Bit of info for anyone who isn't a RCAF Hanger
user; some updates on the RCAF 2 piece flying clothing/flight suit front.
ATLAS (All Temperature Layer Aircrew System)
From an email that was socialized around my Wing:
This prototype came from a recent Comd Vector check submission of Flight Clothing modernization project. You can see more details on the actual Hangar App Ideas portal . Flight clothing modernization - Ideas – Hangar (rcafhangar.ca)
The comment from the originator of the idea was “The ATLAS will be as implied by its name a layered system. The preceding garments are the cold weather mid-layer and the warm weather base layer. It is designed so that dual layer is inherent in the construction of both the shirt and trousers using light weight material that is fire resistant. The system will also require base layer of the Airforce blue T shirt in garrison but may be layered down to single layer when weather conditions necessitate. It is designed to have the shirt untucked during flying operations to maximize cooling effect when desired by crewmembers. There is currently an SOCD in progress for the ACE outerwear and I recommend similar design changes to make the new outer shell garments compatible with both the ATLAS and new ALSE systems in phase 2. Some recommendations would be leveraging new material technology like fire resistant Goretex waterproof fabrics in the jacket and pants and providing multiple insulation levels for extreme cold weather. Development of ATLAS will enable all of our aircrew to perform their duties with decreased environmental, and anthropomorphic stress. It will also show a meaningful investment in the wellbeing of our female crewmembers giving them a garment that will be functional for all. ATLAS will be a great showpiece of embracing aircrew identity within the RCAF while functionally focusing on uniformity, and will be a great highlight to the upcoming 100th anniversary of the RCAF.”
For Hangar app users who might not be tracking this one yet: Hangar
There were some updates to the aircrew SOI (319), I've only tracked the changes in 319AB (Basic Issue) and AM (LRP). The latest copy that's comes down thru the ALSEO net was Jul 2022...that update included "the 2 piece CAG flying suit is being phased and will be issued until zero stock".
Having said that, I was able to get a brand new shirt out of Wing Clothing yesterday morning; hopefully the period between "zero stock" and "initial issue" of the new 2 piece will be nil (preferred) or minimal.