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ATCT Shades - F72 SR™ & DS 8 SR™ ATCT Shades - F72 SR™ & DS 8 SR™
PLASTIC-VIEW - Creators of FAA/U.S. military specified F72 SR® and DS 8 SR® window shade materials


Cab window shades are required safety equipment for air traffic control towers (ATCTs). Over 98% of all U.S. ATCTs, both civil and military, have received PLASTIC-VIEW shades via the PV-128 SALES & SERVICE PROGRAM. PLASTIC-VIEW window shades have also been successfully installed in ATCTs in over 80 nations worldwide.

We are the world's leading manufacturer for this highly technical and specialized application. In addition, our prices are very competitive, if not lowest, in the industry.



PLASTIC-VIEW "SEE-THRU" window shades dramatically reduce sun glare, while still preserving the full view out. This allows air traffic controllers to maintain visual contact with both air and ground traffic, without the eye straining glare. Conventional window coverings such as draperies and vertical blinds are only effective for reducing glare when they are drawn, which naturally eliminates the view out. This would create a tremendous safety hazard in airport control towers. Factory tinted/metallized glass or window film is also a safety hazard because they obstruct the view out at night and do not have the flexibility to be raised in an emergency to allow for the 'red warning light' to be flashed from the tower.

In today's sophisticated airport control towers there are numerous computer and radar screens that can be very difficult to view due to excessive amounts of eye straining glare. PLASTIC-VIEW window shades are the perfect solution for reducing this glare while still maintaining the full view out. Plus, our F72 SR® material also rejects over 60% of the total solar energy, keeping temperatures more uniform throughout the tower and making the working environment far more comfortable.

For tower cabs with double shades (two shades per window), we offer our DS 8 SR® for secondary shades. This combination provides the ideal amount of extra protection from sun, heat, and glare. Our innovative double shade system for control towers is widely recognized as the most effective, flexible, and safe in the industry. Over 75 ATCTs nationwide now have a double shade system as introduced by PLASTIC-VIEW.

F72 SR® and DS 8 SR® are exclusive PLASTIC-VIEW products. Don't be fooled by similarly named knockoff materials! Only PLASTIC-VIEW and its authorized dealers offer these specialty products. If others claim to offer F72 SR® or DS 8 SR®, simply contact us for verification.

PLASTIC-VIEW window shades are a vital part of air traffic control safety and are manufactured in full compliance with current FAA/U.S. military specifications. They have been designated by the FAA and U.S. military as required safety equipment "for all ATC towers" and are to be installed on "all exposures of the cab" (U.S. Army FM 3-04.303 and FAA-ANI-300-380/FAA 12 24 12). They are also included in the the US NAVY T.I.P. (Tower Improvement Program).

In addition to the FAA, every major branch of the U.S. military exclusively calls for PLASTIC-VIEW in their latest ATCT Design Guides.



In addition to the product, PLASTIC-VIEW offers many extra services via our PV-128 SALES & SERVICE PROGRAM. Unmatched in the industry, it includes benefits like continual R&D services and a nationwide network of qualified installers and service providers. PLASTIC-VIEW was intrical in creating the initial FAA specification set for ATCT shades in the early 1950s and has been directly responsible for every major advancement in the technology, as well as assisting in the ensuing revisions to the federal standards. PLASTIC-VIEW is now in its 12th significant update to ATCT shade criteria.

We also maintain the world's most comprehensive database of ATCT shade information. This allows us to monitor and report on shade aging, as FAA Order 6480.18 states that ATCT shades are to be replaced every 5 to 7 years to maintain safe conditions. This aides in the budget creation process to prioritize ATCTs for new shades. We also have precise shade sizes on file for over 2000 ATCTs worldwide, enabling us to provide emergency and routine replacement quotes and shades without the delay, cost, and distraction to air traffic control of repeated measuring trips. No other company in the world is as dedicated, expert, and passionate about ATCT shades as PLASTIC-VIEW.

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