Photo - SOLASOLV in air traffic control tower


Sunglasses for Towers®

Glare caused by the sun can be a dangerous distraction in airport air traffic control towers. A clear, unobstructed view outside is essential for maintaining a safe operational environment.

 SOLASOLV® is one of the world’s leading anti-glare roller screen manufacturers where safety, reliability and customer satisfaction remain our core focus.

Is every anti-glare roller screen fit for use in air traffic control towers where safety and the clearest possible view are vital?  Solar Solve understand the importance of ATC-grade products compared to consumer market products which have been modified for the ATC industry.

What is it that makes SOLASOLV® screens different from others?  Solar Solve manufacture specialist screens with the highest grade components and a choice of shade film colours, although non-reflective Grey or Bronze film is the airport control tower standard.  Both of these films offer low levels of reflection to improve the safety and efficiency of air traffic operations.  The optical quality enables controllers to observe aircraft movements with an enhanced level of comfort and reduced eye fatigue. The sun can also cause heat to build up which can make staff feel uncomfortable and can even increase stress levels and cause fatigue.

With the number of flights on a steep increase, air traffic control is becoming more complex, demanding and challenging.  As a result, the job of an air traffic controller is increasingly strenuous too, requiring immense focus, concentration and extensive multitasking skills.

With many lives at stake, air traffic controllers cannot make any mistakes, so they appreciate the importance of reliable and effective equipment.

Solar Solve is a UK based manufacturer and supplier of specialised shading systems, delivering high quality products and services to the air traffic management domain for private, commercial and military clients.

A long-lasting, cost effective solution to help eliminate problems with glare and reflection from the sun in airport air traffic control towers is to install transparent SOLASOLV® anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens.

The highly specialised shade film reduces heat build-up from the sun by 65%, reducing air conditioning requirements and therefore saving energy, saving money and creating a more comfortable working environment.

Glare and reflection decrease by up to 91% to ensure a clear, unobstructed view of the airfield, improve display screen readability, create a safer working environment, and reduce eye strain / fatigue for air traffic controllers.

Since entering the aviation market in the late 1990’s SOLASOLV® has developed into a global brand and can customise products according to the specific needs of clients.  A measuring and installation service is also available where required.

The Civil Aviation Authority Air Traffic Safety Requirements CAP670 details the following relating to our product:

ATC01.20 – Glare proof shades or blinds which can be raised or lowered may be required for windows.

Industry Expertise

Our products are not limited to ATC – we have been providing bespoke solutions to heat and glare problems caused by the sun in a wide variety of industries, worldwide, for more than 30 years, so no matter what industry you are in, Solar Solve are the experts:

Air Traffic Control


Port Authorities

Marine and Offshore

Oil & Gas


Key Applications include windows in control towers, ships navigation bridges, crane cabs, toll booths and visual control rooms.

We have supplied and installed electrically controlled and manually operated SOLASOLV Aviation System Sunscreens and Shades in civil and military airport Air Traffic Control Towers worldwide including:-

Recent ATC tower clients include:
Trinidad – Tobago – Rancagua, Chile – Thanh Hóa , Vietnam – RAF Waddington – RAF Holbeach
Land’s End – Sumburgh – Kirkwall – Cusco, Peru – Bermuda – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Upernavik, Greenland – Morón Air Base, Spain – Algiers, Algeria – Manzanillo, Cuba.

SOLASOLV® Airport Air Traffic Control Tower Sunscreens at Humberside Airport

SOLASOLV® Aviation System Sunscreens in action at Bournemouth Airport

The SOLASOLV® Advantage

Solar Solve have been designing and manufacturing anti-glare roller screens since 1988.  With over 17,900 installations in more than 106 countries worldwide, we offer experience and expertise in effective sun and glare solutions to minimise your risk.

Through consistently exceeding our customers’ expectations with our exceptional service and effective products we are establishing ourselves as the provider of choice for the aviation market.

Our aim is to develop strong relationships with our customers and our staff are appointed as much for their approach to customer relations as their technical ability.

Solar Solve screens come with a full factory backed warrantee, guaranteeing the availability of spare parts and repair or replacement options.

We would be delighted to discuss how we can contribute to the success of your next project.

Benefits of SOLASOLV® Aviation System sunscreens include:-

Improved visibility and safety − glare is reduced by up to 91% to ensure clear visibility and improve the controllers vision of both air and ground traffic and runway activity. True colour rendition is maintained so navigation lights, tail markings and other objects can be easily identified. All the shades should be lowered for a uniform light balance.

Reduced eye strain, stress and fatigue − the problems associated with glare and reflection caused by the sun on radar screens, displays and other equipment is eliminated.

A comfortable working environment − keeps temperatures more uniform throughout the tower to ensure operators are alert and help maintain work-rate by rejecting up to 65% of the sun’s heat.

Instantly retractable − unlike tinted glass or adhesive window film they can be retracted at night when not required, or easily raised in an emergency.

Protects exposed areas of the body − at least 98% of harmful UV light from the sun is filtered.

Save money and reduce energy – less demand is placed on air-conditioning systems which in turn consume less power. Environmentally conscious air traffic operators can benefit if screens are installed at every window.

Features of SOLASOLV® Aviation System sunscreens include:-

Superior quality, high specification components are used to ensure all products are reliable and durable for virtually maintenance free operation:

•    The shade film, often referred to in the aviation industry as ‘Mylar Film’ or ‘Plastic Film’, is very strong, virtually tear proof and is not affected by sub-zero cold or tropical heat and humidity. Shade films are manufactured in 1829 mm wide rolls. However, windows larger than 1829 mm wide and 1829 mm high are still not a problem as sheets of film can be joined together to make up very large screens (the join is a dark narrow horizontal line).  The position of the join can be calculated to the air traffic controller’s preference depending on their ‘line of sight’.  The maximum recommended size of a screen to ensure reliability and functionality is 3.5 mtrs wide x 3.5 mtrs drop.  All profile parts are made from rigid extruded anodised aluminium and all visible profiles are available with a RAL powder coated finish to match interior decor.

•    SOLASOLV® screens are ideal for the unique window shapes of ATC towers which are often inclined to minimise the effects of reflection.  Systems can be operated manually with cords or chains for simple installations, or for more complicated installations electric operation is available, either individually or in groups with a switch or remote control, and support cables if required.

Suitable for commercial and military control towers.

Fast manufacture – normally 1 – 2 weeks from date of order or earlier, depending on size, operation and if powder coated painting of aluminium profile is required.

A technical and installation advice service. On-site consultations are available and film samples are provided so customers can make an informed decision. Installation technicians can be deployed worldwide if required.

Systems can be operated manually or electrically. Depending on the sizes of the shades, 24vDC, RTS controlled or 230vAC motors can be used.

Other applications...

SOLASOLV® Anti-glare, heat rejecting transparent roller sun blinds, sun screens and ROLASOLV® Blackout roller blinds are also ideal for other commercial and industrial use where professionals must face harsh blinding sunlight during their working day or where total blackout conditions are required. Here are just a few of the many other uses:-