Aviator Sunglasses is owned by Pilot Supplies & Sunglasses LLC which was created in 2007 by myself, John M. White, a veteran, MSU graduate and ATP pilot.
Since I was a young boy I was always fascinated by airplanes and aviation.
I remember going to the Monroe County Fair and seeing my first airplane up and personal.
It was a V-Tail Beech Bonanza that someone had put on a rotating platform with its red collision light flashing in the dusk light.
In an instant I knew I had to learn how to fly one of those!
Growing up I watched Sky King and Arthur Godfrey on tv flying airplanes.
After I graduated from high school I entered the USAF and finally got my pilot's license while based in San Angelo, Texas.
My first exposure to aviator sunglasses was in the PX where they sold AO Original Pilot sunglasses and AO Generals for about $ 20.00!
My Aviation Career
After I left the USAF in 1965 I enrolled at Michigan State University to get my bachelors degree, and much to my surprise MSU had a very active flying club called "The Winged Spartans".
Naturally, I joined, and over the course of the next 4 years, I acquired a Commercial Pilots License with Instrument and Multi-Engine aircraft ratings, as well as a Certified Flight Instructor certificate and Ground Instructor Certificate.
After graduation from MSU, I flew for an insurance company in Battle Creek, MI, followed by starting an aviation insurance agency called Aviation Insurance Agency, Inc. in DeWitt, MI in 1974.
That business was sold in 2004 and I decided to get my Master's Degree in business.
In 2007 I built my first website on Word Press, and Aviator Sunglasses was started.
Why Aviator Sunglasses?
As a pilot who flew many types of aircraft in several different roles of aviation I became aware of the interest pilots had in sunglasses. Many of my pilot friends found out that I was selling sunglasses online, and it became clear to me that I should focues on pilots, ex-military pilots and aviator sunglass aficienados.
Initially, we became Authorized Retailers for Randolph Engineering and AO Eyewear, Inc. Over the years we have developed a close working relationship with these companies by visting their plants and learning how their products are made.
We continue to seek out and represent additional sunglass and optical companies we find to be high quality with excellent customer service and support.
We now offer prescription lens services to fit in the aviator sunglass frames we sell.
From the very beginning we have been driven to create a lasting business that not only provides our customers with great products, but also the information they need to make good decisions when purchasing a new pair of sunglasses.
Becoming An Expert In Aviator Sunglasses
As an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) with several type ratings I easily identify with and enjoy working with pilots and aviator sunglass enthusiasts.
So, why would I be obsessed with Aviator Sunglasses.?
Well, I love to fly airplanes and think about flying a lot!
I am an old (not so bold) pilot and have been since 1961.
While learning to fly airplanes I discovered that other airplanes in my vicinity were hard to spot. The powerful sunlight and glare at altitude made it difficult to see them.
This is especially true for military pilots!
Convinced of the need for a quality pair of sunglasses, I visited the PX and bought my first pair of aviators - AO Original Pilots!
Back in the day they sold for about twenty bucks. Boy have things changed!
Today Randolph Engineering provides Randolph aviator sunglasses as standard issue to military pilots around the world.
They have also become a popular fashion item.
Quality Aviator Sunglasses by a Trusted, Knowledgeable & Caring Staff
Here you will find the best in class aviator sunglasses, all of which are sure to please.
For nearly 60 years I have been flying airplanes, and in order to keep doing so I need to stay healthy.
As a pilot my most important asset is my eyes.
That is why I have looked at, evaluated and purchased a lot of sunglasses over the years.
It is important that my eyes have the best protection possible.
We really enjoy talking to our Customers.
Here is an image of our small staff:
Our most important goal is to provide Customer Centered service to anyone who wants to find out what makes a good pair of sunglasses and why.
Since I started this business I have discovered how many questions people really have about sunglasses!
It really surprised me!
So, if you have any questions about sunglasses at all, just contact us.
We will do our very best to help you.
In the meantime, keep your eyes safe and focused on what's ahead of you.