.95
$34.95

Availability: Out of stock

We will ship this product to you on Thursday, August 31, 2017

Product ID: 5586A


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. Works with most eyeglasses.Read more

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. Works with most eyeglasses.
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4.2 / 5.0
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4.5 / 5
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5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Best hood on the market
Works great perfect for instrument training
February 13, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Can't Cheat!
This hood is great at restricting outside visibility--you can't cheat! Its sturdy construction holds up well to rough use. Works well with glasses.
January 28, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
The only way to train under the hood on a sunny day
If you train under the hood on a sunny day, the Francis IFR Hood is the only practical solution. Whether you're flying steam gauges or glass (especially with glass), you can't see the instruments when the sun is in front of you. This device very simply narrows your field of vision so that you only see the instruments (no cheating here) and the "bill" extends just far enough to block the sun's interference with your ability to see the instruments. The device is just a piece of molded plastic with a glued felt pad where it sits on your nose for comfort and an adjustable elastic strap for your head. The felt pad may require trimming if it extends into your vision (as mine did). This is not the perfect ergonomic design but if you wear the head strap lose, it reduces the pressure on your face and works well. Like headsets, this device can wear on you after a couple of hours under the hood.
January 11, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
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 Very recommended. If you don't want to cheat, this is for you
December 31, 2014
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
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. Excellent learning aid!
December 31, 2014
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
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.
December 31, 2014
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
2 / 5
Ease Of Use
2 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Cons: It is tight on my head (not enough adjustment in the strap). I expected the front to swivel up for easy use on final landing approach.
December 31, 2014
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
3 / 5
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.
December 31, 2014
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
2 / 5
Pros: It surely does a good job at restricting the view to the instruments. Cons: The visual restriction goes a little too far, I could hardly see the top instruments. Also the piece of felt on the nose area gets in the way, the hood is also too wide for a face the size of mine. I am mostly neutral with this hood, it might work for some, it didn't for me, it is made of a durable material I think it can even withstand being driven over, but it just didn't work for me. I did like how quickly Sporty's processed my return and refund. Thank you guys.
December 31, 2014
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
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. This IFR hood performes better than any other I have tried.
December 31, 2014
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